• Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much

  • The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life
  • By: Niki Brantmark
  • Narrated by: Ana Clements
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-03-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Derived from the Swedish phrase Lagom är bäst, meaning "the right amount is best; in moderation, in balance", langom is a deeply held philosophy closely tied to the Swedish cultural and social ideology of fairness and equality. Lagom is believed to have begun with Viking culture: at gatherings, when a bowl of mead was passed around in a circle, it was important that everyone sipped "just enough" or their "fair share" so there was enough to be enjoyed by all. Deeply ingrained in the Swedish psyche, lagom is about enjoying balance in every aspect of life - from work and leisure to family and food and everything in between.
Experienced bakers know by touch when dough they're kneading is lagom - not too moist and not too dry. At the office, professionals who work hard - but not to the detriment of other aspects of their lives - are following the ideal of lagom. In this inviting, inspirational guide, Niki Brantmark explains lagom and explains how to incorporate it into your own lifestyle, including:

Home: declutter, keep items you love; buy consciously
Work: take regular coffee breaks away from your desk, Swedish style; learn to "switch off" at home
Money: more isn't happiness - live within your means and be thrifty without sacrificing quality
Body and mind: exercise that fits your life and healthy habits that make you feel better (starting with more sleep)
Food: enjoy that slice of cake, but remember, portions in moderation
Vacation: make the most of holidays and time off
Leisure: get out in nature - take a hike in the woods or a dip in the sea
Family: keep it simple and organized
Friendship: form bonds that will last a lifetime
And much more

In an interconnected world filled with goal-oriented perfectionists, Lagom reminds us to slow down, to decompress and destress, to be mindful of sustainability yet not deny ourselves pleasure. But lagom is not a rigid set of rules - sometimes you need more, sometimes you need less, and that's fine, too! With this idea-filled guide, you can learn to find greater balance, well-being, and harmony - and, most importantly, make time for the things that matter most in life.
©2017 Niki Brantmark (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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3 out of 5 stars
By David P. Wilson on 01-17-18

Not For Adults

It's the new year and I thought this book would be a fantastic way to recenter my outlook on life. After finishing, I was trying to imagine who this book was written for; I suppose a 10 to 12 year old is probably the best audience. It's a collection of self-evident lists strung together with some kitschy advice. As a grown up it's a little bit condescending - actually super condescending. At a much younger age, maybe just exiting Elementary School, the lists of advice might be just right!

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3 out of 5 stars
By deipnosophist on 06-19-18

More of a Buzzfeed list than a real book

I wanted to like this book. I though that it would be kind of a combination of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Almost Nearly Perfect People about Scandinavian culture. There is a little bit of cultural anthropology here as the author plays the removed British observer, but in my opinion the book trends too much toward a Martha Stewart how-to book with directions for making homemade Christmas decorations and other knick knacks. It ends up being just a general self-help book with a Swedish theme. And many of the recommendations are just kind of laughable. Sure, I'll be sure to go for a brisk ocean swim every day before work! Or not. I'd love to bike to work if I didn't have to travel on four-lane highways to get there. Swedish people are unique because Sweden is a pretty unique place. I'm more interested in that fact than a bunch of platitudes about getting enough sleep.

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