A Review of the book “Hygge” by Marie Tourell Søderberg

Hi guys, today I am writing a review of the recent book I have read called “Hygge”. Hygge is a very popular new trend that has come into Ireland. It has gotten so popular that people were asking whether it will replace Mindfulness. Since I posted a picture of the book to Facebook and Instagram, I am constantly being asked about it. So, due to the high interest in the book I decided to write a review about it.

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What is Hygge

Hygge is the Danish art of happiness. The Danish practice hyyge by making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful, beautiful or special, this then results in a feeling that they call “hyyge”. So it’s basically appreciating the little things in life. In the book a moment of hygge was described as being completely present, not thinking in the past nor the future, instead enjoying the here and now in a comfortable setting, which is very similar to Mindfulness.

In my view, hygge is a feeling of happiness, joy and togetherness that we all experience from time to time. But by having a name for it, it prompts us to recognise it more and to be more present in that moment.

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My Review

I very much enjoyed reading this book! I would defiantly consider it a good read. Not only is it beautifully written but you get your money’s worth. It describes every element of hygge. It has a brief chapter about the history of it, where it came from and it even has a page describing how to pronounce “hygge”.

I would recommend that you look into what hygge is first, before you go reading the book. When I first started to read it, I was slightly confused, so I googled “hygge” for a few minutes, just to get a clearer understanding before I began learning how to practice it.

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It is a very enjoyable and easy read as some of the pages only include a paragraph which can be appealing to anyone who isn’t particularly a fan of reading. This book not only covers all areas of what hygge is but it also shows you, through beautiful pictures, cooking recipes and giving great ideas on how you can incorporate hygge into your home and everyday life. The chapter named “Inviting hygge to the table”, gives you homemade recipes for you to try out. The book highlights how baking and a home cooked meal can be very hygge. Not only does it provide us with recipes but it describes in detail how to use them.

One of my favourite parts of the entire book was the chapter when they went through each room in the house and described how you can incorporate hygge into each of these rooms. I felt that this chapter was the most beneficial, practically to Ireland. As Ireland can experience dark and gloomy winters, that by incorporating some hygge into the home can be a very useful tool in helping us to get through the long dark winter days.

Another element that I enjoyed from this book, was how the author went through each season and described how the Danish practice Hygge through each of these seasons. While also providing tips and inspiration on how you can use Hygge.

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I feel that anyone who suffers anxiety, depression or stress could benefit from incorporating some of the tips from this book into their lives. As hygge prompts you to be grateful and to recognise the small but yet valuable things in life that make us happy, such as, family, baking, socialising, things that you enjoy but may take for granted. It also prompts you to be mindful of the things that we enjoy and to dedicate some relaxing and family time.

Hygge does have some similarities to mindfulness, such as being present. By prompting you to avoid living in the past and looking too much into the future, by encouraging you to take some time out to do the things you enjoy or have family time in the here and now. The question of whether it will replace Mindfulness, I don’t believe that Mindfulness can be replaced. As it has become extremely popular in Ireland in recent years. However, I do believe that those who enjoy Mindfulness will most certainly enjoy hygge and can incorporate both hygge and mindfulness into their lives.

Where it’s available and its price

This book is available in Eason’s online and in store for €16.99. This book would be a great idea for a Christmas gift this season!

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I hope you enjoyed reading this review! I will be doing a post very soon giving some tips from the book on how to incorporate hygge into our homes and everyday lives.

Niamh-Psychotherapist 

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