Do you ‘kalsarikanni’?Back to blog
We’re all guilty of over using our devices, multi tasking and over scheduling. It’s got to the point where ideas such as mindfulness, the ‘slow movement’, hygge and lagom have gained ground as we become overwhelmed in our lives and end up trying to find meaningful ways to wind down and relax.
To our rescue comes Finland – consistently rated in the top five happiness rankings in the world – with their alternative to this overactivity. Their solution, ‘kalsarikännit’, an important concept to the Finnish who take life so seriously that their Ministry for Foreign Affairs have produced a cultural video so that foreigners understand the pronunciation and ideology of ‘kalsarikännit‘ which…
“refers to those times when you can’t be bothered to go out so you just have a drink at home – in your underwear, because why dress up if you’re not going anywhere? “
Now if that’s not a seriously ideal relaxation technique I don’t know what is!
Finnish journalist Miska Rantanen describes this trend in detail in his book Päntsdrunk (Kalsarikanni): The Finnish Path to Relaxation. Did you notice the title?
Personally I don’t need any more explanation I think I’ve got it down pat. So here’s a toast to raising happiness levels by staying home with a good drink! Skal!!