Books: Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life

Niki Brantmark, HarperCollins

In the latest offering from well-known design blogger Niki Brantmark, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life, Brantmark takes an interesting look at the thinking behind Lagom and how its principles can easily be incorporated into our daily lives. Lagom is a Swedish philosophy premised on having just enough and finding balance through maximizing our experiences without denying ourselves of anything. Divided into three sections, the book suggests ideas on incorporating Lagom through decluttering, taking proper lunch breaks, and spending more time outdoors. Incorporating Lagom at home and into family time can include arts and crafts with the kids after homework time and entertaining at home. As pledged by Swedish-founded mega-retailer IKEA, as part of the company’s ‘Live Lagom’ campaign, the smallest changes — such as recycling, saving water, and using energy-saving light bulbs — are all part of living with just enough.

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