Title: The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish search for the world’s happiest people
Author(s): Meik Wiking
No. of pages: 288
Publication date: September 7th 2017
Date read: December 30th 2018
From the author of the international bestseller The Little Book of Hygge
Lykke (Luu-kah) (n): Happiness
It’s easy to see why Denmark is often called the world’s happiest country. Not only do they have equal parental leave for men and women, free higher education and trains that run on time, but they burn more candles per household than anywhere else.
So nobody knows more about happiness – what the Danes call lykke – than Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of the bestselling sensation The Little Book of Hygge . But he believes that, whilst we can certainly learn a lot from the Danes about finding fulfilment, the keys to happiness are actually buried all around the globe.
In this captivating book, he takes us on a treasure hunt to unlock the doors to inner fulfilment. From how we spend our precious time, to how we relate to our neighbours and cook dinner, he gathers evidence, stories and tips from the very happiest corners of the planet. This is the ultimate guide to how we can all find a little more lykke in our lives.
Although I really liked reading this little book, I didn’t like it as much as reading The Little Book of Hygge. I thought the tips in Lykke were very lovely, but not very realistic if you live the life of a shy person/introvert. Also, these tips were all about getting friendly with your neighbours, co-workers and strangers, but it really has to come from both sides. These tips don’t help if the friendliness only comes from one side. I’ve often tried to make eye contact and say “hello” to my neighbours, but I’ve given up on that, simply because they prefer to ignore us.
But enough about them. This is a book about happiness, and I’ve definitely read some new things that might be helpful in daily life or that I hadn’t thought of before. I had to discuss some things in this book with my boyfriend, because they seem to be so obvious and they still made me think. Like the fact that you enjoy an experience even more if you have time before the event to look forward to that event. The time spent looking forward to the actual event only adds to the excitement and eventual good memories.
I wish I had taken note of more of these “obvious” facts: I know they were there, but I seem to have forgotten them. Oh well, now I have a reason to go through this little book of happiness once more, to find these facts again and remind me of the happiness in the world, but also of the happiness in my own life.