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Serendipity Day – August 18, 2022

We’re getting ready to commemorate Serendipity Day on August 18 by encouraging people to look for and appreciate the unexpectedly lovely things that are always out there, if only people took the time to notice them. ‘Serendipity’ is a term that is not often used, although its meaning applies to all humans in the world. In a word, serendipity is the emergence and development of events by chance, whether joyously or constructively. Serendipity is also described as a happy accident or a pleasant surprise. Serendipity Day is celebrated to encourage people to confront unexpected good fortune.

History of Serendipity Day

The word ‘serendipity’ has been around since the mid-1700s, but it was officially recognized for the first time in 2010. In general, serendipity refers to the capacity to make intriguing discoveries by chance.

Horace Walpole, an English author, founded it for the first time in 1754. The author described the genesis of the term in a letter to his girlfriend. He explained that the word he found was inspired by the Persian novel “The Three Princes of Serendip”. The story follows three princes who were banished from the kingdom of Serendip, commonly known as Sri Lanka, in order to demonstrate their worth.

They had serendipitous encounters with revelations that they had not sought while traveling the world. As a result, serendipity is associated with embarking on a journey and discovering something unexpected. Serendipity Day’s objective is to inspire individuals to live their lives in a more opportune way. It also entails being open to and accepting of the limitless options that life presents.

Making use of Madeleine Kay’s suggestions is an excellent way to honor Serendipity Day. He claims that moving out of the safe zone will reveal surprising events, a fortuitous chance, and schedules. Believing, aiding an unknown stranger, and living in the present moment will allow one to experience serendipity.

Serendipity Day timeline

1754
The Word is First Used

In an English letter to his friend Horace Mann, Horace Walpole uses the term ‘serendipity’ for the first time.

2001
The Movie

The romantic comedy “Serendipity,” starring Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack, is released.

2003
Founded by Madeleine Kay

Kay creates Serendipity Day to coincide with the publication of her book “Living Serendipitously.”

2010
The First Observation

The world's first Serendipity Day is observed.

Serendipity Day FAQs

Are serendipity and fate related?

In several ways, serendipity and fate differ in meaning. The former is described as “the faculty or phenomenon of discovering valuable or acceptable things that are not sought for,” and while fate is also concerned with “something that happens to a person,” it does not have to (and frequently does not) be nice.

What is the difference between serendipity and luck?

There are many similarities between luck and serendipity, yet there are some situations where one may be more appropriate than the other. Serendipity has a rather narrow definition, one that is focused on discovering delightful things that one was not looking for, whereas luck has a somewhat larger range.

How do you invite serendipity into your life?

One of the first steps toward attracting more serendipity is to believe that it surrounds you. Consider it selective attention, similar to how when you’re pregnant, you start to notice baby bumps all over the place. When you’re worried, you see additional annoyances and roadblocks everywhere.

Serendipity Day Activities

  1. Do something unexpected and wonderful

    Performing a random act of kindness, doing something charitable anonymously, taking a giant stride toward a dream, aiding someone else in taking the next step toward their desire. Now get down to business.

  2. Visit a serendipity cafe

    You can pay a visit to various Serendipity cafes closest to you, such as Serendipity III Cafe in New York City, Serendipity Cafe, Seattle, Washington, or Serendipity Coffee Company, Horley, London.

  3. Watch a film about serendipity

    Begin your celebration by watching a film about serendipity, such as “Serendipity” (2001), starring John Cusak and Kate Beckinsale, “The Holiday” (2006), starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, “Leap Year” (2010), starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode, and “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993), starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

5 Interesting Facts About Serendipity You Should Know

  1. It originates from Sri Lanka

    The story revolves around three princes who were exiled from the kingdom of Serendip (another name for Sri Lanka) in order to prove their value.

  2. It’s triggered by unexpected events

    A phenomenon of luck and opportunity that happens when you are looking for something totally different.

  3. Serendipity is no accident at all

    It is an attitude or a way of life in which you are constantly on the lookout for the unexpected and expected to be pleasantly surprised.

  4. The United Kingdom’s favorite word

    ‘Serendipity’ is the most popular word in the United Kingdom.

  5. Walpole is the most celebrated neologism

    Walpole was a prominent inventor or theoretician of new words, but his most famous neologism was ‘serendipity.'

Why We Love Serendipity Day

  1. A valuable learning experience

    To engage youngsters, educational techniques like Waldorf and Montessori rely on their inherent curiosity and interest. And not for no cause. Allowing people to find something new by accident, according to Jim Gritton, has the "potential to disclose links between concepts that might otherwise go missed, to drive 'out-of-the-box' thinking, and to challenge our mental models so that fresh learning can occur."

  2. It breaks the routine

    By changing our route to work or stopping in a different coffee shop or store, we will encounter people and places we are unfamiliar with, increasing our chances of encountering new people, ideas, and situations.

  3. Serendipity leads to discoveries

    Serendipity is the result of social interactions, not merely a happy accident that cannot occur on its own. We, as individuals, must facilitate social connection by putting ourselves in positions to engage as much as possible by venturing beyond our comfort zone. In other words, increased social engagement promotes more serendipity. And more discoveries are made as a result of chance. Discoveries lead to insights, and insights serve as the foundation for innovation.

Serendipity Day dates

YearDateDay
2022August 18Thursday
2023August 18Friday
2024August 18Sunday
2025August 18Monday
2026August 18Tuesday

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