Lagom: the secret of Swedish happiness
Lagom is not the name of a diet, but a life philosophy for the Scandinavians. It is the right measure, it is moderation in its most accessible facet. It is the opposite of voracity and deprivation, since it appeals to balance to a full quality of life, where happiness is real. The concept comes from Sweden. Although it began in remote times, today its validity has transcended its borders.
Lagom as a way of life
When we talk about lagom as a concept applicable to everyday life we can relate it to our consumption habits. This has an impact on the food we eat daily, as well as the way we consume any other product, including our relationship with the environment and society.
A person who leads a lagom life is not deprived of anything, moderation is the key. If you fancy something sweet after eating on a Thursday afternoon, eat it. The difference is that instead of a desire that translates into giant piece of chocolate cake, you can eat a small cookie. In this way the impulse to eat sugar is satiated, but it does not exceed the caloric intake.
Lagom and mindfulness
In a way, mindfulness and the connection with the present moment are part of the essence of the lagom concept. It is very easy to succumb to stimuli that give us pleasure, however, when consciousness surpases the ego, the results change. The key of lagom is moderation. It is possible to eat whatever you want, but never in excess. A piece of chocolate after dinner is allowed, but not the entire bar.
Beyond food, lagom can be applied to everything. From the decoration of a house, to the way entretainment is consumed. It is a way to establish healthy relationships with the environment, with friends, with work, with leisure and even with ideas. Not much or little, rather the right measure between the necessary and the satisfactory. Lagom is an art. Can it be applied from one day to the next? Maybe not, but with practice, for sure. Do you dare to try it?
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