SEPTEMBER'S BOOK OF THE MONTH: THE BOOK OF HYGGE, THE DANISH ART OF LIVING WELL by Louisa Thomsen Brits
Summer is drawing to a close, the light nights are washing away and the cool air is beginning to nip at my skin. It seems it is time to prepare for autumn. I’m doing so with this book on 'hygge'.
‘Hygge’ is a Danish word (pronounced 'hue-gah') which encompasses a feeling of being at peace in yourself and your surroundings, connected in the moment, both mentally and sensually. It is a feeling of contentment and warmth and a means to embrace the simplicity of life. Life can seem like a series of insignificant moments, but they can be spectacular in their ordinary-ness; this is ‘hygge’. And that’s what I have taken away from this book. Contentment and appreciation. I’ve found that by embracing ‘hygge’ in my life I am more grateful and at ease in the rhythm of my day, enjoying each moment. Plus, I’m actually looking forward to the winter months, too!
'Hygge’ is a simple thing to cultivate, but it is so often overlooked because of its simplicity. 'Hygge’ can be anything from watching the sunset, to making the time to share a meal with loved ones, or reading a book alone wrapped up in a blanket. It is about nourishing yourself, and others.
I was able to find a lot of peace in the pages of this book. An incredibly easy and enjoyable read for the coming winter months.