Ideas for a more bal­anced life, Swedish style

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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?”

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