Today is February 29th. There are actually 4 years since we could say the same (-just have to send a thought to those who have a birthday on this date, hehe). And since this is a day that only shows up when it’s a leap year, I look at this day as a bonus day! It’s an extra day we didn’t have last year, or the year before that, or… you get it 😉 So why is it that we occasionally get an extra day in the calendar? The reason is that the Earth uses 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds to rotate once around the sun. And since we (and most other countries in the world) follows the Gregorian calendar that is based on a year of 365 days, we lose nearly 6 hours each year. 6 hours a year isn’t much, you might think. But in 100 years, this adds up to 24 days and more each year, so you can see how this is going to mess up our calendar.
I’ve always believed that a leap year is every 4 years
Did you also believe that? As a rule it is like that, but no rule without exceptions. To get the math and the calendar even more precisely these criterias determine if it’s a leap year:
So this year, it’s a leap year and we’ve got this extra day in February. Lack of time seems to be a usual problem in society today, so a little extra time is kinda fantastic. How about using this bonus day to do something you haven’t had the time to do? It could be something as reasonable as cleaning the closet (-you know which I’m talking about) that you have postponed for several weeks, or snuggle up with a book you have wanted to read for a long time (which is actually just as smart). Anyway, use this bonus day on something that makes you happy or makes you happy tomorrow for what you did today. Then you’ll get a little happiness bonus as well 😉