Lagom: living a balanced life
Take a tip from the Swedes and embrace lagom.
If you love hygge (the Danish concept of cosiness), there’s another Scandi way of boosting your wellbeing. Discover lagom, meaning ‘just enough’, and why it helps you feel happier and healthier. Pronounced lah-gom, this Swedish way of life is about things being ‘just enough’ or ‘just right’ – something that’s neither too much of one thing, nor too much of the other, but somewhere in-between.
Finding balance is the key to this concept, which is embedded deep in the Swedish psyche. It permeates all aspects of life, from attitudes to health and exercise, to diet and socialising. The idea dates back to the Viking era, between the 8th and 11th centuries, when communal bowls of food and drink were passed around the table for everyone to take a fair share.
It was important that each person take ‘just enough’ so that everyone could have some. So, along with the idea of balance in all things, there is also a conscious unselfishness about lagom. It’s an attractive mindset to adopt when you consider how busy and goal-focused modern life can be.
What if we could slow down our perfectionist thinking and instead strive to be simply good enough? Lagom is about living in a way in which we’re not taking too much, but also not denying ourselves. Here, we look at the ways it can benefit your fitness, wellbeing and nutrition.