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National Simplicity Day- Monday 12th July 2021

National Simplicity Day is an awareness day that is celebrated annually on the birthday of Henry David Thoreau. Henry was an advocate for a simple life and wrote many books on the subject the most popular of which being ‘Walden’ in 1854. The book is an account of a two-year period in which he spent living in a cabin that he himself built just off Walden Pond in Massachusetts.


“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Henry David Thoreau

When asked why he moved into the tiny cabin in Walden he said, “to learn what are the gross necessaries of life”. Now Henry took a simple life to extremes with him only having one meal a day with no meat or spices/condiments even going as far to say “that grossest of groceries” was salt. He refused any other drink than water and would only drink very little to keep his thirst quenched.