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JYSK happiness survey results 

Published October 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I received a lot of answers as part of my JYSK happiness question in my recent competition. My answers along with the answers from other bloggers taking part have all been published into a survey. 

The UK seems to be happiest cuddling pets on the sofa in a clean and tidy home with all of their favourite people and things in one place – and wearing pyjamas while we’re cuddling, makes the happiness complete. We seem to be a nation of regular cat and dog snugglers – and yes, they are allowed on the sofa. (But not in my house) 
Playing with the kids also hits the top of the happiness at home table just above a love of our own beds, clean sheets and very  rare moments of ‘me time, once the kids have gone to bed. (This one I do agree with) 
JYSK’s ‘Feel the Happiness’ Report, also states that the majority of us are utterly devoted pyjama-wearers. Our homes may be our castles but we are at our happiest at home after donning fleecy night attire, comfy slippers and wrapping ourselves in a cuddly throw.  

However Britain is far from the happiest place on Earth, ranking only 23rd place in 2017. Year on year Scandinavian countries dominate the top of the table for the world’s happiest nations. They put it down to a combination of things; one of them is Hygge.  
 2017 World Happiness League Table 2013-15 World Happiness League Table

1.​Norway 1. Denmark

2.​Denmark 2. Switzerland
3.​Iceland 3. Iceland
4.​Switzerland 4. Norway
5.​Finland 5. Finland
19. UK 23. UK
The new JYSK survey, which asked 30,000 followers of popular home and family bloggers about what makes them feel the happiness at home found that fairy lights, candles, softer accent lighting and real fires are important contributors to creating a relaxing environment. Just like our Scandinavian cousins, we are looking at lighting; greater use of natural and softer materials and appreciating time spent interacting with loved ones.  
Other Hygge happiness triggers include someone else – usually a partner – preparing dinner and sharing a glass of wine or a warming hot drink on a squishy sofa under a cuddly throw. Family activities such as movie nights in were also highlighted as activities that see people happiest at home.

And of course, the soft furnishings, throws, cushions and slippers were also important but having a clean and tidy home with plenty of well-thought out storage and was the number one contentment generator – as it sets the perfect environment to relax.  

Here is the British top 20 results for what makes us happiest at home.
1.​Clean and tidy house – everything in its place​

2.​Favourite people and things all in one place​
3.​Pets – snuggling with cat/dog on the sofa​
4.​Playing with the kids​
5.​Our own bed with clean sheets and particularly when it’s raining outside​
6.​‘Me time’ after kids’ bedtime​
7.​Fairy lights and candles/soft lighting/natural lighting​
8.​Darker nights making it cosier inside, snuggling on sofa with throws & cushions​
9.​A real fire​
10.​Grandchildren over for games & cuddles​
11.​Partner cooking dinner​
12.​Pyjamas/bedtime​
13.​Night in DVD, family , chocolate​
14.​Home cooking/smell of​
15.​Sofa, throws, cushions, family​
16.​Reading in a comfortable armchair​
17.​Cuddling on sofa​
18.​Family and friends meals/relaxing​
19.​Pyjama TV box set ‘binge’
20.​Time with pets and kids​

​Other Hygge happiness hits included one of my favourites – which is  long bubble baths in a clean and tidy bathroom. And also  uninterrupted time, hanging out the washing, baking and sofa naps.

Also popular were cotton sheets, lavender scented pillows, old Christmas movies, crocheting and cuddling pet guinea pigs at dusk.
Family photos and children’s artwork generate smiles and happy memories, Scandi style is growing in popularity thanks to its calming neutrals and natural materials and there is a marked trend in people including unique furniture pieces that draw the eye. All of these things make our homes our own and contribute to our wellbeing.

Some of the simplest things make people happy at home – when the baby is finally asleep, enjoying a crumpet (in pyjamas), creating a reading corner in the sitting room, the teenagers being out of the house and no technology interruptions for example.
Others are at their happiest and most relaxed in front of the computer, having a ticked off ‘to do’ list, watching garden birds from a cosy chair or finally achieving possession of the remote control.
Watching fish in the aquarium, finding a rare space on the sofa ‘in a house full of hounds’ and home-birds that are happy as soon as they get through the front door also featured.
Wardrobes and storage generally were seen as significant mood lifters, particularly for struggling born minimalists sharing their home with a hectic young family.
Playing the ukulele and ‘the three teddies that live on my bed’ also got a mention from individuals describing their ultimate happy time at home.

The 2017 world happiness report showed Norway, Denmark and Iceland in the first, second and third places. Finland and the Netherlands were in fifth and sixth (after Switzerland in fourth). The UK is at number 19, rising from number 23 – JYSK, which now has 15 stores here, was interested to note that the rise of happiness at home is mostly attributed to the Hygge elements beloved and enjoyed in Scandinavia. To find out more about Hygge and Scandi style visit http://www.JYSK.co.uk.

*JYSK analysed a sample of 1,000 taken from an engagement of 30,000 around its Feel the Happiness initiative. The sample is from across the UK’s nations and regions, collected from followers of leading home and family bloggers.
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Funny Bunny game 

Published October 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy


The bunnies are in a race to get to the big carrot at the top of the hill, but on the way are holes and traps which send the poor little bunnies to the beginning to start their tiring climb all over again! 

This is Funny Bunny from Ravensburger games. No batteries are required for this one and it seems to be a game aimed at the much younger generation of 4 and over. 


The main game board is set out like a big hill with a huge carrot right at the top. A path winds it’s way up and around the Bunny hill. Up to four players can play, each player staring with 4 Bunny pieces. No dice, no spinner, just a pile of cards.


The cards will either show a carrot or a rabbit. A rabbit card means move the shown amount of places. So for the card above this would be one place, this can be u  to three. Any of the four pieces can be moved or played.

The carrot card means the big carrot needs to be turned. There are not as many carrot cards as rabbit cards but the carrots can really alter the game play. Turning the carrot changes the location of the rabbit holes and should any piece fall down a hole then this sends that piece to the beginning. The carrot can also activate the mole which can knock a Bunny piece off and then there is the drawbridge which if up means players cannot cross. There is also a gate close to the end which can knock players onto a spot much lower down.

A carrot turn has caused a few frustrations in our house with Izebella even throwing a piece in anger, she’s a bad loser. We found it an easy game to get the hang of, minimal rules, zero set up and lots of fun sending others back to the beginning.

Buy for £14.99 from many good toy stores. 

The Elephant in the room! Living with a speech disorder! 

Published September 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today I want to share something personal. It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to mention but happily talks behind my back about. The thing that let me down as a child, the thing that lets me down in job interviews. It’s the elephant in the room. 

And no not that guy. 

It’s my speech disorder, my lisp, the thing that makes my S sounds come out differently to others.

Yes it bothers me, yes it knocks my confidence but I now feel it’s time to talk about it as I’m not the only one suffering with a speech impediment. It’s on the same level as a stammer or stutter. We get laughed like kids in the playground, yet would the same people laughing also laugh at a wheelchair user? No of course not because that’s wrong. Well so is laughing or judging someone on speech.

I was clever at school, finished with a A in performing arts followed by B and C grades for the rest of the subjects including Maths and English and have also completed Lang high level computer courses.

Yes my parents put me though months of speech therapy but for some reason it just did not work. I have no idea if this is available to adults too

Working as a dancer in my younger days was easy, of course I didn’t need to speak. But getting other jobs isn’t as easy. Who is going to employ someone in customer service if you don’t talk the same as others? 

I want to share my video, so next time you see me if you know me, please think before you judge somebody. 

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