Having had this book on my TBR for a very long time now, I decided to finally read it! The premise of Niksen sounded so good and I love the idea of it. In this blog post, you’ll find out what I my thoughts are on this book!
What is Niksen about?
The Dutch concept of niksen comes at no cost and zero effort. It’s literally doing nothing, but consciously so.
In this concise and witty book, Olga Mecking will provide tips on how to niksen in the most important areas of your life: work, home and leisure. Talking to experts from around the world, she reveals how doing nothing can make you happier, more productive and creative. In addition, we are given a fun glimpse of Dutch culture to show us why the Dutch are one of the happiest people in the world and why they are so good at doing nothing every once in a while.
We all have a concept of what doing nothing means to us, but do our ideas actually correspond with the truth behind niksen? A common hurdle towards embracing idleness, for example, is that we feel the need to be productive, contributing members of society. In fact, even the Dutch tend to say, niksen is niks or, in English, doing nothing is good for nothing. That constant need to work can lead to more stress, decreased mental wellbeing and paradoxically, being less productive.
Stress and burnout are on the rise. The antidote: Niksen.
What did I think of Niksen?
This was such an interesting book to read! I hadn’t expected to fly through a non fiction book as I did with this one. The subjects touched upon in this book were all very interesting and insightful. It really IS important to take some time off for ‘Niksening’. Mecking doesn’t portray ‘Niksen’ as THE solution for peace and calmness in your life, and also clearly makes sure that it doesn’t always work for everyone. I really liked that, as some self help books tend to portray their methods as THE perfect solution. This wasn’t the case for Niksen!
As a person living in a neighboring country of the Netherlands, and as a Dutch speaking person as well, I think I liked this book even more. I loved reading some more about the beautiful Netherlands.
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be very interesting! If you’re interested in how to implement ‘niksen’ into your own life, I would definitely recommend reading this book.
Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.