Book Review : Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg

April 21, 2017 Book review 8

I was very excited about Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg, as the idea of adding hygge elements to my life sounded very appealing.  And I’m obsessed with books about happiness (like all the Gretchen Rubin books which I highly recommend).  Personally , I find them inspiring and they give me an instant boost.

Book Review : Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell SoderbergHygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg
Published by Penguin UK on September 1st 2017
Genres: non fiction
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover
Source: Received from Publisher

Others books will tell you how to be hygge. This is the only book that will show you.
Though we all know the feeling of hygge instinctively few of us ever manage to capture it for more than a moment.
Now Danish actress and hygge aficionado Marie Tourell Søderberg has travelled the length and breadth of her home country to create the perfect guide to cooking, decorating, entertaining and being inspired the hygge way.
Full of beautiful photographs and simple, practical steps and ideas to make your home and life both comfortable and cheering all year round, this book is the easy way to introduce hygge into your life.


My Thoughts on  Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg

So first up, I learnt exactly what hygge is, and I love the concept of it. In a nutshell, my understanding is that it’s all things cosy and comfy, taking time out with friends and enjoying special moments together. What’s not to like?!

The format includes personal experiences of the author, snippets from other people, and lots of warm-and-snug feeling photos.  It also explains where the word evolved from and gives tips on how to apply to your home, in your cooking, etc.

But I don’t feel that I ended up applying anything I read in the book to my everyday life. It reminds you to notice special moments, especially the smaller moments of pleasure like drinking a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, or a fun chat with friends. Basically stop and smell the roses, while wearing your comfy clothes, and appreciate how good it makes you feel.

The big BUT for me is that most of it is stuff I already do.  Still now I have a name for it. Overall, an entertaining read, but don’t expect it to transform your life.


Who should read Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg?

I’d recommend this to you if you want to find out what Hygge is all about.  Or if you want a coffee table book that is easy to pick up and put down, as I think that is the best format to read this book in.

Thanks to Penguin UK for sending me a copy of this book for review consideration.


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8 Responses to “Book Review : Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Soderberg”

    • trish

      I love reading happiness books so I’ve feel I’ve learnt a lot of snippets along the way. No harm in the reminders though!

  1. Lola

    I had never heard of Hygge before, this is the first time I heard of it. It does sound like a good book, even though you already did much of the things they mentioned. But it’s nice to have a name for it now. The format does sound interesting with how it contains personal experiences and pictures as well. Great review!
    Lola recently posted…Lola’s Kitchen: Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls Recipe

    • trish

      It’s so interesting to learn about the Danish culture and thoughts behind the word. Well worth a read Lola 🙂

  2. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I always have to laugh a little when I see that hygge is seen as a ‘Danish art of happiness’… when really, it’s Scandinavian, and hygge exists and means the exact same thing in Swedish and Norwegian too 🙂
    At least this author manages to get the point across as to what hygge is, cozy, nice and comfortable moments spent in the company of people we love and care about… Slowing down and enjoying the moment 🙂
    Great review, Trish!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Audio Review: Starflight – Melissa Landers

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