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

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.

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