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

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

In today’s world, we’re constantly rushing from one thing to the next and are struggling with information overload. We’re more disconnected from ourselves and our loved ones than ever before. Rediscover the joy of the simple things through the Danish concept of Hygge in The Cozy Life. This book will inspire you to slow down and enjoy life’s cozy moments! Learn about the D...

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

  • Peggy Chan

    The writer tells us what Hygge is and how to apply the concept of Hygge in our lives so that we can lead a minimalist life that is uncluttered. Reading this book gave me a feeling of comfort and I found it very pleasurable. She gives many tips on how we can make our lives more enjoyable by creating a Hygge home.

  • Leesa

    HYGGE ALL DAY EVERYDAY. Favorite and this book is adorable w/the sweetest little drawings. Srsly cute cute cute and cozy cozy cozy and love love love.

  • Penny Watson

    Got the paperback.

    I am obsessed right now with the Danish concept of hygge. This book is adorable. It has suggestions for incorporating hygge into you life in every way...through food, activity, rituals, self-reflection, and establishing traditions that focus on simple pleasures.

    I also love the minimalist component.

    Lovely book and inspiring concept for life!

  • Dana

    This is a sweet little book that you can read in about an hour and will help you incorporate the concept of hygge into your daily life. “These pages hold the ingredients for creating a richer and deeper experience in everything we do. So if, perhaps, you want to wrap yourself in a lifestyle that feels like a warm hug, then this book is for you.”

    I realize, after reading it, I have been hygge-ing most of my life! It’s about surrounding yourself with people and things you love; making y

    This is a sweet little book that you can read in about an hour and will help you incorporate the concept of hygge into your daily life. “These pages hold the ingredients for creating a richer and deeper experience in everything we do. So if, perhaps, you want to wrap yourself in a lifestyle that feels like a warm hug, then this book is for you.”

    I realize, after reading it, I have been hygge-ing most of my life! It’s about surrounding yourself with people and things you love; making your home your haven by filling it with things that are meaningful to you and getting rid of what is not. I decided years ago to hang only original art in my home, no more prints, reproduced in hundreds – and that little change made a big difference. It doesn’t have to be expensive art. I do have a few really nice pieces, but also some made by family that are just as beautiful and meaningful. It is the little things that bring us pleasure, not having lots of stuff – but having quality things such as cozy bedding, thick fluffy towels, yummy soaps, the best quality tea and coffee....and so on. You don’t need more ‘stuff’ to ‘hygge’, you just need a few quality things that bring you pleasure. One thing I have enjoyed this winter is a simple bowl of pinecones and pine boughs I arranged in a pretty bowl and put on my dining room table – free, from my back yard, but brings a nice wintery aroma to the room. Also, I find inexpensive tea lights are a must for winter hygge.

    So put on your best pajamas, light a few candles, make a cup of tea (or warm beverage of your choice), wrap up in a soft blanket and grab a good book. This cozy lifestyle will definitely help chase away the winter blues.

  • JanB

    It seems I'm hearing about the Danish concept of Hygge everywhere these days. So when my GR friend (thanks Dana!) gave this such a great review I picked it up. I'm so glad I did. The Danes are said to be the happiest people on earth and Hygge is what helps get them through the long dark winters.

    Hygge is about discovering the joy in simple things, and being more mindful and intentional. It's about being instead of having. At my age this resonates with me. I regularly purge and feel a strong desi

    It seems I'm hearing about the Danish concept of Hygge everywhere these days. So when my GR friend (thanks Dana!) gave this such a great review I picked it up. I'm so glad I did. The Danes are said to be the happiest people on earth and Hygge is what helps get them through the long dark winters.

    Hygge is about discovering the joy in simple things, and being more mindful and intentional. It's about being instead of having. At my age this resonates with me. I regularly purge and feel a strong desire to rid myself of too much "stuff" which not only clutters the house, it clutters my mind. It gives me great joy to be surrounded by things that perhaps don't have monetary value, but have a deep meaning to me. Also, cozy clothes, throws, socks, a fire in the fireplace, good food, a good book, dogs curled up next to me, good friends....well, let's just say I have that one down pat and have for many years, but I need to work on disconnecting electronics ;-)

    Hygge is about a spirit of togetherness, hospitality, simple food, and cozy surroundings. It's a concept that can be incorporated into our everyday lives and the author gives tips on how to do that. There's nothing earth-shattering here, just good reminders that, in the words of the author, "moments of connection, presence, simplicity, and joy are what enriches our lives at a deeper level".

    It was fitting that I read this little gem while under the weather, on my cozy couch in my cozy clothes, while sipping a warm cup of tea.

  • Felicia

    I may have to rename my "cozy blanket reads" shelf to "hygge reads" because that totally encompasses what a cozy blanket read is for me. I'm so enamoured with the concept of hygge, it totally fits my aesthetic and the desires of my heart :) The writing is very simple but that works for the concept of this book as well.

  • Megan

    2.5 stars. It was a cute book, and I like the hygge concept, for certain! That said, the content was a bit repetitive (lots of talk of candles) and could have been whittled down further. More personal stories about hygge in Danes' lives would have improved things, but overall a pleasant and fun read.

  • Amanda

    The third and probably last book about Hygge I've read. After reading the first one, I wanted to get some alternate viewpoints based on some of the reviews. This one looks self published and is definitely the lower physical/professional quality of the three. I mainly picked it out because it had the most holds at my library of all the Hygge books. The main thing that I gained from reading three books on the subject is that everyone's hygge is a little different. Some focus more on social connect

    The third and probably last book about Hygge I've read. After reading the first one, I wanted to get some alternate viewpoints based on some of the reviews. This one looks self published and is definitely the lower physical/professional quality of the three. I mainly picked it out because it had the most holds at my library of all the Hygge books. The main thing that I gained from reading three books on the subject is that everyone's hygge is a little different. Some focus more on social connection, some more on peaceful solitude. Some focus more on hunting and eating meat, and others don't mention it at all. The first two books both included products and objects that are important to nordic culture and "hygge," but this third book did not include any, and emphasized more that hygge is simple, that it's valuing what you already have, and that hygge is for everyone, no matter what economic status.

  • Hope

    “Hygge was never meant to be translated; it was meant to be felt.” - ToveMaren Stakkestad

    Nevertheless, Pia Edberg does her best to explain it. She sums it up as “the joy in simple things.” It’s joy in relationships. It’s coziness, homeyness, and contentedness.

    "In a big departure from modern culture, we intentionally enjoy the domestic and personal aspects of life. It’s really about simplicity."

    Edberg says the Danes have perfected the art of hygge because they are less ma

    “Hygge was never meant to be translated; it was meant to be felt.” - ToveMaren Stakkestad

    Nevertheless, Pia Edberg does her best to explain it. She sums it up as “the joy in simple things.” It’s joy in relationships. It’s coziness, homeyness, and contentedness.

    "In a big departure from modern culture, we intentionally enjoy the domestic and personal aspects of life. It’s really about simplicity."

    Edberg says the Danes have perfected the art of hygge because they are less materialistic than other cultures, valuing experiences and relationships over accumulating stuff. She calls it “the minimalist concept, taken up a notch.” It’s a healthful survival technique in a country where the cold weather and lack of sunlight can lead to depression. By focusing on all the cozy things you can do on a damp day, (build a fire, drink hot chocolate, snuggle under a blanket, etc., you are practicing hygge.

    The main thing I learned from this book was how to pronounce hygge (HOO-gah) and that it’s both a noun and a verb. None of Edberg’s explanations and suggestions are revolutionary, but I appreciated the reminders to slow down and savor God’s good gifts. Gratitude is a central component of hygge. What Edberg calls “cozy” activities I would venture to call “humanizing.”

    I didn’t know until I read this book that I’m a hyggelist. Some of the activities she suggests for a more cozy life are 1) making your own bread, 2) reading a good book, 3) drinking tea, 4) writing letters, 5) printing your pictures to put into actual albums, 6) taking a walk, and 7) keeping a gratitude journal.

    Most of all, focus on what’s important. Savor the moment. Concentrate on your soul more than on your achievements.

    A simple little book that can be read in one sitting.

  • Chelsea

    Marketed as "the first ever book written about

    ," I expected something quite a bit more...substantial. I suppose my expectations were a little too high and I probably shouldn't have assumed that just because it is, apparently, the FIRST one written (according to whom? Any evidence?), that it would be that much better compared to the loads of others that have been written since. I had a couple big issues with this book that in the end left me with more questions than answers.

    The author

    Marketed as "the first ever book written about

    ," I expected something quite a bit more...substantial. I suppose my expectations were a little too high and I probably shouldn't have assumed that just because it is, apparently, the FIRST one written (according to whom? Any evidence?), that it would be that much better compared to the loads of others that have been written since. I had a couple big issues with this book that in the end left me with more questions than answers.

    The author is half-Danish, half-Filipino, and was born and raised in Denmark until she was 5 years old when at that time she and her family moved to Vancouver, Canada. One of the main issues I had with this book is that although she spent her first 5 years living in a Scandinavian country before moving to Canada, and was raised by a Danish father, in my opinion it's a little too obvious that she is more or less completely "Canadianized" and is in a way too far removed from her homeland to have a really solid grasp on what

    means. Now in no way do I mean to imply that she doesn't have any authority at all on the subject of being Danish or of their particular way of life - far be it for me to say that I'm the expert on who is or is not a true Scandinavian (I'm Canadian through and through, so no authority here) - but to me it does come across that her understanding of

    is secondary and perhaps as more of an idea or as an idealized way of life than anything else. To me, Danes and other Scandinavians just

    , they don't have to try, and it's usually hard for them to explain it in such black-and-white terms as she does, almost like checking items off of a grocery list.

    The other main issue I had is that the 'secrets' that are revealed throughout really don't feel like secrets at all; in fact, I would dare say that you could replace the word

    with just about any other buzz word of the moment, (mindfulness, minimalism, slow-living), and you would still find that the book makes sense. Each 'secret' or lesson is superficial and lacking depth so that it really just feels like a book full of common sense - for example, when the author explains the difference between drinking tea or coffee:

    Well yes, this is true, but did it need to be written down in a book? It seems a little like stating the obvious to me. I'm not sure why this sentence in particular irks me as much as it does, but trust me when I say that it represents the overall flow of the entire book, ie. a lot of super obvious blanket statements that don't seem to make sense to specifically living

    in comparison to any other way of living 'mindfully,' or just living in general.

    I'm being quite harsh, I know, and perhaps it's because I've read a handful of other awesome and informative books about

    and Scandinavian culture, (

    and

    are my two favourites), but regardless of this fact I know I'd have still felt that this book leaves much to desire even if I hadn't yet read anything on the subject beforehand.

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