The Happy List
British summer time is here in all its drizzly glory: while your umbrella dries out, here our four things to make you smile this week:
The Definitive Festival Footwear
As festival season kicks off with Glastonbury on 22 June, a sturdy pair of wellingtons will become the most useful piece of kit in your wardrobe. With a fully waterproof design that has been in manufacture since 1956, the Hunter boot comprises 28 parts that are hand assembled – making them durable and, more importantly, super comfy. It’s easy to see why they’ve become the go-to brand for many a celeb. They may be expensive but this is one item we can guarantee you’ll be wearing for many years to come.
The Scents to Transform Your Mood
What is it about a certain perfume or scented candle that can turn our day from argh to ahhh? Of our five senses, smell is the only one with a direct link to three parts of the brain that affect our memory and emotions. When we smell something nice, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin – the feel-good chemicals – making us feel good in turn. So we were excited to introduce our subscribers to something very special this month.
June’s box contains a hand–poured soy wax melt from English brand Imperial Candles. These 100% natural wax melts release a fragrance for up to 30 hours. Unlike candles that burn with a wick, you place wax melts in an oil burner, light a tea light and allow them to slowly warm up and release their scent. Expect a variety of fruity flavours – all you need to do is sit back and relax!
The Hobby That Improves Your Mental Health
Last week the Kings Fund published a report praising the health benefits of gardening. Aside from the physical advantages that a spot of horticulture brings, the report also highlighted the benefits for mental health and an ageing population – advocating for gardening to become a ‘mainstream’ part of healthcare. So whether it’s a pot of basil on your windowsill or full on topiary in your backyard, give it a go.
The Last Minute Father’s Day Present
Dodge the novelty slippers and give the gimmicky beer a miss: this Sunday 19 June gift your Pa a proper prezzie for Father’s Day. This Friday Night Curry Discoverer subscription contains all the fresh spices, ingredients and recipies you need to make a curry from scratch every month. Each box contains enough for four people and will fit through a standard letterbox – giving you the excuse to go ‘just pop over’ for dinner more often!
What’s making you smile this week? Let us know in the comments!