January 6th Cuddle Up Day

There is nothing better than starting your day with cuddling, unless perhaps its ending your day with cuddling. We all need contact with our species, whether we are human or animal, it re-enforces our emotions and helps us to relax. Well, most of the time. If you happen to be cuddling with your arm supporting someone it can be a little uncomfortable if they fall asleep. That said, with the weather in most places being colder it’s nice to fee the warmth of another beside us. Even animals spend a good deal of time cuddling, or in need of a cuddle. It’s human nature to want that contact and animal instinct to want to find it.

How to celebrate – Find someone to cuddle with. Give out hugs for free. Cuddle with your pet to let them know you care.

April 26th Hug An Australian Day

Who hasn’t wanted to live in Australia at some point or another? For some unknown reason people seem to love Australians, maybe it’s the accent, maybe it’s the lure of  the land down under.

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Even the animals native to Australia seem to be hug-able, though I am told they can rip you apart if they want to. (But then, so can a cat from any country)

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For some reason we think of most Australians as being in pretty good shape. They are believed to be rugged and buff, The dream of every non-Australian. I am sure not all Australians are that way, just all those who are photographed seem to be that way.

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And it’s not just the men, the women seem to be in pretty good shape themselves! And who doesn’t want to hug somebody that you can actually get your arms around!?!

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And I can tell from personal experience, there is no dog on earth more hug-able than an Australian Shepherd. (Though I am told they are not really from Australia.) We can thank Wellcat.com for today.

How to celebrate – Find an Australian you can hug today. (Though make sure they want you to hug them first.) If you choose an animal, make sure they want to be hugged as well. Pretend like you are an Australian and give out hugs for free.

September 12th National Encouragement Day

In a world where so much is based on competition, bias, and opinion we really need to slow down a little and relearn the art of encouragement. Sometimes just the littlest bit of help – a kind word, a nudge, or just believing in someone goes a very long way. A hug, a pat on the back, or even a smile can spell the difference between failure and success.

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The Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas realized this back 2007 when it announced Encouragement Day. Mayor Belinda LaForce led the way for Searcy pronouncing September 12th as a Day of Encouragement which was quickly followed by Govenor Mike BeeBe naming September 12th as a State of Arkansas holiday. President George W. Bush added his approval announcing September 12th of every year as a National Day of Encouragement.

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As parents, we always try to encourage our children to do the very best they can. It doesn’t have to be perfect, even a near miss has its merit, but to let someone know we are in their corner routing for them can make all the difference.

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It might be a sporting event, or a spelling bee, or maybe just learning how to ride a bike. Or maybe it’s trying to get a new job, or learning how to drive, or riding a roller coaster for the first time.  When you think about it, it doesn’t really matter what it is… a word of encouragement helps everyone and hurts no one!

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It also lets someone know you care and that they can rely on you when they are truly in need. It costs you nothing and the rewards are generally very, very high… often meaning as much for the one who gives it as to the one who receives it.

How to celebrate – Encourage someone in your family with a word of encouragement. Give a total stranger a word of encouragement. Give a hug to someone who needs it. Pay it forward for a time you may need someone to do the same for you.