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

The Danish philosophy of coziness, the hygge, has spawned thousands of fanatical followers around the world. In opposition to it, the British antithesis of the brugge trend and the Swedish laggue have come on the scene.

However, it is not only on islands and peninsulas that concepts for better living are born. Mainland Holland is ready to offer its own way of achieving harmony, the nixen.

What is nixen

Nixen is a philosophy of inaction that aims to reduce stress. It does not at all require one to put aside all activities and go into anabiosis. Under this concept, one should do some things without a goal, pay attention to the process rather than the result. Looking out the window, listening to music, going to interesting non-business meetings – all these activities are quite suitable for the Dutch philosophy.

Modern European culture is permeated by societal expectations of constant busyness and high human productivity. Holland is no exception. For example, the phrase “just being normal” means there the need to maintain a delicate balance between busyness and relaxation, but not to be lazy, to be productive in everything, not to be overzealous with relaxation.

In nixen, you should at least temporarily stop rushing your thoughts from one task to the next, thinking about what else you can do that is useful.

The philosophy implies that you will finally waste time on something useless and not blame yourself for it.

Nixen is similar to hygge in terms of betting on personal comfort. Only the Dutch philosophy, unlike the Danish one, requires no preparation, which is quite in keeping with its name. Huygge means buying plaids, sweaters and candles (and not the first ones you see), making jam, thinking about how not to say anything unnecessary and not to lead to an argument, it is a comfortable communication. For nixen you need nothing but yourself.

What science thinks about inactivity

Studies have shown that people are afraid of inactivity. They feel happier when they are busy doing something. At the same time, in order to start doing something, they need a reason, however ridiculous, because their instincts incline them to choose to do nothing.

However, it is important not to confuse total inactivity with rest. Many activities that are considered effective for relieving tension and stress easily fall into the category of doing nothing, as they are of no benefit to others. For example, concentrated deep breathing and meditation or daytime sleep, looking at funny pictures on the Internet, reading fiction. All of these things fit nicely into the nixen and help us take our minds off the crazy race while enjoying the simple things.