Finding Balance, Embracing Happiness, and Living “Lagom”
Meghan Shookman, Senior Brand Manager of Innovation for Prepared Foods
As a senior brand manager of innovation for Prepared Foods it’s literally my job to stay on top of not only food trends, but also the cultural trends that influence how we live, eat and breath every day. See, the next big thing isn’t always about flavor – it’s about the cultural shifts, or macro trends, that influence our daily decision-making over the long-term. Like the mindfulness buzz of 2018 that has 7 in 10 consumers wanting to know and understand ingredient lists, according to Forbes. The beauty of my job is that it enlightens my personal life as a wellness blogger too. Which is why I’m so keen to fully understand, embrace and share with you how to exude these concepts in life and work. So, let’s get down to business–what the heck are these newfangled concepts?
According to Hygge House, “hygge” is a feeling that epitomizes coziness and enjoyment of the simpler things in life. Oxford Dictionaries actually proclaimed it as one of their words of the year in 2016. And since then, lagom has become the new, trendier version of hygge. “Lagom” is best translated as “just enough.” To get a vibe for this concept, let’s turn to our familiar friend, Goldilocks. She wants not too much porridge (that would be wasteful) and not too little (how would she have enough focus for her day?) and it also need not be too hot (again, energy waste). It’s all about balance, moderation, simplification and slowing down. Sign me up for la vida lagom!
As it was my mission to become an internet expert on hygge and lagom, I not only wanted to study the terms and their relevance but also wanted to put them into practice—and help others do the same.
Here are some tips to help you hygge and live more lagom:
3. Adopt a Signature Look
Deciding what to wear to work shouldn’t be a chore, but sometimes the pressure to keep up with current trends is so stressful (yes, first world problems). Think about adopting a wardrobe of solid staples that you can reinvent with accessories like a jeweled necklace, handkerchief, bold belt or cozy wrap (sorry guys, this one’s more for the ladies).
But even our friend Mark Zuckerberg puts a little lagom in his life with his iconic gray T-shirt—he says that even small decisions—like contemplating what to wear—take mental energy that he doesn’t want to waste on the little things. Having a go-to look can free up our minds by eliminating one of our daily conundrums from the moment we wake up, and we can save our decision-making for the things that truly count.
Published January 22, 2019.
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