“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful-
that will be my life.”
-Elsie de Wolfe
The Swedes and Danes have a few things on Americans when it comes to quality of life. European countries in general have a stronger focus on work life balance and a family first mentality. I love how foreign languages have single words for concepts that English would take whole sentence to explain.
Here are three terms you should know and why you should fall in love with Hygge, Lagom and Plogging.
You may have heard of this term, pronounced “hoo-ga” before. I personally have taken this Danish term to heart! The Danish believe so much in living a life full of warmth and coziness that they created a word for it. You know that feeling when you are curled up with a cup of tea and warm blanket with your favorite book? That’s hygge!
How do you are hygge to your daily life in a positive way?
- Take a moment to sit alone curled up. It doesn’t have to be a long time or with a bunch of props- just curl up and allow a moment of peace to surround you.
- Invest in natural fabrics- wool and silk. These will give a more “cozy” feel than synthetics.
- Have a hot beverage! It doesn’t matter if it’s 90 or 10 degrees out. Hot beverages just make one feel happier inside- especially tea.
Fashion in particular seems to go from minimalism to maximalism from year to year (or even season to season). The Swedish concept of Logam is all about moderation! In a society that focuses on having it all with stores like Costco for buying in bulk moderation can be a very foreign concept. I personally love this concept and try to apply it daily, even before I knew the term logam.
Two ways to apply this concept to your daily life:
1: Diet. I don’t diet- I eat veggies when I want and a Big Mac when I want. It’s all about moderation! Too much of anything is bad for you- too many vitamins can make you sick, too much fat makes you sick. Be conscientious and practice moderation. 2: Don’t save it all. Don’t spend it all. You work hard for your paycheck, treat yourself. However, don’t spend all of it and be sure to be ready for that sure to come rainy day. How fun and productive does this Swedish word sound? I love anything that kills two birds with one stone and plogging certainly does that. How beautiful would the world be if we took care to clean it up while taking care of ourselves? People may think you’re crazy if you say you’re going to run to pick up trash or perhaps you chose to run inside. Plogging can still fit into your life!
Here’s how to work plogging into your daily schedule:
- The definition is “raising your heartbeat and saving the environment”. When you’re walking briskly up the street to grab lunch during your free hour take a second and pick up the straw wrapper or discarded Starbucks cup laying in front of you.
- When you take your pup for a jog use an extra poop bag to grab some of the trash you see on the way.
Have you heard of hygge, lagom or plogging? I’d love to hear your opinion or how you plan to incorporate these concepts into your life.