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World Sauntering Day-19th June

Written by on June 19, 2022

Slow from a march to a saunter and give yourself time to enjoy your own time. Stop and smell the roses, take some extra time on your lunch break, and relax.

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The world around us is moving at such a hectic pace that we often forget to slow down and smell the proverbial roses. Even our walk is at high speed, pushing every inch of haste we can get out of what is otherwise the most leisurely of modes of locomotion. It isn’t just an opportunity for us to remember to walk. It is, more importantly, an opportunity for us to take a genuinely relaxed tack to the day, and choose to saunter.

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History of World Sauntering Day

This holiday was formed by W.T. Rabe (fun fact: his son, John Rabe, is the local host for All Things Considered at KPCC in Pasadena) in 1979 as a response to the sworn enemy of the Saunter, jogging. It is thought to have started at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan, USA. The hotel has the longest porch in the world, measuring a lengthy 660 feet, or 200 meters if you work in metrics. The whole thinking behind the day was to get people to slow down a little and take more note of the world around them. He was also the press relations office for the Grand Hotel, making it a pretty good bit of publicity for them!

The definition of the term ‘saunter’ is ‘to walk along in a slow and relaxed manner.’ The likely source of the word is the Middle English word, santren, which means “to muse.”

World Sauntering Day (June 19th) – Days Of The Year

How to celebrate World Sauntering Day

Give yourself plenty of time today, and do so with the intent of relaxing and truly enjoying your journey to wherever it is you have to go. Saunter casually with pure relaxation, and take in the scents and sights. Greet others, and don’t let their urge to move quickly infect yours. In fact, see if you can get them to slow down and join you on your happy little saunter. The world will be better for it, and you’ll be happier for it. World Sauntering Day is your opportunity to leave all the rush behind and just… Saunter… through your day.

Other things that you can do to celebrate World Sauntering Day include:

  • Taking a break at lunchtime and going for a stroll around your local neighborhood or through the park
  • Getting off the bus, train, or subway a stop or two early and taking a leisurely stroll the rest of the way to your destination.
  • Wander along to your local coffee store and chill out with a hot cup of Joe in hand, watching the world go by.
  • If you can’t get out for a walk, you can chill out at home too. The concept of sauntering melds with the Danish and Norweigan idea of Hygge. You are free to experience moments of contentment in your life without external pressures in whatever form they arrive.

DID YOU KNOW: It would take about 225 million years to walk one light-year at the pace of a 20-minute mile?

While you are away on your gentle walk on World Sauntering Day, consider the following:

Should being busy be your raison d’etre? Is running around all day, from one activity to another and never really pausing to take stock, really what you want from life? Probably not!

Celebrate World Sauntering Day by standing still for a moment or slowing down. Not only will you feel invigorated, but you may spot things you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise – the birds singing, the flowers blooming, or the love of your life brushing past you in the street.

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