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On My Swedish Island: Discovering the Secrets of Scandinavian Well-Being

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An exploration of the integral relationship between nature and personal development and how this manifests itself in the Scandinavian lifestyle-from outdoor life and relaxation to design, cuisine, gardening, and herbalism.
On my Swedish Island is a rich collection of ideas about how we can improve our quality of life with a fresh philosophy that is Nordic-inspired, but can
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 26th 2005 by Tarcher (first published May 17th 2005)
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Having spent a year living in Sweden, I read this book hoping that it would serve to remind me of the lovely and simple Scandinavian lifestyle that I grew to love during my time spent in Kungsbacka and Gothenburg. Applying these Scandinavian ideas to one's own lifestyle here in the US requires a bit of effort as we do not quite have access to the forests, lakes, saunas, etc. that they have readily and nearby in Sweden (depending, of course, on where one lives). This book did, however, inspire me ...more
Interesting memoir and guide to the "good life" from a American woman who married a Swede. It describes how a young family went about living more simply and more in tune with nature on their Swedish island. It includes some uniquely Swedish activities (which I found enchanting because of my Swedish heritage), such as making what I believe my Swedish relatives call a "vikta"--a birch whisk for use in the sauna. Yet even though much of Lindahl's good advice can be adapted to older non-Scandinavian ...more
I am starting an affair with Scandanavia. I am a bunch Swedish and have recently been very curious if any of who I've come to be originates from this part of the world and their traditions. I am finding that it does. Just such a dreamy, easier more gentle approach to life. They care not about having more but having less in order to enhance the actual quality of one's life. If only. I am planning to claim more of this way of life for myself. The book outlines all kinds of aspects of well being, t ...more
This is a great book if you are reflecting on your life and slowing down the pace. It shares the story of an American woman married to a Swede and her experience of learing about the "good life" that the Swedes have experienced for many decades. Being outside, enjoying nature, eating healthy food and simplifying how you live.
enjoyed the way she focused on several unique aspects that improve life in the scandinavian countries including interior design, regard for the outdoors, and spa culture. she shares lots of factoid tidbits from wellness research.
Nov 30, 2007 Amy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book was left on a "book swap" shelf in the ladies room in my office. Being of Swedish heritage, I was curious about it, so I picked it up. Sounds like something I may enjoy.
I loved the book, but made me homesick for the north! Very good ideas and thoughts that I still think about months after reading it.
The Swedish, specifically one transplant's, idea about the good life...
What a lovely way to live. Close to nature in a beautiful country.
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