What is Lagom?
In a world that often glorifies excess and constantly pushes us to strive for more, finding balance in our everyday lives can sometimes seem like an elusive goal.
For many of us, we’ve become so used to moving at such a fast pace that we frequently find ourselves looking forward, towards the next thing, while failing to live in the present moment. So with that in mind, we thought we’d look to the Scandinavian’s for help, who always seem to have an answer!
And here it is...
The Swedish concept of ‘Not too little, not too much, but just the right amount’.
This innovative idea embodies a lifestyle of moderation and simplicity, offering a refreshing perspective on how you can achieve harmony and contentment in your everyday.
So without further ado, let us introduce you to all the fabulous ingredients of Lagom…
Lagom encourages us to appreciate the beauty of simplicity, by finding joy in the little things we so often overlook. This can easily be achieved by questioning our consumption habits and focusing on quality over quantity. So whether you’re feeling claustrophobic in your physical spaces and need to adopt a more minimalistic attitude to help you declutter, or failing to see the positives over the negatives, for which a Gratitude Journal would be a great tool to help you shift into a more positive mindset; Lagom is all about creating room for what truly matters.
Striving for Balance
Another core principle of Lagom is striking a balance in all aspects of life.
It reminds us to avoid extremes and seek a harmonious middle ground. Whether it's work-life balance, balancing personal relationships, or balancing our physical and mental well-being, Lagom encourages us to allocate our time, energy, and resources in a way that eliminates any feeling of guilt and promotes an overall equilibrium.
Lagom encourages mindful consumption, which involves being conscious of our choices and their impact on ourselves and the environment. It prompts us to adopt sustainable practices, reduce waste, and make choices that align with our values. By practicing Lagom, we can cultivate a sense of responsibility and contribute to a more sustainable future.
In a society that often values achievement and accumulation, finding contentment can be a challenge. Lagom teaches us to appreciate what we have and be grateful for the present moment. It reminds us that true happiness does not lie in material possessions or external validation but rather in finding satisfaction and contentment in our everyday lives.
Lagom emphasises the importance of nurturing relationships and fostering a sense of community. It encourages us to prioritise quality time with loved ones, support one another, and create meaningful connections. By cultivating strong and healthy relationships, we can enhance our overall well-being and sense of belonging.
In a world that often pulls us in different directions, Lagom offers a valuable toolkit for finding balance and contentment.
By embracing simplicity, striving for balance, practicing mindful consumption, finding contentment, and nurturing relationships, we can integrate the principles of Lagom into our daily lives.
Let us adopt this Swedish art of moderation and discover the beauty of ‘not too little, not too much, but just the right amount’.
We’d love to hear how you’re finding Lagom in your lives, let us know your thoughts in the comments below...
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