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The Little Book of Lykke Summary – April 2022

Author: Meik Wiking

Short Summary
The Little Book of Lykke (2017) is a self-help book written in the twenty-first century. What do you think it could be about? Success? earing more? Achieving more in lesser time? Sure, there are plenty of books that you can read to become more successful but this book by Meik Wiking aims at teaching people ways to bring more bliss and contentment into their lives.
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Detailed Summary

The Book of Lykke is probably one of the easiest answer keys to one of the most ambiguous questions of life. How to be happy? The author is not here to send you to the gym for hours, or to an ashram where you cut off contact from the rest of the world. Instead, he makes realistic suggestions based on well-researched data.

The word Lykke is a Danish word translated into English as “happiness”. Wiking traveled the world for a long time so that he can collect the secrets of the happiest people on Earth and find out what are the practices are common among them. in this book, he introduces us to the six key factors togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness that bring joy to the people when balanced.

Working for lesser hours, putting your trust in the community, keeping your body active, cultivating feelings of empathy in children from a young age and social equity are few of the reasons why people in Denmark are absolutely happy. The author advises the same to everyone across the world. Not only does Meik explore personal reasons for us to be happier he also draws a roadmap for all the communities to be happy together instead of living in distinctive and isolated bubbles.

The Little Book of Lykke Key Points

You Are Human and that is What Makes You Special

Just like all of us Danish people put their own needs first but they believe in doing it on a communal level rather than personal. If all of the people in a community work together, trust each other, and care for each other’s well-being then the state can surely progress. For the sake of connecting people with each other Denmark has introduced the concept of collective parenting where the older citizens can spend more time with babies and toddlers. The parents can thus have a little time off and bond with each other. Such programs benefit people of all the ages in the community like babies, parents, and grandparents. Community gardens where citizens can plant together and community libraries where every one can donate and lend books are a few other steps that can be taken for bringing a community together.

Get Your Happy Hormones

Every once in a while, go for a jog or run. you need to realize that being fit does not only relate to your physique. Physical activity is important for your brain so that it can produce hormones necessary for being happy. Montreal’s McGill University compared different ways in which people went from one place to the other and found out that those who went by foot felt more satisfied on arrival. You do not necessarily have to hit the gym. You can release just as many happy hormones if you walk, jog or cycle.

The pleasure of Anticipation versus Money

Generally, we humans feel happier towards a thing when we have worked hard to earn it and have waited a certain amount of time before achieving it. Take it this way. if you just keep on buying a muffin every day on your way back from work the muffin will become ordinary to you because it is easily accessible. But if you have it once in a while a make yourself wait for it the anticipation will make you happier. Tie that reward to a goal and make yourself wait. For example, you can say to yourself that if I exercise four days this week, I will reward myself with a muffin on Sunday. As you have waited and worked hard you will feel happier when you get it.

The Hedonic Treadmill

As slaves of capitalism, we never know when to stop. We form a goal and work tirelessly to achieve it. Day and night. Once that goal has been achieved, we raise the scale. To be even crueler with ourselves we link our happiness with this new goal but when we achieve this goal there is another one waiting for us demanding handwork and time. So, this goes on and on and we never really slow down to celebrate our achievements and be happy. Contrary to the popular belief that people who work more might feel more purposeful, research shows that people who work less, have autonomy over their work, and have a proper work-life balance are happier than the former.

The Little Book of Lykke Quotes

“For the ambitious among us, once we reach our goal we soon formulate another to pursue. This is the hedonic treadmill. We continuously raise the bar for what we want or feel we need to be happy – and the hedonic treadmill spins faster with ambition. In other words, the downside to being ambitious is a constant sense of dissatisfaction with our achievements.” ― Meik Wiking

“So perhaps we need to consider how to turn the idea of the pursuit of happiness into the happiness of the pursuit. People on a quest for something they find meaningful – whether that is building a boat or growing the perfect tomato – tend to be happier; they know that happiness is the by-product of the process and not a pot of gold at the finish line.” ― Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Lykke Review

The book gives you a warm fuzzy feeling and opens up your mind to so many possibilities without making you feel that you are doing less or you are not perfect. It will make you realize that happiness is not as unattainable and distant as it appears to be in the modern world. We just need to make the necessary adjustments on both personal and communal levels.

To Whom I Would Recommend the Little Book of Lykke

  • To a frustrated couple in their thirties trying to cultivate happiness.
  • The hodophile trying to know more about the Scandinavian countries.
  • And to anyone who wants to make their life blissful without relying on anyone and anything.

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