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National Stay at Home Because You're Well Day – November 30, 2022

National Stay at Home Because You’re Well Day falls annually on November 30. This day, created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays & Herbs, encourages us to take the day off to rest and recuperate from our busy work schedules, and not just because we’re ill or need to fake an illness to get personal time off.

History of National Stay at Home Because You're Well Day

Over the years, our work lives have increasingly grown busy, and with the invention of so many work tools to keep us in check, it’s hard to maintain a healthy work-life balance. A lot of us are usually overworked, stressed, and can’t seem to find time for ourselves away from our busy schedules. National Stay at Home Because You’re Well Day was created to solve this problem.

Thomas and Ruth Roy created Stay Home Because You’re Well Day so we can all call in well, instead of faking an illness, just to stay home from work. Almost all of us are guilty of searching for excuses to stay away from work, and this day urges us to stop all the faking and simply stay home because we’re in need of some time off.

Thomas Roy is an American film, television, and voice actor, and is married to Ruth Roy. Together, they have created several holidays under the name of Wellcat Holidays, simply because they felt we needed more fun and creative ways to celebrate days of the year. Back in the late ‘80s, Thomas came up with his first copyrighted holiday, Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day, which asks citizens to go outdoors and yell “Hoodie-Hoo” at high noon, to chase winter, and make ready for spring. Since then they have had over 80 registered quirky days, some of which have been featured in “USA Today”, “The Los Angeles Times”, and many other publications, television, and shows.

National Stay at Home Because You’re Well Day is celebrated annually on November 30 and is one of the couple’s quirkier (and most anticipated) holidays.

National Stay at Home Because You're Well Day timeline

1800s
First Paid Time Off

Australian Alfred Edments decides to give every employee a fortnight's holiday on full pay and, when they fall ill, pledges to continue paying their salaries.

1910
The Failed Proposal

President William Howard Taft proposes that every American worker needs two to three months of vacation a year, and is opposed by U.S. legislators.

1940s
Vacation Wages Increase

By 1940, vacation coverage for hourly employees grows to 50%, and a 1943 report reveals that 60% of workers under union agreement are entitled to paid vacation.

1993
The Family Medical Leave Act

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is passed by Congress and guarantees a minimum of 12 weeks’ unpaid time off for workers to recover from illness, take time with a new baby, or deal with medical issues of immediate family members.

National Stay at Home Because You're Well Day FAQs

Who created National Stay at Home Because You're Well Day?

National Stay at Home Because You’re Well Day was created by Tom and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays & Herbs to give us some well-deserved personal time off work.

What is a well-day?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a well-day as ‘a day characterized by one’s freedom from sickness’. In short, it’s a day to spend celebrating being well.

What do you do on a stay-at-home day?

A ‘stay-at-home day’ is just that: a day you do not leave the house. Spend it doing whatever you enjoy doing, whether that’s watching a movie marathon or baking a cake.

National Stay at Home Because You're Well Day Activities

  1. Stay at home

    Your first step to celebrating this day is to actually stay at home. Call up your boss and be honest about your reason for taking a day off. Hopefully, your honesty is valued and you can take the whole day to rest, recuperate, and do the things you love.

  2. Practice a hobby

    Whatever your hobbies are, today will be the best time to practice them. Are you a bookworm, or do you enjoy binge-watching Netflix? Whatever your preference, today is the perfect time to do the things that make you happy.

  3. Sharpen a skill

    With all the work going on in our daily lives, it’s hard to find time to work on skills, crafts, or passion projects. Today is your opportunity to prioritize these and enhance them.

5 Surprising Facts About Paid Leave In America

  1. In Nevada, you don’t need a reason

    The Nevada Paid Time Off Law allows employees to take time off without providing any reason to their employer.

  2. There is a 90-day wait period

    Many jurisdictions require an employee to have been employed for 90 days before being able to take leave. In Vermont, there is a one-year wait period.

  3. Paid family medical leave for military events

    Washington, D.C., and Connecticut have expanded the use of paid family and medical leave to include qualifying military events related to an active duty family member.

  4. It could be used to care for a service dog

    In Emeryville, California, you can use paid sick leave to care for a service dog.

  5. You can use any reason in these jurisdictions

    Although factors may vary, Maine, Nevada, and Bernalillo County, New Mexico, allow employees to take paid leave for any reason.

Why We Love National Stay at Home Because You're Well Day

  1. We all need personal time off

    At some point in our busy work schedules, we are all in need of time off. This day allows us to do that, without even needing an excuse.

  2. You don’t need a reason

    National Stay at Home Because You're Well Day encourages us to stay home just because we are healthy, no excuses or reasons necessary. This is great as it removes the stress of excuse-finding, and urges us to just be honest with our need for personal time.

  3. We get to do the things we love

    There is so much we push aside just because we never have the time. This day gives us an opportunity to revisit those things and grow our love for our hobbies accordingly.

National Stay at Home Because You're Well Day dates

YearDateDay
2021November 30Tuesday
2022November 30Wednesday
2023November 30Thursday
2024November 30Saturday
2025November 30Sunday

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