Modern life can wrap people in a pool of chaotic sounds and make us assimilated without knowing it. In the midst of this noisy world, if you keep quiet, it means you have kept peace for your soul. And Quiet Day is celebrated every year on February 25, as a reminder to everyone to reduce their noise, keep quiet, and also to advocate for silence.
Some practical benefits that science has proven that silence can bring to people:
1. Support memory and ability to acquire knowledge
According to a 2013 study on the effects of noise on rats, two hours of silence a day can help restore or renew neurons in the hippocampus, is a structure located inside the temporal lobe). This region is responsible for human learning, memory, and emotions.
2. Enhance creativity
The brain continues to function even when our body is at rest. At night, the brain will process the information received during the day. If this process goes well, without interruption or doping in noise/light/stimulants, the brain will synchronize emotions with memories and foster imagination. Having complete rest in stillness can help you to be more creative and at ease with the world.
3. Soothe the spirit
Noise can adversely affect both physical and mental health and stimulate the brain to release stress hormones. On the contrary, stillness can be soothing, helping people stay calm and think more clearly. Scientists have done research that proves that 2 minutes of complete silence can help reduce stress better than any kind of meditation music.
4. Improve problem-solving ability
Noise can seriously reduce people's ability to solve problems in both life and work. When you are distracted by noisy sounds, you will inevitably be unable to concentrate on the task and will be less effective. Research shows that children who grow up in areas prone to noise pollution such as train tracks, airports, construction sites, etc. also have lower academic scores than their peers. However, the most interesting thing is: as long as you put yourself in a quiet environment long enough, the brain will automatically recover the data lost due to the impact of noise.
Observing Quiet Day
The best way to participate in the Quiet Day response is to be quiet. Reduce the noise, focus on keeping things quiet. You can join a retreat to help yourself calm down. Besides, you can also go out for a walk, breathe in the fresh air gently. Or ride with no music on all the way. Share your activity with the hashtag #QuietDay, as a call for everyone to join in observing the day.
ObservedQuiet Day has been observed annually on February 25th.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Friday, February 25th, 2022
Saturday, February 25th, 2023
Sunday, February 25th, 2024