THE ART OF MAKING MEMORIES HYGGE STYLE…

The Art of Making Memories – How to Create and Remember Happy Moments is a book written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute Copenhagen.

The Guardian wrote about a masterclass Meik Wiking held in May of this year.

Do you remember your first kiss? Or how the first rays of spring sun feel on your skin? How about the best meal you’ve ever have? Every year, we are given a fixed number of days. Some pass us by and others stay with us forever. Memorable experiences are characterised by intensity of perception, depth of feeling, or a sense of profound significance, which causes them to stand out in our minds.

But what ingredients produce these happy memories? Why is it that a piece of music, a smell, a taste can bring us back to a moment we thought we had forgotten? Is it possible to learn to create and retain happy memories?

Through a combination of research and mnemonics (learning techniques that aid memory retention or retrieval), expert and researcher in happiness Meik Wiking took clients through how and why peak experiences are made, stored and remembered. He went through the science behind memories and encouraged attendees to tap into their own memory bank, ultimately giving them the ingredients for a library of happy moments.

The course content included – Reflecting on happy memories, how memories are stored and why we remember some better than others, plus the ingredients for happy memories and memory-making tips.

Meike Wiking has been described by The Times as probably the happiest man in the world. He is a leading voice in the field of self-help/personal development. In 2011 he founded the world’s first Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, and as part of this work he contributes annually to the UN World Happiness Report.

He consults cities, governments and organisations around the world on happiness, and has worked with the Minister of State for Happiness in the UAE, the state of Jalisco in Mexico, and the city of Goyang in South Korea, among others. He holds a degree in business and political science and previously worked for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When he’s not studying political science and writing several books and reports on happiness, wellbeing and quality of life, Meik enjoys photography and playing tennis (quite badly) with friends.

About his book The Art of Making Memories, he told The Daily Mail, ‘it’s now recognised that being able to retrieve happy memories keeps you healthy. Nostalgia is considered a useful psychological mechanism, which counteracts loneliness and anxiety. All of which makes it more important than ever to find out how we create happy memories and how we hold onto them.

As we get older, we need to give our brains a regular workout and learning how to remember and retrieve happy moments is one way of keeping our memories fighting fit.

Our global study helped us identify the very best ways to do it . . .

This isn’t the first book from author Meik Wiking, his first book was the best selling ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ The Danish Way to Live, plus ‘The Little Book of Lykke’ The Danish Search for the Happiest People.

On Amazon the details on the book ‘The Art of Making Memories ‘, says Happy memories are essential to our mental health. They strengthen our identity, sense of purpose and relationships. Meik’s new book will teach you how to create and remember happy moments and will change how you think about happy memories.” Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Number One bestselling author of The 4 Pillar Plan and BBC Breakfast GP

The third book from the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and internationally bestselling author of The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking.

Why is it that a piece of music, a smell, a taste can take us back to something we had forgotten? How is it that we remember our first kiss in detail, but barely remember anything of a fortnight’s holiday from five years ago? Memories are the cornerstones of our identity, shaping who we are, how we act, and how we feel. But how do we make and keep the memories that bring us lasting joy?

Happiness expert Meik Wiking has the answers. In The Art of Making Memories he brings together his extensive research drawn from the world’s biggest study on happy memories(which involved 1000 people from 75 countries), conducted at the Happiness Research Institute, along with data and diaries, interviews, global surveys and studies, and real-life behavioural science and happiness experiments, to explain the nuances of nostalgia, the different ways we form memories around our experiences, and how we can become better at recalling them.

Written in Meik’s warm and funny trademark style, filled with infographics, illustrations, and photographs, and featuring “Happy Memory Tips”, The Art of Making Memories is a life-affirming read which show you it’s easier than you think to make your life unforgettable.

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TWO OF THE BEST WINTER HYGGE COLOURING BOOK…

The Cosy Winter Hygge Colouring Book by Elizabeth James will take you straight into a Hygge world.

Light the fire, burn the candles, grab yourself a snuggly blanket and get yourself all lovely and cosy this winter – it’s time to bring some hygge into your life!

A perfect book for the dark winter nights. Available from Amazon for £3.95 and other good book sellers.

Hygge Adult Colouring Book : A Book to Enjoy and Colour for a Cozy, Simple, Happy Life, by Megan Halsey is another beautiful book to enjoy on a cold day with your blanket over your feet sitting on the sofa. The images are so fantastic that I’m sure you will want to frame some of your finished pieces. Also available from Amazon for £8.33

COUNTRY GARDENS AND DREAMY OUTDOOR LIVING THE HYGGE WAY…

ONLING THE ULTIMATE DANISH HYGGE CLOTHING…

Onling, the ultimate Danish Hygge clothing is an online shop full to the brim of all you would embrace in Hygge wear.

Knitting atmosphere with yarn, needles and zippers

You immediately think natural exquisite materials which make you look and feel great.

Not only do they sell clothes but they also sell wool and run workshops and events ( although not very local for us Brits).

One particular class which has totally sold out and caught my eye was ‘knitting class for experienced knitters, learn to read English patterns’. 

Chabel hat with stripes of light grey, dark grey and dusty rose, made in wool and alpaca

Onling say “We believe that the fashion industry needs to change by producing better products that last longer and are environmentally friendly.

At Önling we select fabrics that leave the smallest possible impact on the environment, as we know that a piece of clothing will not stand a chance of becoming the modern consumer’s favorite, if it is not responsibly produced.

We select the best, natural fabrics for our clothes. We only use organic cotton, we buy left-over fabrics – called deadstock – from other brands, and we incorporate sustainable fabrics like bamboo, Lyocell and fish leather into our limited collections. We only produce 200 pieces of each style, which means that you will get a unique product, when you buy Önling.

In addition to that, we have completely avoided plastic in our packaging, as we do not want to add to the plastic islands floating around in the pacific ocean. All our products are wrapped in recycled paper bags and even though this might sound like small thing, for us it is big. We have saved the environment for 70.000 polybags by now, and we are proud to take on this responsibility.”.

Lets hope others follow this lead and become as environmentally friendly as Onling.

Choosing natural fibres for sustainable design