The Resilience of The Worker Bee

A year ago today I was at a proofreading course in York, travelling there and back by train. The route to and from York takes me through stations that are familiar to me from years of travelling on the Liverpool to Manchester railway: Rainhill, Earlstown, Eccles, and Manchester Victoria. I passed through Manchester Victoria that night on my way home at around about 7pm. The … Continue reading The Resilience of The Worker Bee

Hygge Book: The Lagom Life by Elisabeth Carlsson

Subtitled A Swedish Way of Living. If you’re here because of hygge, rather than my scintillating prose, then you are almost certainly bound to have heard of Lagom. I have written about it a few times, as well as reviewing Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne.   Lagom is living a Goldilocks life, not too much, not too little and an … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Lagom Life by Elisabeth Carlsson

Fill Your Morning with Hygge

Are you a morning person? If you are, lucky you! I’m a night owl. At college, I would rather sleep from 2 in the morning until 10 and wake up mid-morning ready to start the day. I love staying awake late at night reading, painting, watching, planning. It’s much better to be a morning person, especially when you have children and suddenly a lie-in becomes … Continue reading Fill Your Morning with Hygge

Fill Your Day With Hygge

I have had a most beautiful Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK. The sun shone, the sky was a most magnificent azure blue, we had nothing much planned, and the weekend was free to unfold magnificently.   I very often find some of the most hyggely moments of my life are those I haven’t planned for: the impromptu barbecue, the coffee grabbed in haste … Continue reading Fill Your Day With Hygge

Hygge Book: The Little Book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi

“The Essential Japanese Way to Finding Your Purpose in Life”. I’ve had this book since last October and never quite settled down to read it. I think it was a Kindle purchase at a busy time, and the problem with Kindle books is that, unlike real books, they don’t sit there and stare at you when you don’t read them, they stay in the cloud … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Little Book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi

The Next Big Thing: Which country will we look at next? Why not a City?

It seems to me that words and ideas go in cycles and groups. We went through hygge, lagom and kalsarikannit within the last two years. I’ve got the hang of the first two, and I’m working on the last one as we speak…. Britain (whatever the results of the Brexit vote in 2016 have been presented as) has always been an outward-facing country. We’re an … Continue reading The Next Big Thing: Which country will we look at next? Why not a City?

Hello, Monday! I am planning ahead.

It’s sunny out, but there’s a wind that catches the sign outside and makes a moaning noise now and again. The wind’s not in the right direction to push the door open, thank Goodness, or the ceiling tiles would be rising and falling like waves at the beach. The passers-by have coats on, jackets rather than heavy winter coats, and some have a warm jumper … Continue reading Hello, Monday! I am planning ahead.

It’s Friday!!! Make the weekend even Happier.

I am writing this at 4.22 on a Friday afternoon at work. I have been working all day, but I had a couple of hours free this afternoon. I played. Of course, I played. Here’s a free infographic based on my new book, Happier. It’s a simple selection of practical things you can do to boost your happiness right now, right this minute. It’s not … Continue reading It’s Friday!!! Make the weekend even Happier.