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Book Report: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking – How I’m Making Our House A Forever Home

October 5, 2021

“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down.” – Meik Wiking

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When you walk through the door to your home, how do you want it to feel when you step inside? Do you want it to be welcoming, comfortable, and cozy like a warm hug? What special pieces do you have in your home that remind you of your loved ones and give you that sense of ease?

In today’s special Book Report episode we are talking about The Little Book of Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) – Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.

So, what is Hygge exactly? In a nutshell, it is about atmosphere and the experience we create rather than focusing on things. It is humble and slow. It’s choosing rustic over new, simple over posh, and ambience over excitement. 

I’ve really been taking this idea to heart as I’ve been creating little spaces in our home that reflect our family history or are nostalgic in some shape or form. One fun way this is reflected in our home is a gallery wall that I have set up around my desk space. Each piece, while aesthetically pleasing, has deeper meaning for our family and I feel that I can come into this space and let my guard down, and I can fully be myself and at ease. 

So grab your favorite drink, or pop in your ear buds and go for a walk, and listen while we talk about Hygge and how it relates to the space we surround ourselves with and the feelings that we get from being surrounded by warmth, love, nostalgia, and so much more!

Ready to make your house feel like a home? Then I highly recommend this book! Think candles, pools of light, comfort, warm beverages, chunky sweaters, fireplaces, and more!

“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down. You may be having an endless conversation about the small or big things in life – or just be comfortable in each other’s silent company – or simply just be by yourself enjoying a cup of tea.”

Meik Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge

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