Lazy Day is a holiday that is celebrated in the United States, and perhaps abroad, on August 10th. It is a day for people to take a break from their daily chores and work and spend the day doing absolutely nothing. It is the perfect day to become a slacker, couch potato, or loafer. What it is not a day for, however, is planning elaborate celebrations for its observance. Yes, you read that correctly.
This holiday is more like an anti-holiday because you’re not expected to do anything on this day—not even celebrate it. So, leave on your pajama pants, park yourself in front of your TV or out on your front porch, and make sure that you get absolutely nothing accomplished on this holiday. After all, that’s really the only way to celebrate it.
The History of Lazy Day
The true history of Lazy Day seems to have eluded us. I suppose that the people who created Lazy Day were too lazy to write down the origin of the holiday or the reason why it might be celebrated on August 10th. However, we do have a theory.
It might also be the case that it was used in some sort of advertising campaign—although what the product could possibly be does boggle the mind. The only thing that is really known about this holiday is that it falls on August 10th and involves doing nothing. We do know that we’re just too lazy to dig any deeper into this holiday.
Fun Facts About Lazy Day
Despite this day being one on which we’re supposed to do absolutely nothing, we went ahead and did some research about laziness. And during the course of this research, we found some interesting facts about laziness that are supported by the latest scientific research. So, if you want to learn a little bit more about laziness than you did before you arrived at this holiday, then hang on because it’s going to be a fun ride.
Some People Are Born to Be Lazy
According to scientific research, some people are born with a “laziness” gene. This gene mutation is linked to dopamine receptors in the person’s brain. Since dopamine is intimately linked to a person’s willingness to perform physical activities, that can be a reason some people are lazy.
Sometimes It Pays to Be Lazy
There are some circumstances where it can pay off to be lazy. Take the instance of two mice wanting to get cheese from a mousetrap. The first mouse is dedicated to getting that piece of cheese and, as a result, gets hit by the trap. The second mouse, waiting in the wings to see what happens, can now just stroll in and take the cheese for himself.
And this isn’t just an interesting, if not disturbing, observation either. Early humans couldn’t always jump right into the thick of things. Many times, the humans that jumped in first would be killed by the situation. It was often the people who acted later, after seeing what happened, who were capable of preserving their lives.
Laziness Can Lead to Increased Creativity
When a person is working, their brain is consumed with solving the task at hand. That doesn’t leave the brain a whole lot of room for imaginative, creative thought. It’s only when the brain is at rest that the awesome imaginative powers of the brain can be set free. That allows creative thoughts to bubble to the surface.
Laziness Really Depends on Perspective
Of course, some people may say that laziness doesn’t really exist at all. That it’s just a name that some humans use to disparage other humans. If that is indeed the case, then we can all enjoy Lazy Day without guilt! So put on those pajama pants and enjoy your day off.
Lazy Day Customs & Traditions
If you are working too hard to plan your Lazy Day festivities, then you are doing it wrong. The whole purpose of this holiday is to stay on the couch or stay in bed and do absolutely nothing. Of course, since that can be boring, it is often nice to bring something to your resting place that will keep you entertained.
For instance, you can grab a copy of the 1929 Our Gang short comedy film known as “Lazy Days.” It was produced by Hal Roach, directed by Robert F. McGowan, and starred The Little Rascals. Or if you prefer, you can pop in the “Lazy Day Song” by the Moody Blues.
Just don’t think too hard about what to enjoy while you’re celebrating Lazy Day. After all, you don’t want to put too much work into being lazy. You can also use the hashtag #LazyDay on your social media accounts to let everyone know that you’re doing absolutely nothing on this day.