Dolce vita » Sladak život | 79 HYGGE , L AGOM , DOLCE FAR N I ENT E . . . Howdo you say idyll in theworld's languages? Even if we've never heard of some of them, we perhaps instinctively feel them and already apply them unconsciously in our desire to live more peacefully, beautifully, meaningfully... are rooted inEasterncultures, but in recent years relevance has also been given to those that formpart of the harmoniousness of Scandinavia – a region that is increasingly cited as a positive exampleof abalancedexistence. Last but not least, there are also little Mediterranean lessons for enjoyment that areperhaps the closest to our mentality. Hygge Danes continuously occupy a high position among the world’s happiest nations according to numerous studies, so it comes as no surprise that hygge, as their “law of pleasure”, has become a global phenomenon. We could translate Hygge as comfort, pleasantness or cosiness, although the Danes consider that it can’t be translated intowords but rathermust be felt.Theprinciple of hygge is based on everyday pleasures and an awareness of the little things that life provides for us.That couldmeanreadingagoodbookwith acupof tea, spending timewithfamily and friends, or strolling in a park. Danes continuously occupy a high position among the world’s happiest nations Prema brojnim istraživanjima, Danci uvek zauzimaju visoku pozicijumeđu najsrećnijim nacijama sveta WITH THE HECTIC PACE OF DAILY LIFE, WE are all seeking shortcuts to a happy life and a senseof satisfactionwith thatwhich surrounds us. It is therefore no surprise that, every fewyears, the focus ofourattentionisdrawntowardsdifferenthabits fromother regions that help the residents of these countries toachieve abalancebetween the traditional and the modern. Some of these “small schools of a better life” The aim is to achieve a sense of contentment and inner peace. So, set aside your phones and computers for a while, wrap yourself in a blanket and light some scented candles – because they’re all part of this philosophy. And one interesting curiosity is that Danes are the biggest consumersof candles inEurope, and they don’t only use them to create a calmer atmosphere at home, but also at work. Lagom ThisSwedishtermdescribesthat having just as much as you need is actually ideal, neither too little nor too much. It dates back to Viking times, when it represented the principle that enough foodshouldbe left for everyone after a hard day. Lagomtranslates as “the rightmeasure”, or, as Anna Brones describes in her book Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the SwedishWay, “neither toomuch nor too little”, or actually “something in between”. Moderation is also present as a lifeconcept intheteachingsofancient Latinand is at the coreof Buddhism, but the Serbian language has always knowntheterm“goldenmean”.However, the inventive Swedes transfer thismoderationtoall branchesof social action – fromdiet to dress style, habits, design, relations towards the natural environment etc. Dolce Far Niente This Italianmotto can be loosely translated as “pleasant idleness”, and although such thinking could support the stereotypes that other Europe nations have towards their Mediterraneanneighbours, the fact remains that this “sweet idleness” is an integral part of a successful life… And here’s why: Dolce Far Niente is more than “not having to do anything” - it’s an opportunity to gather your thoughts by allowing yourself tobeoverwhelmedby calmness. Andifyouhappentoexperienceyour “dolce farniente”moment innature, you will understand fully why the Italians are one of Europe’s happiest nations with the longest life expectancy.