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.
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.
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.
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!
What appeals to you about The Little Book of Lykke?