Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hygge or Langom: Which trend do you prefer?

If you've wondered what hyggee is, you're not the only one.  Many of us have heard of this new concept but are left wondering what exactly it means.  Today we're sharing an article from Vogue that explains what hyggee is and how it differs from the concept of lagom.  

Has the concept of hygge recently entered your consciousness? You’re not alone. Hygge, or the Danish idea of “coziness,” can be found in anything from a roaring fire to a perfect pair of lumpy socks, and it has long been a vital aspect of the Scandinavian culture. And 2016 was the year in which it moved west. Hygge became a full-blown phenomenon in England, and to a lesser extent, in the U.S. 

But lagom, the Swedish concept of “not too much, not too little,” may dominate 2017 instead. Lagom translates to “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right.” Unlike hygge, which aims to capture a feeling, lagom is an ethos of moderation. A Swedish friend explains the concept with one clever, everyday example: milk. In Sweden, 1.5 percent fat mellanmj√∂lk is beloved—it’s not a super-lean skim, but also not a fatty whole. Or consider the ever-popular Scandinavian design—practical and functional but never overly adorned.

So before you go all in on cashmere throws and tea cozies in the name of hygge, consider adjusting your larger living philosophy instead. As appealing as it is to curl up in your one-piece pajamas these days, given the current state of the world, the more apt course of action may be to live a frugal yet fruitful existence. If nothing else, it’s a great way to start the New Year fresh.

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