World Sauntering Day

World Sauntering Day is celebrated on the 19th of June each year.  The purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it.  It is also sometimes referred to as International Sauntering Day.

The exact year of its origin is unclear, but it is credited to have begun at Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) in Michigan during the 1970s.  A response by W. T. Rabe to a growing movement toward the recreation of jogging.  The idea was to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them.

Sauntering is a verb to describe a style of walking; it is not a sashay, prance, trot, or lollygag.  Simply it is to walk slowly preferably with a joyful disposition.  Sauntering has been spoken of most notably by many of the naturalist writers in history including Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs.

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