Whether you go Swedish with lagom or Danish with hygge, you are without doubt destined for great happiness (although where was hygge when Hamlet needed it?). It seems that all our troubles can be solved with a dash of Scandi. Thankfully, lagom presents precisely the same opportunities to be smug as hygge did. You're just doing it in a less wintery way.
Reality: You have to go to work dressed as a human penguin. Reality: This is the exact moment your boiler chooses to break
With that said, if a book on hygge can teach you to relax more and stress less, then by all means, look for inspiration in the Nordic concept. I love hygge and I even love the word, it is just so... hyggeligt! It is a simple idea that involves appreciating simple things and taking time to create feel-good moments in your daily life. Still, with some extra thought, you might see that you already have what they are trying to sell you.
You might not know what it is yet, but lagom is predicted to be the latest Scandinavian lifestyle buzzword we’ll all be getting
In the list of new words to enter the dictionary in 2016 - Trumpism, Brexit, post-truth - hygge seems somewhat out of place. Or does it? Like Trump and Brexit, hygge is definitely not just for Christmas. And like all of those words, a cute and friendly exterior hides unpleasant truths.
Photo Doris Oberfrank-List If you saw people chatting, smiling, perhaps even laughing, visibly enjoying each other's company
Now with Christmas being such a stressful time, what with figuring out what to buy for your great uncle you barely see not to mention the cost of everything, it's time we brought a little hygge to our own lives.
You know when you discover something new, something you've never seen/heard of/noticed before, or something you've recently
So the Oxford English Dictionary's 2016 Word of the Year has been announced. Where last year the word was actually a pictogram, the 'crying laughing face emoji', this year the word is a two-word phrase: Post-Truth.