December 10th Human Rights Day

Created December 10th, 1948 by the United Nations, today we celebrate Human Rights, not only in our own country, but across the world.

According to the UN, “the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): (is) a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.”

Everyone needs to have freedom, equality, and dignity!

How to celebrate – Find ways you can make a difference. Stop worrying about yourself. Visit the UN in New York.

August 27th National Just Because Day

Have you ever done something just because you could? Not because you have to or are expected to but just because you were able to. (Or maybe not even able but had he freedom to do it) As bad as many people think the Untied States at least you are generally free to do whatever you want, whenever you want. It is not that way everywhere in the world. If you want to go swiming in the winter, you can. If you want sit on top of a flag pole, you can. If you want to become a citizen of the United States you can… legally. Well today is really more about celebrating freedom than doing something just because you can.

How to celebrate – Do something you wouldn’t normally do. (Just make sure it’s legal!) Look into clubs you can join you normally would not participate in. Buy something you want, not just because you need it.

July 16th Global Hug Your Kids Day

It seems odd to me that some days are created out of tragedy. Days that should come every day requiring no special holiday be created. Today was created by Michelle Nichols in 1998 for her son, Mark, who was dying from brain cancer. He was only 8 and a half years on this earth. In our daily grind, maybe sometimes we forget to stop and do the simplest things that really make life worthwhile. Like hugging your child.

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It doesn’t matter what you do to make a living, how much money you make or how important you are to the world… there is nothing more rewarding than hugging someone you brought to life. You can be the President of the United States or a homeless person roaming the streets, the hug is just as important both for the receiver and the giver. Who is, after all, more important than your child?

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The correct answer should be, has to be, your child. And giving them a hug is about as selfish as you can get because in reality, what you give will be returned ten fold. We all need hugs, it makes us feel wanted and needed and the reward is knowing that you mean enough to someone that they will hug you. And who more do you want to mean something to other than your child.

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So do something easy today that actually means something, hug your child. Let them know you love them, and let them show their love for you. It’s a win-win for everyone.

How to celebrate – Hug your kid.