Move Over Hygge: This Is the Swedish Secret to Happiness
Last year, The New Yorker, dubbed 2016 "the year of hygge" (pronounced hoo-guh). The Danish term quickly converted into a mantra that symbolised a simpler way of life, incorporating cosiness and contentment in all facets of being. And it seems the Scandinavian concept also made commercial inroads on the international scene, with artisanal freshly brewed coffee and designer cashmere socks fast becoming the poster children for the dreamy-living trend. But this year, the Swedish concept lagom (pronounced lah-gohm) has come into the spotlight, and it roughly translates into the idea of balance and moderation throughout all facets of life.
If you're planning on incorporating balance into your life more (aren't we all), lagom could be the perfect route. According to PureWow, practically outworking this lifestyle looks like decluttering your home, taking that planned lunch-break to go for a walk, and not over-indulging in dessert.
Keep scrolling to find out how else you can start using lagom in your day-to-day.
IKEA's take on lagom (as reported by House Beautiful UK) is that it translates into being sustainable, "someone who makes small changes every day to minimise environmental impact." And in its recent People & Planet Productivity report, it looks like Australians are soon-to-be lagomers, with 68 percent of those surveyed believing that we aren't yet ready for an increased population, and 57 percent saying they would be willing to adapt to a co-living environment by sharing a garden. Thinking of little ways to be more sustainable, even if that means cutting down on food wastage or buying ethical products will have you well on your way to living like the Swedes.
in your relationships
According to psychologist, Dr Jessamy Hibberd in an interview for The Telegraph UK, the key to lagom in relationships is valuing the group over yourself. "I am Scandinavian, so of course my entire life has been about appreciating that in a society, you need to be fair and look after each other." Taking a moment to think how to best care for your significant other or friends each day will quickly impact your relationship in a positive way.