On July 8 we celebrate SCUD Day.
What the heck is SCUD Day?! Well, SCUD stands for “Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama.”
So it’s a day to have fun, drama-free.
According to several sources, Stephanie West Allen, a lawyer turned writer and coach, created this day.
I haven’t been able to find a clear answer as to why, although she does (or did?) co-own the SCUD Club, a biweekly newsletter on living with less drama. When is also a question, although it looks like the day existed at least by 2007.
She doesn’t seem to be promoting it any more, but that’s no reason not to celebrate. After all, less drama for even just 24 hours sounds like a fantastic idea to me!
Scroll down for some ideas on celebrating this unofficial, drama-free holiday.
The name of the day—Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama—sums up how to celebrate pretty well.
Let’s pick it apart.
First, “Savor the Comic” suggests enjoying the lighter side of life.
Now, when I hear the word “comic” I tend to think of deliberate humor, like that presented by a comedian.
But it doesn’t have to be deliberate. It can be anything that causes laughter or pleasure, even unintentionally.
So today, seek out those moments. Spend time with people who make you laugh. Choose activities that make you happy.
And take note of unexpected lighthearted moments. They can happen anywhere, from a grocery store checkout lane to your subway commute and even during an otherwise boring meeting. Savor each and every one.
The second part, “Unplug the Drama” suggests staying out of situations where people are making mountains out of molehills.
You know what I’m talking about:
Often the person is just trying to get extra attention, and if you’re not concerned enough the drama level just escalates.
Avoid all of this at all costs today.
And, of course, don’t start any drama yourself!
Now, social media (especially Facebook) is a common source of drama in our lives. Should you avoid it as part of your SCUD Day celebrations?
If you have a lot of friends who like to start drama on social media, it might not be a bad idea. You know the ones. They either post deliberately vague updates just to see the reaction they get, or they rant about the wrongs someone has just done to them, either vowing revenge or saying karma will get the person in the end.
Even if you don’t engage, there’s only so many posts like this you can see in one day before it wears you down.
If you don’t have many of these friends (lucky you!) or you’re able to ignore them, then go ahead and get your social media fix today.
Will you be dialing up the fun and down the drama for SCUD Day this year?