The end of Daylight Saving Time is fast approaching, I always look forward to this day because I love that extra hour!
This year, Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends on November 1 at 2:00 AM. It was originally suggested by Benjamin Franklin, who was the American delegate to France, as a way to save money. He wrote a satirical piece for the Journal de Paris. In the essay, titled “An Economical Project,” he writes of the thrifty benefits of daylight versus artificial light.” He concludes that rising with the sun would save Parisians a great deal of money, “by the economy of using sunshine instead of candles.”
But for the United States, it wasn’t instituted until WWI and then only temporarily. And reinstated in WWII as part of the “WAR effort”. After that, there was dissension among the states and the government got involved and passed The Uniform Time Act in 1966. And now we permanently have Daylight Saving Time. I always find it interesting that not all areas in the US practice DST. DST is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona. The Navajo Nation observes the Daylight Saving Time policy, even in Arizona, due to its large size and location in three states. Which leads to a crazy time warp traveling through the Southwest. Indiana has 2 time zones, Eastern and Central and up until 2006, different counties in the state each had their own take on DST. Yikes, Hoosiers!
I’m glad that our area is easier to understand, and I follow the old adage- “Spring Forward, Fall Back”. So we get an extra hour this weekend. Yippee!!! Fall back is so much better than Spring forward and losing an hour.
So what are you going to do with your extra hour. Most people, me included, would say SLEEP! But really you’re getting an extra hour.
What are you going to do with your hour? I have found a lot of excellent posts out there, like this one, that suggests a laundry list of all of the things you could do, including, take a walk, call your bestie, visit an elderly person, read, meditate, and so on, but I think what you shouldn’t do with your extra hour is just as important!