Ideas for a more balanced life, Swedish style
Just as you’ve mastered hygge, along comes another Scandi concept to get your head around. Lagom (pronounced “law-ghum” or “lah-gum”) is Swedish and means “just the right amount”, or being satisfied with your lot. As Anna Brones explains in Live Lagom, “It’s a happiness drawn from contentment with now.”
Quality not quantity
Unlike hygge, lagom is not an excuse to stockpile candles. Roughly translating as “less is more”, it’s about valuing what you do have, whether it’s furniture or food.
Look for balance in all aspects Including work/life
Switch off, take proper holidays, embrace the Swedish fika coffee break (cinnamon buns encouraged).
Live in awareness of the wider picture
Taking just enough means there should be plenty for all, a concept that encourages respect for the environment.
Think more lagom
Ask yourself “Is this good enough?” rather than “Can I do better?”