Lagom
Discover the Swedish ethos of balanced living with this little book of Lagom. The Swedish concept of Lagom (pronounced "lah-gom") roughly translates to "not too little, not too much, just right." This charming book introduces readers to a new way of balanced living that promises happiness and sustainability in work and in life. Lagom provides simple solutions to juggle everyday priorities, reduce stress, eat well, and save money, with lessons on the importance of downtime, being outdoors, and Sweden's coffee break culture. Tips on removing clutter and creating a capsule wardrobe help readers achieve Sweden's famously clean and functional design aesthetic, while advice on going green and growing food gets their hands dirty. With seemingly endless financial, emotional, and environmental benefits, Lagom presents an accessible and all-encompassing lifestyle that is sure to inspire mindfulness, wellbeing, and contentment.

Lagom Details

TitleLagom
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 17th, 2017
PublisherRunning Press Adult
ISBN-139780762463756
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development, Cultural, Sweden

Lagom Review

  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    *** There are two recently published books on lagom with not only similar titles, but they are also similar in size and cover design. My review of Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...“Happiness in a sustainable sense is not about extremes.” (p 151) Lagom is about balance, having not too little, not too much, but just enough. Linnea Dunne not only defines lagom, but captures the very essen *** There are two recently published books on lagom with not only similar titles, but they are also similar in size and cover design. My review of Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...“Happiness in a sustainable sense is not about extremes.” (p 151) Lagom is about balance, having not too little, not too much, but just enough. Linnea Dunne not only defines lagom, but captures the very essence of it in her writing on the subject. She offers up just enough information in this quick yet satisfying read. Dunne concisely conveys her thoughts and provides examples of applying the concept in your everyday life. Chapters cover work-life balance, food and drink, style, health and well-being, socializing, sustainable living, and attaining happiness. Nice references to lesser known Swedish cultural traditions, such as sportlov and lördagsgodis, are scattered throughout. Inspiring for those seeking a more balanced and contented lifestyle. Also recommended to those looking to learn more about Swedish culture and mindset.
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  • Irmak
    January 1, 1970
    Hayatı sadeleştirerek mutluluğu yakalamak üzerine kurulu akımları son zamanlarda daha sık duymaya başladık. Pegasus Yayınları da bu akımlara dair seri niteliğinde kitaplar çıkarttı. Hyyge, Lykke ve en son da Lagom. Dekorasyona ağırlık veriyormuş gibi gözüken bu akımlar temelinde bir yaşam tarzını yansıtmakta. Lagom İsveçliler için dengeyi temsil eden bir kavram ve genel olarak 'bir şeyin tam kıvamında' olması anlamına geliyor. Bir şeyi yaparken abartma ama kendini sevdiğin şeylerin dışında da bı Hayatı sadeleştirerek mutluluğu yakalamak üzerine kurulu akımları son zamanlarda daha sık duymaya başladık. Pegasus Yayınları da bu akımlara dair seri niteliğinde kitaplar çıkarttı. Hyyge, Lykke ve en son da Lagom. Dekorasyona ağırlık veriyormuş gibi gözüken bu akımlar temelinde bir yaşam tarzını yansıtmakta. Lagom İsveçliler için dengeyi temsil eden bir kavram ve genel olarak 'bir şeyin tam kıvamında' olması anlamına geliyor. Bir şeyi yaparken abartma ama kendini sevdiğin şeylerin dışında da bırakma diyor İsveçliler bir bakıma ve bunu hayatlarının her alanında benimseyip uyguluyorlar. İş yaşam dengesi, az eşyaya sahip olmak, insan ilişkilerine önem vermek, ne yediğine ne kadar yediğine dikkat etmek gibi.Bu kitapta da lagom anlayışını kendi hayatımıza nasıl uyarlayabileceğimiz hakkında öneriler yer alıyor diyebillirim sanırım. Bu seride ilk olarak Hygge'yi okumuş ve onu oldukça sevmiştim. Lagom'da da zaman zaman Hygge esintilerini gördüm. Ve bu yüzden de aynı şeyleri okuyor gibi hissettiğim anlar oldu. Elbette ki ikisi farklı kavramlar. Ama bana göre ikisi de insana mutluluk, huzur ve denge sağlamayı amaçladığı için birbirine çok benzeyen kavramlar.Ben kitabın bana çok bir şey kattığını söyleyemeyeceğim ne yazık ki. Hygge'yi okurken hayatıma uygulamayı isteyip kısmen başarmış olsam da Lagom'da bu olmadı. Yine Hygge'de olduğu gibi Lagom'da da farkında olmadan hayatımıza uyguladığımız şeyler var tabii ki. Örneğin kırmızı ruj sürdüğümüzde makyajımızın geri kalanını hafif yaparak dengeyi sağlamak da lagom. Yani demek istediğim lagom olan şeylerin bir kısmını zaten hayatımıza denge kurmak için katmış bulunuyoruz, bu yüzden de kitaptan ekstra bir şey alamadım ben. Ama kitabın kime ne katacağını önceden kestiremeyeceğimiz için bir göz atmanızı tavsiye ederim.
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  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis book isn’t as good as the Hygge book but still parts of it were interesting. I wanted to read this only to learn about Swedes and how they lead a happy life. Also because of the amazing IKEA from Sweden. I really want to move to Europe after reading books like these - the quality of life seems to be so much better compared to the rat race that we are part of.
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  • Debbie Young
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting insights into Swedish society and values, expounding at length the philosophy of moderation in all things and citing many ways to embrace it in our own lives.Like last winter's books on the Danish concept of Hygge, the basic concept is a valid antidote to our over-indulgent, consumerist age, promoting a more eco-friendly and considered lifestyle.A few details struck me as oddly untraditional, e.g. the recommendation to make your main Friday night meal tacos and dips in front of the t Interesting insights into Swedish society and values, expounding at length the philosophy of moderation in all things and citing many ways to embrace it in our own lives.Like last winter's books on the Danish concept of Hygge, the basic concept is a valid antidote to our over-indulgent, consumerist age, promoting a more eco-friendly and considered lifestyle.A few details struck me as oddly untraditional, e.g. the recommendation to make your main Friday night meal tacos and dips in front of the television (no, thank you).Beautifully produced and presented in hardback, it makes a nice gift book/coffee table book (I had my copy for Christmas), but I preferred the less showy and more in-depth analysis demonstrated in books like the excellent "A Year of Living Danishly".The production values were slightly marred by the unwise decision to print some pages in black text on a dark blue ground. People with less than perfect eyesight will struggle to read those sections. It was also a little repetitive, with multiple references to other pages throughout the book. The editor should have taken this as a clue to the need for a little further pruning. Not the author's fault, though.I don't know how old the author is, but the book read as if she were very young and didn't have a lot of life experience herself. Her enthusiasm for Swedish living was undermined by her confession that she'd emigrated to Dublin at the age of 19 and married an Irishman. Perhaps it is a case of absence making the heart grow fonder for her native land and more nostalgic - otherwise one wonders why she left what she paints as an idyll.Even so, worth a read - it's at a good price (much reduced on Amazon post-Xmas) and a quick read, and undemanding of time and brain-power.
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  • Kimber
    January 1, 1970
    I never knew how well I would fit in with the Swedish (having no Scandavian heritage that I know of) but I found myself saying "I do this! I do this! I do this!" I even drive a Volvo, a car of practicality and quality over stylishness or trendyness. Much like Swedish philosophy. Work/life balance, sustainability, decluttering, second-hand shopping/frugality, love of fine coffee, Minimilism & living well over living large. This is all the fine Swedish art of balance. Lagom means "just the rig I never knew how well I would fit in with the Swedish (having no Scandavian heritage that I know of) but I found myself saying "I do this! I do this! I do this!" I even drive a Volvo, a car of practicality and quality over stylishness or trendyness. Much like Swedish philosophy. Work/life balance, sustainability, decluttering, second-hand shopping/frugality, love of fine coffee, Minimilism & living well over living large. This is all the fine Swedish art of balance. Lagom means "just the right amount" and not more..
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Not a “profound” book by any means, but a clean-cut, tidy little book about happiness and healthy, mindful living that was a great pick-me-up in the middle of winter. I love a lot of the Swedish ideology this book promotes: taking time to be in nature, avoidance of consumerism and wastefulness, taking more time to be with friends and just BE with others...sounds like the Swedes might be doing some things right that ‘Merica’s got wrong if this book is any indication. Illustrations: I’m a sucker f Not a “profound” book by any means, but a clean-cut, tidy little book about happiness and healthy, mindful living that was a great pick-me-up in the middle of winter. I love a lot of the Swedish ideology this book promotes: taking time to be in nature, avoidance of consumerism and wastefulness, taking more time to be with friends and just BE with others...sounds like the Swedes might be doing some things right that ‘Merica’s got wrong if this book is any indication. Illustrations: I’m a sucker for cheery illustrations and I love how the whole thing is filled with outdoor/food photography, folksy drawings and infographic-style formatting.
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  • Ivo
    January 1, 1970
    Книжлето искренно ме зарадва, изглежда като извадена брошура за задължително щастие само ако го пожелаете , показа , защо шведите са най-щастливата нация на света( не заради шведската тройка или маса ) а в своята практичност, социални придобивки за които ние българите можем само да мечтаем и разбира се заради храната, природата и още куп други неща , които ние също имаме , но използваме енергията си в нещо отрицатено и негативно и затова не се получава.
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  • Hulyacln
    January 1, 1970
    Yarım yağlı inek sütü ülkesi İsveç inceleniyor Lagom’da..kısaca “denge”nin hayatlarımızı ne denli değiştirebileceğinden bahsediliyor.Oturmuş bir sosyal düzeni hemen yarın kendi ülkenizde uygulamaya sokmak tabii ki imkansız..Ancak herkesin kendi evinde ve sosyal çevresinde uygulanabilecek güzel yollar da yok değil.Şöyle bir alıntı da yapılabilir:“Bütün mesele çizgileri nasıl birleştirdiğimiz,mecburiyetleri nasıl hafiflettiğimiz ve anlamlı anların kalıcı olmasını nasıl sağladığımız.”Kendi adıma ku Yarım yağlı inek sütü ülkesi İsveç inceleniyor Lagom’da..kısaca “denge”nin hayatlarımızı ne denli değiştirebileceğinden bahsediliyor.Oturmuş bir sosyal düzeni hemen yarın kendi ülkenizde uygulamaya sokmak tabii ki imkansız..Ancak herkesin kendi evinde ve sosyal çevresinde uygulanabilecek güzel yollar da yok değil.Şöyle bir alıntı da yapılabilir:“Bütün mesele çizgileri nasıl birleştirdiğimiz,mecburiyetleri nasıl hafiflettiğimiz ve anlamlı anların kalıcı olmasını nasıl sağladığımız.”Kendi adıma kuzenlerimi arayıp “hadi fika’layalım” diyerek başlayabilirim bu ufak çarkı kurma işlemine..
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  • Nga Pham
    January 1, 1970
    Cuốn sách mang tới cái nhìn tổng quát và rất lagom về phong cách sống của người Thụy Điển (mình không hề thích từ “đẳng cấp” trong tên sách xíu nào). Sự hài lòng trong phong cách sống của người Thụy Điển không phải là vì họ đã có tất cả mọi thứ, mà đơn giản đó là một trạng thái thỏa mãn với những gì mình đang có. Lagom chính là việc thoát ra khỏi những bộn bề và cân đo đong đếm một cách thái quá. Phong cách lagom của người Thụy Điển mà tác giả đề cập cuốn sách mang lại một cảm giác bình yên, th Cuốn sách mang tới cái nhìn tổng quát và rất lagom về phong cách sống của người Thụy Điển (mình không hề thích từ “đẳng cấp” trong tên sách xíu nào). Sự hài lòng trong phong cách sống của người Thụy Điển không phải là vì họ đã có tất cả mọi thứ, mà đơn giản đó là một trạng thái thỏa mãn với những gì mình đang có. Lagom chính là việc thoát ra khỏi những bộn bề và cân đo đong đếm một cách thái quá. Phong cách lagom của người Thụy Điển mà tác giả đề cập cuốn sách mang lại một cảm giác bình yên, thoải mái nhưng cũng rất hiện đại. Tinh thần lagom được thể hiện trong mọi mặt của cuộc sống người Thụy Điển: làm việc vừa đủ, ăn uống không quá cầu kỳ, không gian ngôi nhà thoáng đãng với những đồ đạc cần thiết, quần áo phù hợp thời tiết, cân bằng giữa thời gian dành cho gia đình và cho bản thân… Tất nhiên cuốn sách chỉ đề cập tới những mặt tích cực trong phong cách sống của người Thụy Điển và cụ thể là về lagom, vì vậy không thể nói là “nên sống theo phong cách người Thụy Điển”, nhưng trong sách có rất nhiều quan điểm đáng học hỏi, đặc biệt là về trách nhiệm chăm sóc con cái trong gia đình và ý thức sống vì môi trường. Cuốn sách được trình bày bắt mắt, hài hòa với nhiều hình minh họa và cả hình chụp. Màu sắc được sử dụng trong sách góp phần mang lại cảm giác chậm rãi, nhẹ nhàng về cách sống của người Thụy Điển. Cách thiết kế mỗi trang một màu chủ đạo đẹp nhưng lại khiến một số trang khó đọc được nội dung (chữ màu đen trên nền xanh lá đậm). Một điểm trừ về mặt nội dung là những công thức món ăn của người Thụy Điển hơi thừa. Theo mình thì sách chỉ cần nêu tên các món ăn là đủ, không cần hướng dẫn cả cách làm vì có thể tìm kiếm trên internet, và một số hướng dẫn cũng hơi mơ hồ, khái quát quá. Ngoài ra, trong sách có nhắc tới Bộ quy tắc ứng xử Jante vài lần nhưng không hề có giải thích, và sách cũng không có bảng tra thuật ngữ. Những thuật ngữ ngắn và được nhắc tới nhiều lần như lagom, fika, fredagsmys thì dễ nhớ nhưng nhiều thuật ngữ dài thì tác giả chỉ *mở ngoặc* xem lại phần trước *đóng ngoặc* (trong khi việc nhớ lại từ đó xuất hiện ở phần nào cũng khá khó khăn).
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    This book talks about the Swedish concept of lagom, or just enough, seeking balance, etc. It has a few pages of text on various aspects of lagom with photos and graphics, covering food, home, community, work, clothing, and discussion of sustainability. It was interesting to learn more about Swedish culture. The Swedes have a very admirable approach to work-life balance (parents receive generous time off until their children are age 8 - up to 480 days for mothers or fathers), they leave work on t This book talks about the Swedish concept of lagom, or just enough, seeking balance, etc. It has a few pages of text on various aspects of lagom with photos and graphics, covering food, home, community, work, clothing, and discussion of sustainability. It was interesting to learn more about Swedish culture. The Swedes have a very admirable approach to work-life balance (parents receive generous time off until their children are age 8 - up to 480 days for mothers or fathers), they leave work on time, and take regular work coffee breaks (sometimes with complimentary cinnamon rolls!). I enjoyed reading about some of their traditions such as staying home and eating tacos on Friday nights while watching TV, and a more elaborate coffee tradition (fika) on Saturdays with treats. The Swedes love the outdoors and are committed to going green with extensive recycling programs (only 1% of household waste ends up in landfills). With a strong middle class and high ranking on the happiness index, the country is doing many thing right. I wish the book had gone into a little more detail about some things, and the clothing section especially talked a lot about Swedish brands (some parts were written by contributors), but overall this was an enjoyable read now that all things Scandinavian are popular.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Lagom, the name for Swedish balanced living can be described as aiming for "not too Little, not too much, just right" The emphasis in all parts of life, from consuming goods, preparing food, enjoying the outdoors, communing with nature and friends is on the good of the collective rather than on any one person or group. Sweden is known to be one of the top ten countries in the world with contented, happy people. The author Linnea Dunne answers the question, why would one adopt Lagom with the answ Lagom, the name for Swedish balanced living can be described as aiming for "not too Little, not too much, just right" The emphasis in all parts of life, from consuming goods, preparing food, enjoying the outdoors, communing with nature and friends is on the good of the collective rather than on any one person or group. Sweden is known to be one of the top ten countries in the world with contented, happy people. The author Linnea Dunne answers the question, why would one adopt Lagom with the answer, that with most people under stress from staring at screens, feeling overloaded with toxins and missing out on communing with friends and family, that the planet itself is screaming for balance. The most enjoyable and educational feature of this books is her presentation of terms for Swedish activities. Example include "Fredagsmys' or honoring downtime with loved ones, enjoying a "Fika" culture or sharing coffee and "Kanelbullar" or cinnamon buns; and "Pyttipanna" or creating a meal with all the leftovers in the fridge! This book is a delightful excursion to another culture where less is more!
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  • Viki
    January 1, 1970
    Na rozdiel od Hygge (ku šťastiu treba vlnené ponozky, sladké pečivo a sviečky), Lagom hovorí o zdravom rozume, ekopostupoch v prospech krajiny a o živote v komunite. Stále trochu varenie z vody, ale omnoho zodpovednejším prístupom k svetu. Stále je to pre krajiny prvého sveta, ale aspoň nabáda k zero waste, a nie ku kilám škoricových slimákov (vo vlnených ponožkách). A krááásna je.
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  • Pelin
    January 1, 1970
    A bit overrated? The only thing that added value was the definition of the word lagom itself. All of the other information can be found in the brochures given in Swedish tourist information offices (which I remember doing). Recipe for cinnamon buns? Seriously (and that was in those brochures too). I would appreciate more research done on Swedish people than just WHO and UN facts.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a bit obsessive this year with Swedish/Danish living having read The Little Book of Hygge, The Little Book of Fika and now Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living. This one was a bit more robust than the latter two. According to Dunne, lagom roughly translates into "just enough". It's striking the balance of life and basically, enjoying things in moderation. It's really not rocket science- working enough to live not living to work, spending time with family and friends, sustainabilit I've been a bit obsessive this year with Swedish/Danish living having read The Little Book of Hygge, The Little Book of Fika and now Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living. This one was a bit more robust than the latter two. According to Dunne, lagom roughly translates into "just enough". It's striking the balance of life and basically, enjoying things in moderation. It's really not rocket science- working enough to live not living to work, spending time with family and friends, sustainability, choosing quality over quantity, choosing practicality and functionality, etc. but it is a nice reminder. Dunne covers everything from work-life balance to socializing to food to fashion and home decoration. Even though she admits that the book is based off generalizations, she does back up with statistics. I'm not sure if it's because she comes off more matter of fact and gives more plausible ways everyone can include a little lagom in their lives, but the narration comes off as less pretentious than The Little Book of Hygge did. Hoping to incorporate some of the ideas she gives in my own life.
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  • Minh Huong
    January 1, 1970
    LAGOM, phong cách sống Vừa đủ của người Thuỵ Điển. Ở-rê-ka, tìm ra rồi. Sau một hồi dài thì cuối cùng mình cũng đã tìm ra cuốn sách chỉ đúng lối sống mà mình mong muốn và thuộc về. Nó ko phải keo kiệt, bủn xịn mà là sống biết đủ: làm việc vừa đủ- để có thời gian cho gia đình, bạn bè và thưởng thức cuộc sống; ăn uống vừa đủ (ko ăn quá no, quá nhiều, quá thừa), tiêu dùng vừa đủ (dùng lại đồ cũ...) , đồ đạc vừa đúng chức năng (ko rườm rà, cầu kỳ, dư ra) , giao tiếp Lagom: ý thức cộng đồng xung quan LAGOM, phong cách sống Vừa đủ của người Thuỵ Điển. Ở-rê-ka, tìm ra rồi. Sau một hồi dài thì cuối cùng mình cũng đã tìm ra cuốn sách chỉ đúng lối sống mà mình mong muốn và thuộc về. Nó ko phải keo kiệt, bủn xịn mà là sống biết đủ: làm việc vừa đủ- để có thời gian cho gia đình, bạn bè và thưởng thức cuộc sống; ăn uống vừa đủ (ko ăn quá no, quá nhiều, quá thừa), tiêu dùng vừa đủ (dùng lại đồ cũ...) , đồ đạc vừa đúng chức năng (ko rườm rà, cầu kỳ, dư ra) , giao tiếp Lagom: ý thức cộng đồng xung quanh, suy nghĩ Lagom: ko quá emotional cũng ko quá logic cứng nhắc, bình yên, mindfulness để ý thức mọi việc trong tỉnh thức. Thấy quá hay và phù hợp để áp dụng, để có cuộc sống xanh và giá trị hơn!
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  • Timandra Whitecastle
    January 1, 1970
    This is a quirky illustrated beautiful book that I’m going to give 4.5 stars. It’s main problem was that I read it just after finishing Meik Wiking‘s Hygge and Lykke books - and I simply liked them just a little bit more. Maybe the Danish book hangover colored my impression? So I wouldn’t give it the full 5 stars - I just didn’t love it as much - but I think it’s still a great book that embraces a certain moderate no-nonsense approach to life that really resonated with me.
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  • Nikolina
    January 1, 1970
    I must admit I picked it up solely for its "looks." It's a lovely book with beautiful illustrations. As for the content... I don't know what to think of it. The book could as well be named "The Swedes Are Perfect", which is ridiculous. Plus, the whole philosophy is nothing groundbreaking, most of us already live by those "rules." I gave it 3 stars mostly for the aesthetics.
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  • Cansu
    January 1, 1970
    ‘ne çok az ne çok fazla, tam kararında.’ 🌱
  • Lobo
    January 1, 1970
    Linnea Dunne, aki összeszedte kis könyvében, hogy mi is az ami a svédeket kiegyensúlyozottá teszi évekig élt távol szülőhazájától és ezalatt jött rá, hogy mennyi minden van, ami hiányzik neki onnan. S milyen sok dolgot lehet a Lagom-ból bárhol a világon hasznosítani és elérni, hogy nyugodtabb legyen az ember élete és megtanulja élvezni azt, ami van neki. Sokan azt szokták felhozni a Lagom-mal szemben, hogy a középszerűséget isteníti, pedig igazából nem, hanem arra akar rávezetni, hogy legyünk el Linnea Dunne, aki összeszedte kis könyvében, hogy mi is az ami a svédeket kiegyensúlyozottá teszi évekig élt távol szülőhazájától és ezalatt jött rá, hogy mennyi minden van, ami hiányzik neki onnan. S milyen sok dolgot lehet a Lagom-ból bárhol a világon hasznosítani és elérni, hogy nyugodtabb legyen az ember élete és megtanulja élvezni azt, ami van neki. Sokan azt szokták felhozni a Lagom-mal szemben, hogy a középszerűséget isteníti, pedig igazából nem, hanem arra akar rávezetni, hogy legyünk elégedettek azzal, amink van és élvezzük a környezetünket ki a legapróbb részletig is a meglévő lehetőseinket kihasználva. Dunne rávilágít arra, hogy már a felgyorsult világba beköszöntő lassú élet mozgalom előtt is a svédek a Lagom szerint igyekeztek élni, mert rájöttek, hogy az “éppen elég”-re hajtással nem csak a saját testi-lelki-szellemi egyensúlyukat teremthetik meg, de még a társadalomra is jó hatással lehet az ilyen életvitel. Részletesen: http://olvasonaplo.net/olvasonaplo/20...
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  • Phuong Linh
    January 1, 1970
    Ok đây đích thị là cuốn sách giới thiệu cho chúng ta biết cách làm thế nào để có một cuộc sống hạnh phúc. Và thật sự thì mọi thứ được trình bày trong cuốn sách này hoàn toàn hợp lý, logic và đáng để chúng ta làm theo. “Lagom là từ dùng để chỉ sự vừa phải”, quả thật đúng như vậy. Ngẫm mà xem, người Thuỵ Điển đã đúng ở chỗ họ đã sớm nhận ra “Hạnh phúc bền vững không phải nằm ở những thứ cực đỉnh”. Tất cả chỉ cần ở mức độ “vừa đủ” để thong thả thưởng thức mà không sợ tụt cảm xúc nếu như ta đang ở t Ok đây đích thị là cuốn sách giới thiệu cho chúng ta biết cách làm thế nào để có một cuộc sống hạnh phúc. Và thật sự thì mọi thứ được trình bày trong cuốn sách này hoàn toàn hợp lý, logic và đáng để chúng ta làm theo. “Lagom là từ dùng để chỉ sự vừa phải”, quả thật đúng như vậy. Ngẫm mà xem, người Thuỵ Điển đã đúng ở chỗ họ đã sớm nhận ra “Hạnh phúc bền vững không phải nằm ở những thứ cực đỉnh”. Tất cả chỉ cần ở mức độ “vừa đủ” để thong thả thưởng thức mà không sợ tụt cảm xúc nếu như ta đang ở trên sự tột đỉnh của niềm vui sướng. Cách sống được đưa ra trong cuốn này trùng hợp là rất giống với cách sống của nhân vật chính trong bộ Manga “Little Forest”. Cho nên tốt nhất là nhâm nhi bộ Mâng đó trước và bạn sẽ hiểu hạnh phúc kiểu “lagom” là như thế nào...
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I'd say 3.5 stars. One of the less twee Nordic lifestyle books I've encountered, but I probably should stop now. I think there are only so many times you can read about natural-fiber textiles, Jante's Law, high-quality universal healthcare, and mandatory paternity leave without wanting to tear your own eyes out. However, this is pretty cute. The pictures are nice, the illustrations are adorable, and the recipes seem good. People who are taking it as mad prescriptivist seem to be missing the poin I'd say 3.5 stars. One of the less twee Nordic lifestyle books I've encountered, but I probably should stop now. I think there are only so many times you can read about natural-fiber textiles, Jante's Law, high-quality universal healthcare, and mandatory paternity leave without wanting to tear your own eyes out. However, this is pretty cute. The pictures are nice, the illustrations are adorable, and the recipes seem good. People who are taking it as mad prescriptivist seem to be missing the point. (Seriously, y'all. They're telling you to not take life so seriously.) It's about balance in all things, and that might mean letting go of perfection to have a weekly veg-out night with your family in front of the TV and ready-meals, it might be about a walk or a coffee break with your coworkers, it might be about digging in the dirt in an allotment or garden. This is probably what those of us who live in a crumbling nightmare empire can aspire to: thinking of the "good life" not in terms of material gains, but more in a commitment to the present. Lord knows we don't have a future.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    I was interested in reading about Lagom, as Hygge has been something that has really interested me this year and I wanted to learn about this concept as well. Because it was marketed the same way (cutesy small book), I assumed lagom and hygge were very similar. While they share similar concepts I think I vibe more with lagom, as it's all about practicality and balance, something I strive for (and frankly I think it's one of my Libra traits as well, haha). I'm glad I read this book around the end I was interested in reading about Lagom, as Hygge has been something that has really interested me this year and I wanted to learn about this concept as well. Because it was marketed the same way (cutesy small book), I assumed lagom and hygge were very similar. While they share similar concepts I think I vibe more with lagom, as it's all about practicality and balance, something I strive for (and frankly I think it's one of my Libra traits as well, haha). I'm glad I read this book around the end of 2017, because it's definitely given me ideas for 2018 and ways to update my life so to speak, so I can live a bit more simply and practically. I really enjoy a lot of the lagom concepts. While I won't be adapting all of them, since I'm very entrenched in my own Polish-American culture, many of the lagom concepts are useful and make perfect sense. I'm going to keep learning about lagom for sure now~
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  • Tori
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, 3.5.Physical aesthetics of the book: 5 stars, absolutely. A great, minimalist feel while the embossing and matte, sturdy cover give it weight in hand. Really love it.At the end, the author admits it’s a lightweight skimming of a deep concept and offers only a wee bit of practical advice for incorporating Lagom into the hectic, insatiable, and omnivorous melee that is American-style living... And while I loved it on the whole, it was all just too brief and almost terse (perhaps that is t Overall, 3.5.Physical aesthetics of the book: 5 stars, absolutely. A great, minimalist feel while the embossing and matte, sturdy cover give it weight in hand. Really love it.At the end, the author admits it’s a lightweight skimming of a deep concept and offers only a wee bit of practical advice for incorporating Lagom into the hectic, insatiable, and omnivorous melee that is American-style living... And while I loved it on the whole, it was all just too brief and almost terse (perhaps that is the point? I feel like that is the point and yet I just don’t work that way!) If brevity is the soul of Lagom, I am already failing.Very sweet book though.
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  • Bookwormandtheatremouse
    January 1, 1970
    I am always fascinated by these books embracing different ways of living to improve our lives. This is another beautiful book that encourages you embrace Lagom - the Swedish way of living - it is fascinating read as you read the theory behind the practice and it shares ideas about how to be just enough 'Lagom'.
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  • Melissa Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting and enjoyable readI wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book; it really made me think about some of the changes I could make to make my like simpler and I love the focus on community (making your neighbour a batch of cinnamon buns - why not). I am interested in learning about other cultures so this was a great read for me.
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  • Oliver Grin
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book cover-to-cover in just about one day (it’s a quick read). The next day I picked it up again, started with the last chapter, and reread the whole thing backwards. ‘Lagom’ is a word which cannot be succinctly or holistically translated into English, and it deals with a concept which resides within extremes; things which are just right, just enough, just. Maybe this is why I had to read the book twice. Not because it was poorly written or overly complicated, but because I didn’t fe I read this book cover-to-cover in just about one day (it’s a quick read). The next day I picked it up again, started with the last chapter, and reread the whole thing backwards. ‘Lagom’ is a word which cannot be succinctly or holistically translated into English, and it deals with a concept which resides within extremes; things which are just right, just enough, just. Maybe this is why I had to read the book twice. Not because it was poorly written or overly complicated, but because I didn’t feel that I came away with a real understanding of lagom after my first read. Honestly, I think I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.
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  • Julie K
    January 1, 1970
    Lagom is the word so peculiar, yet for Swedes too much familiar, even a lifestyle it will become. Nothing much, nothing less, just enough for the happy nest. When you come to Sweden, soon you will see, how people live in modesty. As the book says to us that Swedes can enjoy their lives enough. At work by fika they abide, their home in simplicity occupy and in relationships with help they divide. Instead of vacations abroad, they will take a few days in lodge and rather of using a car they like t Lagom is the word so peculiar, yet for Swedes too much familiar, even a lifestyle it will become. Nothing much, nothing less, just enough for the happy nest. When you come to Sweden, soon you will see, how people live in modesty. As the book says to us that Swedes can enjoy their lives enough. At work by fika they abide, their home in simplicity occupy and in relationships with help they divide. Instead of vacations abroad, they will take a few days in lodge and rather of using a car they like to ride on the bike.
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  • Mary Mccallister
    January 1, 1970
    For anyone who is interested in HYGGE, you will love this! Lagom is like life-long hygge created by the Swedish. It has beautiful photos and thorough expalnations and ideas. It's a pictorial feast for the eyes!
  • Kristiina Lind
    January 1, 1970
    Hea raamat Rootsi kultuuriga tutvumiseks või selle paremaks mõistmiseks. Kindlasti palju vahvaid ideid selle kohta, kuidas oma elu võimalikult tasakaalukalt elada. Samas tundsin, et see jääb minust natuke kaugele hetkel, kui mind Rootsiga miski ei seo.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Duurzaam geluk is geen kwestie van extremen.Wat een geweldig hapslikwegboekje boordevol tips. Wat neem ik mee? Fika, picknick, dat ik voortaan op tijd naar huis moet na het werk en fredagsmys. In februari probeer ik köpstopp: maar goed dat ik in januari veel boeken heb gekocht! Op naar Lagom! En Zweden als het even kan ...
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