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Sauntering Day – June 19, 2017

Merriam-Webster defines “saunter” as “to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner.”  Sauntering Day was invented in the 1970s by W.T. Rabe as a response to jogging becoming more and more popular. Rabe felt that people should slow down, enjoy their lives and take in the world around them.

When I was a teen I did a lot of running. As an adult, who has gotten a bit too out of shape, I enjoy going on walks. A lot of time these walks end up revolving around how much ground I can cover rather than taking the time to look around. Running is great and so is walking, but I think that in today’s busy world more of us need to slow down occassionally and “saunter” instead.

My husband, children, and I will often go to the local arboretum where we walk through it taking our time. We stop to look at the surrounding plants and insects. It’s an opportunity for us to connect with each other and connect with nature. When we go on these walks it gives us a chance to let go of our anxieties from the past week and it gives us a chance to learn from each other. My 7 year old will see something that reminds her of something she had learned in school this past year and she will teach us something we didn’t know or had forgotten. My husband has 2 degrees in horticulture so he often has something to teach my daughters and I. Even I occasionally have something to add, as I had spent some time learning about herbal medicine from an herbalist (I’m slowly working on my own certification.)

So if you get a chance today, take some time to go sauntering. Maybe you will learn something. Maybe you will let go of some stress. And maybe you’ll notice something you haven’t noticed before.



  1. Rachee

    I have been examining HOW I use time and think a little sauntering will be a very good thing to add to my day. Love the idea of a slow leisurely stroll as I make my way around.

  2. Milena

    Saunter is such a funny word. Now, that I think about it I probably saunter a lot! I so, am not a runner.

  3. Stephanie Jeannot

    I love sauntering. It is a great art to participate in. Sounds like you will use it in a positive way and with family at that. I appreciate the idea of it a lot.

  4. Laurie Floyd

    I love to saunter at the mall, at the beach, around my neighborhood! It allows me to take in everything around me….to take in life and enjoy it! I wish people would get their face out of their phones and saunter, look around and smile at others. The world would be a much better place!

  5. LaShawn

    I love this idea. Im always rushing to get to the next place. I think sauntering is something I’m going to do more often.

  6. Ashley

    I like the idea of taking the time to saunter. I find myself moving quickly and I’m trying to force myself to slow down and enjoy the scenery.

  7. Alicia

    What a great idea. I have never slowed down enough really to take the time to saunter, but maybe now I will a couple times a week.

  8. Heather A Lawrence

    I swear that should have been my word for 2017.
    This year we have slowed down a lot.. we have clawed back personal time and said no to extra commitments.
    It’s been great! I get a chance to saunter every single day now and I love it!

  9. Liz Mays

    It’s probably important to remind ourselves to slow down and observe things we don’t normally pay attention to. I like this idea of sauntering!

  10. reesa

    I will tell you, I would love to saunter! It’s rare I ever do that! My kids on the other hand???

    1. (Post author)

      My kids tend to sprint when I want them to saunter and they saunter when I need them to hurry

  11. Star Traci

    My husband and I were just saying that we need to take more walks. We recently moved to a beach community and want to start taking the kids for morning walks each day. Thanks for the inspiration to make that happen. Saunter away!


  12. Kim

    Whenever I go to certain places (bookstores, parks, etc.,), people sometimes comment about how slow I walk. I’m not walking slow, I’m sauntering. And absorbing it all in. I’ve learned to do that at my age (46) and I love every minute of it! Soak it all in I say 😉

  13. Kristin

    Sauntering Day is also my anniversary! I like it!

  14. Lois Alter Mark

    I love the idea of sauntering and am going to start practicing that! I think we all tend to rush through our lives, and this is a great reminder to slow down and appreciate everything around us.

  15. Jarrod Chance

    I do enjoy our walks, especially when given a chance to “saunter” about and be in the moment. From observing others when out on hiking trails, most people enjoy being “in nature”, while I prefer to be “with nature”. Your post has inspired me to write on of my own! Thanks, Carrie.


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