The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People by Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People

From the author of the international bestseller The Little Book of HyggeLykke (Luu-kah) (n): HappinessIt'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 abou...

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The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People Reviews

  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)

    Just like Meik Wiking’s other book – The Little Book of Hygge – this book is just so beautifully made. From the content itself to the design of each page, this is one of those books I can imagine myself coming back to many a time, if only to flick through the pages. Like I said with Hygge, it could be given as a gi

    Just like Meik Wiking’s other book – The Little Book of Hygge – this book is just so beautifully made. From the content itself to the design of each page, this is one of those books I can imagine myself coming back to many a time, if only to flick through the pages. Like I said with Hygge, it could be given as a gift, and just owning it is a joy.

    Granted, I didn’t quite enjoy this as much as I did The Little Book of Hygge. Since this one was specifically about happiness, some of the devices used throughout the book just seemed to come across as a bit of a “self-help” book instead. If you said

    vs

    …well, I think you can tell which one sounds like a self help book. Which seemed to throw me off a bit for some reason. I think because talking about cosiness can really bring about that overall atmosphere and comforting feeling, whereas talking about happiness didn’t quite bring about as strong a reaction from me. Think of that what you will.

    That, paired with my sheer inability to relate to most of the examples given, would probably count for why I didn’t adore this one as much. A lot of the time this book talks about being a parent or having a busy working 9-5 life, neither of which I have.

    That being said, it was still really interesting to read. I found the facts and random scatterings of anecdotes a nice way to section everything off, while providing a wider insight into the topic overall. While not all of the “tips” seemed achievable in my everyday life, I loved seeing the small stories of how they had worked for other people and the active changes people made throughout their lives. Just a small glimpse into another culture was enough to keep me interested throughout.

    So while it didn’t quite wow me as much as The Little Book of Hygge, I would still highly recommend to those of you who have any bague interest in it whatsoever. It’s a stunning book to flip through, and you never know – you might find something new along the way too!

  • Christine Spoors

    I am so glad that I loved this second book as much as I enjoyed

    !

    This book takes us on a treasure hunt, looking for the keys to happiness around the world. The book discusses togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust and kindness. I liked that the book still referred back to Denmark throughout as I love learning more about Denmark. This book not only helps you think about happiness, but also society, and ways in

    I am so glad that I loved this second book as much as I enjoyed

    !

    This book takes us on a treasure hunt, looking for the keys to happiness around the world. The book discusses togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust and kindness. I liked that the book still referred back to Denmark throughout as I love learning more about Denmark. This book not only helps you think about happiness, but also society, and ways in which the society you live in could improve.

    I really enjoy Wiking's writing. He uses an interesting mix of facts, case studies, real stories from his life and statistics. The book is also filled with photographs and graphs which break things up and add to how cheerful and cosy it is. I'm always surprised by how easy these books are to read, despite the amount of information we get.

    What I love the most about these books is that they make me think about my life. They make you take a step back and realise that there are little changes you can make to be happier. His books always leave me feeling motivated and inspired, and I love that. As everything is based on facts and statistics you learn more about the world, especially through the treasure hunt in this book.

    Goodreads currently doesn't say if Wiking will be writing another book, but I really hope that he does. I'll buy it straight away!

    Thank you to Penguin Life for sending me a copy to review!

  • Jo

    I won this in the giveaways in exchange for an honest review. Following on from The Little Book of Hygge, Wiking looks at happiness around the world and talks about the studies he's done. This is a beautifully presented little book with illustrations and photographs throughout. I'm not sure if I agree with everything but we all definitely need a little more care and joy in our lives.

  • Inge

    Absolutely lovely.

  • Marieke

    Toen ik zag dat er een nieuw boek was van de schrijver van

    , wist ik dat ik dit boek ook wilde lezen. Dus ik reserveerde hem bij de bibliotheek, haalde hem op en begon meteen!

    In Lykke vertelt de schrijver over geluk. Hoe kunnen we gelukkig worden? Welke dingen spelen allemaal een rol bij geluk? En hoe zorg je zelf voor een gelukkiger leven? Voor dit boek heeft de schrijver heel veel onderzoeken gelezen. En daarnaast heeft hij zelf ook veel onderzoeken naar gel

    Toen ik zag dat er een nieuw boek was van de schrijver van

    , wist ik dat ik dit boek ook wilde lezen. Dus ik reserveerde hem bij de bibliotheek, haalde hem op en begon meteen!

    In Lykke vertelt de schrijver over geluk. Hoe kunnen we gelukkig worden? Welke dingen spelen allemaal een rol bij geluk? En hoe zorg je zelf voor een gelukkiger leven? Voor dit boek heeft de schrijver heel veel onderzoeken gelezen. En daarnaast heeft hij zelf ook veel onderzoeken naar geluk gedaan. Deze worden allemaal beschreven in dit boek, meestal met een afbeelding om het onderzoek te verhelderen. De vormgeving hiervan is geweldig, net zoals dat bij

    ook zo was. Maar in dit boek vond ik de afwerking iets minder goed. Bij sommige tabellen en grafieken had ik geen idee wat er precies werd afgebeeld. Soms stond dit uitgelegd in de tekst, maar soms was die informatie nergens te bekennen. En dat vond ik jammer.

    De schrijfstijl van dit boek is net zo vlot als zijn andere boek. Je vliegt echt door de hoofdstukken. Door kleine anekdotes en grapjes van de schrijver blijft het boek lekker lezen. Maar er zat wel meer herhaling in dit boek dan in zijn vorige boek. Er worden 3 bladzijdes gewijd aan een voorval en datzelfde voorval wordt in de laatste bladzijde van hetzelfde hoofdstuk alwéér aangehaald. Dat vond ik toch een beetje jammer.

    Al met al ben ik blij dat ik dit boek gelezen heb hoor! Het concept is enorm interessant en het boek is ontzettend mooi vormgegeven. Maar ik ben ook wel weer blij dat het uit is, want ik ging mij wel een beetje storen aan de vele herhalingen.

  • Amena

    The last of the September reads. There is something about togetherness and feeling close to those around you that this book hits right on the spot. This sweet book shows how we can find a little bit more happiness in our lives. It's not rocket science, but I did take away some ideas from this. I enjoyed the authors sense of humour and loved the layout of the book, with cute illustrations and super photography. It's a cosy, beautiful read.

    3.5 🌟

  • Beth Bonini

    The world definitely needs more Lykke right now . . . and one of the most profound points that the author makes in this book is that individual happiness and communal happiness are inextricably linked. Focusing on six major indicators of happiness - togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust and kindness - Wiking breaks down why some communities (or countries) are doing a better job than others in creating happy citizens. Inequality, unfairness and injustice are the 'enemy', while empathy, trus

    The world definitely needs more Lykke right now . . . and one of the most profound points that the author makes in this book is that individual happiness and communal happiness are inextricably linked. Focusing on six major indicators of happiness - togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust and kindness - Wiking breaks down why some communities (or countries) are doing a better job than others in creating happy citizens. Inequality, unfairness and injustice are the 'enemy', while empathy, trust and cooperation are demonstrated to be 'the way forward'. The author Meik Wiking keeps the tone light, and he is partial to puns and jokes. It's obvious that he not only wants to make this book fun and easy to read, but he wants to 'preach' without being preachy in the sanctimonious sense. There are bright colours, cute illustrations, beautiful photography and ideas that are put forth in the most straightforward way - even though he does refer frequently to academic research. My only criticism is that it feels a little too 'shiny, happy' and bullet-pointed at times; but on the other hand, I think that the simplicity of the book is important for the egalitarian 'anyone can do it' attitude of the book. I definitely took some notes and have some take-away ideas from reading it. In truth, I would probably only rate this book a 3.5, but in the spirit of positivity which the book encourages, I am rounding up.

  • Kristina

    That's literally happiness in a book form! 💞

    Please, read it! I guarantee you that you'll feel inspired to do more with your life and loved ones!

    I'd read anything that Meik writes in the future.

  • Kirsty

    Publishers certainly seem to be milking the current interest in Scandinavian lifestyle books;

    is by the author of

    , which I found rather lovely. The intention of Wiking's second book is 'to take you treasure hunting; to go in pursuit of happiness; to find the good that does exist in the world - and to bring this into the light so that, together, we can help it spread.'

    Publishers certainly seem to be milking the current interest in Scandinavian lifestyle books;

    is by the author of

    , which I found rather lovely. The intention of Wiking's second book is 'to take you treasure hunting; to go in pursuit of happiness; to find the good that does exist in the world - and to bring this into the light so that, together, we can help it spread.' It is more of a 'how to' book than anything, really, giving hints and tips for ways that we can live better lives.

    I admire Wiking's intentions, and thought that the book on the whole was rather an interesting approach to tapping into worldwide happiness, but it did not quite live up to

    in my opinion.

    feels rather choppy, made up as it is of long sections with lots of very small chapters which do not tend to really link up into any kind of cohesion. The case studies were a nice inclusion, but it did not quite come together for me.

  • Rebecca

    This was an interesting read. There was quite a lot of information about happiness and what can make people happy. I didn't love this one as much as his first book but I still quite enjoyed this one.

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