So long, hygge. Bye bye, lagom. This year, we're taking inspiration from the Netherlands for a concept that helps us prioritize health and wellbeing through basic hanging out: the art ofniksen. Carolien Janssen, in her book Niksen: The Dutch Art Of Doing Nothing, defines niksen as "similar to mindfulness, yet you don't need anything special to do nothing." If you want to practice it, she writes, "slow down and celebrate the moment of not achieving." In other words: do precisely squat, nada, nothing at all.
Niksen is having a moment right now, probably because Scandi-chic is still in (though technically, the Netherlands aren't part of Scandinavia). What's more, many of us could probably use a novel way to de-stress. The world is difficult, the elections are coming, and everyday life is tough — so why not mine a Dutch chill-out concept for a little self-care? Niksen doesn't quite have the reach of cozy hygge yet, but you can expect to see it everywhere soon. The concept is deeply appealing — but trickier than it seems. When was the last time you sat and truly did nothing, no scrolling through your phone, no just-checking-Insta, no planning your next week, nothing? That's what niksenis all about, and it's supposed to replenish energy and instill a healthier mindset about productivity. Here's what niksen's all about, and how to practice it.