Uncover the secrets of the Swedish philosophy of life called Lagom – meaning ‘just enough’. At its core is the idea that we can strike a healthy balance with the world around us without having to make extreme changes, and without denying ourselves anything.
In a fast-paced world, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could slow down and enjoy a life with less pressure, less stress, and more time for the things you love? Sweden is ranked in the top three of the world’s happiest places to live, and lagom, which means “not too much and not too little—just right,” is the Swedish philosophy for enjoying balance in every aspect of life—from work and leisure to family and food, and everything in between. Experienced bakers know by touch when the dough they are kneading is lagom—not too moist and not too dry. At the office, professionals who work hard—but not to the detriment of other parts of their lives—are following the lagom ideal. Lagom is moderation, balance, and equality. By using the Swedish lifestyle as an example, Niki Brantmark offers insightful suggestions and bite-sized actions to help you make subtle changes to your life, so you too can make time for the things that matter most and find greater happiness.
Step aside Hygge. Lagom is the new Scandi lifestyle trend taking the world by storm. This delightfully illustrated book gives you the lowdown on this transformative approach to life and examines how the lagom ethos has helped boost Sweden to the No.10 ranking in 2017's World Happiness Report. Lagom (pronounced 'lah-gom') has no equivalent in the English language but is loosely translated as 'not too little, not too much, just right'. It is widely believed that the word comes from the Viking term 'laget om', for when a mug of mead was passed around a circle and there was just enough for everyone to get a sip. But while the anecdote may hit the nail on the head, the true etymology of the word points to an old form of the word 'lag', which means 'law'. Far from restrictive, lagom is a liberating concept, praising the idea that anything more than 'just enough' is a waste of time. Crucially it also comes with a selflessness and core belief of responsibility and common good. By living lagom you can: Live a happier and more balanced life Reduce your environmental impact Improve your work-life balance Free your home from clutter Enjoy good food the Swedish way Grow your own and learn to forage Cherish the relationships with those you love
Scandinavia sets the course for happiness in life again. Yesterday, we followed the trends of the Danish hygge and, like Danes, bought candles, wrapped ourselves in woolen blankets and tried not to deny ourselves little pleasures. But there are other recipes for happiness and long life. Swedish lagom, Norwegian friluftsliv and Japanese Ikigai also deserve attention. Today, hygge is being replaced by lagom, where at the head of everything is the Swedish aesthetics of moderation. The creative director of the British magazine Lagom, Elliot Stokes, believes that the difference between lagom and hygge is in the scale. "This is a comprehensive concept that defines a lifetime," he explains. "It's not about finding a minute for the lagom. It is necessary to change the attitude towards life in its entirety."Swedes are reasonable, they think well before investing money in any purchase, are endowed with a careful attitude towards the natural resources. They value their time and energy and do not spend it on something unnecessary. In life, the Swedish descendants of the Vikings try to adhere to the happy medium: it's bad when a person is missing something but having too much of something is also not good. Yes, we do not live in Sweden, but everyone can add lagom to their lives. In this book, we will cover the following topics: What is Lagom?, Lagom Lifestyle, and Lagom and Swedish Wellbeing. Finally, you will be able to complete a 30-Day Lagom Challenge, bringing more and more lagom into your life with each task you complete.
Connect with the Spiritual Energy of Coziness for More Joy, Contentment, and Satisfaction Make cozy your way of life with this inspiring guide on connecting to the positive energy of simple, everyday moments. Known around the world as hygge (hoo-ga), lagom (lay-go-m), and other similar terms, cozy and balanced living helps you improve your health, happiness, and spirituality by understanding and feeling the frequency of people, animals, places, and situations. The Simplicity of Cozy is a beginner's guide to self-care that presents a variety of topics relating to and supporting cozy living, including mindfulness, simple ritual, home environment, relationship connections, and being in nature. Easy exercises and practical techniques are featured throughout, helping you make more soulful connections and find appreciation in all you are and all you experience.
An inviting exploration of "the new hygge": the Swedish concept of lagom--finding balance in moderation--featuring inspiration and practical advice on how to find a happy medium in life, home, work, and health. Following the cultural phenomena of fika and hygge, the allure of Scandinavian culture and tradition continues in the Swedish concept of lagom. From home design and work-life balance, to personal well-being and environmental sustainability, author Anna Brones presents valuable Swedish-inspired tips and actionable ways to create a more intentional, healthy lifestyle. Instead of thinking about how we can work less, lagom teaches us to think about how we can work better. Lagom at home is about finding balance between aesthetics and function, focusing on simplicity, light, and open spaces. Health and wellness in lagom is a holistic approach for the body and mind--including connecting more in person, caring for self, managing stress, keeping active, and embacing enjoyment in daily routine. Live Lagom inspires us to slow down and find happiness in everyday balance.
The Swedish way of Lagom - Just Enough If you are eager to live a simpler, less wasteful, more content and happier way of life, then the Swedish concept of Lagom might be what you have been looking for. Lagom is a lifestyle that promotes a simpler, more organized and less wasteful approach to existence that values simplicity and happiness above the constant consumerism that we are constantly told will make us more content. This book is a practical guide to lagom. It covers many aspects of life and provides easy tips and steps that will allow you to introduce lagom into your daily routine. Learn about different, practical ways to create a lagom lifestyle including: Following a more sustainable lifestyle Adopting lagom practices with your finances Choosing the middle path for different areas of your life How to lagom inside the home Create a healthier, more balanced way of life Striking the lagom balance between your work and your life And much more... If you are looking for a clear, detailed explanation of lagom and the benefits it can bring you today, then this book is for you. Start leading a more balanced and content life today. Scroll to the top of the page and hit Buy Now!
In this inspirational guide, Linnea Dunne, bestselling author of Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living, shows how building a life-affirming ritual into your morning routine is an act of self-care that can benefit both your physical and mental health, enhance your productivity and positively influence your day. Whether it's a dedicated yoga practice at sunrise, mindfulness meditation just after waking, journalling while you sip your morning coffee, or listening to birdsong in the back garden before you tackle your daily commute, a morning ritual can enhance your health and wellbeing, and bring increased contentment, clarity and purpose to your day. With countless ideas for nourishing morning practices and invaluable advice on how to create a morning ritual that is unique to you and takes your individual needs, circumstances and time constraints into account, this book will help you to make the most of the peace and promise of the first moments of every day.
'A joy to behold' Yotam Ottolenghi Join Rachel Khoo on a delicious journey through the Swedish year . . . From spring picnics on the archipelago and barbecues at the summer cabin, to cosy autumnal suppers and dark snowy winters filled with candlelight, gingerbread and glögg. Complete with stunning location and food photography, Rachel's new cookbook lets you in on what the Swedish like to call Lagom . . . the art of not too little, not too much but just the right amount. Learn how to cook beautiful, fuss-free food . . . With over 100 recipes, Rachel explores Sweden's simple and balanced approach to cooking, celebrates their best-loved ingredients and reveals a must-try cuisine that is about far more than just meatballs, fika and cinnamon buns . . . _________________ Inside you'll discover recipes from the Swedish summer, perfect for yours, food for autumn, through to winter, taking you all the way to spring . . . · POACHED CHICKEN WITH QUICK PICKLED STRAWBERRY SALAD. Or replace the chicken with grilled halloumi cheese for a delicious vegetarian alternative. This is the ultimate barbeque salad. · PEAS, POTATOES AND CHICKEN IN A POT. The one dish delight: the summer comfort food that's perfect for midweek. · MIDSUMMER MERINGE CROWNS. The Swedes have been wearing flower crowns long before the festivals, so why not make the edible kind for parties or puddings? · PLUM TOSCA CAKE. This Swedish favourite, named after Puccini's opera is filled with tart plums and sweet almonds. _________________ 'I am so ready to race home and devour these fun, effortless and beautiful recipes that just beg to be cooked' Melissa Hemsley 'The magic of Sweden's beautiful seasons comes alive . . . a real celebration of seasonal Swedish home cooking and tradition with Rachel's trademark inspirational twists!' Donal Skehan
Exploring the global dictionary, from common languages to obscure dialects, The Happiness Passport takes the reader on a joyful journey around the world seeking out the secrets of wellbeing. The wonderfully evocative words in this collection resonate with universal emotions: the deep longing for home conjured up by the Welsh word hiraeth, or the transportive ability of good storytelling captured in the Urdu goya. Yet at the same time each is deeply ingrained in its place of origin: long, dark Danish days encourage the warmth and cosiness of hygge, while the satisfied chatter after a sun-soaked meal - sombremesa - resonates uniquely with Spanish hospitality. These words are simultaneously all-inclusive and peculiar to place; they are on the tip of our tongue and yet not in our vocabulary. The Happiness Passport delves into this treasure trove of delights, examining the cultural context of each and the lessons that we can apply in our own lives to achieve greater contentment. A must-read for all those seeking a more balanced life, this beautiful guide features original illustrations that conjure up each elusive expression.