Temperatures have risen all over the Uk this week, with the end of what’s reported as the hottest June for years. It’s blissful, if you like heat. I love winter, so this time of year is usually torture for me: hot, sweaty, lethargic days when I work because I have to, rather than with pleasure. For years I would scuttle to my air conditioned car, … Continue reading The Heat is On… June is the beginning of Summer Hygge.
The last in my series of boosting your chances of hygge through the day, and it seems apt to finish with bedtime. Ending your evening on the right note can boost your chances of a good night’s sleep and that, as science has shown, is absolutely vital for good health mentally and physically. Experts recommend a good eight hours of sleep every night. Don’t laugh. … Continue reading Fill Your Bedtime with Hygge
Most parents I know try very hard to carve out some time after school for their children, whether that’s working fewer hours, or simply pushing bedtime back so that they get time after work. It’s a special time of the day, an opportunity to talk over things and to bond with your children. I was very fortunate in that, when mine were at Primary school … Continue reading Fill Your After School Hours with Hygge
There comes a point in most people’s lives when work is done, finished or put aside, the house is in a good enough state and the next big thing on the horizon is bed. For many, the easiest option is to turn on the TV, sit on the couch and stare into the void until exhaustion (or another person) calls you upstairs. It might be … Continue reading Fill Your Evening with Hygge
The next in my series on boosting hygge throughout your day. This time: lunch. For many people, lunch is a quick affair snatched at the desk or eaten at home while you multi-task watching the news, reading the latest website or scrolling through social media. I have to admit to being guilty as charged myself: on days when I’m rushing or just too stressed to … Continue reading Fill Your Lunch with Hygge
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
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
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?