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Book Review: How To Hygge The Secrets of Nordic Living - Signe Johansen

Updated: Feb 12, 2021

3.5 stars.

I love simple, mindful living books. Very often, books about minimalism and conscious lifestyles heavily link into environmental living (although not always...)

I have been wanting to read "How To Hygge The Secrets of Nordic Living by Signe Johansen" for a good while. Hygge is defined as "a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment" according to Wiki.

Much of what I have garnered from the book, there are many aspects of Hygge that relate to eco-friendly living. Living fairly simply, buying well and looking after what you own are all key aspects of ethical living. Whilst again this doesn't necessarily equate to eco, it could it a significant change for those otherwise living in a more disposable manner. I would also add that living in a "Hygge" manner alongside ethical purchases sounded pretty amazing.

However, there is a LARGE dollap of privilege that comes with that- and that this book reeks of throughout. The reference to underfloor heating as an "almost" human right, sums up the underlying tone of the book. I think this has a place, and would probably be relatable to many people who live in rural regions. There is also much talk of access to nature, and the power that simply a walk in nature can have. I totally, passionately agree. It's a shame though, that this fact is so openly "obvious" and the onus is on the reader to do this- something that just simply is not possible for SO many people.

The cooking and recipe aspect of the book is something I love. Simple, wholesome home-made food is something that I really advocate for, and something that this books also reflects. It's interesting her take on global food influences too.

I borrowed the book from the library and I read this book over a long lazy Christmas afternoon. It's very much worth a library loan and it's full of inspiration for ethical, conscious living. The aspect of privilege that is extremely obvious throughout this book, including basics like access to nature, is very hard to ignore. I would love to see a hygge for city living, there is a fair amount of hygge for budget, but tips for those living without privileges like access to nature, being able to purchase long lasting quality products (being poor is expensive...)

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