National Simplicity Day - July 12

National Simplicity Day – July 12


Author, naturalist, philosopher, historian, tax resister, abolitionist, development critic, surveyor, and leading transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817.  National Simplicity Day is observed on July 12th in his honor.  Thoreau was an advocate for living a life of simplicity.

Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)  is well-known, by many, for his book “Walden”, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.  He asserted that: “ as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex”.

In our fast, ever-increasing busy lifestyles, National Simplicity Day is the time to, take a step back and begin to simplify our lives. One can start by slowing down, tuning into nature, enjoying the simple things in life, decluttering and striving for balance.  Once you have done this, you can begin to enjoy the many stress-reducing pleasures and benefits of a simple lifestyle.

 “Choosing to live a life of simplicity is not about choosing to live in poverty; it is about living in balance. Based on three key elements – ecological awareness, frugal consumption and personal growth, voluntary simplicity is helping people change their lives and collectively helping to create a better world.”

“My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants.”
– J. Botherton

“Simplicity is the essence of happiness.”
– Cedric Bledsoe

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
– Robert Brault

“It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

“The simplest things are often the truest.”
– Richard Bach


Do or stop doing things to simplify your day. Post on social media using #NationalSimplicityDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.


Within our research, we  were unable to find the creator of National Simplicity Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


One Response to “NATIONAL SIMPLICITY DAY – July 12”


  1. Happy National Simplicity Day: 4 more reasons to keep it simple | SimpleLTC - March 20, 2015

    […] at his heart, Thoreau was an eternal advocate for living a life of simplicity. That’s why National Simplicity Day is celebrated annually on his birthday, July […]

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