National Awkward Moments Day

National Awkward Moments Day is a holiday celebrated annually on March 18th. It celebrates the state of discomfort that a person feels emotionally. This awkwardness can occur when the wrong thing slips out of your mouth, when you’ve dressed formally for an informal event, or due to many other reasons that cause people to feel this way. It’s a holiday we can all relate to, and it’s okay to feel awkward while celebrating it.

The History Of National Awkward Moments Day

Unfortunately, our extensive research couldn’t uncover the origins of this holiday. All we know at this moment is that it has been celebrated for a few years now. With that said, we did manage to compile a list of some interesting facts about awkwardness that all of our readers might find interesting.

Facts About Awkwardness

Although the entire emotional state of feeling awkward centers around a certain level of discomfort, we think the following facts will help ease some of that awkwardness. We have to admit, if there wasn’t a bit of awkwardness for us to deal with, then this holiday wouldn’t exist at all.

Self-Consciousness Is An Early Developing Trait

The first thing people should realize is that self-consciousness is an important part of being human. It’s so important that it develops around the age of 18 months old. This is when children begin to think of themselves as separate from their parents and start to recognize themselves in a mirror.

Awkwardness Isn’t All That Noticeable

When a person makes a faux pas or has a particularly awkward moment, they tend to feel that the whole world is watching every single moment of their embarrassment. However, that’s not the case. In most instances, the mistake has probably gone unnoticed, and it’s only in the person’s mind that their embarrassment is amplified.

People Tend To Regret Not Doing Things Instead Of Doing Them

Often, people will avoid doing a particular activity because they’re afraid they’re going to do it wrong and look foolish in front of everyone. Unfortunately, that’s the worst thing they can do. In study after study, researchers have found that most people regret not trying a new activity more than those who tried an activity and failed.

For example, consider the scenario of two men wanting to ask two women out on a date. The man who refuses to even try asking the woman on a date is likely to regret his decision more than the man who tried and failed.

Celebrating National Awkward Moments Day

The whole point of this holiday is to help people step out of their comfort zone and try new things. We all experience moments of awkwardness, so the key is not to avoid awkward situations entirely but to work through them. If you do that, then you’ll most likely be able to try out more new situations than someone who tries to avoid ever feeling awkward. This could mean the difference between a rich, full life and a dull one.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 18 Monday
Next year (2025)
March 18 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
March 18 Saturday
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