Firstly, I would like to thank Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, for bringing The Little Book of Lykke into our lives. Never before has a book inspired me so much, in fact, it is so much more than just a book, it has had such an uplifting impact on my life almost from the moment I started reading it.
As soon as you lay your eyes on this little delight it radiates happiness with it’s gold debossing on the front cover which glistens under the light, to it’s perfect size to curl up with on the sofa. I love the structure of the book, it is easy to read and sprinkled with pictures, cute illustrations and the occasional happiness tip which I couldn’t help but become excited about as I turned the page to find one waiting for me. It really has a special feeling about it.
In the book, Meik takes you on a treasure hunt around the world to uncover ways we can all find a little more happiness, or should I say Lykke, in our lives, and you really do feel like you are along for the ride. What I particularly love is that everything discussed in this book is achievable, for each and every one of us, it’s not an expensive hobby or something you have to fit the criteria for in order to benefit from. By showing you the potential effect that things can have on your happiness you are encouraged to build upon them, and each of these “keys to happiness” which are neatly compacted into this beautifully heart-warming little book is easily incorporated into your life.
I am not overexaggerating when I say this book has changed my life, not in some crazy revolutionary way, but by making small changes and adjusting my perspective on certain things it really has had a positive effect on not only my life, but our life, and our happiness. The first night I started this book I read of how simply lighting candles at the dinner table can enhance our feelings of togetherness (which, yes you guessed it – contributes to our happiness), so I got some tea lights out from the cupboard ready for dinner time… As my children (aged 2 and 4) entered the newly sparkling room they both exclaimed “Aaaah lovely!” in a chorus as they clapped their little hands together, and their faces lit up as brightly as the light shining from the candles themselves. If this doesn’t speak volumes of the natural effect such simple things can have on us then I don’t know what does.
I believe that happiness is within us all, sometimes we just need help to bring it out, and that is what this book is all about. I have only scraped the surface here, The Little Book of Lykke is packed to the rafters of great tips, it has so much to offer and it really is one of those which you will not want to put down. It’s light-hearted and down to earth tone tinged with humour had me smiling throughout, and it has left me feeling invigorated and positive for the future. If it is possible to fall in love with a book, I am head over heels with this one.