Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Let's talk about HYGGE!

I love Autumn.

(Clare Elise & Lewis)

I mean, I really LOVE AUTUMN -  it's my favourite time of year. I love the colour of the leaves and the crisp sound they make as you walk over them; being warm and snug in a big jumper and scarf and walking on a cool evening with a cup of coffee in my hand. Bliss!

A couple of weeks ago I saw a book online called "The Little Book Of Hygge" by Meik Wiking. For me, this was a must read. It's a book all about the Danish Way of Living. Did you know that the Danes are said to be the happiest people in the world? 

(Reading The Little Book Of Hygge)

The author, Meik Wiking, is the CEO of The Happiness Research Insitute in Copenhagen. 
Here's his YouTube video chatting about Happiness Research... 

There are plenty of books about HYGGE as it seems to be a hot topic right now, however, I decided to give this book a read as this is the one that really stood out to me.

(photo by Clare Elise)

Hygge pronounced hue-gah, hooga or Hhyooguh, in a nutshell, is all about creating a comfortable, snug and calm environment, which I guess makes you feel happy and content! It's also all about quality time with friends and family and about building and growing those important relationships and disconnecting from social media and being present in the moment.

Last Friday was all about exploring Hygge for us as a family. We decided to jump in feet first and to try out pretty much everything that I had read about in "The Little Book Of Hygge".

Chris got home from work at around 3pm and that's when our afternoon / evening began. It was a cool Autumn day so we wrapped ourselves up in warm, snug, comfortable clothing and headed out to our favourite spot to chill - a place called Arundel. 

(Family photo Chris, Clare Elise & Lewis)

It was time to explore HYGGE! 

(Outside Grounds Coffee House in Arundel)

The first thing to do was to detach ourselves from our phones so as soon as we arrived in Arundel we made a decision to pop them away in our pockets and leave them there. We then walked to Grounds Coffee House, Arundel to grab some coffee and cake and to enjoy some quality time together. I treated myself to carrot cake and coffee and Chris enjoyed a piece of lemon cake along with a cup of tea. Lewis wasn't left out of the either as he happily munched away on biscuits and soy milk whilst we chatted.

(Clare Elise enjoying coffee at Grounds Coffee House in Arundel)

I'm not going to lie, it felt really good to be present in the moment. Chris and I are both guilty of letting our phones rule our lives and often when we sit having coffee either one or both of us will be on our phones at some point either replying to emails or updating social media. It was great just to chat about our day and plans for the weekend and fab to have quality time with Lewis. The cafe was really homely and snug which created the perfect environment for our special family time.

Hygge is also about wrapping up warm and experiencing the outdoors. 

So we did just that and went off exploring and to the park...

We really enjoyed our time in Arundel together as we spent hours out and about walking together, chatting, exploring and the fun bit for Lewis was playing in the park and collecting twigs! 

In the evening we made our home more comfortable. I lit lots of candles; brought chocolate spiders and popcorn and we snuggled on the sofa to watch a film.

(Popcorn and treats)

What did I think about the book and Hygge?

I feel the book is a positive read and would create positive change to anyone's life. Spending quality time with family and friends and creating comfortable and cosy surroundings at home, really help you to relax and unwind. The book is easy to read and a handy one to have on the bookcase. All in all, I really enjoyed reading it, I really enjoyed putting things in the book into practice and I feel that it's added even more sparkle to our family life.

(Love sign and lights)