Living Lagom

A Swedish Guide to a Balanced Life
Narrated by: Nicole Scaradge
Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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We all want to feel happier, healthier, and richer. 

For most of us, this not just for outward appearances, but for the benefit of our conscious self. Waking up every morning feeling content with life is something we all want to achieve. 

But it’s not so easy to achieve this, as it can be difficult to feel this way with the noise and tempo of everyday life. Lagom can help us reach this state of harmony with oneself. The Swedish concept is used to describe the perfect state of balance. 

In particular, lagom is when something is neither too much, nor too little. 

It’s just right, and it makes you feel satisfied. 

It can be used when talking about anything from the weather to how much milk you pour in your coffee. It can also be used when tidying the house, or even shopping for groceries. 

It leads to a more frugal style of decision making, helping you to avoid taking too much or too little. 

The Swedish apply lagom to most aspects of their life without thinking about it. 

If the question starts with "How much?" the typical answer in Sweden is "lagom." 

The minimalist nature of lagom allows for a more functional mindset, focusing and surrounding yourself with what you perceive to be the more important things in life. 

Living lagom is to live a moderate life where balance is the key to success in all areas. 

This book will show you how lagom can be incorporated into your personal life, family, relationships, work, home, health, and wellbeing. 

After listening to this audiobook, you will be equipped with the knowledge to: 

  • Become happier with your work
  • Have healthier relationships
  • Improve your personal wellbeing                              
©2018 Maya Thoresen (P)2018 Maya Thoresen

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Contentment and Moderation

Lagom basically comes down to being happy with what you have, and having things in moderation. How much is right? Enough is right. Not too much, not too little, and then being content with that.

The book goes through some basic skills on how you could incorporate the lagom lifestyle into your life. It's about balancing priorities between wants and needs. Don't throw yourself too much into one thing, take some 'down time' and so forth. Or if you are more anti-social generally then the balance would be making yourself be more outgoing to balance the two. Declutter, so that you are not overwhelmed by things, but it is not living minimalisticaly

But the final balance is different for each person, and you should not force people into the same balance levels that you require.

The inclusions is some recipes in here is a strange one. It's kind of good to have some traditional Swedish recipes available, but they don't actually matter for 'living lagom'. They are there to add a little bit more 'swedish' to the book and bulk it out, but they are completely off topic for the 'balance lifestyle of lagom' discussion.

Narration by Sarah DaMetz is good. Engaging, well paced and easy to follow. no issues at all.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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What is lagom? Just enough!

What is lagom? Not too much and not too little. It’s just enough. That’s also what this audiobook is. It’s the perfect introduction to the concept of living lagom. It covers many aspects of life and what the Swedes do to make these things lagom for themselves and how you can to. There are comparisons to other cultural theories of living such as hygge and Zen Buddhism. It’s interesting and helpful to learn the similarities and differences between them. When the book gets into food and cooking there are several lagom recipes listed to get you in the spirit of things. Many sound quite good so I might give them a try. Essentially lagom promotes simple living without excess. Sounds pretty good to me.
I did find it a bit funny that organizing and cleaning the lagom way is basically the Kondo way. You pick up an item and see if it sparks joy. If not you toss it. If it does you keep it. It was the exact same song and dance. I’m sure the lagom way is very similar to Kondoism but I think it could have been described differently for the ingenuity of the book. Because of it being described so similarly I felt it took away from the lagom feel of that part of the book and instead seemed like a regurgitation of the Magic Art of Tidying Up. It took me a bit off course. I’m sure the description just came out that way because the two theories are so similar and perhaps that was the easiest way for this subject to be better understood in the short part of the book it was allotted. I would have just preferred a different approach.
The narrator did a good job. She spoke clearly and was easy to understand. She narrated the audiobook with enthusiasm as though she truly enjoyed the subject she was talking about.
This audiobook was short but informative. I felt like it was a thorough introductory course to lagom living encompassing several aspects of life. It is good for anyone interested in the subject looking to get a little taste. There are recipes included and suggestions for what you can do to make your life more lagom.

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Living Lagom

Good for people who are type A's to listen to.It seems I have been Living Lagom my whole life!lol Narration by Sarah Dametz was swell. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Everything in moderation

A book about balance and moderation is the key to having a happy existence. I enjoy learning of different perspectives on ways of living one's life and finding a lot of similarities from many cultures around the world. This falls into some similar territory to Hygge or minimalism but has its own interesting things from its Swedish viewpoint on the concept. The book has some suggestions that I think anyone can take and try and implement into their lives to bring some more contentment to their lives. I thought the narration was overall good and Sarah DaMetz put forth everything clearly and with a solid delivery.

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Interesting

This book is all about Lagom, which basically means balance in your life. This gives the listener the Swedish's way of dealing with finding balance in their lives. I found it an interesting listen and if you want to learn a bit about the Swedish culture then check this book out. It does give some good tips to help find balance. The narration was well done. Sarah DaMetz has a nice voice and read at a good pace.

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BALANCED LIFE IS GOOD!

I knew nothing of Lagom before listening to this audiobook - what a treat!
I tend to be gluttonous on occasion, and I learned more about and useful tips for living more "in moderation" and "minimally" - I really need that! A lot of the time you want things, but you don't really need things. I am excited to learn more about this!

Now that I'm (almost) 51, this is something I really need to practice and use in my life. I think this audiobook was informative, and enjoyable to listen to. Both author and narrator did a great job.

FIND BALANCE!
Loved it :)

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  • KD
  • 02-01-19

This is not some magic book

This book isn't magic, but there is a lot of good little tips on how to live a healthier life. I enjoyed having these ideas read to me and reinenforceing them. Overall I'd recommend the book.

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Minimalism in disguise?

I found the book strikingly similar to "Hygge Home" and "Minimalism". The first is Danish, the second is Japanese and this is Swedish. All of them give you sound advice and actionable steps, but nothing new. It was definitely not my cup of tea.

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Embracing The Art of Lagom

Living Lagon was a relaxing and thoughtful listen. I have heard before the Italian phrase of the 'sweetness of doing nothing' and this seems similar. This may be more like doing things differently. I like the idea of Lagom. It's clean and refreshing. This audiobook had some great ideas such as when we want something perhaps it's better to wait a day and see if we still want it as many times the urge has passed. Another thing I really liked was shopping vintage. The recipes sounded amazing and the 21 suggestions at the end are things I plan to do. At least some of them.

Sarah DaMetz did a great job narrating. She had a soft voice which went well with the tone of the book. It was a perfect match with author and reader.

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how much should you have of everything in order...

do well enough instead of striving for perfection to have balance? think about what you want and need and what you have to do to achieve that balance"
this is exactly what this book is trying to teach you and rightly so! we are so caught up with what works for everyone else that we lose sight of what works for us.

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  • 02-05-19

A thorough introduction to a more balanced life

Living Lagom is a comprehensive introductory guide to the Swedish principle of Lagom - the notion of having "just enough" to achieve a balanced, peaceful, fulfilling life.

I enjoyed learning about the idea of 'living Lagom' as it was a philosophy with which I was previously unfamiliar. It was interesting to hear how it relates to - and differs from - other practices such as Zen and the currently-popular Danish pursuit of Hygge. "Hygge is an activity or state of being, and Lagom is a view on life and a way of living." Both derive from a desire for balance, moderation, and satisfaction.

I found this audiobook to be a well-rounded approach to imbuing one's life with a greater sense of balance. As well as an introduction to the history, etymology, and cultural implementation of Lagom, the book also covers Zen principles, decluttering, mindfulness, yoga, the benefits of being in nature, the importance of alone-time, gardening, and diet as ways to improve health and find contentment and peace of mind.

The audiobook also contains several healthy, filling, recipes for things such as granola, oatmeal porridge, pasta carbonara, and lots of ideas for healthy snacks. The purpose of tgese being to help the listener understand that Lagom is a perspective that can be carried into every area of one's life, as that sense of balance and satisfaction is as important in our physical health as it is in our mental wellbeing or our home environment.

Unfortunately this book suffers from quite a few linguistic problems. The worst of these being that it confuses 'content' with "contempt" which is awkward when the theme of the book is satisfaction/contentment and we are instead told that the Swedish are very contemptuous! I'm surprised that the narrator didn't raise this issue with the author so that it could be corrected in the audiobook recording, as she trips over the word each time and it is quite a significant error given how antithetical contempt is to contentment.

The English is generally a little awkward at times, with lots of tense changes and clumsy phrases and I think this contributes to the narrator's occasional hesitancy. The narrator, Sarah DaMetz, has a pleasant voice but a stilted delivery and can often be heard taking a deep breath when reading, which is more commonly found in narrators with far fewer recordings to their name. I have listened to an audiobook DaMetz narrated before and do not recall the issues being quite as pronounced.

I love the cover art for this audiobook, and how nicely it ties in to other books in the series.

I think this is a useful audiobook for anyone who is looking for an introduction to the principle of Lagom, with practical tips on how to incorporate the perspective into their own lives. The 21 challenges at the end of the book are a particularly helpful guide for those who want to make their lives more Lagom.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.