National Simplicity Day is observed every July 12. The day is celebrated to honor Henry David Thoreau, an author, advocate, naturalist, philosopher, historian, tax resister, abolitionist, development critic, surveyor, and leading transcendentalist. This year celebrates the 201st anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday. Henry David Thoreau was known for his works and inspirational quotes. He wrote a famous book, Walden, emphasizing simple living in the natural environment. Henry lived in a cabin in the woods to live a life that was simple and free from causing inconvenience to other people. And he advised people to live simply by taking one meal a day, being helpful to others, and promoting doing things that would make our world a better place. So on this day, try simplifying your life.
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Lao Tzu.
History of National Simplicity Day
National Simplicity Day is celebrated in tribute to the birth date of Henry David Thoreau. He was born on July 12, 1817. He lived his life as an example of simplicity. This day encourages everyone to realize the benefits of living a simple life. The creator and origination of the day are not found. This day carries a message which makes it essential to be celebrated, so on this day, take a break from your routine hectic life and relax to enjoy a few small things in your life. Make sure to adopt a simple lifestyle.
Other Celebrations on July 12
July 12 is also celebrated as
- National Pecan Pie Day
- International Malala Day
- National Different Colored Eyes Day
- Etch A Sketch Day
- New Conversation Day
How to National Simplicity Day
National Simplicity Day insists on simple living. Today, you can detach yourself from everything you think you cannot live without, like your phone, car, daily coffee, etc. Read about Henry David Thoreau, his books, life, and philosophy. This day is no fun. It must be taken seriously to understand the essence of the day. You can slow down to enjoy little things in your life, and these actions will make you stress-free and happier. Use this day as an opportunity to let go of things that are complex and be more positive. Take a big step of giving away those luxury items you possess, donating a significant amount to the needy, living close to nature, etc. Practice such actions and adopt more similar habits to grow internally. Post pictures and share your National Simplicity Day celebrations on social media using the hashtag #SimplicityDay.
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