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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.  

“In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.” ~Henry David Thoreau

In our fast, ever-increasingly 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.

“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 identify the creator of National Simplicity Day.

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