Sweetheart Seer Books


“Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing” by: Olga Mecking

Whew! It has been a LONG time since I sat down and read a book in one sitting like this!

I was intrigued by the concept from the start which is why I requested this.

The idea of doing nothing is a topic I have read about before, and the author of *that* book was mentioned in this one super early on and I wondered if I would wind up not liking this! Thankfully that wasn’t the case!

Many different works featuring similar topics were mentioned and I was pleasantly surprised by how many other books mentioned I have also read and reviewed. I enjoyed how well researched this entire book was. Several studies were mentioned and tied into the topic being discussed seamlessly. Bravo!

I adored learning about not only a different culture, but how that culture functions in relation to other cultures as well. I also liked that the author didn’t gloss over the less than perfect parts of the Dutch lifestyle either. She presented everything in such a way that while I wouldn’t want to necessarily move to the Netherlands, I definitely wouldn’t mind visiting some day!

The way that Niksen is portrayed to not be a general cure-all for every single person was also unbelievably refreshing! This may not work for you, but it could! That’s not something many well-being/nonfiction books even mention. How and why this idea may not work for you.

The writing style itself was entertaining, even lightly sarcastic at times, and I liked how the author related her own life to the topic without making everything about her life. It struck the perfect balance of personal and factual. Loved that!

I also enjoyed the engagement questions at the end of each chapter to help you connect with what was being discussed.

Docking a star for the sections with red text (made it hard to read) and the repetition. I don’t just mean the recaps at the end of the chapters, I mean the literal repetition of the concepts again at the end. I feel like maybe this was stretched out more to make it hit a certain number of pages or maybe to hit a certain word count perhaps. Regardless, we didn’t need the information recap so often.

Overall though this has been the best book to date on this topic that I have come across and that’s saying something!

I definitely recommend checking this one out for a quick, engaging, and pleasant sneak peek into a different way of life that many of us could benefit from if we allow ourselves to try.

*Sets phone down and stares off into the distance for a bit.*

♡ Happy Niks! ♡

Goodreads Synopsis:

Niksen is not a form of meditation, nor is it a state of laziness or boredom. It’s not scrolling through social media, or wondering what you’re going to cook for dinner. Rather, to niks is to make a conscious choice to sit back, let go, and do nothing at all.
With this book, learn how to do nothing in the most important areas of your life, such as:
AT HOME: Find a comfy nook and sit. No technology or other distractions.
AT WORK: Stare at your computer. Take in the view from your office. Close your eyes.
IN PUBLIC: Forget waiting for the bus, enjoy some relaxing niksen time.
Backed with advice from the world’s leading experts on happiness and productivity, this book examines the underlying science behind niksen and how doing less can often yield so much more. Perfect for anyone who feels overwhelmed, burnt out, or exhausted, NIKSEN does not tell you to work harder. Instead, it shows you how to take a break from all the busyness while giving you sincere, heartfelt permission to do nothing.

Quick Facts:

Page Count: 256

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Nonfiction

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Expected Publication Date: January 12th 2021

Categories: ARC