HOW TO GET THROUGH THE WINTER LIKE THE DANES DO…

How to stay happy like the Danes during winter lockdown is an article I read in The Times.

Apparently Denmark is grappled with coronavirus rates higher than most of its Nordic neighbours and is also now on the UK quarantine list and the economy is facing its biggest contraction since the Second Word War with dark and dreary winter well on its way. But this doesn’t bother the Danes, they are still happy.

Where else in the world would choose this moment to open a Happiness Museum, devoted to the subject for which the Danes are most famous? And not only that, but manage to attract up to 70 smiling visitors a day, even with the dearth of tourists on Copenhagen’s streets.

The Telegraph wrote that one study even found that the closer a country is in distance to Denmark, the happier its people are likely to be! So are Danes just born happy, or do they know something we don’t? Well, the Danes have better work-life balance than anywhere else in the world, with only 2 per cent regularly working long hours (compared to an average figure of 13 per cent for other countries). All employees are entitled to a minimum of five weeks paid holiday a year, and when Danes are at work, they often have flexible working environments.

The Danes also love their sweets, especially baking and eating cakes, cookies, and pastries. Anything home-cooked is much more hygge than something store-bought. Hygge drinks are best served warm. Tea, hot chocolate, and mulled wine all have a high hygge factor. Especially on a cold winter night.

Culture Trip wrote that from November until the end of February, Denmark’s nickname is Mordor. Yes, you got that right, J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional world of Middle-earth. Truth is that some days you can’t really tell which is one is the worst but don’t despair because these tips will help you to survive the winter like a local. Getting through the Danish winter is a tough challenge even for locals. With more than four months of low temperatures often sinking below zero, sunless weeks with the morning light coming up at around 8 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m. and heavy rain or snow, Covid-19 and lockdowns, you’ll need more than just Vitamin D to survive the wintertime.

So, don your baggy scarves, think of indoor activities and crafts you can do, bake, bake and bake some more (make sure you do the steps after baking) and get your magazines and books at the ready, and a cosy throw. Wrap yourself up into a little cocoon and enjoy winter no matter what.

HOW TO ARRANGE YOUR LIVING ROOM FURNITURE IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS…

Have you had your living room the same way forever? I have, then I found these handy infographics on different ways of arranging your furniture and it inspired me to turn the room around.

5 AMAZING STORES FOR ALL YOU NEED IN YOUR HOME…

Here are my pick of 5 amazing stores for all you need in your home.

1. If you like Nordic cool, then Skandium is perfect for you. With great Danish and Swedish lifestyle products. It has an easy and user-friendly online presence which offers an even broader range of products than those found in store. Expensive products but very unique.

2. One of my absolute favourites the Conran shop. Sitting at the higher end of the spectrum, it is a fantastic place for finding gifts and furnishings, from quintessential brands to lesser-known boutique artisans.

3. Zara home, another favourite of mine and one I would always visit when in Spain to look for something not available in the U.K. It has achieved a clever fusion of Spanish chic and Nordic simplicity in a haven of whites and taupes. I’m really into linen table collections of which they have many and worth looking through.

4. The White Company – what can you not like about The White Company? I could spend all day on the website and run out of space to save items I want to buy. In particular, there gorgeous bedding range.

5. H&M Home who seem to cater for every trend. H&M Home also has great bedding and bathroom ranges all at very affordable prices.