If you have been very busy with work or school lately, and you just need a day to relax and do nothing, August 10 is the perfect day for you as it is Lazy Day!
A day to do no work, no house chores, and to just sit down and enjoy your favorite tv show, read your favorite book, or anything you want, just as long as it is a lazy activity. The best part is that you don't have to feel guilty about it because this day is a celebration of laziness!
Lazy Day Background
Like many unofficial holidays, the origins of National Lazy Day are unknown. However, it sure seems to have become a popular day with people, probably because who doesn't like a day that allows them to be a 'couch potato'?
Why Being Lazy Can Be Good
Even though many people see being lazy as a negative thing, there can actually be quite a few benefits to it!
For one, lazy people are more likely to be well-rested and therefore have decreased levels of stress as well as a better memory and attention span. This means that lazy people often are better at focusing on their long-term goals, as they spend their idle time thinking about and planning for the future. In other words, their minds are freer to set goals as they are not always preoccupied with what is happening in the present.
At the same time, lazy people like to finish their tasks as quickly as possible, which means that they can be more efficient, especially as they would hate to have to re-do a task which means they will do their best to do it well. Similarly, those who are lazy will waste less time because every activity needs to be worth their time, and they only get involved in events that have meaning to them.
- Jeremiah Carlton is supposedly the laziest man in the world as per historical records. At the age of nineteen, he went to bed where he stayed for seventy years!
- Three-toed Sloths are considered to be the laziest animals on earth. They sleep around twenty hours a day.
- In some cultures, laziness is considered a virtue. For example, in Italy, the concept of "dolce far niente" ('sweetness of doing nothing') is celebrated as a way of enjoying life and relaxing.
- Studies have shown that laziness can be contagious. If a person spends time with lazy people, they are more likely to adopt lazy behaviors themselves.
What to do on Lazy Day
The obvious answer to this is: be lazy! This doesn't mean spending your whole day sleeping, although you can do that if you want, just take the day to relax and not strain yourself too much.
You can stay on the sofa and catch up on that tv show you've been meaning to watch, or you can spend the day laying in the park reading that book you've been meaning to for a while. All of this should be done, of course, while wearing your most comfortable clothes.
This is also the perfect day to cut yourself some slack and leave the house chores for tomorrow. You can even order takeout instead of cooking dinner.