The Little Book of Hygge
Haven't heard of hygge? I'm late to the party too. But there really is no better time than Autumn to join in this nation-wide, happiness-centric craze...
The concept of hygge is cosiness with warm lighting, good food, friends and plenty of candles. I know I'm oversimplifying things, but I hope it paints a pretty warm and fuzzy picture. That's all this book really is, a collection of warm and fuzzy ways to spend your time wisely whilst focussing on what's important to you. From indulging on that Danish to ditching that dress for your comfiest sweater the Danes really do seem to know just how to make your happy - and one hundred percent guilt free.
This book reminds me so much of how I spent my childhood before computers and mobile phones. Before the constant distractions and binge watching sessions. Hygge is about enjoying life in its simplest form and relishing the fact that you are safe, happy and comfortable in with those that are important to you. In other words, the complete opposite of how I spend my day-to-day life immersed in the digital world with constant notifications to my phone, wrist and desktop under the harsh fluorescent lights of my window-less office.
So, if you're anything like me, the idea of hygge can sound completely unattainable. Sometimes even taking ten minutes out of your day to light some candles and curl up under a blanket on the sofa can seem like the most stressful activity in the world as you find yourself mentally checking off your ever-extending to-do list. But, if there's anything I learnt during my blogging hiatus is that it's okay to be selfish with your you time. It's more than okay, it's actually proven to be good for you.
During my time away, The Little Book of Hygge made me transform a corner of my home office into a blanket-ladened beanbag corner, encouraged me to read guilt-free and indulge in a bag of frozen pastries for those mornings when nothing bar a steaming cup of coffee and a Danish will wake me up. But it's also so much more than that. The concept of Hygge encouraged me to evaluate my life, my daily routines - however temporarily - and work in little rays of sunshine that brighten my day and make me say "yes, it' totally okay that I'm doing this just because I want to". Purchasing and learning to play the ukulele was a not-so-terrible side effect of this decision.
So if you're busy, bored and/or mentally exhausted go buy the beautully-designed Little Book of Hygge, light a candle, grab a blanket - whatever makes you happy - and live out some small part of this doom and gloom winter in peace.
Sidenote: I found my perfect oversized denim jacket at a vintage fair last week - you know, the kind that is just the right level of oversized without making you look like the marshmallow man? Life made.