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Dutch philosophy niksen: how to do nothing and not blame yourself for it
Dutch philosophy niksen: how to do nothing and not blame yourself for it

Stop worrying about social expectations and start living.

Dutch philosophy niksen: how to do nothing and not blame yourself for it
Dutch philosophy niksen: how to do nothing and not blame yourself for it

The Danish philosophy of coziness, hygge, has spawned thousands of fanatical followers around the world. In contrast, the British anti-version of the Bruges trend and the Swedish lagom entered the scene.

But it's not just islands and peninsulas that come from concepts to improve lives. Mainland Holland is ready to offer its own way to achieve harmony - niksen.

What is niksen

Nixen is a philosophy of inaction that aims to reduce stress. It does not at all require that a person postpone all classes and fall into suspended animation. Within the framework of this concept, it is worth doing some things without a goal, paying attention to the process, not the result. Looking out the window, listening to music, going to interesting non-business meetings - all these activities are quite suitable for Dutch philosophy.

Contemporary European culture is permeated by public expectations of constant employment and high human productivity. Holland is no exception. For example, the phrase “just to be normal” means there the need to maintain a delicate balance between work and rest, but at the same time not be lazy, be productive in everything, not be zealous with relaxation.

Within the framework of niksen, you should at least temporarily stop rushing your thoughts from one task to another, thinking about what else you can do useful.

Philosophy assumes that you will finally waste your time on something useless and will not blame yourself for it.

Nixen is similar to Hygge in terms of betting on personal comfort. Only Dutch philosophy, unlike Danish, does not require any preparation, which is quite consistent with its name. Hygge is buying blankets, sweaters and candles (and not the first ones that came along), making jam, thinking about how not to say something superfluous and not lead to an argument, this is comfortable communication. For niksen, you don't need anything but yourself.

What science thinks about inaction

Research has shown that people are afraid of being idle. They feel happier when they are busy with something. At the same time, in order to start doing something, they need a reason, at least ridiculous, because instincts incline them to choose in favor of doing nothing.

However, it is important not to confuse total inaction and rest. Many activities that are considered effective for relieving tension and stress easily fall into the category of doing nothing because they are of no benefit to others. For example, focused deep breathing and meditation or naps, watching funny pictures on the Internet, reading fiction. All of this fits perfectly into niksen and helps us take our minds off the crazy race while enjoying simple things.