Dear Positive Habit People,
During the week I was in the bedroom of the 12-year-old daughter of one of my very good friends and I noticed these tiny dolls clothes that had been framed into three lovely pictures that hung on the wall. When I asked my friend about their origin, she told me that her grandmother had made them for her dolls when she was a little girl. She had always treasured them and wanted her daughter to do the same, so for posterity, she framed them. Many years ago my mother did a similar thing and made me a toy dog from patches of old dresses she had made and no longer wore. Every time she looked at the toy dog she was reminded of the dresses and all of the memories associated with them.
I just love this, it is so ‘hygee‘, a Danish word that has no exact translation in English. This brings me to, ‘The Little Book of Hygee – The Danish way to Live Well,’ a book I have been dipping in and out of all week and can highly recommend as a way of injecting some simple, positive vibes into your life. One of hygee’s main principles is to connect with friends in an informal way, finding cosy spots in your life to enjoy the comforts of a warm blanket, a cup of tea and a good old natter.
The hygee manifesto, as outlined in the picture above, sums up both my friend’s lovely dolls’ clothes and my mum’s patchwork dog; both have a story to tell of loved ones and memories and remind us of what is truly important in life – the people we love and their stories.
“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,” Wiking, the author explains, “it is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”
You know hygge when you feel it.
Have a lovely week and remember to spread some ‘hygge” by sharing this blog post.
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