Ever since I wrote about living softly at the beginning of the year, I have been ever so slightly obsessed with the concept of Hygge and all things Danish.
Denmark is apparently the happiest place in the world, one imagines cold, dark winters, herring, Lego and pastries when thinking about Denmark, but anyone who has visited knows it is not only one of the cleanest places to live, it’s also one of the most civilised, with an excellent infrastructure, amazing design and a great approach to what matters in life.
Journalist and typical Londoner Helen Russell was given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, Denmark and decided to try to uncover the formula for Danish happiness. Her subsequent book The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, moving story of a journey that illustrates how the Danes get it right (and wrong) and how we all might benefit from living a little more Danishly.
So as the nights draw in and the weather starts to get colder, embrace all that winter has to offer and think like a Dane. Light a fire, candles and wrap up in a blanket – preferably in a cabin. Or alternatively buy the book and check out the collaboration with Danish interiors brand Hay and COS.