Life isn’t perfect — how could it be when there’s global warming, political tension and a ton of junk cluttering your house? Lucky for you, there’s a new philosophy that could at least make you feel more content.
‘Lagom,’ which means ‘just enough’ in English, is the Swedish idea of being happy by finding balance in your life. It’s all about creating a middle ground between excessive living and minimalism, where everything feels just right.
You can start by making small changes in your home — get rid of objects that don’t have a whole lot of meaning to you (without going overboard). Then add in some beautiful accent pieces so that minimalism and clutter can exist cohesively together. So instead of completely decluttering or immersing yourself in complete luxury, lagom encourages people to live comfortably yet modestly.
But lagom isn’t only applicable to your home. You can apply lagom to what you’re eating, your exercise schedule, work, how often you use your phone and literally any other area of your life where you feel over or underwhelmed.
“I think that in a time of excess, which many of us are currently living in, lagom is key to becoming more centered, happy and balancing the pressures of everyday life,” said Niels Eék, a Swedish psychologist.
Eék even suggested tweaking the way you think so you aren’t constantly pushing yourself beyond your limits.
“Instead of asking yourself ‘can I do better?’ or ‘should I try harder?’ ask yourself ‘is this good enough?’ and ‘have I done my best?’” he explained. “This way, you will be more focused on finding the right balance, instead of simply pushing yourself towards something.”
Lifelong contentment, here we come.