How to Celebrate World Introvert Day (Jan. 2)

Introverts, rejoice! World Introvert Day is coming.

World Introvert Day was first celebrated in 2011, and continues to be observed worldwide every year on Jan. 2, according to Days of the Year. The idea behind this special day is to bring awareness to introversion. Although “quiet ones” make up about 50 percent of the population, they are still largely under-appreciated and overlooked.

That’s where World Introvert Day comes in. It’s a day to show that being an introvert is something awesome, not shameful.

Jan. 2 is also time set aside for introverts to rest and recharge their energy. Falling immediately after New Year’s Day, World Introvert Day is a reminder for “quiet ones” to take time to themselves after the busy holiday season. We’re talking comfy pants and no calls, please.

Some introverts actually take the day off work, or at the very least, minimize their obligations. Although many of us won’t be so lucky (duty calls, after all), there are still some things you can do to celebrate this awesome day. Here are eight ideas.

9 Ideas to Celebrate World Introvert Day

There’s only one rule when it comes to celebrating World Introvert Day — do something that gives you energy and life. For most of us, that means staying home, doing our cozy introvert thing. But World Introvert Day doesn’t have to be spent at home; here are some ideas for both staying in and going out.

1. Movie or show marathon

Text your best introvert friend, or go it alone (if you count pet snuggles as being alone). And get snacks, always snacks. Consider some of these movies/shows with introverted characters:

  • Amelie, the French film about a quirky, introverted woman who helps the people around her and finds love in her own way. With a whimsical score and colorful production, it’s a brilliant portrayal of how quiet people can change the world.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the coming-of-age movie based on Stephen Chbosky’s critically acclaimed novel. The story follows Charlie, a quiet and overlooked teen, who is caught between trying to live his life and run from it.
  • The Way Way Back, an Indie film starring Steve Carell that celebrates how awkward and reserved teen Duncan reshapes his world after a shake-up — without changing himself to please others.
  • Mr. Robot, the Golden-Globe winning TV drama about an introverted, socially anxious computer programmer named Elliot who works as a cybersecurity engineer by day, a vigilante hacker for a mysterious organization by night.

Want more movie ideas? Check out this post, 12 Popular Movies With Introverted Main Characters.

2. Reading day

Although not all introverts are book-lovers, many of us “quiet ones” can’t resist the thrill of a good story. That’s because reading transports us to our absolute favorite place — our inner world. What’s more, there are science-backed benefits to reading, such as increased empathy and lowered stress levels.

So why not spend Jan. 2 (or as much of the day as you possibly can) curled up with a book? Check out these posts for some ideas:

3. One-on-one time with your favorite person

World Introvert Day doesn’t have to be spent alone. Even us solitude-loving introverts need strong, close relationships to be happy. It’s science: Good social support improves our health and increases our longevity, among other benefits.

They key is to choose company that will energize you, not drain you (yes, it is possible, given the right people). One of my favorite activities in the entire world is meeting my introverted best friend for a glass of wine at our favorite restaurant once a week. Familiarity breeds comfort, and one-on-one time means meaningful connection, not small talk.

So, on Jan. 2, why not toast to the awkward, glorious existence of introvert besties?

4. Show your introvert pride

Introverts unite — separately, in your own homes, of course! This could easily be the motto of World Introvert Day.

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5. Go to your favorite museum, bookstore, park, or coffee shop… alone.

Many of us wrongly think we need company to dine in a restaurant or take in a movie. In fact, one recent study found that people consistently underestimate how much they’ll enjoy going out alone. When all was said and done, people reported having fun, whether they had company or not.

Especially for introverts, there’s something special about being alone in public, and even better when it’s an inspiring place like an art museum or old bookstore. If your schedule allows, visit one of these special places in the early morning or late at night, when there are fewer people around. Savor your surroundings, and the self-reflection they invite.

Feel awkward being in public by yourself? You’re not alone; here’s how one introvert got over her self-consciousness about going to restaurants alone.

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6. Get creative

Alone time isn’t just binging shows and lounging (okay, sometimes it is). For many introverts, it’s also time to get creative, whether it’s writing, music, or art. Unfortunately, many of us have to squeeze our passion projects around our precious few hours of free time — after work and between other obligations. If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering if your novel will ever get finished.

On Jan. 2, dedicate time to your craft. Here are some posts that will help:

7. Order takeout

Do not cook dinner tonight. I repeat, do not cook. Pick up takeout from your favorite restaurant, or order food delivery online. Savor the extra downtime.

8. Say it on social media

Whether you love or hate social media, you have to admit it’s easier to say some things in writing than it is in person — especially when you’re an introvert. That’s why we created a World Introvert Day gallery of shareable images for social media. Wish everyone a happy World Introvert Day with ease from behind your screen.

Check out our World Introvert Day Gallery

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9. Cancel plans

Go ahead. Today’s your day. Send that next now… you know the one.

How will you celebrate World Introvert Day? Let me know in the comments below.

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Jenn Granneman is the founder of IntrovertDear.com and the author of The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World. Jenn is a contributor to Psychology Today, HuffPost, Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution, Upworthy, The Mighty, The Muse, Motherly, and a number of other outlets. She has appeared on the BBC and in Buzzfeed and Glamour magazine. Jenn started Introvert, Dear because she wanted to write about what it was like being an introvert living in an extrovert's world. Now she's on a mission: to let introverts everywhere know it's okay to be who they are.