National Grouch Day is celebrated Oct. 15, and as the “Sesame Street” tradition notes in this week’s issue of Sesame Street Magazine, it is likely Oscar the Grouch’s favorite day of the year, a holiday for grouches everywhere to sit back and smile (or just be grouchy). UPI News reports this Tuesday, Oct. 15, that while you don’t have to be a grouch on this minor holiday, you can say “Happy National Grouch Day!” and explain to your friends about it when they give you a strange look.
Although National Grouch Day might be in honor of Oscar the Grouch, a “Sesame Street” character that may not be known by many kids today, he was nonetheless a very popular character identified by his green look, grouchy ways, and general pessimism. This Oct. 15 holiday might sound like nothing to celebrate, but as Julie de Azevedo Hanks notes in her not-so-traditional book: “The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide for Overwhelmed Women,” a grouching now and then isn’t all that bad for you, in moderation at least.
Although there are many positives about being positive, studies show that pessimists are often more pragmatic about life, are less likely to suffer injury, and have longer life expectancies, said the source. Sometimes, negative thinking in Oscar the Grouch’s own style on National Grouch Day, can even be used as a powerful motivational impetus to succeed.
“While they may be a drag to be around, they may actually be trying to improve themselves,” Hank adds in her writing.
So if you happen to be a perennial Grouch this Oct. 15, then celebrate this “Sesame Street” tradition with everyone, and go out of your way to wish your workmates and family members a very happy National Grouch Day. Or, if you really want to stay in character like Oscar, you can just spend your whole holiday grumping out the weather, grouching about cute animals, and saying “scram!” to anyone who says why you seem especially grouchy today!