Living in a multicultural world, it's only natural that we find ourselves drawing upon the many philosophies and ideas from different countries across the globe. And many of the lifestyle trends that have entered the public zeitgeist are rooted in wellness, self-care or a desire to do better for the planet.
Back in 2016, the Scandinavian notion of hygge was perhaps the first homeland lifestyle philosophy to catch on in a big way. Taken from the Danish word for sublime cosiness and comfort in ones surroundings, the hygge craze had us rushing out to buy scented candles, plush cushions and textured blankets. For the Danes, hygge continues to be a fundamental idea that helps them make the most of their long winters. Collectively, however, we appear to have moved on. Climate change has got us thinking about the bigger picture rather than merely our own personal comfort.
More often than not, lifestyle trends are now led by a desire to do good for the planet and generations to come. Here, we explore the secrets of ‘less is more’ living from around the world – fascinating philosophies that can help guide our efforts to create a sustainable future.