The Little Book of Lykke Review & Giveaway

Earlier this year I discovered the joy of reading Meik Wiking’s Little Book of Hygge, I talked about it in 5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You and Can Embracing Hygge Make You Happier? It was an absolute pleasure to read, whilst making me think and make a few changes in my life. It’s a book I recommend to everyone, so when the folks over at Penguin Random House got in touch about Meik’s second book, The Little Book of Lykke out on the 7th September, I jumped at the chance to read it.

The Little Book of Lykke

About The Little Book of Lykke

Lykke is the Danish word for happiness and good fortune and Meik believes that Denmark should not have a monopoly on happiness and therefore in the book the reader learns what happy people around the world have in common and how you can practically improve your quality of life. Using examples from the world’s happiest people, Meik explains:

– How we can measure happiness

– How we get most bang for our buck when it comes to wellbeing

– How to exercise without going to the gym

– How to get to know our neighbours better

– Why it’s better to be an elephant mum than a tiger mum

– How to build strong communities, trust and quality of life

As with the Little Book of Hygge, this book is full of inspiring stories and experiences. Meik visits Shani in Australia who has turned a street into a community with pizza nights, movie nights and herb gardens; meets the Free Help Guy in London; explores why Okinawa in Japan is home to some of the healthiest people in the world and examines how Detroit has changed from a “motor city” to a “garden city”, making it one of the world’s biggest urban agricultural movements.

My Thoughts

Inspiring, enjoyable and thought-provoking. It is packed with interesting stories and examples, fascinating statistics, great suggestions for bringing more happiness into your life as well as helping to break down and understand it. As with Meik’s first book, his personality shines through, making it a fun and witty read, and as I did with the hygge book, I read this all in one day, I couldn’t put it down. That said, I know not everyone reads like me!, so it is a good book for dipping in and out of, easily divided up into short sections.

The sections around Kindness, the Free Help Guy and random acts of kindness were particularly inspiring, and the Togetherness section rang true and sparked lots of ideas.

Whilst I read it, I was making my own scribbles and notes of ideas I wanted to take from it, concepts I want to adapt. I cannot imagine anyone reading this and not being able to take something away from it, both in terms of mindset and practical changes. They needn’t be huge, just little things that can be done, or maybe you’ll go big and make huge overhauls – it doesn’t matter as long as it makes you happier, right? This is definitely a book I will be recommending again to friends and family, a must-read for all.

Competition Time

I do now a copy of The Little Book of Lykke up for grabs for one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning it, enter using the rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and closes at 12am 27th September 2017. Good luck!

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What appeals to you about The Little Book of Lykke?

70 thoughts on “The Little Book of Lykke Review & Giveaway”

  1. Ooooo. I’ve also read their first book about Hygge and LOVED it, so I’ll no doubt love this one. I’m totally in love with the Danish lifestyle as it’s so relaxing and has a wonderful ethos. I’m also reading a book about Danish Parenting and it’s really struck a chord.

  2. I just love the idea of making happiness something you can keep track of and know what and when to do something about your unhappiness.

  3. Penny-sue Wolfe

    I am so excited to read this book! I am a very Hygge person so this is the natural follow on! I am a preety positive and happy bookworm!

  4. This looks a great book. The happiness aspect appeals to me. To live simply and be happy with what you have in the here and now x

  5. I love that this is about things we can do ourselves rather than always needing to be out and about or always needing to spend extra money

  6. I have just come out of a hugely busy season so some advice about hapiness would help as I shape the new times ahead

  7. I loved the Book of Hygge – I’ve been lighting a few candles to get a bit of autumnal hygge going in our house! Would love to read the new book.

  8. I think it is always good to question yourself and ask can I be a better version of me? I like that this book seems to give you great thought and I would love to win a copy

  9. The appeal to me is the whole concept 🙂 I love the sound of the book and I would hope I would be able to find things to take away

  10. The whole concept and the photos and illustrations sound amazing! I like how it includes personal experiences and uses research data to come to their own conclusion. Looks a very interesting read.

  11. I finally have my husband back after 7 years in a horrible job working all hours. We could do with making a few adjustments now for a happier life!

  12. I read the little book of hygge and it really inspired me to take things more slowly. I’m pretty much a home bird anyway so it’s nice to read about things that encourage homely activities

  13. book looks great, especially love the thought of learning more about getting fit without going to the gym….. gym fees are so expensive!

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