Forget hygge, keep your lagom: thanks to the Finns, we now have a brilliant lifestyle trend for the stay-at-home times we live in.
And, all things considered, it could be an awful lot worse.
Happily, it turns out that there is actually a word for what is fast becoming a national pastime.
“Kalsarikännit” is the Finnish term for “the feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear – with no intention of going out”.
Sounds familiar, non?
Pronounced “karl-zar-ee-can-ee”, this intriguing concept actually surfaced a few years ago, but it couldn’t be more pertinent to our so-called lives on lockdown.
Because of its on-point zeitgeist appeal, kalsarikännit has been doing the rounds on social media in recent days (fuelled by a piece in the New York Times), with many heaping praise on this timeless art form.
Unsurprisingly, the word has reached a whole new level of appreciation in a coronavirus era.
Not only is the concept of kalsarikännit a nice validation of the life stage many of us find ourselves in right now, it also transforms what is basically slobbing about into a lifestyle choice – an aspiration, even.
There’s so much bad news going on at the moment, we may as well seize on the small pleasures while we can.
And if that means knocking back a homemade Negroni al sofa while dressed in an eight-year-old pair of M&S boxer shorts – well, we’ll cheers to that. Who’s with us?