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

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.

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

What are you doing on Monday?

Monday is 23rd April, that’s St George’s Day. It’s also Shakespeare’s birthday and death day. None of which I usually celebrate in big style, except when the children were younger and I would read them a version of the St George legend. Why the Patron Saint of England is a knight from Turkey famous for slaying mythical creatures, I don’t know. I suspect it’s another … Continue reading What are you doing on Monday?

A Word for the Weekend: Huffle-buffs

It’s Friday! Yay! I have made it through another week and this time I actually made time to write for the blog! So much of my time and energy at the moment is being taken up with writing about happiness for the new book (it will be ready soon) that after I’ve done the paid work there isn’t a lot of energy left for blog … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Huffle-buffs

Hygge Book: A Sense of Home Eat/Make/Sleep/Live by Helen James

It’s full-blown spring outside now. The daffodils in the pots by my front door are dancing, the sun wakes me in the morning (the joys of a window that faces North East!) and 6pm has hit me unaware several times this week, forcing me down from my stepladder of doom to make a hasty tea before grabbing the gloss brush and getting on with it. … Continue reading Hygge Book: A Sense of Home Eat/Make/Sleep/Live by Helen James