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

  • by Niki Brantmark
  • Narrated by Ana Clements
  • 4 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Uncover the secrets of the Swedish philosophy of life called Lagom - meaning 'just enough'. At its core is the idea that we can strike a healthy balance with the world around us without having to make extreme changes and without denying ourselves anything.
This delightful audiobook, written by Niki Brantmark, founder and curator of the award-winning interior design blog My Scandinavian Home, gives a taste of the philosophy behind Lagom and shows how to include some of the principles in our daily lives. Includes inspirational and fun ideas to help you achieve balance, well-being and a more sustainable existence.
The book is divided into three sections. Introducing Lagom to your personal life includes ideas for decluttering your home, conscious buying and embracing 'slow design'. At work, take time to balance your day with a proper lunch break and a gadget-free Sabbath, while outdoor staycations in remote settings can offer relaxation you never knew possible!
Lagom at home and with our families explains the art of simple pleasures - bring-a-dish entertaining at home, of shared craft activities with our children and less-stressed homework time! And finally there's Lagom in the wider world and the principles of living sustainably - as IKEA have pledged in their Live Lagom campaign. Make some small changes, like using LED lightbulbs, taking shorter showers and upcycling, and you are living a Lagom life, a rewarding but responsible life, not denying yourself or sacrificing what you love while not taking from the planet more than you need. It's just the right amount!

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nothing to get excited about!

I confess I do envy the Scandinavian way of life, outlook, politics, culture, but this book was everso dull. A bit like all the good intentions you had ever had rolled into one long pious narrative. And obviously targeted at a different demographic as chapters on raising young children not at all relevant to me. I dont think my teenager would be very interested in leaf rubbings, for example, but I would be interested to know about approaches with young adults and intergenerational care in Sweden. Dull as pleasantly scented dishwater, in my humble opinion.
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- jenny sanders

A lovely listen

This was very much in the vein of Dominique Loreau’s ‘L’art de la simplicite’, Marie Kondo’s ‘The life changing magic of tidying’ and Meik Weiking’s ‘The little book of hygge’. If you liked those books, it is worth giving this book a go. A good Christmas listen as you potter about the house.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-09-2017
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited