Got a good joke!?!! Probably not, most jokes are only semi-humor.  It is up to the individual to find the humor in them and sometimes it takes a bit of a search.

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But at least someone has tried to brighten your day a little, or maybe a lot. The jokes I love the most are the ones that you get an hour after they’ve been told. You are walking along, with that frown on your face and suddenly you get the joke someone told you and you light up like a Christmas Tree.

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Of course if you are like most people, when you go to retell the joke you can remember everything except the set up for the punch line.  Of course that can be funny too! Or how about those people that go back, saying… “Wait a minute! I forgot the best part!

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Like there ever really was a best part! But that’s okay, the effort was made. And even a failed joke brightens up your day and once that is accomplished, it spreads brightening up other people’s days.

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So go ahead and ell that joke that maybe no one else found funny, once you find someone else to laugh, you will make a life long friend!

How to celebrate – Tell the best joke you’ve ever heard today. If you don’t have a best joke, buy a book of jokes and memorize at least one. Don’t worry if you are a good joke teller or not, sometimes the performance is better than the joke itself!

August 15th National Relaxation Day

Why do these days always seem to fall during the work week? Clearly someone who is either retired, or not working created them. Seeing as how no one has claimed it, it makes me think it may be the latter.

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However, that being said, today is a day to sleep in, and let your mind, and muscles, take a break (or serve in Congress which is about the same thing). We do need to relax though, it builds us back up, and makes us actually more productive when it is time to work.

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In some ways, wouldn’t it be nice if we could sleep walk through our day. Get our work done while we sleep so we can accomplish two things at once! Or how about doing one of those 5k runs!?! If we could sleep through it we could get in shape while catching up on our sleep! Most work an 8 hour day and they say, whoever they are, that we should get 8 hours of sleep too, perfect! Get them both done at the same time!

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Then when we are awake we can spend more time… you got it… relaxing! We could be the most relaxed creatures on earth! The same “they” also say we are most creative when we are relaxed. I assume that’s because we don’t have to think about what we have to do. I know a lot of people that I have worked with don’t ever seem to be thinking about work when they are working.

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So today is your day to relax. Sit back and let your mind wander, your muscles unwind and your nerves settle. You deserve it because… well because… just because.

How to celebrate – Spend your day relaxing. Figure out your own relaxation schedule, so long as it doesn’t require any effort. Don’t worry, be happy.

August 14th V-J Day

For America nearly 4 long years of war were finally over on August 14th, 1945. Many think World War 2 ended with the surrender of Germany, it did not. Japan fought on, through August 6th when the first atomic bomb was dropped, through August 9th after the second atomic bomb was dropped.

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V-J stands for Victory in Japan, or Victory over Japan. It actually has three dates. August 14th when Emperor Hirohito cabled the US and told them he agreed with the Potsdam Declaration and surrendered. August 15th is when the news broke that the war was over and September 2nd, when President Truman declared the war was over. The Peace Treaty was signed aboard the U.S.S. Missouri.

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Of course for many the war wasn’t really over. Troops in the field had to get word, and accept it. Many of the Japanese refused to surrender. One soldier was still found to be hiding, and fighting, as late as 1971.

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Naturally, was like this never really come to a stop. In many places today the results of the war are still in effect. There are still Nazis and Japanese who felt they should have won. There are still allies who feel the world will never be justified for the insults against mankind.

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But for most of us, the war is over and the healing is still going on. In fact Germany and Japan have some of the mist robust economies of the world and it’s because America rebuilt them. (Their people also had something to do with it.) It was the kind of war that you never get over but you can celebrate that we have agreed to be friendly again. Or at least until the next time war breaks out.

How to celebrate – Celebrate with one of the few veterans from World War 2 that are still living. Remember how horrible the war was so we do not repeat it. Stop the extremes on either side because they are both wrong and we all know, two wrongs don’t make a right.

August 13th Left Hander’s Day

I am not a Sinistrophobic, that’s someone who is fearful of left handed people. In fact, When I was young, I always wanted to be a part of the 10% of the world’s population who are southpaws.

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Alas, I am right handed so I never realized my dreams. Guess I was thinking out of the left side of my brain, that’s where right handed people think, left handers think out of the right side.

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Quite a few of our best thinkers have been left handed. Being right handed or left handed doesn’t mean you are smarter though. Left handers often go looking for those left handed hammers and screwdrivers (It doesn’t matter!). Back in the 1600’s it was believed that anyone who was left handed was a witch or a warlock. That alone might have been enough to make a left handed person learn how to use their right hand!

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Scientists also believe that all Polar Bears are left handed. I cannot disagree because I have never seen a Polar Bear write so I’ll have to take their word for it. Today we accommodate left handers with a good deal more equipment. Unlike in Jimi Henricks day, left handed guitars are readily available as well as other items originally just made for right handers.

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Left Hander’s International created today on August 13th, 1976. Personally, I think being left handed is cool but I couldn’t begin to tell you why. Guess maybe it’s because it makes you out of the norm to start with.

How to celebrate – If you are left handed, enjoy being a little different. Keep looking for that left handed hammer, you may actually find it one day! Find out how many of your friends and family are left handed and see if it does equal 10%.

August 12th National Middle Child Day

The professionals say I should resent being the middle child of my family. That I am not the experiment my parents had with the first child and the cute third child that did everything right. Well, I guess I should be resentful, but I’m not. I have a wonderful older sister and an equally as wonderful younger sister. I do feel sorry for those who did not have brothers and sisters, they will never know what they are missing out on.

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Or maybe it’s because my parents were so good at not making us kids feel we were any different, or maybe it’s because my sisters never made me feel like I was in the middle. To be honest I don’t think we even thought about it.

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Now I realize many of you may have had a different experience. Life is full of experiences, they could be good or they could be bad. I often think it’s how we take them more than how they are intended. We need to take in consideration that we are all different people, none of us reacts exactly the same way to any set of circumstances. That said, we all also like to blame someone, or something, else so we do not have to assume the blame for our own faults.

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I doubt animals even realize they are a middle child, or their mothers and fathers realize they even had a middle child. They treat each off spring as that off spring needs to be treated, doing what is required to let it grow. That being said, we are equally as animals. I really do not think that a parent says that’s the middle child so they aren’t as important.

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Today we like to whine and complain, the loudest normally getting what they want. That’s sad. (The middle child is generally the most quiet, or so the experts say) I am not sure who the experts are, I am not sure what studies they undertook, I am not sure if they are a middle child themselves or not. I am not sure that what they think matters or what makes them an expert.  I think we are who we are… but I am proudly no expert.

How to celebrate – Enjoy being the middle child. If you get frustrated by the way your parents treat you, try changing the way you treat them! Spend more time enjoying life, it’s way too easy to find all the things wrong with it.

August 11th Presidential Joke Day

Wow, this conjures up so many images in the world today. The fact is, to be President of the United States these days you’ve got to have a sense of humor.

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August 11th, 1984, President Ronald Reagan said into a mike, he thought was off, that he had outlawed Russia and in five minutes the bombing of that country would begin. The problem was, the mike was hot and broadcast across America. It was a joke, get over it. Ever since then August 11th has been Presidential Joke Day.

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When you study our Presidents you will find many had great senses of humor. It’s our fault for not knowing how to take the joke!

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They say that Andrew Jackson was one of the funniest Presidents we have ever had. He fought wars, Congress, and the American people at nearly every turn… but at least he had a good sense of humor doing it!

How to celebrate – Try and find one world leader who is not a part of someone’s joke. Learn to appreciate a good joke! Study the Presidents and see who you think had the best sense of humor.

August 10th Lazy Day

Well, we’ve made it 10 days into August, a very hot month, it’s time to relax. Celebrate Lazy Day with me. It’s something we all inherently know how to do, we don’t have to study for it or practice it. We can be lazy without even trying, in fact, it helps not to try.

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If you have to work at being lazy then you aren’t really doing it right! Of course it is a Thursday and most of us are working so you may have to choose the point in the day when you are lazy carefully. I am a little surprised that lazy day isn’t followed up by busy day, you know… to clean up all those messes you didn’t clean up since it was lazy day.

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Summer is over. Summer gives you the reason to be lazy. It’s hot, doing anything takes a great deal of effort. Just pretend it’s still summer and you are hot (which you probably will since the sun is still beating down on your head!). In fact, I really shouldn’t even be doing this blog since it’s lazy day! The thing is, I sorta have to do it the day before so in my world it isn’t lazy day yet.

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So don’t expect much from me tomorrow because that will really be today! Of course, tomorrow I have to do an article about the next day which won’t be lazy day since today, being tomorrow is actually lazy day. It makes sense to me.

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The people who created lazy day were too lazy to list themselves so no one really knows who started it. Since it’s lazy day no one should really care either. In fact, when you are done with this stop reading it since it’s lazy day.

How to celebrate – Don’t do anything! In fact, you can’t really celebrate it because that means doing something which is exactly what lazy day stands against. If you tend to drool, carry a towel with you… if that doesn’t require too much effort.