That’s a wrap on our Scandinavian adventure! We’ve hit hygge, lykke, lagom, Swedish death cleaning, and even a taste of ostkaka! This is by no means a comprehensive guide, but in case you’re joining us for the first time, here’s a recap on this past month:
Lykke is a more academic study on the components of happiness and how we can increase our happiness by minding these different components. There is a lot of overlap between lykke and hygge; while I would recommend either book, hygge is about practical applications and lykke is for people who want a slightly deeper understanding of themselves and happiness.
Swedish Death Cleaning
After applying hygge, lykke, and lagom to our lives, we arrive at the end of what was hopefully a rich, meaningful, and fulfilling life. Swedish death cleaning is one of the final projects to tackle before we move on. This is a great read for any adult; it forces you, if only for a moment, to think about your life as a whole, and where you want to be at the end of the journey. It’s more philosophy and wisdom than it is a practical guide to cleaning. If you only read one of these books, make it this one.
This is an added bonus: food! I saw a recipe for ostkaka in one of the books on lagom, so of course I made it. Ostkaka is a quiche-omelette hybrid that translates to “cheesecake.” The recipe sounded like something I would enjoy eating. Turns out, it wasn’t, but that’s neither here nor there. Food is always welcome in my world.
I really enjoyed reading these books; it’s been an eye-opening month. Not only is it different from the hybrid culture I was raised in, it aligns with the values I currently have and the life I want to live in the future. I’m working to overcome lifelong habits and incorporate concepts and aspects that resonate with me. It’s not going to be easy, and I’ll definitely relapse many times, but it’s something I want to aspire to.
Which of these were your favorite? Do you have recommendations for other books?