Hygge Books: Reads for Guaranteed Summer Hygge

Isn’t the weather glorious? I remember very few summers when the promise of a fine summer, so often present in May, lasted much beyond the start of June. It’s 23rd July now, my grass is a strange shade of ochre, and water is beginning to assume a revered position in my life. The downside of office work is a distinct lack of weeks off over … Continue reading Hygge Books: Reads for Guaranteed Summer Hygge

Hygge Book: The Lagom Life by Elisabeth Carlsson

Subtitled A Swedish Way of Living. If you’re here because of hygge, rather than my scintillating prose, then you are almost certainly bound to have heard of Lagom. I have written about it a few times, as well as reviewing Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne.   Lagom is living a Goldilocks life, not too much, not too little and an … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Lagom Life by Elisabeth Carlsson

Hygge Book: The Little Book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi

“The Essential Japanese Way to Finding Your Purpose in Life”. I’ve had this book since last October and never quite settled down to read it. I think it was a Kindle purchase at a busy time, and the problem with Kindle books is that, unlike real books, they don’t sit there and stare at you when you don’t read them, they stay in the cloud … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Little Book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi

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.

Hygge Book: 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal

I’m getting ahead of myself here: This book post won’t be published until Thursday but I’m writing it on a sunny Monday morning. Doesn’t the sun have a marvellous impact on your feel-good-factor? There’s something about it makes me smile, and walk with a bounce rather than trodge into work, huddled down against the wind and (most likely) rain. Feeling good, feeling happy, has been … Continue reading Hygge Book: 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal

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