We celebrate Fool’s Paradise Day on July 13 every year. It is a day to forget the worst sides of reality and embrace the fantasy world of our thoughts; to normalize this and assert the importance of having a happy place to go to when things get dark and out of hand. A fool’s paradise is a made-up world we imagine, a world where we can find eternal happiness. Whilst people might make fun of such thoughts as childish and naive, Fool’s Paradise Day is a day to embrace such a paradise and try to find happiness amidst all the tension and pressure of the real world.
History of Fool's Paradise Day
Why do we exist? We may say that humans are not yet evolved enough to understand such an intrinsic question, but that does not mean we should not ponder over it. “What are we?” “What is our purpose?” and “Who made us?” are a few questions each of us has asked at some point in our lives. We are not sure if answers will be found in our lifetime, so we like to dismiss such complex questions by remarking that the purpose of our entire life is to find answers to these questions, but that may not be the entire purpose.
When it comes to the matter of purpose, the first thing that comes to mind is happiness. We do everything for happiness. Air, water, food, and shelter are important. Being happy is as important a need. Happiness is an emotion; it is a state of mind filled with contentment and satisfaction. We don’t usually believe that true happiness can ever be achieved. Life seems to be one long ride chasing the elusive entity called ‘happiness.’ If reality is something that slows us down on our journey towards happiness then there is a cheat we can use to feel a temporary euphoria.
As stated before, happiness is a state of mind. We can train our minds to find happiness in our thoughts. That is the origin of the ‘fool’s paradise.’ In our quest to find true happiness, we can rest in our own thoughts as we define the parameters of our own happiness. With our imagination, we can create a paradise in our thoughts. A happy place where we have everything we ever wanted and needed. Take a day off to create such a world inside your mind and enjoy some time pondering your adventure in that fantasy land.
Fool's Paradise Day timeline
The phrase “fool’s paradise” begins to appear in Paston letters.
Shakespeare uses the phrase in his play "Romeo and Juliet," and its popularity skyrockets.
As Thomas Fuller famously said, “A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell."
Cecil B. DeMille releases an American silent romance film "Fool’s Paradise."
Fool's Paradise Day FAQs
What is fool's paradise day?
Fool’s Paradise Day is a day to relax our minds. When real life is difficult, and everything seems to be going wrong, close your eyes and dream yourself into another world.
What does the phrase “fool's paradise” mean?
The phrase is all about happiness. It is a state of enjoyment based on false beliefs or hopes.
What play did ‘a fool's paradise’ come from?
The phrase “a fool’s paradise” first appeared in the mid-1400s. It was most famously noted in the play “Romeo and Juliet.”
Fool's Paradise Day Activities
Take a day off
Fool’s Paradise Day is all about self-care and self-love. It is a day to dream about the happy paradise that only exists for you. Spend your day forgetting the cruel realities of the real world.
Write about your paradise
There could be a story hidden in your fool’s paradise that needs a bit of popularity. Write about your imaginary place, and see if you can develop a theme from it.
Share with a friend
What is better than a fool’s paradise? That would be a cross between two fool’s paradises. We all have our own, so share yours with a friend, and see what you can learn from theirs.
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$200 billion lost in earnings
Mental conditions and illnesses cost the U.S. around $200 billion in lost earnings.
It’s a common condition
20% of today's youth have a mental health condition.
43 million Americans
Around 43 million Americans struggle with mental illness.
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70 to 90% of people who seek proper treatment for mental health disorders witness a significant reduction in symptoms.
Why We Love Fool's Paradise Day
It prioritizes happiness
Life is dull without some happy moments. If you do not have any happy moments then you can make them up in your mind.
It lowers stress levels
Having a happy place can lower your stress levels. When overwhelmed by pressure, anxiety, or depression, close your eyes and think about your paradise. You will be more focused and calm.
Self-love and self-care
Finding time for self-love and self-care is very important. This is a perfect day to take some time for yourself.
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