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  • Author: Olga Mecking
  • Format: Hardback

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; rather, "to niks" is to make a conscious choice to sit back, let go, and do nothing at all.  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, you can learn how to take a break from your busy life and give yourself sincere, heartfelt permission to do nothing.

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Published by Microcosm Publishing, based Portland, OR. USA

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Portland's most colorful, authentic, and empowering publishing house and distributor, Microcosm Publishing equips readers to make positive changes in their lives and in the world around them. Microcosm emphasizes skill-building, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books and zines about DIY skills, food, bicycling, gender, self-care, and social justice.  Microcosm has lived in milk crates, in closets, in a mud room, in a windowless basement, in a church, and under a desk at a major credit card company. They've brought their brightly colored books to infoshops, zine fests, media summits, bicycle conferences, parks, street corners, house shows, dirty bars, all­-night coffeeshops, art museums, and every corner of the mainstream where they could clear away a little space to set up shop. They set out to save themselves from not caring, but out there in the margins they found communities worth always doing it better for. Now they have contracts instead of handshakes, a warehouse instead of a fanny pack full of zines. They have a staff, they have relationships in the industry that send their books to places they wouldn't have dreamed they could walk into themselves. They're not as drunk or dirty as they used to be. But still, at heart, they've got this milk crate strapped to the back of a bike and they're riding wildly across town to hand you the book that might just be the one that saves your life!

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