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Habits not resolutions

‘Start like you mean to go on’, sounds easy, doesn’t it? Yet with the best of intentions we still fall into our old routines just after a couple of weeks or even days from when we convinced ourselves that this would be the start of our new life and we’d become the best version of ourselves. It’s the time of the year to make a change or at least that’s what we learned. The gyms are packed, everyone is dieting and trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions, for at least a month. Right? What is yours? These are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions from 2015: 1. Lose weight 2. Getting organized 3. Spend less, save more 4. Enjoy life to the fullest 5. Staying fit and healthy 6. Learn something exciting 7. Quite smoking 8. Help others with their dreams 9. Fall in love 10. Spend more time with family ( Statistic Brain institute) I don’t think much has changed. We generally give the same resolution and the trend is usually that …

Hygge – Embracing the everyday moments

On a rainy and dark February evening, I’m on my way down to the store to get some candles after finishing work. One of my colleagues catches up with me and we chat about our evening plans. I say I’m going to get some candles, and she asks me “Is there a special occasion?” I get a bit puzzled. I’ve never thought about it that way. Why would it be a special occasion? Running out on candles is like running out on milk for a Scandi, we use more candles than anywhere else in the world. The Scandinavian countries are ranked as the happiest people in the world’s year on year, so is there more meaning to the flick of a candle flame than we might first think? Everywhere in the world people light candles to create a warm, intimate ambience. It’s the sort of atmosphere that provides safety and shielding from the world. In Sweden this cosiness is called “mys”, in Norway “cos” and in Denmark “hygge”. Swedes have turned cosiness into nearly a religion. …