If you haven’t heard of hygge, lagom, or niksen, now’s the time to smarten up. Each of these hip European lifestyles trends is making serious waves in the home and wellness communities because all three promote better living.
Ready to hear more about these popular lifestyle concepts? Read ahead for a breakdown on all things hygge, lagom, and niksen.
What It Is: Similar to our idea of holiday spirit, the Scandinavian concept of hygge is used to express the warm feelings of happiness, comfort, and coziness we strive to achieve during the cold weather season. That’s why feel-good rituals like drinking hot cocoa by a fire and having friends over for dinner are often used to convey the sentiments of hygge.
What It Is: While hygge is a Danish term about creating a cozy and comfortable environment, the Swedish concept of lagom is more about creating a lifestyle. Loosely translated as “not too much and not too little, just right,” lagom is all about finding balance in life.
How to Experience Lagom at Home: Get a solid 8 hours of sleep every night (with the help of some quality bedding); keep your space clean and clutter-free (so you don’t get distracted by a mess); brighten up dark corners of your home by burning AM to PM candles throughout the day .
What It Is: Unlike hygge, that emphasizes coziness, and lagom, which promotes living a more balanced lifestyle, the Dutch concept of niksen is all about slowing your brain down regularly throughout the day by doing, well, nothing. Niksen is not about being mindful and present in the moment— it’s about allowing your mind to wander without guilt or expectation, so you can take mental breaks throughout the day.
How to Experience Niksen at Home: Burn rose-scented Magic Hour candles around your home to employ aromatherapy (and naturally calm your mind and body); look out a window; listen to a relaxing playlist.
Whether you’re looking to forge a more cozy (and hygge-friendly) home this fall and winter, or improve your work-life balance with some Swedish lagom, or intentionally just do nothing as promoted by niksen, we guarantee there’s a European lifestyle trend that will make the cold weather season go a lot more smoothly for you.