Embracing joy: the simple act of “Hoppípolla”

"Jumping in puddles", a game much appreciated by Icelandic children that we too should reevaluate. So let it be "Hoppípolla"!

In the land of fire and ice, a unique expression captures a profound philosophy of life: “Þetta reddast“, symbolizing optimism in all situations. Yet, it’s another Icelandic term, “hoppípolla“, that offers a different shade of meaning to this optimistic outlook.

Hoppípolla: more than just a word

There’s no direct translation for “hoppípolla,” but it’s often rendered as “jumping in puddles.” The term merges the verb hopa, meaning “to jump,” with “poll,” a word for “puddle.” This activity, beloved by Icelandic children, highlights the ease with which the young find joy in life’s simple pleasures—a sentiment that perfectly complements the “Þetta reddast” life philosophy.

However, Iceland isn’t the only place where puddles are a source of endless amusement. A Japanese kindergarten has gone so far as to design a courtyard that collects rainwater into a large well, creating a perfect puddle-jumping paradise for children.

This delightful pastime has even made it onto the National Trust’s list of 50 things children should do before turning 11 to maintain a connection with nature. And who could forget the influence of Peppa Pig in popularizing puddle jumping?

It seems we have much to learn from the Icelandic embrace of “hoppípolla.” After all, mud and water are merely minor, inconsequential details in the grander scheme of finding joy and happiness in the smallest of moments.

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