Aug 23, 2016

Book Review: The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg

With my new Amazon Kindle and a Kindle Unlimited plan, I have finally started to explore books for their interesting title and synopsis. So far, I've only been reading bestsellers and books recommended by friends/social media/bloggers etc. "The cozy life - Rediscover the joy of the simple things through the Danish Concept of Hygge" by Pia Edberg belongs to the former category. I found the concept intriguing and it aligns with my belief of leading a simple, happy life without materialistic pursuits.

As the author defines in the very first page, Hygge is the Danish concept of coziness.
"the art of creating warmth, comfort and well being through connection, treasuring the moment and surrounding yourself with things you love."
It was a pleasure to read this book and it gave me the similar feelings of coziness and warmth that the author wants us to embrace. It starts off with the origin of Hygge at Denmark, one of the happiest countries in the world. The author goes onto explain the importance of slowing down, connecting to your own self and with others, enjoying simple moments of life, creating a warm, cozy atmosphere at home and at work etc. She also gives practical, easy-to-follow tips to embrace Hygge wherever you are. A few examples I loved are
- Sip your favorite hot beverage slowly
- Have a relaxing picnic at the park
- Curl up and read a good book on the sofa
- Surround yourself with things you love
- Create simple rituals that help you relax and unwind
- Take the time to have deep, meaningful conversations
- Give the gift of time to those who we love
- Light candles, instead of lamps
- Make a list of everything that makes you happy

Many examples in this book took me back to my childhood days when days weren't rushed. I was outdoors most of the time - playing and enjoying the sunshine, eating a meal together with family, watching the stars at night, sleeping on the terrace during summer nights, celebrating festivals in a simple, traditional manner etc.
"Being constantly busy actually hampers our imagination, while boredom and idleness actually help invite inspiration, despite what society may tell us"
If you are looking for ways to slow down, relax and enjoy life outside the digital world, I highly recommend this book.

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