January 16th National Nothing Day

Nothing from nothing leave nothing. In fact i should not even be doing this blog to celebrate this day because, I would be doing nothing, which is exactly what this day is all about! Oddly, today was created by Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973 who was a newspaper man. Nothing does not make for a very interesting newspaper. A book without words is nothing but is it still a book? If it is still a book then it can’t be nothing. And when one says you should do nothing all day then your day will be rather short, since you have to at least breath to be alive. So it really is impossible to do nothing today and still be around to celebrate it. Maybe today should be renamed don’t do anything beyond what you have to do day. Most of us would claim that as doing nothing.

How to celebrate – Don’t celebrate, do nothing. Don’t make a list of what you aren’t doing. Go back to bed.

January 16th National Nothing Day

Today is National Nothing Day. Technically, I really shouldn’t even be doing this blog and you shouldn’t be reading it. Now you do still have to breathe, and though you should not even be getting out of bed, you may want to eat and have something to drink. Not to mention other things. I did find this great article about the day and history, I have highlighted the main points below.






It’s really not an easy thing to do, doing nothing. Though many of us practice it daily it isn’t something that we ever really perfect. To become skilled at doing nothing requires a great deal of planning which sort of defeats the point of the day.


The day was created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973. True to his day though, no one knows why. Perhaps it was a really bad news day, not that the news was bad, but there just wasn’t anything there to report.


So go back to bed, sleep the day away. Although, if you are sleeping you are still doing something so I guess that doesn’t apply. Just how do you do nothing? That requires thought and then you are doing something. It’s a Catch 22.

How to celebrate – ……(well you get the point)