6 Ways to Practice Lagom, the Swedish Secret to a Balanced, Happy Life

Some of us are on a quest to find the ultimate meditation or a way to practice stillness, sharing, and learning to be grateful through thoughtful reflection. Spreading a little happiness doesn’t need to involve grand gestures. Sometimes the most ordinary acts add the most meaning and inspire the most exceptional smiles of all. 

We stumbled across this type of intentional meditation in an article a few years back. It covers how the Swedes tap into their inner peace and often share them with those around them.  For example, it is simple notes for the next reader in a book to intently listening to a conversation before offering and opinion.  

Pronounced LAH-gum, the term translates to “not too little, not too much” or “just right”—and in Sweden, it represents the art of living a balanced, slower, fuss-free life. “Swedish people take their time. They stop, they look, they listen and they wait. The beauty of slowing down, I’ve learned, is that it helps you be more in the moment and enjoy the simple pleasures in life,” Brantmark writes. “And there’s something very relaxing and satisfying about it, too.”

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