Here’s what you need to know about this Swedish trend.

By Tamara Kraus
September 07, 2017
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Step aside “Hygge.” It’s now the year of “Lagom,” or the Swedish art of balanced living. In case the term “Hygge” hasn’t flooded your social channels as of late, it’s a Danish trend of being cozy and warm that the world can’t stop talking about. And now, you’re about to be obsessed with creating a life that’s happily balanced.

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According to author Linnea Dunne’s new book, which is appropriately titled, Lagom, the trend is “wearing bright lipstick, but leaving the rest of your makeup perfectly understated.” It’s “having a burger but opting out of the fries.” You could say the concept is similar to that of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: finding a bed that’s not too hard yet not too soft—or a cup of porridge that’s perfectly warm without burning your tongue. 

This new phenomenon dates back to 1996 when Swedish author Jonas Gardell dubbed Sweden “the country of semi-skimmed milk.” It’s a phrase the Swedes latched on to because semi-skimmed milk is perfectly balanced: not too skinny and not too fattening.

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In Lagom, Dunne explores how this law can be practiced throughout your entire life. From becoming a functionalist with your clothes to a recipe for a really tasty cinnamon roll, your life is about to get a lot less stressful, healthier, and balanced overall.

Here’s to living your life the Lagom way: “not too little, not too much, just right.”

Lagom will be released on October 17th, 2017. Preorder it on Amazon.com.

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