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I don't know if you'd noticed but I have a bit of a thing for Scandinavian style. Not just interiors but their whole approach to life.  If it wasn't for the fact that I reach for a jumper if the temperature drops below 25 degrees, I reckon I'd be quite happy there.  Now it seems that the rest of the UK is now clambering upon the so-called 'Scandwagon'. 

September see the publication of several books on the subject of Hygge (pronounced 'hue-ga'), a Danish concept centered around wellbeing, and the latest lifestyle trend.  There is no literal translation but it can be loosely defined as the art of cosiness:  Hygge is all about embracing life's simple pleasures.  Given that Denmark averages a rather depressing 4.36 hours of sunlight per day it is perhaps strange that it regularly tops the polls for the world's happiest country.  Or is it? The Danes will tell you that this is all down to hygge.

There is no literal translation but it can be loosely defined as the art of cosiness

While here in Britain we are constantly battling with ourselves - think fad diets or judging your self worth by your number of followers on social media - over in Scandi-land they don't waste their energy on such trivial matters.  Instead, they will eat that pastry and savour it, they will cherish the time spent chatting with real friends over coffee.  In essence, hygge is all about living in the present, being aware of it and, most of all, enjoying it.

Would this be your hygge moment? 

Would this be your hygge moment? 

In Denmark, hygge comes in to its own in winter (mugs of cocoa by a roaring fire and reading by candlelight whilst wrapped in a chunky blanket are typical examples) but it is not reserved for the cold.  Here in the UK it is easy to find moments of hygge.  Personally, these would include seeing the first daffodils on a crisp spring morning, walking barefoot on freshly cut grass and being curled up in bed with my kitties while the rain pours down outside. 

I'm going to make a conscious effort to enjoy at least one moment of hygge each day, why don't you try it too? Let's all make time for hygge and maybe we can give those Danes a run for their money in the happy stakes!

'The Little Book of Hygge' by Miek Wiking is one of several books on the subject of hygge out this month.

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