It isn't the first time that our Scandinavian neighbours combined elements of culture, politics and philosophy to produce a concept that tries to pin-point the pinnacle of being healthy and enjoying life in a more fundamental way. It started with hygge - the Danish word denoting self-care as momentary enjoyment captured in the present. Then came lagom, a Swedish concept which throws balance and composure into what it means to enjoy life.
Meet our new lifestyle trend - kalsarikännit, a Finnish term literally meaning 'getting drunk alone in your underwear'. We finally have an anglicised word which captures this concept - pantsdrunk. Now, this one is all really in the title. This new concept coined by the Finnish has a similar aim to gather a certain philosophy about self-improvement and enjoyment. And according to this new philosophy, it's really just about staying at home for the night in your underwear and getting jolly drunk - something many of us are already familiar with.
Described as "the Finnish path to relaxation" by Finnish journalist, Miska Rantanen, pantsdrunk was designed as a concept to help relieve us from our daily life stresses by allowing ourselves to relax, loosen up and get comfortable in the company of the closest person to you - you. Whilst hygge and lagom might be a little harder to wrap our heads around, a couple of pantsdrunk nights is something we can easily incorporate into our lifestyles, no matter our schedule. I mean, hey, people - you don't even need your pants!
And with Finland continuously ranking in the top five happiest countries in the world, we could afford to learn a thing or two from them. So, what do you say? Wanna get pantsdrunk tonight?