Synopsis: As the Swedish proverb goes, ‘Lagom �r b�st’ (The right amount is best). Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the world with a healthy work-life balance and high standards of living.
Lagom is a way of living that promotes harmony. It celebrates fairness, moderation and being satisfied with and taking proper care of what you’ve got, including your well-being, relationships, and possessions. It’s not about having too little or too much but about fully inviting contentment into our lives through making optimal decisions.
My review: I’ve heard a lot about the Danish Hygge style of living so when I saw this I thought I’d see what the Swedes have to say about life. It’s not a bad little book. Lagom essentially means ‘moderation’ and having a healthy life balance. It applies to all elements of life. It’s also about realising that what my balance is may not be the same as yours. There’s a good example in the book about Goldilocks and how despite not liking Papa Bears porridge that food may actually be just right for Papa.
It’s little things such as if you stuff your face with pizza one day then the next you eat sensibly or exercise more and keep your balance.
There’s some interesting questions the book raises too. For example is we keep everything in moderation do we stifle creativity and ambition? The book begs to differ citing the owners of Lego, Ikea and apparently Spotify as ambassadors for breaking the mould.
There’s lots of insight and it asks you to take note of surroundings, where your food comes from, sustainability and so on. Lots of practical advice that can actually be followed by everyone. Lots of ideas to try and put into practise.
A really good book, highly recommended
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