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Sometimes, the best thing we can do for ourselves is nothing. The Dutch have a word for this form of active rest: niksen (which translates closely to “doing nothing”). It is a state of non-productivity – staring out a window, lying on the grass, closing our eyes, or listening to music – that can help decrease stress, improve health, inspire creativity, and more. And for the Dutch, the word implies that you don’t just stand there empty-handed, but do something and live your best life! In this charmingly illustrated guide, Dutch journalist Maartje Willems draws on a pool of interviews, studies, books, and films to teach us exactly how niksen can lead to a healthier way of living.