The Little Book Of Lykke | The Danish Search For The World’s Happiest People| Book Review

Title: The Little Book Of Lykke

Author: Meik Wiking

Publisher: Penguin Life

Number Of Pages: 288

My Rating: 4/5 stars


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.

My Thoughts

Reading this book was really fulfilling. It’s the first non-fiction book that I’ve read cover to cover this year! I really enjoyed the casual tone and I learned so much in a short 288 pages. I know that Hygge is now a popular lifestyle throughout the world though its origin is in Scandinavia. Similar to Hygge, Lykke is the idea of happiness and finding fulfilment in the little things. This book had a constant theme that material things do not bring fulfilment and I agree! I found it almost like my old self giving me a reminder and it felt like meditation whenever I was reading it. The book was split into categories and then the final categories was a round up and I found that really helpful. I finished it this morning and now I find myself off to a good start! I would really recommend this book and though you can find most of its content online, nothing beats the contentment of reading in bed. I feel like the message comes across more prominently when reading. 

Have you read about Lykke? What are your thoughts on a Hygge lifestyle? 

I hope you all get a chance to implement Lykke into your life today,


12 thoughts on “The Little Book Of Lykke | The Danish Search For The World’s Happiest People| Book Review

  1. Ooo interesting, I hadn’t heard of Lykke before! Love the sound of this book because finding the joy in the small simple things is something I’ve come to acknowledge and appreciate so much more now since living with chronic illness. Thanks for sharing, will have to check this out and do a little more digging on the whole ‘lykke’ jazz!
    Great write-up😊
    Caz xx

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    • Of course there is still poverty but overall it seems a very happy country. In the book you do find that actually, like Britons, they have a stiff upper lip yet still they express happiness! We need to do that more often 🙂


  3. This seems like a lovely book (also aha ignore me diving deep into some of your old posts ;)) I have been trying to focus on the little things in life that make me happy because Ive found its always the small things that have the biggest memories. I’m going to check this book out, I absolutely adore the cover with its sweet and simple theme.
    p.s. also if they burn more candles than everyone else I can see how they would be the happiest 🙂 #candlesareamazing

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    • No worries, Jasmin, I appreciate you taking the time to look back this far! The little things in life are so special, and I so also treasure them more than larger things (not in a bratty way, but memories with happiness are much more profound than memories with money!) You should give it a read, it’s an easy non-fiction that I divulged in one day. The only candle I own is a Christmassy one and I can’t burn that right now… But they do add a lot of coziness to a situation. Hope you’re well ❤

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  4. Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and never seem to get anything done.


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