The Simplicity of Cozy

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When experiencing stress, we often overlook life's simplest pleasures, forgetting to pause, and simply, breathe. In Melissa Alvarez's The Simplicity of Cozy: Hygge, Lagom, and the Energy of Everyday Pleasures, the author demonstrates how shifting our energies to life's simplest pleasures and embracing coziness can result in a transformative spiritual growth. In describing this transformation, Alvarez takes us on a global history of understanding what hygge looks like in Denmark and different countries providing us with "try it now" exercises to showcase the joy in enriching our lives with "the simplicity of cozy." Alvarez defines hygge as "a Danish...

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You may have heard of hygge, but this book includes many more special cozy words from around the world. A discussion of each is included, along with easy, practical suggestions for incorporating these concepts into your life.
You probably already know that time outdoors is refreshing, but thinking about the Finnish concept of friluftsliv makes the idea stand out more.
The fact is, our brains have trouble paying attention to ideas that we recognize as familiar. We tend to think, "Yeah, I know that" and move on. It's hard to dismiss lagom and wabi-sabit that easily. The new words and context make the ideas seem fresh, and "try it now exercises" make you take...

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Having a warm and cozy house shouldn't be a big deal but due to all the busyness and stressors of our lives, it becomes a problem. This book is about finding ways to have a cozy life. Hygge is one of the ways that was explored in this book. . A quote from the book explains this concept " You can also think of it as an emotion, mood, or state of mind. When you’re experiencing hygge you feel safe, warm, and cozy.." This book was an inspiration for me. Slowing down, reorganizing my life helped. The author leads you thru a guided meditation for wellness.as well as other ways to help with stress. This book was great and I recommend it to anyone needing some help with making...

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3.5 stars
This is a nice little book on how you can incorporate a variety of practices to bring coziness into your life. If you read self-help books, you likely won't learn many new ideas, but you will appreciate how the author focuses on common practices with coziness in mind. I enjoyed learning how different cultures and countries embrace coziness (or similar concepts). Common themes include decluttering, mindfulness, nature, simplicity, connection, and spiritual practices. The chapter on coziness from an emotional perspective offers a fresh take on dealing with emotions and will encourage readers to be more mindful of how they engage with others. I was inspired to do a little...

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I wasn’t sure what to make if the book initially. I’ve been hearing all about “Hygge” for last year, and how it’s so incredibly life changing from some and total hogwash for others. I decided I would give this book a chance as it explored more than one version of “cozy”.

The book started off a bit slow, and to be honest a bit too “hippie and love” for me. I gave it a chance and continued reading, and I fell in love with it. I’ve been following so many of these practices in my own life over the past few years, slowly integrating the ideas, the book just reinforced what I've already believed. This book has so many great ideas and concepts, for someone looking to really just slow down...

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While I love the idea of this book, it is in essence just a compilation of titles our library already owns. This would be good if you are looking for a brief guide to "cozy" across the multicultural spectrum. Alvarez does add in some personal touches and ideas on how to introduce and appreciate the cozy in our own life.
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I really enjoyed this book, relatively short read with good exercises. It will make a cute gift.
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The Simplicity of Cozy just didn't hit the mark for me. I was expecting a self-help book on how to make more room for hygge in my life and how to live a more relaxed Norwegian type lifestyle. I felt like The Simplicity of Cozy wasn't different than the whole host of books on this topic that have popped up. I didn't need the author to tell me that on stressful days I should pick up take out and not cook dinner. I've got that down. I wanted to know how to not let my life get to that point where I'm stressed and need to pick up that take out food because I have no energy left to cook.
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Loved, loved, loved this! Made me feel warm just by reading it! I enjoyed all of the techniques and ideas that I have found through this and have already put to use. Great book.
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*Advanced reading copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
2.5 stars
Melissa Alvarez is a professional intuitive coach, energy worker, spiritual advisor, medium. 'The simplicity of the cozy' is a beginner's guide to self-care, an inspiring guide, in helping us to be happy for every little moment we live. All of our life should movingaround the concpt of 'cozy', that means find appreciation in every little moments, in every experience.
I like the first part, in which the author gives us an overview of the various cultural terms, most of them northern european, that moving around the 'cozy' concept.
I expected more than this. For me, the...

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I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the idea originally of The Simplicity of Cozy. The author promised I could improve my life and gain peace by fixating on the simple, everyday moments. Instead it's about concepts the author has thrown together without actually knowing what they are about. The "hygge" never made sense from day one. And there is nothing cozy like a blanket in this book at all. simple, everyday moments. She also talks about minimalism without truly understanding the concepts. It is also about achieving spiritual lifestyles. I do not think the author actually knows what being mindful means...

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This book resonates with similar books including Alexandra Stoddard’s Living a BeautifulLife: 500 Ways to add elegance, order, beauty, and joy to every day of your life; and Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. I very much enjoyed the first section about the experience of hagge in various cultures; however, the tone almost felt indifferent and impersonal. I did not feel much connection to the author as I have in the before mentioned texts. I also enjoyed the *Try It Now Exercises* and saved a few to follow in more depth. What felt a little disjointed was the use of “cozy.” While the author explained that many of these terms go beyond our traditional...

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This book was everything it promised. It taught me to connect with being cozy. I would recommend this especially in this seemingly endless winter.
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Disclosure -- I got this from NetGalley for review purposes.

Here's what I liked about this book:
The author clearly did her research on the concept of relaxation in cultures other than just one, like many of the hygge books that are flooding the market right now. She goes wide, plugging in everything from worklife to homelife to social life, and tying all of that into a spiritual kind of hygge that is sometimes missing from other books on the topic. She does write in an accessible, conversational, friendly style, and I do like that each concept has an action item associated with it, so you can put conceptual information into actual practice, if you so choose.

That said, most of...

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I liked it. It wasn't my favorite but it was enjoyable.
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With the popularity of Hygge and other Scandinavian ideals, it feels like there is a new book every day.  I didn't think that this one adds much to the group.
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I enjoyed this book. I am always trying to insert more cozy into my stressful, busy existence. In fact, part of selling my house last year was about downsizing and simplifying in the pursuit of cozy..

I really enjoyed the first section about global concepts related to cozy, and Alvarez shares meditations and exercises throughout the book you can use to find more cozy in your life. I particularly benefited from the parts about being cozy at work. I have had a tough time at work lately, and it's hard to get a minute to myself, much less feel comfortable in my work space. In line with that, cozy in times of crazy was a big help. I feel like the last two years have been pretty harried...

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Im not really surw what this book was aiming for. I wanted to like it, because who doesnt want to be cozy?? But it morphs into energy healing and spirituality and I just wanted to know how to make my house and life more toasty.
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I really enjoyed this book - it begins with an overview of some of the various cultural terms that equate closely to cosy, like hygge, lagom, and others. With those terms explained, Melissa Alvarez then moves on to ideas for bringing that cosy, calming, and settling feeling into your own life. There's a number of different areas she covers, so there should be a suggestion in here for almost everyone - if you can't access nature, for example, there's plenty of suggestions for clearing your head without ever leaving your own home.
A comprehensive little book, and one I'll absolutely be buying when it's released.
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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was aware of the concept of hygge before reading this book and while there were parts of it I agreed with and enjoyed, the book was ruined for me by the sanctimonious tone of the author. The author clearly knows a lot about the metaphysical world and she weaves the topic of coziness into a spiritual practice in a way that makes sense but at the same time seems condescending. There was just something about the tone that didn't resonate with me and that is the reason I gave this book such a low rating. My interest waned with every page I read & I really wanted to like the book because I agree with the...

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