All is Calm, All is Bright: Warmth

I think I can bear many things in life, like feeling hungry, having nothing to read, boredom or even losing connectivity on my 4g phone (hello O2!) but I cannot abide feeling cold. Not bitterly cold. Not that bone-chilling, been outside too long with the wrong clothing, my toes are no longer responding, my hands are chilled and I am shivering kind of cold. I just hate it.

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Human beings need a degree of warmth, otherwise our bodies shut down because the energy needed to keep them heated becomes too much. We don’t hibernate, unlike some other mammals, so we don’t have an inbuilt ability to slow our heartbeats, lower our core temperature and enter a state of suspended animation to get through harsh and brutal winters on the minimum of energy expenditure. That’s why the discovery of fire, and the consequential increased chance of surviving through the winter, made such a difference to our ancestors.

And we need emotional warmth just as much. As solo or self-reliant as we may feel, humans are set up to be pack animals and a life devoid of human contact would be disastrous. When I was a teenager, I remember the harrowing pictures of Romanian orphanages, the rows of children who, deprived of basic human warmth and touch from day one, had failed to make crucial neural connections at the right time and were consequently shut off from society forever.

Today, I’m going to spread the warmth. Physically, I’m going to make a large pot of stew and share it with my family. I’m going to smile at everyone I meet, and ask them how they are (a bit like in Crocodile Dundee, when he walks down the street in New York and says hello to everyone) and online, when I promise not to be rude or mean to anyone, but to spread a little warmth through kindness and joy.

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I have a massive favour to ask….

I don’t monetise my blog. I don’t run adverts, take sponsorship for writing posts or use affiliate links. I want everything I do on this blog and in my hygge life outside to be truthful. If I promote a book it’s because I’ve read it and like it, if I  point out an item it’s because it’s impressed me on its own merits and not because the publicist has talked me into it. It does mean I don’t run giveaways and I’m not chasing followers, but the drawback is that I need to find a way to support myself.

That’s why I write books. My thoughts are that if I ask you to buy a book not only does it support me, and let me keep writing as an independent writer, but you get something back for your bucks. I’ve written several books, some on hygge, some on Christmas. If you like what you read here, or in the Hygge Nook, and you’d like to support a struggling writer, would you please consider buying a book? Ebooks give you the best value, since for 2 or 3 pounds you get the content of the book, but I’d be a pretty poor writer if I didn’t appreciate the beauty of a real book in the hand. If you buy just one book, it all adds up in the end to support me, and I’d be so grateful.

I have three Christmas books,

Have Yourself a Happy Hygge Christmas was released in September 2017 and is available again in paperback and ebook version. It looks at keeping the Christmas season warm and cosy, with ideas for activities and routines to keep Christmas happy.

A (Hygge) Christmas Carol is my look at Dickens’ immortal classic and the many lessons we still learn from it today. It contains the full text of the book as well as hyggely thoughts on the story.

Enjoying a Self Care Christmas is only available in ebook version. It’s about keeping Christmas simple enough and healthy enough to keep you sane in the process.

My other books are hygge related, 50 Ways to Hygge the British Way  was my first book, and is available in Paperback and Kindle version. It’s a simple look at ways to feel more hyggely in life and at home even though we’re not Danish and don’t have it in our DNA.

How to Hygge Your Summer, in Paperback and Kindle form, has lots of good ideas for the summer months. I strongly believe that hygge is so much more than throws and warm drinks.

Happier is my fourth book. It’s about how I boost my own happiness levels. It’s full of hints, tips and ideas for you to use and adapt to suit your own situation. It is available in ebook and paperback version from and

If you buy any of the books through the links on this page, I get a couple of extra pence per copy, in Amazon vouchers which go towards buying more books to review for the blog. I’d really love it if you’d support me monetarily, but I quite understand that cash is tight for many people, and I just love having your support via reading and commenting as well.

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