Please note: This is a key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book.
Start Publishing Notes’ Summary, Analysis, and Review of Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge includes a summary of the book, review, analysis and key takeaways, and detailed "about the author" section.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking is a book-length articulation of the essence of Danish culture, geared towards non-natives. The concept under discussion is hygge - a strong feeling of comfort and companionship that can be cultivated through the appreciation of life’s simple pleasures.
The first thing to note is that hygge is linguistically flexible. It can morph into different parts of speech at will, and be combined with other words as well. The word’s ubiquity and flexibility convey how essential hygge is to the people of Denmark.
As the CEO of a Danish think tank that quantifies happiness and measures it around the globe, Wiking believes that hygge is a critical component of happiness. (He acknowledges that the Danish welfare state, which reduces risk and anxiety across the nation, is another critical component - a sort of prerequisite for hygge.) A daily commitment to seeking hygge out when the opportunity arises helps promote long-term happiness.