First, you should know, no one knows the origin of this national holiday or who came up with the idea, and there is no local, state or federal law making August 10 “National lazy Day,” nor is there any congressional legislation or presidential proclamation, so it is up to you to carry on the tradition of National Lazy Day by doing absolutely nothing. In fact if you are reading this on August 10, stop and instead find a tree to lie under, a bed to snuggle into or just drop into your recliner and stare at the ceiling.

Laziness is a societal no-no

Now, laziness is viewed by society, society meaning the overachieving, money-grubbing, status-conscience Neanderthals, as being bad. Perhaps you, a laziness afficianado like myself, have been subjected to verbal abuse about your painstakingly thoughtful and reflective lifestyle that takes meticulous planning requiring hours of undisturbed solitude, as being offensive and lacking motivation.

You’re not alone

Fret not, my fellow lazinessistas, you are not alone; an poll from 2011 (it was the first entry on Google and I was too lazy to look up a more recent poll) found that 65.9 percent of the 43 people who weren’t too lazy to respond said they were completely or “pretty damn lazy.” See, we’re not alone, my fellow indolent loafers.

Is it why you’re poor?

If you’re lazy does that mean you are poor? Not necessarily, although former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives wouldn’t agree. Here’s what John Boehner said poor and lazy people think: “I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around.” And some rank-and-file Republicans seem to agree with their former speaker.

In a Pew Research Center poll, 35 percent of people who identified themselves as Republicans said the reason people are poor is a “lack of effort on his or her (that means YOU) part.”

Lazy people are more motivated

An entire team of neuroscientists at Oxford University — definitely not lazy people — conducted a study on apathy (apathy is like a PhD for lazy people). Lazy (apathetic) people were asked to play a game in which they would choose an offer and receive rewards based on the level of effort they were willing to put out.

The participants were placed in an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine so their brains could be studied. Not surprisingly, lazy people chose offers that required less effort, but their pre-motor cortex (it’s a part of the brain) showed more activity than motivated people in simply the choosing of an offer.

More effort to plan than to do

The conclusions of the Oxford neuroscientists is that it takes more brain effort for lazy people to plan an activity than it does for healthy people to actually do the activity, a clear breakthrough in defense of lackadaisical indifferent laziness. Neuroscientist Masud Husain explained, “We expected to see less activity because they were less likely to accept effortful choices but we found the opposite….

As far as we know, this is the first time that anyone has found a biological basis for apathy in healthy people.”

A great man speaks about laziness

Before heading back to the couch where I plan to spend the rest of the afternoon, I leave you with the words of a great man who understood the value of laziness, the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who said, “I've heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?”

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