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15 Books for Hygge Inspiration - Copper kettle with open book and a tea cup
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15 Books for Hygge Inspiration

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Curling up with a good book is the ultimate way to embrace the hygge lifestyle. There's something truly magical about losing yourself in a story while sipping on a warm cup of tea and snuggling under a cozy blanket. But, with so many books out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect one for your hygge-inspired reading list. In this blog post, we'll be sharing some of our top picks for books that could inspire you to live a cozy, joyful life full of hygge moments. Whether you're a fiction lover, a self-help enthusiast, or a cookbook fan, we've got something for everyone. So, grab a cup of tea, get comfortable, and let's dive into the world of hygge literature together!

The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake

This cozy read is like a warm cup of cocoa on a chilly winter night - comforting and delightful. The story follows Clara, a workaholic Londoner, who heads to Denmark for a hygge-filled holiday. She stays in a charming little cottage and meets a handsome Danish man named Christian. As Clara begins to embrace the hygge lifestyle, she starts to question her fast-paced city life and falls head over heels for Christian. With lots of heart and plenty of hygge, this book is a delightful escape that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell

I recently had the pleasure of re-reading "The Year of Living Danishly" by Helen Russell, and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The memoir follows the author's journey of relocating to Denmark with her husband and discovering the Danish concept of hygge. Russell's humorous and witty writing style made the book a joy to read, and her insights into Danish culture and lifestyle were both informative and entertaining. Overall, "The Year of Living Danishly" is a fascinating exploration of Danish culture and a valuable guide for anyone looking to incorporate hygge into their life.

The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids by Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl

This delightful book offers a fresh perspective on parenting that's inspired by the Danish way of life. With humor and warmth, Jessica and Iben share the secrets of how Danes raise happy, confident, and resilient children. They offer practical advice on everything from fostering a sense of coziness and togetherness to encouraging independence and empathy. With real-life examples and charming illustrations, "The Danish Way of Parenting" is a must-read for any parent looking to create a more harmonious and joyful family life. So if you're looking for a little hygge in your parenting, this book is a valuable resource.

The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the
Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg

If you're looking for a book that will inspire you to slow down and embrace the simple things in life, "The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge" by Pia Edberg is a great place to start.

One thing I appreciated about this book is how accessible and easy-to-follow the advice is. Edberg provides clear and actionable steps that anyone can take to add a touch of hygge to their daily life. Whether you're looking for ways to unwind after a long day or seeking inspiration for creating a cozy home, this book has something for everyone.

The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening by Laurie J. Cameron

This book is a guide to living mindfully, from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed. Laurie is a mindfulness teacher and executive coach who shares her practical wisdom and expertise to help readers find more peace, focus, and joy in their daily lives. With simple exercises and meditations, she shows us how to be more present, compassionate, and resilient in the face of stress and challenges. From mindful breathing to gratitude practices to compassionate listening, "The Mindful Day" offers a wealth of tools and techniques that can be easily integrated into your daily routine. With warmth and compassion, Laurie reminds us that mindfulness is not just a practice, but a way of life. This book is a true treasure for anyone looking to cultivate more mindfulness, focus, and joy in their daily lives. 

The Art of Simple Living: 100 Daily Practices from a Japanese Zen Monk for a Lifetime of Calm and Joy by Shunmyo Masuno

This exquisite book is a true gem, filled with practical wisdom and inspiration for living a more peaceful and fulfilling life. Shunmyo Masuno is a Japanese Zen monk and landscape artist who shares his daily practices for finding calm, joy, and meaning in every moment. From savoring the beauty of nature to embracing impermanence to cultivating a sense of gratitude, each chapter offers a new practice that can be easily incorporated into your daily routine. With gorgeous photography and Shunmyo's gentle guidance, "The Art of Simple Living" is a treasure trove of insights that will help you cultivate a deeper sense of mindfulness and presence. It's a book that I personally found to be transformative and I'm sure you will too. So if you're looking to bring more peace and joy into your life, "The Art of Simple Living" is a book you don't want to miss.

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach

This beautiful book is a daily companion that invites you to slow down and savor life's simple pleasures. Sarah's reflections and suggestions for living a more authentic and fulfilling life are inspired by the principles of gratitude, simplicity, and abundance. Each day, you'll find a new inspiration, from cultivating a gratitude practice to decluttering your home to nourishing your soul with creative activities. With exquisite prose and charming illustrations, "Simple Abundance" is a treasure trove of wisdom that will inspire and uplift you every day of the year. It's a book that Oprah herself has praised for its transformative power, and I couldn't agree more. So if you're looking to bring more joy and contentment into your life, "Simple Abundance" is a perfect place to start.

Fika by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall

This delightful book is all about the Swedish tradition of fika - a cozy coffee break with sweet treats and good company. Anna and Johanna take you on a journey through the history and culture of fika, while also providing mouthwatering recipes for pastries, cakes, and other treats that are perfect for your own fika gatherings. With charming illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, this book will inspire you to slow down and savor life's simple pleasures. Whether you're a coffee lover or a pastry enthusiast, "Fika" is a must-read that will add a touch of hygge to your daily routine.

The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices by Casper Ter Kuile

This inspiring book shows us how to infuse our everyday lives with meaning and purpose by creating our own personal rituals. Casper draws on his experience as a Harvard Divinity School graduate and his work as a ritual designer to show us how we can create rituals that help us connect more deeply with ourselves, others, and the world around us. From morning routines to family dinners to work meetings, he offers practical advice and inspiring examples for turning even the most mundane activities into meaningful experiences. With warmth and humor, "The Power of Ritual" is a beautiful reminder that we can all create our own rituals to nourish our souls and live more fulfilling lives. So whether you're looking to deepen your spiritual practice or simply infuse your daily routine with more meaning, this book is worthwhile.

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim

This lovely book is like a breath of fresh air in our fast-paced world. Haemin Sunim, a Korean Zen Buddhist monk, shares his wisdom on how to find peace and happiness in everyday life. With beautiful illustrations and thoughtful insights, he encourages readers to slow down, appreciate the present moment, and connect with others. From simple pleasures like watching the sunrise to dealing with difficult emotions, this book offers practical advice and inspiration for living a more mindful and fulfilling life. So if you're looking for a little calm in the chaos, "The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down" is insightful.

The Little Book of Scandi Living by Bronte Aurell

This charming book is a delightful guide to incorporating the Scandi way of living into your everyday life. The book covers a range of topics, from food and entertaining to home decor and travel. Bronte Aurell shares her insights into how the Scandi way of life can help you create a cozy and comfortable home, enjoy delicious and healthy food, and find happiness in the simple things.

One of the standout features of this book is the focus on practical advice. The author offers tips on everything from organizing your home to selecting the perfect lighting for a cozy ambiance. With its beautiful photography and helpful tips, this book is sure to inspire and delight.

There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids by Linda Åkeson McGurk

If you're a mom looking for ways to raise healthy, resilient, and confident kids, "There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather" is the book for you. Linda Åkeson McGurk draws on her experiences as a Scandinavian mom living in the US to offer practical tips for getting your kids outside and in touch with nature.

McGurk explores the benefits of nature play and how it can help your children develop important life skills. She also discusses the cultural differences in attitudes towards nature and how to overcome barriers to outdoor play. With plenty of anecdotes, research, and actionable advice, "There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather" is an engaging and informative read for any parent looking to encourage their kids to embrace the great outdoors - perfect for spring.

Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg

Reading Marie Tourell Søderberg's 'Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness' was like taking a deep breath of fresh air - a charming and insightful book that will inspire you to slow down, appreciate the little things, and find happiness in the present moment. Søderberg does an excellent job of explaining the concept of hygge and how it is a fundamental part of Danish culture. She provides practical tips and ideas for creating a cozy and inviting home, from lighting candles to baking homemade treats.

What I appreciate most about this book is that it's not just about creating a cozy atmosphere - it's also about connecting with the people around you and finding joy in simple moments. Søderberg encourages readers to put down their phones and engage in meaningful conversations with loved ones. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to add a little hygge to their life.

The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

In "The Art of Gathering," Priya Parker explores the art of bringing people together in meaningful ways. Whether it's a small dinner party or a large conference, Parker provides practical advice on how to create transformative gatherings that leave a lasting impact. With a focus on intention and purpose, Parker encourages readers to think beyond the logistics of an event and consider the emotional and psychological needs of their guests. She offers strategies for designing unique and memorable experiences that foster connection and engagement.

Drawing on her own experiences as a professional facilitator and her research on gatherings around the world, Parker provides a fresh perspective on the power of gatherings to shape our lives and communities. An insightful and inspiring read that will leave you feeling empowered to create meaningful gatherings in your own life.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

Last but not least, an oldie but a goodie - "The Little Book of Hygge". As the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Wiking is an expert on the concept of hygge, which is all about creating a sense of warmth, comfort, and togetherness in your everyday life.

Wiking shares the secrets of Danish happiness, revealing how to create a hygge-friendly home, cultivate meaningful relationships, and find joy in simple pleasures like a cup of tea or a warm fire. As someone who values cozy, comfortable living, I found "The Little Book of Hygge" to be both inspiring and practical. 

Embracing the hygge lifestyle through reading can bring immense comfort and joy into your life. With our carefully curated list of books, we hope to inspire you to create more cozy moments, slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. So, take some time for yourself, curl up with one of our recommended books, and allow yourself to get lost in the pages. Remember, practicing hygge is all about finding happiness in the present moment, and there's no better way to do that than with a good book and a warm cup of tea.