Dumbstruck Day – March 15, 2023

Dumbstruck Day is celebrated on March 15, and we’re here to tell you how you can celebrate the day in the best possible way. Dumbstruck Day is a day dedicated to the things we become dumbstruck by. For example, the news we read, the facts we discover, any event in the neighborhood, your friend making a surprise visit to your place, and a lot more. The best part is, sometimes the facts or news that leave us dumbstruck aren’t even true. However, it doesn’t matter, and there’s nothing to be embarrassed about because it’s Dumbstruck Day!

History of Dumbstruck Day

Though we couldn’t trace the exact origins of this day, we have found information suggesting that the celebrations for Dumbstruck Day have been around since 2010. The term is derived from dumb, as in speechless, and strike. These words have been seen first in texts from the 1570s. By the 1800s, the term had lost its popularity. However, it again regained popularity in books and novels in the 1950s and has been prominent ever since, in novels, comics, and press magazines. A documentary movie named “Dumbstruck” was released in 2010, which revolved around the story of five ventriloquists, their struggles in the world of professional ventriloquism and the emotional attachment developed to their dummies. There are also books titled “DumbStruck,” written by authors like Sara Pennypacker and Steven Connor.

People on this day look for an excuse to be dumbstruck. Sometimes it’s about watching something on the news and getting dumbstruck, or maybe it happens when you watch a movie that leaves you spellbound, a friend that you haven’t met since kindergarten shows up at your door, or your kids get A+ in their exams? There are many reasons to get dumbstruck.

Dumbstruck Day is also about getting dumbstruck for the slightest of things. Any new happenings or an event is a reason to get dumbstruck. People also motivate others to be dumbstruck on Dumbstruck Day. Hence, people are getting dumbstruck for the slightest reason, which makes this day a fun, joyous day when people don’t need to get embarrassed about being dumbstruck for things that leave them in awe.

Dumbstruck Day timeline

1570
Dumbstruck is Coined

The term ‘dumbstruck’ emerges in texts from the 1570s.

The 1800s
Dumbstruck Loses its Popularity

The word ‘dumbstruck’ is avoided in novels.

The 1950s
Dumbstruck Makes a Comeback

The term ‘dumbstruck’ makes a comeback and is seen in newspapers, books, and magazines.

The 2000s
Dumbstruck Day

Dumbstruck Day is created to celebrate the feeling of being dumbstruck by the smallest of things

Dumbstruck Day FAQs

What are some of the other words for dumbstruck?

Some synonyms for the word dumbstruck are speechless, dumbfounded, gobsmacked, awestruck, aghast, flabbergasted, stupefied, and thunderstruck. They all mean the same, but the context in which they are used may vary.

How can dumbstruck be used in a sentence?

Dumbstruck can be used in place of any word that means surprised or stunned in such a way that leaves you speechless. For example, “Matthew stood dumbstruck looking at the newborn.”

What causes getting dumbstruck?

Getting dumbstruck mainly happens when your brain is told a conflicting theory that your mind believes. Or it happens when you are not expecting something. It’s said that it is a cognitive statistical game; the less you expect something, the more dumbstruck you get.

Dumbstruck Day Activities

  1. Find a reason to get dumbstruck

    This day would be a great time to bring out the fun side in you. Look for reasons you can get dumbstruck about. Maybe your neighbor bought a new house or a brand new car. The best part is, it doesn't have to be anything big. Got mail? Had a sumptuous lunch? Get dumbstruck!

  2. Share it on social media

    Not many people know the significance of this day. Write an article or a blog post about Dumbstruck Day and its significance, and share it on social media. You can also share related pictures and videos.

  3. Motivate others to get dumbstruck

    You can ask your friends, family, and your neighbors to join the celebration. The more, the merrier. Imagine a day when people set aside their shyness and get excited and dumbstruck for the littlest of things. What a fun day!

5 Important Facts About Being Dumbstruck

  1. It's in the surprise spectrum

    Being dumbstruck is a type of surprise.

  2. The brain goes through a surprise sequence

    Scientifically speaking, when you are dumbstruck, your brain goes through something called a surprise sequence.

  3. You freeze for 1/25 seconds

    It has been observed that the human body freezes for 1/25 seconds when dumbstruck.

  4. Your emotions intensify

    All your emotions, good or bad, intensify up to 400% when you are dumbstruck.

  5. It is important to manage

    It is important to control your feelings when you are dumbstruck by training your mind to be comfortable with change and uncertainty.

Why We Love Dumbstruck Day

  1. It allows us to bring out our fun side

    We often become busy with our hectic schedule and busy routine and forget to give time to ourselves. This day provides us with a great opportunity to set aside the stress and indulge in juvenile delights. It allows us to get dumbstruck about the smallest of things and have a good laugh.

  2. It makes us see the good things in life

    This day provides us with an opportunity to appreciate everything in life. We often neglect the small moments of happiness, and this day allows us to appreciate every blessing we have and inculcates gratitude in us.

  3. It makes the world a happier place

    On this day people look for reasons to get dumbstruck regardless of how big or small the reason might be. People get dumbstruck about the tiniest amusement or anything new without having to feel embarrassed about it. This truly makes the world a happier and a better place, even if it's just for a day.

Dumbstruck Day dates

YearDateDay
2022March 15Tuesday
2023March 15Wednesday
2024March 15Friday
2025March 15Saturday
2026March 15Sunday

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