You’ve heard of Danish Hygge and Japan’s concept of Ikiagi, but now it’s time to travel to Italy and study the concept of “la dolce vita,” or “the sweet life”
Long before hygge, lagom, or ikigai took the world by storm, there was la dolce vita—the Italian phrase for “the sweet life.” La dolce vita encourages the benefits of practicing Italian traditions on improving your mental health by taking life slow and relishing in the sweet moments. This unique self-help approach offers practical advice on forming habits, love, balance, and simplicity that make daily life in Italy a celebration.
RAELEEN D'AGOSTINO MAUTNER, a citizen of both Italy and the U.S., holds a Ph.D. in psychology, and has served as the stress-reduction interventionist for a large cardiac study at Yale University. An astute observer of cultural differences, she was brought up in an Italian family and travels to Italy frequently. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.