Lagom is a Swedish word meaning “Just Enough”. Last year, the Swedish term Hygge was all the rage. Perhaps you got swept up in the Hygge too -- rushing to fill your home with cozy blankets, yummy smelling candles, and stockpiling all your favorite herbal teas. However, the concept of Lagom really puts Hygge in perspective. Lagom encourages us to be content with what we have rather than trying to find happiness through buying more stuff.
Many people have come to a similar conclusion -- from the Dalai Lama saying, “Simplicity is extremely important for happiness.” to Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up. More and more people are learning to be happy with what they have instead of always longing for more.
How To Incorporate “Lagom” In Your Daily Life
“ If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” - William Morris
Aim to declutter your life. Less mess equals less stress - and we could all use that, can you agree? Take stock of what you currently have, and perhaps could part with. How many kitchen gadgets does one really need? How many pairs of pants?
Keep things simple in the kitchen. When you start with good, wholesome food you don’t have to do much to it to make it delicious. Being mindful of what, and how we’re eating can significantly impact our relationship with food.
To incorporate the spirit of Lagom in your food take time to chew slowly and savor the flavors, bring all of your senses to eating - smell the aromas, savor the taste and even textures of your food, and take time to be truly grateful for the food you have available to you.
Take more time for slow living. Don’t worry - we’re not asking you to carve out more time. But taking time to slow down during any daily activity can help calm your mind and make sure you are fully present in what’s happening. Next time you’re driving - try turning the radio off and listening to your breathing, enjoying the scenery, or just pausing for a moment of silence. When walking (whether to a meeting, the car, or just out for a leisurely stroll) - take time to notice your pace and slow down if you can. This is another good opportunity to find your breath and slow it down.
Going through these everyday tasks, and taking the time to slow down just a bit to really savor them, can help us feel more grateful, more aware, less anxious and happier overall.
Share with us how you plan to -- or perhaps already are -- implement “Lagom” in your life.