The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking

In February I wrote a review of The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. Hygge is a Danish word that refers to the idea of ‘cosiness’, or how we make ourselves and others feel at home. Wiking has written a new book called The Little Book of Lykke.

Have you heard of lykke? Lykke (pronounced Luu-kah) means ‘happiness’. In this book Wiking explores the different reasons people all around the world are happy. This seems simple, but really, is anything more elusive than happiness?

This book was published September 7, 2017, a year after The Little Book of Hygge. Like in the first book, Wiking connects us with Danish culture, but also with other countries like Italy and India. On the back cover it says, “In this captivating book, he takes us on a treasure hunt to unlock the doors of the good life.” Wiking formats this book almost the same way as the first, with statistics, charts, and stories. It’s a little denser and slower than the first book, but no less interesting.

The main idea is that people can be happy no matter where they live — it’s just a matter of how you live. Having a strong community, good healthy relationships, and serving others all contribute to a person’s overall happiness. Wiking focuses on topics like togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness.

This was a great read! I learned something new on every page. It was entertaining as well as educational. My favourite parts of this book were the little “happiness tips” scattered throughout. They’re good little reminders of things we can do to improve our overall happiness. A couple of happiness tips include ‘buy experiences’ (rather than things) and ‘start talking about mental health’.   

Wiking talks about how happiness can come from a strong, supportive community. It got me thinking about what makes me happy in our community. I love that all the employees at the grocery store recognize and know my family. It shows that in a smaller town we get familiar with the people in our community, something that isn’t as likely in a larger city.

Think about your experience in St. Thomas — what makes you happy about this community?