There's been so much in the press recently about hygge following the release of 'The Little Book of Hygge' by Meik Wiking, founder of the Institute of Happiness. Yeah, I kid you not, there's an 'Institute of Happiness' in Denmark!
According to the Visit Denmark website, hygge (pronounces (hue-gah - kind of) means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. And eating and drinking – preferably sitting around the table for hours on end discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps the Danish idea of hygge explains why Danes are often considered the happiest people in the world?
So as the evenings start to draw in, how do you get some hygge going in your life? Let's start with the most obvious one - a candle. And what better candle to calm your home than one of our natural wax blend candles from our best-selling Linen range. With notes of fresh lavender, geranium, rosemary, pine and eucalyptus resting on a base of patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla, it's available in a mini candle, large candle and an extra-large 3 wick candle. Prices start from £7.95/€10.95 with FREE delivery and a FREE freshener on all orders over £30/€40.
Cashmere is next on the hygge must-have list and Charlotte & Co have the loveliest cashmere bed socks over on their website
Coffee and Pastries are a key part of hygge and we can't argue with this one in Bog Standard HQ! Many cities now have Danish coffee shops and in fact, Belfast has more than one. Kaffe-O is now open on Botanic Avenue and Ormeau. It's owned by an inspirational local girl who worked in Copenhagen for many years and fell in love with the lifestyle and the coffee. A transplant survivor and marathon runner - she's a force to be reckoned with and her blog is well worth a read.
Meanwhile in Dublin, Kaph on Drury Street is fast becoming the place to visit for one of the best coffees in the city with its skandi-inspired interior. Opened by Chris Keegan in 2013, it's not uptight about being coffee perfect but instead it's all about meeting friends in a fun relaxed environment - all the hygge boxes ticked!
Finally - chocolate and wine with friends. I think we do this pretty well already in Ireland and the UK. But to fully embrace hygge, you need to push the boat out with the chocolate quality so I recommend you head over to the Amelia Rope website...and brace yourself for chocolate heaven. A past Masterchef contestant, Amelia is passionate about small businesses and the personality that comes from the products they create - just like we are at Bog Standard.
What's not to love about hygge? Wine, candles, chocolate, coffee and good friends? I don't know about you but I'm feeling happier already!