A Word for the Weekend: Lykke. It’s Danish for Happiness

This week’s word will be all over the cuddly shelves of the bookshops on September 7th. It’s the word Meik Wiking has chosen for his new book, The Little Book of Lykke. Unlike hygge, this word does have a direct English translation: it means happiness. Okay, so I’ve chosen it as the word for the weekend because the new book (which I reviewed here) is … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Lykke. It’s Danish for Happiness

A Word for the Weekend: Arbejdsglaede

Last week I was away on my holidays. It was lovely: I had a fantastic time, it was relaxing, total break from life, a time spent doing very little apart from walking along seafronts, eating ice creams, reading and crafting. After such a lovely time, coming back to work should be a let down, shouldn’t it? The British and American cultures are very fond of … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Arbejdsglaede

A Word for the Weekend: Gigil

Gigil is a tagalog word that is the feeling you get when you want to touch something and can’t… you know, the shivery, teeth-gritting feeling when you see a cute baby that isn’t related to you and you would instinctively want to scoop them up, or to tickle them, or to kiss them all over but…. you’re not related to them, and you don’t have … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Gigil

A Word for the Weekend: Lagom.

Is Lagom vastly different from hygge? Well, no. They’re not in competition. They are, in actuality, exceedingly compatible. Fredagsmys is hygge, fika is hygge, spending time outside is hygge. Whether you choose the Swedish or the Danish name is more the question. In their love for jumping on bandwagons and breaking down self-created idols, papers this year have been quick to jump over hygge as … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Lagom.