Have you heard the buzz about Hygge? (Pronounced as ‘hue-gah’ or ‘hoo-gah’). It’s a Danish word which is about living well and enjoying simple pleasures. It’s gone a little crazy with quite a few Hygge books written about the subject. The closest translation for us Brits is probably feeling cosy or improving one’s well-being. Okay, some people might think it’s a load of nonsense or perhaps that our Danish friends are being a tad smug. I think it’s summing up what people start to realise when they get older; that your big promotion or those extravagant purchases aren’t going to make you truly happy. To me, that’s the key, be thankful for life’s little pleasures, and you will automatically be so much happier.
Weekend Brunch with Friends
My Hygge Happiness
I’ve owned my own business, had a demanding career and am now ultra-lucky because I can now create my agenda and work from home. I feel blessed to know that it is those simple little pleasures that make you happy. My life is just one big ‘Hygge Hug’ now, especially because I’m a blogger, so do what I want when I want. Here are ten of my little pleasures in life
Being a blogger and making up my job as I go along is total freedom.
Wearing my pyjamas while working is the best, okay I do try to get properly dressed around 10 am so I’m not too much of a slob!
Taking a photograph of things that make me happy is a pleasure – cats, cakes and flowers – see my Instagram feed, and you’ll understand.
Sneaking treats to the neighbourhood cats, so they let me stroke them. I get the pleasure of owning a pet without having to own a pet. It’s a win, win situation and so much cheaper!
Ernest (Grumpy Neighbourhood Cat)
Heading off to enjoy breakfast on a weekday and seeing all those poor people rushing to the tube station is satisfying (sorry people but I used to do the commuting bit myself).
Enjoying a cup of coffee and reading a free London newspaper in a café. I remember the days when you had to pay for newspapers and the coffee wasn’t very good. Now that the coffee has improved and the papers are free, this makes me want to shout yippee!
Eating a relaxed brunch at the weekend with friends or with my Homeboy. Eating out is my most significant expense now, and I’m thankful that London has so many great restaurants and food markets to try.
Going out for a walk at the weekend with friends and exploring London. I always feel so lucky to live in this fantastic city. Walking along Regents Canal is my favourite.
Regents Canal Walk
Cuddling up to a hot water bottle in the evening while watching my favourite box sets and putting those pyjamas back on again.
Switching off my mobile phone at night, leaving it in the other room and closing the door on it.
Hygge Books and Pinterest Inspiration
I’m sure you can figure out what makes you happy and do more of it. If you do need to read a book about the subject, there are plenty on the market. Some of the authors to look out for are Meik Wiking, Louisa Thomsen Brits, Jonny Jackson and Elias Larsen, Marie Tourell Søderberg, Signe Johansen and Pia Edberg. For lovely photographs and ideas check out my Hygge Pinterest Board.
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