16 Reasons to Read More

Benefits of Reading

  1. Reading before bed will help you sleep better
  2. Protect against Alzheimer’s disease (“elderly people who regularly read or play mentally challenging games are 2 ½ times less likely to have the debilitating illness“)
  3. Creative hobbies, like reading, help preserve late-life memory. (slowed late-life cognitive decline rate by 32%)
  4. Lower stress – According to a new study reading for just 6 minutes can reduce stress levels by more than 2/3 – relaxing us more than music, a walk or a cup of tea.
  5. Lengthen work out time by reading a book, or listening to an audio book
  6. Boost your vocabulary, which will increase self-confidence, and maybe even help your career (10 Research-Tested Ways to Build Children’ Vocabulary)
  7. Lead By Example – If we want our kids to read more, we need to lead by example.
  8. Improve Empathy
  9. Economical Entertainment – cheaper than going to the movies, free if you visit your library
  10. Increase knowledge
  11. Boost mind-reading skills? Mind-Reading Skills Boosted by Reading Literature
  12. Enhance analytical thinking
  13. Develop more focus and concentration. Try reading for 15-20 minutes before work and you’ll see an improvement in your focus and concentration at work
  14. Better writing skills
  15. Self-Help books have been shown to reduce depression
  16. Promote Imagination
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The Cozy Life: Rediscover The Joy Of Simple Things Through The Danish Concept Of Hygge #spoilerfreebookreview

I first heard about Hygge a few years ago, but with the recent surge in interest throughout social media I decided to pick up a book about Hygge from my local library. The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg is a short book published in 2016 that is a great introduction to Hygge. (pronounced HOO-Gah).

Back Blurb: “In today’s world, we’re constantly rushing from one thing to the next and are struggling with information overload. We’re more disconnected from ourselves and our loved ones than ever before. Rediscover the joy of the simple things through the Danish concept of Hygge in The Cozy Life. This book will inspire you to slow down and enjoy life’s cozy moments!

  • Learn about the Danish cultural phenomenon of Hygge, and the secret to why Denmark is consistently rated the happiest country in the world
  • Embrace the little things and take simplicity and minimalism up a notch
  • Add Hygge into every aspect of your life with practical examples and tips
  • Say goodbye to the Winter Blues and live a healthier, centred life

This charming little book, filled with hand drawn illustrations, beautifully addresses that yearning we all have for a more authentic life, created by ourselves instead of external forces.

What’s stopping you from living a more meaningful and connected life?”

The Cozy Life

The author, Pia Edberg was born in the tiny city of Nykøbing Falster, Denmark, and later moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. She shares her memories of growing up Hygge, including recipes for food and drinks.

Pia EdbergPicture taken from Pia’s website http://www.piaedberg.com/

Hygge is defined as the Danish concept of coziness, or homeyness. It is both a noun and a verb. “The art of creating warmth, comfort, and wellbeing through connection, treasuring the moment, and surrounding yourself with things you love.”

I’m a bit of a “foodie” and love to cook homemade meals, so the recipes shared in this little book intrigued my taste buds, especially Ebleskiver

ebleskiver

Pia also shared instructions on how to made your own “Dream Pillow“, which I’ve never heard of before and would love to make one.

We also got a little advice on decluttering, something I’ve already been doing for a few years now as a way to calm my mind.

My kids and I are taking the 30 Day Hygge Challenge that the author shared in this little book – Day one is to take a relaxing bath. Sounds great to me!

I highly recommend this little book to everyone – Happy Hygge! 🙂