Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits

Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) is a Danish word for the feeling of contentment, comfort, and connectedness. The word itself may not translate wonderfully into English, but the feeling is universal; it’s one of peace and relaxation in your favorite places with your favorite people. You might hygger (the act that makes you experience hygge) when you have coffee with a friend, sit down to dinner as a family, cook a meal together, or spend a summer evening around an outdoor fire. Hygge is the basic language of comfort.

This book will make you feel good, the way very few books can, as you think about just what hygge means for you.  Just reading The Book of Hygge evokes the feeling of being curled up in blankets with a cup and tea and a good book. A feeling which is also an example of hygge.

Brits never tells her readers how to hygge, believing it a thing we all do without realizing it. Nor does she aim to prescribe a certain amount of hygge that will make reader’s lives better. Even if you aren’t looking to change your habits or embrace a new routine, The Book of Hygge is a great read that will make you recall all of those lovely moments when you were perfectly content.   

There is more hygge in the Virginia Beach Public Library! After reading this try:

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