Fill Your Bedtime with Hygge

The last in my series of boosting your chances of hygge through the day, and it seems apt to finish with bedtime. Ending your evening on the right note can boost your chances of a good night’s sleep and that, as science has shown, is absolutely vital for good health mentally and physically. Experts recommend a good eight hours of sleep every night. Don’t laugh. … Continue reading Fill Your Bedtime with Hygge

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

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.

Why I am Happier than I have ever been.

It’s getting nearer to May every day, isn’t it? This May is a big month for me… one of those birthdays with an 0 at the end, and I don’t mean 40. Yes, that’s right. I turn 50 in roughly 4 weeks time. 50 the same year as Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, although sadly they are both slightly younger than I am. Hugh Jackman, … Continue reading Why I am Happier than I have ever been.

There are new babies everywhere: Welcome to the World x

I am a sucker for a baby. My family will tell you, by hook or by crook, I will always be the one who ends up holding the baby. In fact, it’s so bad they call me the baby snatcher. The only Sunday group I offer to help with at church is the creche (3 years and under) and I will happily play with a … Continue reading There are new babies everywhere: Welcome to the World x