Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing Audiobook, by Olga Mecking Play Audiobook Sample

Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing Audiobook

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Read By: Lucy Price-Lewis Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780358396352

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46:41 minutes

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03:31 minutes

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27:40 minutes

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The Dutch people are some of the happiest in the world. Their secret? They are masters of niksen, or the art of doing nothing.

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.

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“Mecking explains niksen as a way of doing nothing in order to allow one’s mind to rest. She speaks with many experts who weigh in on the value of niksen as a way to boost creativity and productivity…Self-help readers who have been enjoying the wave of imported lifestyle guides have something new to look forward to.”

— Publishers Weekly 


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About Olga Mecking

Olga Mecking is a writer, journalist, and translator based in the Netherlands. She is a contributor to the New York Times, London Guardian, The BBC, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She is the reporter who made Niksen big, her New York Times article on the subject was shared over 100,000 times. Since then, she has been interviewed by numerous media on the topic, from written news and blogs to radio shows

About Lucy Price-Lewis

Lucy Price-Lewis is an audiobook narrator and voice-over artist who hails from Wiltshire, England. In addition to having narrated over forty audiobooks, she is the director of Chatterbox Audio.