Tiny Navajo Reads: The Little Book of Lykke

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February 8, 2019 by TinyNavajo

The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking

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*Published December 26, 2017*

lykkeWe’ve finally moved on from Library Wars which I have truly loved, but there does need to be variety  in what one reads. The Little Book of Lykke is as far away from Library Wars as one could possibly get.

While the Danes are the happiest people on the planet, happiness isn’t exclusively Danish; cultures around the world have their own unique approaches to leading a contented, fulfilled life. For his work at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Meik Wiking travels the globe from Dubai to Finland, Rio de Janeiro to Bhutan, South Korea to the United States, to discover the secrets of the very happiest people.

In The Little Book of Lykke, Meik identifies the six factors that explain the majority of differences in happiness across the world—togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness—and explores what actions we can take to become happier. As he reveals, we can deepen our blissfulness and contentment with little adjustments in our behavior, whether it’s eating like the French (sitting around a table and savoring our time) or dancing the tango like Argentinians in Buenos Aires.

Again, when it comes to nonfiction books, I like to read and learn about others in the world if possible. This book definitely does that as it brings to light what other cultures and peoples in the world do to be happy. It’s follows in the same lines as Meik Wiking’s previous book, The Little Book of Hygge, only now it’s focused on the world, rather than just the Danes.

What I enjoyed most about this particular book was that it focused on happiness and how other countries and cultures defined happiness and how it looked in those countries. Sadly, for a lot of those things, America was ranked far lower than any of the other countries highlighted. I think that just means we, as Americans, need to focus our thoughts on more than just material things and more about experiences and making sure we have the ability to experience said things. But what do I know? I’m American.

What makes you happy? If there was once piece of advice you could give to someone to help them be happier, what would it be? Comment below and let me know!

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