We love Scandi trends. You need only look at our obsession with hygge over the winter months to see that we can't get enough of it. But a new lifestyle buzzword, lagom, just came and blew hygge out of the water. If you're totally confused by both those words, then we'll explain. Hygge is the Scandi way to get cosy when everything is grey and cold outside—it is a moment of bliss. Whereas lagom is a way of living; it's about having "just enough"—the Goldilocks way of living, if you will. Of course, just like hygge, there are many people jumping on this trend, and as we know you love Scandi stuff just as much as we do, we thought we'd give you a quick 101 on lagom and how you can incorporate it into your life. Keep scrolling to read about how you can do lagom right now…
Lagom 101: How to pronounce it
Unlike hygge (pronounced hue-gah), Lagom is much easier to do, as it's la (as in car) and gom (as in prom). See what we mean?
Lagom 101: what does it mean
As we've already stated, lagom is all about just having enough. But it's slightly more than that. According to Bristol-based magazine Lagom (yes, there are already publications on it), "'Lagom' is a Swedish word with no direct English translation, but loosely describes the concept of having just the right amount of something: not too little, not too much."
Lagom 101: How can you do it?
The biggest questions, of course, are how can you incorporate it into your life and make sure that lagom is something that works for you and you're doing correctly. Whether that's growing your own herbs, ensuring that you don't waste too much food, or just recycling properly, you're doing lagom. It's also about achieving less stress in your life, so perhaps you need to look at your work/life balance. Essentially, it's all about making small life tweaks to make you feel more in control.
And the result of all this behaviour? A sense of serenity and calm. According to Andrew Weil, MD, who has been writing about this phenomenon since 2011, the emotional side is just as important: "Contentment, serenity, comfort, balance, and resilience, together constitute a lagom version of positive emotionality. This is your emotional safe harbor, which you can leave for bouts of blues or bliss but to which you should be able to return easily and naturally."
It sounds rather lovely, doesn't it?
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