How to enjoy the small things in life like the Moomins

In the world of the Moomins, life isn’t all about adventures. More than anything, it’s about taking in the small, everyday moments and appreciating what you have. To infuse your life with a bit of Moomin wisdom, here are 6 ways to enjoy the small things in life - like the Moomins.

There is a lot to learn from the wonderful stories of Tove Jansson. The adventures and unexpected events in the books are great lessons of courage and resilience – but, happiness in the ordinary is perhaps what the Moomins do best.

Whether it’s the philosophical characters, the detailed descriptions of nature, or the importance of celebrations, the Moomin stories are filled with examples of how to make everyday existence magical.

So here are 6 different ways you can learn to appreciate the small things in life:

 

1. Embrace nature

From detailed descriptions of a cold winter turning into a blossoming spring to hand-picked seasonal treats in Moominmamma’s kitchen, a deep affinity for nature is present in every Moomin book.

Much of this has been influenced by Finland, Tove Jansson’s birth country. Spending time outdoors and appreciating nature are important factors in Nordic life.

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“He thought about the sea, the rain, the wind, the sunshine, the grass and the moss… and how it would be impossible to live without them”.

Moomintroll in Comet in Moominland (1946)

Even the harsh winter can turn into a beautiful thing, as Moomintroll discovers in Moominland Midwinter (1957). The cold might feel frightening and understandably inconvenient, but there is magic to be found in glistening snowflakes or the quiet of everyone retrieving in their candle-lit homes.

“So that’s winter too!” he thought. “You can even like it!”

Moomintroll in Moominland Midwinter (1957)

The Moomins live in awe of nature. They love it like it’s a member of their family, like they’re at one with it. And there lies the first lesson we can all take away from the Moomin stories – respect and embrace the nature around you.

Learn to soothe in the sound of raindrops on a gloomy day, go and soak your feet in the dewy grass, or get up early to enjoy a beautiful sunrise. When you’re short of time, simply take a quick walk outside. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the small things in life, nature is an endless source of inspiration!

2. Cherish moments with loved ones

In Moominvalley, you’ll find all kinds of friendships and arrangements of family. There are no rules for how things are supposed to be, as long as everyone feels included and appreciated. The joy derived from shared moments is central to the Moomin books.

Moominmamma is known as a comforting caregiver who is skilled in making everyone feel seen. But she isn’t the only example of how to care for one another: Snufkin and Moomintroll share a very special bond, and so do Moomintroll and Snorkmaiden. Little My, even though sharp-tongued and mischievous, is an honest and loyal friend. Even Stinky, the villain of Moominvalley, is always welcomed in the Moominhouse.

The list of unique characters in Moominvalley is endless, but one thing is always certain – there is no adventure that takes place by oneself. The Moomins and their friends prioritise quality time together, and whenever something challenging happens, it is a given that it’s taken care of together.

“I had now found my first friend, and so my life was truly begun.”

– Moominpappa (The Exploits of Moominpappa, 1950)

So whether it’s a heart-to-heart conversation with your best friend over a cup of coffee, an exciting group road trip, or a family game night, learn to cherish every moment you share with your loved ones. It’s often the simplest experiences that leave the biggest impact. 

Even a shared moment of silence is where the true gems of life are hidden.

3. Create joy in everyday activities

A lot goes on in the Moomin stories, whether it’s a looming comet, a flood or a missing ruby. Yet, the focus remains on things like a good meal, organising enough picnics, being polite and enjoying the summer.

“All nice things are good for you.”

– Moominmamma (The Exploits of Moominpappa, 1950)

Savouring the soothing smell of coffee in the morning, noticing the birds singing whilst lying in a hammock or losing oneself in a good book are just a few examples of how to enjoy the everyday. And when it feels like nothing is happening, it’s time to organise something yourself.

The Moomins are great at celebrations, specifically in making small moments into ones. The celebration at the end of Finn Family Moomintroll (1948) is perhaps a recipe for a perfect village party, but the Moomin books are all filled with casual mentions of pancake festivities, summer picnics and outdoor games. 

The third lesson in learning to appreciate small things in life, like the Moomins, is about understanding that joy isn’t reserved for special occasions. So tonight, when you’re preparing a delicious meal for yourself, tune into the colours, textures and flavours you’re about to create. Or maybe, the next time you get some positive news, no matter how small, invite some friends over and buy a cake!

Psst! One easy way to boost everyday moments with some extra joy is the sound of your favourite songs or perhaps an episode of the Moomin Phenomenon Podcast!

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4. Cultivate a positive and playful mindset

The Moomin stories are built around a belief that it’s the simple things that remain most valuable in any situation, and that one’s attitude can often change a bad day around.

One should embrace the present moment, do what can be done and let go of the rest. In Moominvalley, obstacles turn into adventures and there are always crumbs that can be turned into a feast.

‘“There’s a lot of things one can’t understand,” Moominmamma said to herself. “But why should everything be exactly as one is used to having it.”’

(Moominsummer Madness, 1954)

Playfulness isn’t just for children, just like the Moomin stories aren’t just for children! In the Moomin family, having a positive and playful mindset is a way of navigating life’s twists and turns.

Playfulness and humour are great tools when a coffee gets spilt over a new dress, a job interview goes badly, or exciting plans get cancelled. To infuse everyday moments with a bit of additional joy, don’t shy away from a good laugh, especially in the face of adversity. And always appreciate what is.

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5. Create a cosy space for yourself

The Moominhouse is an important haven of peace and safety to everyone in Moominvalley. Whatever adventure the Moomins and their friends embark on, it is always comforting to return home. 

As much as the Moomins appreciate time together, it’s important that everyone also has their own little space to retrieve to when needed – Moominpappa loves to get lost in his memoirs at the attic, Moomintroll has his own room, Little My usually finds her sleeping spot inside small objects, and wherever Snufkin ventures out to, he has his own tent to sleep in.

The importance of one’s own space is another lesson to take away from the Moomin stories. Home is something very personal – it works, when you’ve made it your own. Whether it’s diving into different decors, building a reading nook, making sure your room smells good, or simply dedicating a comfy armchair for daily meditation, find a way to create a space that is comfortable for you.

And don’t forget – much of the reason why Moominhouse is a safe place is the love that exists inside it. Everyone is invited.

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6. Reflect on life’s meaning

The Moomin books are filled with meaningful messages. For example, Moominpappa at sea (1965) can be seen as a story about finding one’s true nature. The Exploits of Moominpappa (1950) teaches a lot about courage, and Moominvalley in November (1970) is a story about change and goodbyes.

Even in the midst of ordinary events, conversations in the Moomin books are quite philosophical. A simple exchange of words can explain the importance of knowing yourself and understanding what brings you joy, or sadness. A conversation that is ordinary at first, between the lines can teach you the importance of introspection and how to navigate times spent alone. 

“The main thing in life is to know your own mind.”

– Snufkin (Moominsummer Madness, 1954)

Alongside celebration and togetherness, there is a deep appreciation for solitude in Moominvalley. A lot can be gained from a few quiet moments with oneself – and that is the sixth simple joy in life that you can learn from the Moomins.

In the midst of the more and more fast-paced everyday, allow yourself moments of contemplation. Ponder what holds significance for you. Embrace the journey of self-discovery. The Moomins live according to their values every day – do you?

It’s the right evening for a tune, Snufkin thought. A new tune, one part expectation, two parts spring sadness, and for the rest, just the great delight of walking alone and liking it.

– Tales from Moominvalley (1962)

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The Moomin stories impart invaluable lessons on finding joy in simplicity. They remind us all that life’s magic lies not just in grand adventures, but the mundane. By adopting “the Moomin philosophy”, you can uncover life’s beauty: embrace the nature around you, cherish your loved ones, create joy in everyday activities, build a cosy space for yourself and take some time for reflection. 

Learn to enjoy the small things in life like the Moomins!