Want to be Happier in Your Life? Try these Five Steps

We’re all seeking happiness, right? The very first lines of the American Declaration of Independence say “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” And we pursue happiness like a prize to be won, a great destination, a … Continue reading Want to be Happier in Your Life? Try these Five Steps

La Rentrée: Let’s all celebrate a new year.

Last night I slept well. I fell alseep, as usual, listening to a book on Audible (This little tome is a guaranteed sleep aid: not because it’s boring, because it’s not, but because I’ve heard it so many times and I just fall asleep anyway) and woke today refreshed, happy and keen to get to my desk.   Why am I telling you this? Because … Continue reading La Rentrée: Let’s all celebrate a new year.

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

Autumn Hygge: Look for the Gold at the edges of Life

It’s the last days of August: September is nearly here,and thoughts are turning naturally to the last third of the year. I know that we in Britain live in a country with four seasons, but sometimes I feel we only actually have three: The Months Before Christmas, The Months After Christmas and The Months When You Can’t Really Mention Christmas Without People Looking At You … Continue reading Autumn Hygge: Look for the Gold at the edges of Life

Hygge Book: The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking

**Disclosure!!! I was sent an advanced copy of The Little Book of Lykke by the publishers. It won’t actually be available until 7th September, but you can pre-order from any decent bookshop or online outlet now.** Last year’s publishing sensation was The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, and boy was it big. So many people I know … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking

Recipe Tuesday: Overnight Oats for the impatient.

I have been away from my desk for ages. It feels like months, but it’s only 10 days. We (the husband and I) needed the break and it was wonderful to get away to the seaside at Nefyn, just to walk along the seafront in Criccieth, look out over the Irish Sea at Nant Gwytheryn and just spend time together without needing to ask “Have … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Overnight Oats for the impatient.

It’s never too early… **free** Hygge Christmas Manifesto infographic

It’s a cold, wet, dark, dank, dismal Friday afternoon in July. I’m working the full day, I’ve written another 2,000 words for the How to Hygge Your Christmas book that I plan to publish in September and I need a break. What do I do??   Well, a sensible person would call through and ask if there’s any work to do for the Boss. But … Continue reading It’s never too early… **free** Hygge Christmas Manifesto infographic

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