Category: January



    World Health Esteem Month in January is a month to appreciate ourselves for who we are now and the small choices we can make to enhance our lives without making any resolution.


    What is “Health Esteem”? Health Esteem is a new category of fitness and diet that integrates positive self-esteem, embracing who you are now, along with changes you would like to make. Health Esteem is grounded in accepting and embracing the person you are today and championing who you wish to become. World Health Esteem Month challenges the traditional notion that January is a month of depriving ourselves via empty promises and resolutions based on social “ideals.”

    Historically the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions dates back to about 4,000 years. Unfortunately, falling short of those resolutions is a tradition nearly as old, which can be a discouraging way to start the year.

    Self-improvement is great, but self-improvement that starts at the expense of our self-esteem is destructive. This is why so many people start, but aren’t set up for real success with their New Year’s resolutions.

    A New, Sustainable Tradition for Wellbeing

    The alternative to this pattern of endless resolutions, annual self-judgment and comparisons driven by the Imperfection Economy is Health Esteem. This healthier tradition integrates healthy choices with a positive mindset for overall wellbeing. One in which we replace the New Year’s ritual of guilty goal-setting, deprivation, and eventual failure with a month spent appreciating ourselves for who we are. Now is the time to celebrate the tiny choices we can make each day to enhance our lives and even achieve better outcomes than when we thought we had to bully ourselves into New Year’s Resolutions.

    Health Esteem Is a Skill You Can Learn

    Practicing Health Esteem leads to better choices. Instead of working out because you’re unsatisfied with yourself, you exercise because you value yourself. This mindset allows you to do it in a way which is rewarding as much in the moment as it is over the long term. Similarly, instead of making food choices to punish yourself into weight loss you will start to make choices in support of taking care of yourself, ultimately making you feel better to build on your Health Esteem. 

    You Can’t Fail at Health Esteem

    Every day of January is an opportunity to succeed. It can be as simple as checking in on 10 Tiny Moments that can have a dramatic impact on your Health Esteem.

    Spend the first month of 2023 celebrating who you are and, for once, feel great about yourself from day one! 

    10 Tiny Ways to Improve Your Health Esteem

    1. Wake Up On The 1st Alarm.
    2. Do the Hardest Thing First.
    3. Make Time To Eat Breakfast.
    4. Replace Dirty Energy With Clean Energy.
    5. Plan Lunch The Day Before.
    6. Swap Afternoon Treats For Superfood Desserts.
    7. Give Energy.
    8. Do A Post-Work Reflection.
    9. Slow Dinner Down.
    10. No-Screens 30 Minutes Before Bed.

    BONUS: Take a Tiny Moment At Any Time of Day to appreciate yourself and be grateful.


    A few other easy ways you can observe World Health Esteem Month are:

    • Use the hashtag #WorldHealthEsteemMonth on social media to show how you are focusing on improving your Health Esteem as opposed to outdated “resolutions.”
    • Journal daily about your small changes and successes along the way. 
    • Print out the 10 Tiny Ways to Improve Your Health Esteem and try to incorporate them into your daily routine throughout January (and beyond!)
    • Sign up for a free 14-day trial of BODi, a leading on demand streaming platform from the Beachbody Company, at

    Make a Pledge to Improve Your Health Esteem this January 

    The first step to starting a long-term Health Esteem Routine is appreciating who you are, what you have now and finding gratitude for what got you here. And that is 100% free. If you don’t think you have anything to be grateful for or optimistic about, keep looking. This is important because you don’t just receive gratitude and optimism – that’s not how it works.

    You can’t wait for things to be great and then decide “Okay, I’ll be grateful for that.” You need to bring perspective to it in order to see it. The first step to starting a long-term Health Esteem Routine is appreciating who you are, what you have now and finding gratitude for what got you here. And that pledge is 100% free to make now.

    Make a Pledge to Improve Your Health Esteem this January 

    The first step to starting a long-term Health Esteem Routine is appreciating who you are, what you have now and finding gratitude for what got you here. And that is 100% free. If you don’t think you have anything to be grateful for or optimistic about, keep looking. This is important b. Because you don’t just receive gratitude and optimism – that’s not how it works. You can’t wait for things to be great and then decide “Okay, I’ll be grateful for that.” You need to bring perspective to it in order to see it. The first step to starting a long-term Health Esteem Routine is appreciating who you are, what you have now and finding gratitude for what got you here. And that pledge is 100% free to make now.


    Headquartered in Southern California, Beachbody is a leading digital fitness and nutrition subscription company with over two decades of creating innovative content and powerful brands. The Beachbody Company is the parent company of the Beachbody On Demand streaming platform (BOD) including its live digital streaming subscription BODi, and the Beachbody Bike powered by MYXfitness, the Company’s connected indoor bike. For more information, please visit The Beachbody Company website.



    Each year on January 8 we celebrate National Career Coach Day and recognize the important work of career coaches across the United States.


    Today, we bring awareness to the impact career coaches have on their clients’ career paths and future potential. Not only are career coaches helping shape the future of the workplace, they are also helping people find fulfilling careers they deserve. On National Career Coach Day, we bring comradery to the profession, give coaches a day to come together, and create a space to celebrate all of the  accomplishments made during the process.

    What is a career coach? Career coaches are expert professionals who are up-to-date on current employment and hiring practices. These individuals wear specialized hats in helping people plan careers, create dynamic resumes, teach interview and wage negotiation skills, and guide you through the process of landing an amazing career. Most importantly, a career coach will work hard to help you accomplish your career goals.

    Why would I need a career coach? People choose to work with a career coach for a variety of reasons. Your current job situation may not bring you enjoyment or you might feel you are on the wrong career path. A career coach will help you understand your potential by learning about your past experiences and guide you towards a happier life.

    Choosing a Career Coach

    • Decide what type of career coach you want to hire. Like any profession, some career coaches specialize in specific areas. Make sure your decision is the best fit for you.
    • Narrow down the services you will need before hiring a career coach. This avoids paying for unnecessary services.
    • Interview career coaches to determine if they are a good fit for you. Personality plays an important roll when working together. Choose someone that you “click” with and will provide you the best value.
    • Check references your career coach provides. Verify training, certification, and clients.

    Benefits of a Career Coach

    Career coaches are in high demand in today’s business world. In fact, the career coaching profession is growing at rapid rate and is quickly reaching a $20 million dollar industry. Previously thought of as a service available for the wealthy, career coaching is now affordable to everyone.

    The career coach industry has expanded into the business sector, too. Companies are employing career coaches full time for a variety of services, such as:

    • Reviewing applications for specific job skills for potential employees.
    • Preparing correspondence and inquiries for employers.
    • Working with current employees to increase productivity.
    • Improving and updating personal goals company-wide.
    • Encouraging and inspiring employees to keep moral high.


    • Host a career coach summit.
    • Provide free resources or tools to perspective clients.
    • Make referrals to a career coach who has helped you.
    • Become a career coach.
    • Send a thank you card to your career coach thanking them for helping you find your dream job.
    • Support your career coach by sharing their services with friends and family.
    • Recognize and share your experiences with a career coach and use #NationalCareerCoachDay on social media.


    Career Benders and National Day Calendar are excited to announce the newly established National Career Coach Day. Beginning in 2023, this new National Day will be celebrated on January 8, and each year after. Join us as we recognize the important work career coaches provide to people across the country.

    Dream Big

    Founder of Career Benders, Angie M. Callen, is a Carnegie Mellon University graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering. In 2008, after working over six years as an engineer, she set out to pursue a career move into a more creative, communicative environment. After an unexpected career change journey, which included more  than four years as a nonprofit executive, Angie set out to create a business of her own. 

    Angie has always been told she had a gift for seeing others’ strengths, and after making career choices that led to professional gratitude and fulfillment, she set out on a mission to do the same for others. She also has a gift for helping people leverage their strengths to build confidence, overcome career trauma, achieve a level-up, and navigate the chaotic world of job searching. Through her work at Career Benders, Angie is helping people find new careers, improve management skills, move into leadership, and even start businesses.

    Achieving your dreams and creating a career path that supports your personal and professional goals is possible. The sky is the limit, and we’re #inspiringconfidentprofessionals one client at a time.



    Display your fashion sense on January 22nd and celebrate National Polka Dot Day! The day also honors one of animation’s most popular characters and fashion diva, Minnie Mouse!


    Polka dots refer to fabric printed with spots. The word first appeared in the 1857 Godey’s Lady’s Book, a women’s magazine out of Philadelphia.

    Today, polka dots appear on more than just fabric. They’re painted on walls and fingernails. You find them on pottery, phone cases, furniture, baked goods, and paper products. We wear them, walk on them and display them.

    Polka dots are also Minnie Mouse’s signature style. Her polka dots are usually white and set on a red background. However, she also appears in shades of pink. Other notable personalities who’ve worn or used iconic polka dots include:

    • In 1934, Shirley Temple seemed to be channeling Minnie Mouse in her frilly red on white polka-dotted dress in Stand Up and Cheer.
    • Marilyn Monroe played “the girl” in the Seven Year Itch and wore a black on white polka dot dress.
    • Julia Roberts rocked the white on brown polka dot dress in her star-launching film Pretty Woman.
    • Artist Roy Lichtenstein used the Ben Day (Benjamin Henry Day Jr) process for printing and engraving in pop art often found in comic book design.
    • Artist Yayoi Kusama famously uses polka dots in her paintings, sculptures, and other design.


    • Celebrate Minnie Mouse on National Polka Dot Day. Watch your favorite Minnie Mouse cartoons or wear a Minnie Mouse bow in your hair.
    • Wear polka dots. Wear them head to toe or as an accent.
    • Host a polka-dotted event such as a tea party, fashion show, or bake-off.
    • Create polka-dotted art.
    • Share photos of your favorite polka dot design.
    • Use #NationalPolkaDotDay on social media.


    In 1928, the ever-fashionable Minnie Mouse made her debut in the animated film Steamboat Willie alongside her best mate and life-long love, Mickey Mouse. The tough, independent and iconic Minnie Mouse contributed to Walt Disney’s success and grew in popularity right alongside Mickey Mouse. In 2016, Walt Disney World celebrated the first National Polka Dot Day with a Rock the Dots event.

    Polka Dot FAQ

    Q. Where did polka dots originate?
    A. Polka dots originated in Swiss textile design in the 1850s and went by many names including Swiss Dots.

    Q. Who can wear polka dots?
    A. Polka dots are a fun, classy design that can be worn by anyone.

    Q. Are there polka dot songs?
    A. Yes. Perhaps the most famous is “Itsy Bitsy Teen Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” by Brian Hyland. Another is “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” sung by a variety of artists including Sarah Vaughn, John Denver, and Barry Manilow.

  • VIETNAM PEACE DAY – January 27


    Every year on January 27th Vietnam Peace Day commemorates the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. This event ended America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

    For eight long years, the United States was involved in the Vietnam War. The U.S. entered the war in 1965. However, the conflict in Vietnam started long before then. Tensions existed between communist North Vietnam and democratic South Vietnam in the mid-1950s. During this time, America’s only provided funding and military training to South Vietnam.

    In 1961, President John F. Kennedy expanded the military aid program. In 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson became president. Two years later, the first American combat troops entered Vietnam. By 1966, there were 400,000 U.S. troops fighting in the Vietnam War. This number increased through the years, as did the number of people protesting the United States’ involvement. Due to backlash, President Johnson did not seek reelection. In November 1968, Richard M. Nixon became President. He promised to restore law and order and end the draft.

    By the time the United States pulled out of the war in 1973, over 58,000 military members had died. About 75,000 American Vietnam vets were severely disabled. People in this country still have strong feelings about the Vietnam War. Many feel our country should not have gotten involved. This is especially true since communist North Vietnam overtook South Vietnam. The communist takeover officially ended the war in 1975. Since then, North and South Vietnam has been known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #VietnamPeaceDay

    On this day, people in our country are encouraged to study our involvement in the Vietnam War. In doing so, we can learn from past mistakes and encourage our leaders to make better choices in the present and future. Other ways to observe this day include:

    • Learn more about what caused the Vietnam War.
    • Watch one of the many documentaries on the Vietnam War, such as, “Winter Soldier,” “Regret to Inform,” “The Vietnam War,” “The My Lai Tapes,” and “Hearts and Minds.”
    • Make plans to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
    • Thank a Vietnam veteran for their service by taking them out for lunch or coffee.

    Share this day on social media with #VietnamPeaceDay.


    On January 27th, 1973 President Nixon signed the Paris Peace Accords. This officially ended the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. The North Vietnam accepted a ceasefire. However, the war did not officially end until 1975 after the Fall of Saigon.



    Everyone’s skin needs a little hydration, especially during the cold, dry winter months. On January 21st, National Hyaluronic Acid Day raises awareness of the important hydrating benefits of the skincare ingredient hyaluronic acid. The day also provides education on the proper usage of hyaluronic acid products.




    Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.) is the second most searched beauty ingredient of 2021. It is also a popular ingredient recommendation by dermatologists. However, most have not realized its full potential as a hero ingredient that can be integrated into everyone’s routine.

    Hyaluronic acid offers a variety of benefits including deep hydration, plumping, and reduction of fine lines and is suitable for sensitive skin.

    On January 21st, celebrate Hyaluronic Acid’s immense dermatological potential as a universally loved ingredient that hydrates every skin type.


    Protect your skin during the skin-drying winter months and all year long. Discover the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid, what it can do to protect and improve your skin and how to incorporate it into your routine. Share how, and why, you use hyaluronic acid in your skin routine!

    Discover more with #nationalHAday and #nationalhyaluronicacidday on social media, and follow La Roche-Posay on Facebook to join us in celebrating!


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    La Roche-Posay, the dermatologist-recommended skincare brand, founded National Hyaluronic Acid Day in 2022 to celebrate the immense dermatological potential of Hyaluronic Acid. The day brings greater awareness of this universally loved skincare ingredient.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Hyaluronic Acid Day to be observed annually on January 21st.

  • CLASSROOM – Shelfie

    CLASSROOM – Shelfie

    National Library Shelfie Day in January is a perfect time to explore new and old books in the classroom. This week we celebrate Library Shelfies with a couple of fun projects to get the creativity flowing.

    HOW TO OBSERVE in the CLASSROOM – Shelfie

    Download and print this week’s projects about kindness and open up dialogue in your classroom about name-calling and kindness. You can also follow the suggestions below to help your students explore the days in their own way. It might surprise you what they discover! We’re often surprised by our own discoveries!

    Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

    1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
    2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
    3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
    4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
    5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
    6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

    Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.


    16 Differences Shelfie Day PuzzleCan you find the 15 differences in the Picture Puzzle? If not, you can always try the Celebration Challenge each week. Don’t forget to break out your crayons for the Shelfie Coloring page, too. Have fun celebrating National Library Shelfie Day!

    There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!



    National Gift of the Ladybug Day on January 28th honors all children with critical illnesses. The day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of childhood illnesses and support the children and the families facing medical differences.


    The book The Gift of the Ladybug by Carole Mac follows the story of a family of horses who discover their child is a ladybug and will not live very long. The ladybug reassures the horses by saying, “I am a ladybug! I don’t know how to be a horse. I only know how to be a ladybug.” Every day, hundreds of families receive a diagnosis that puts their child’s life in danger. The ladybug serves as the perfect symbol of a child faced with a critical illness. Her life may be short, but she’s perfect just the way she is. The beautiful ladybug captures our imaginations and gives us a reason to celebrate.

    National Gift of the Ladybug Day is part of a movement that offers a way for parents to embrace their children exactly as they are. Join the movement and embrace being exactly as you are.


    Give the gift of the ladybug. Embrace your loved ones exactly as they are.

    Another way to celebrate is by purchasing The Gift of the Ladybug or an adorable stuffed ladybug “Polkadot” (the main character of the book) for a child who is suffering from a critical illness. A percentage of proceeds from every sale is donated to help children with critical illnesses. Support Author Carole Mac’s goal of donating $100,000 to help these kids over the next three years. The Gift of the Ladybug is available in hardback, softback, and Ebook on 

    Join the movement and celebrate the day using #GiftOfTheLadybugDay on social media.

    Follow on Facebook @giftoftheladybug, Instagram @Carole.Mac,, and


    Author Carole Mac founded National Gift of the Ladybug Day on January 28 (the birthday of her dearly departed son) 2022 to share the growing impact of The Gift of the Lady Bug and its ability to bring people together to honor children with critical illnesses. Mac’s inspiration for the book The Gift of the Ladybug came after receiving devastating news about her son. She found a way to heal her grief through sharing the children’s book The Gift of the Ladybug to help others. It has since become a tool for families of children with critical illnesses as a way to accept the news with peace and love.

    In 2022, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Gift of the Ladybug Day to be observed annually on January 28th.



    On January 24th, Global Belly Laugh Day celebrates the wonderful gift of laughter. It’s also a day to experience the positive effects of smiling and laughing.

    Have you ever laughed loudly without restraint? If so, you had what’s called a belly laugh. This type of laugh comes from deep within. The term “belly laugh” was coined in the 1920s. It refers to a moving belly while laughing loudly.

    • Other ways to describe a belly laugh include:
    • A loud laugh that can’t be controlled.
    • A sudden burst of laughter.
    • A laugh that is loud and hearty.
    • A heavy laugh.

    People often find that a good belly laugh makes them feel good. Why is this? One reason is that laughter stimulates the organs. A belly laugh doesn’t just stimulate the stomach, though. This kind of laughter also stimulates the heart and lungs.


    Laughter even increases endorphins, which are the body’s “feel-good hormones.” A good belly laugh also increases circulation and relaxes the muscles. So the next time you’re feeling blue, it really will help to watch a funny movie or listen to a comedian.

    Laughing with others is equally beneficial as it can improve relationships. If you are with a group of people, you will find that laughter is contagious. When one laughs, others can’t help but join in and laugh, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalBellyLaughDay

    The symbol for this day is a smiling sun with 7 rays and dimples with the numbers 1 and 24. This represents the idea that laughter and sunshine can transform our moments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because of this symbol, people on all seven continents are encouraged to laugh at 1:24 p.m. local time on January 24th. To participate:

    • Watch a funny movie or video.
    • Go to a comedy club or listen to a comedian.
    • Get together with others and take turns telling funny jokes.
    • Have a competition to see who has the best belly laugh.

    Share this funny day on social media with #GlobalBellyLaughDay.

    “As soap is to the body, so laughter is for the soul.” Jewish Proverb


    Elaine Helle created Global Belly Laugh Day in 2005. Elaine is a certified laughter yoga teacher. She believes that the gift of laughter is something worth celebrating.



    On January 20th, the International Day of Acceptance encourages everyone to embrace those of all abilities. The day also supports those with disabilities to realize they are not living disabled. Instead, they are living.

    Did you know that 15 percent of the world’s population has some form of disability? Up to 190 million people around the globe have a significant disability. In many places, they are often ostracized, live in poverty, and cannot get an education. In many instances, people with disabilities are seen for what they can’t do instead of what they can.

    Thankfully, in some countries, this is changing. Society is recognizing the need to include those with all abilities. Society is also recognizing that those with disabilities have rights. Their voice matters. They have the power to make a difference in the world. Just look at this list of famous people who have gained acceptance and have become a powerful voice:

    • Musician Andrea Boccelli who is visually impaired
    • Actress Marlee Matlin who is deaf
    • Actor Daniel Radcliffe who has dyspraxia
    • Motivational speaker Nick Vujicic who was born without arms and legs
    • Comedian Josh Blue who has cerebral palsy
    • Dancer Sudha Chandran who has a prosthetic leg

    Many other world-changers didn’t let their disability stop them. Some include Helen Keller, Ludwig van Beethoven, Stephen Hawking, Thomas Edison, and Rosa May Billinghurst.

    Now is the time to fully embrace who you are. It’s time to celebrate abilities rather than disabilities, exceed the expectations that others have for you and that you have for yourself, and accept all people for who they are!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfAcceptance

    The day encourages those with disabilities to share their acceptance stories. Another way to celebrate this day is to display the International Symbol of Acceptance, the “wheelchair heart.” To participate:

    • Learn ways to embrace and empower people of all abilities.
    • Teach your children to be inclusive of those who might be different than them.
    • Donate to an organization that protects the rights of those with disabilities.
    • If you have a disability, share how acceptance from others makes you feel.
    • Watch a movie, such as Crip Camp, or Including Samuel.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #DayOfAcceptance.


    In 2007, Annie Hopkins and her brother Stevie created a company called 3E Love. Annie and her brother both had disabilities. The goal of 3E Love was to spread this message: “Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life.” She developed a wheelchair heart logo as an International symbol of acceptance. Annie passed away unexpectedly on January 20th, 2009. To honor her legacy and continue the message of 3E Love, her family and friends created the International Day of Acceptance. The first event was held on January 20th, 2010.



    On January 17th, International Mentoring Day fosters a global understanding of the mentoring movement throughout the world. The day also raises awareness for the global contributions of mentoring.
    Mentoring usually involves a more knowledgeable person sharing wisdom with someone who has less experience. Mentors share their skills in the workplace, schools, places of worship, and professional organizations.

    Wherever one might need guidance, there are usually mentors. Those who are mentors usually find the position to be rewarding, too. Mentoring is also a great way to influence young people.

    Being a mentee comes with many benefits, including:

    • Increased chance of graduating from high school
    • Healthier relationships with others and make better lifestyle choices
    • Better attitude about school
    • Improved self-esteem, self-confidence, and behavior
    • Less likely to abuse alcohol or drugs

    It’s not just the mentees that will benefit, however. Mentors feel good about impacting another person’s life and future. Mentoring can also help them gain a new perspective about certain problems. Being a mentor even improves communication and leadership skills.

    As you can see, both the mentor and the mentee greatly benefit from this type of relationship, including some of the most famous mentoring relationships:

    • Maya Angelou mentored Oprah Winfrey.
    • Steve Jobs mentored Mark Zuckerberg.
    • Woodie Guthrie mentored Bob Dylan.

    Some of the most influential men and women attribute their success to having a mentor. Men and women like Mother Teresa, Ansel Adams, Walter Cronkite, Colin Powell, and Sally Ride.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalMentoringDay

    On this day, individuals and organizations are encouraged to share stories about the real-life power of mentoring. These stories are shared through social media, photos, and videos. Mentors and mentees can visit the Muhammed Ali Center at a discounted rate. The Muhammed Ali center also hosts events, such as film screenings and exhibits. To participate:

    • Find someone to mentor or get involved in a local mentoring organization.
    • If you can’t get involved, donate to a mentoring organization.
    • Learn more about the benefits of mentoring for both the mentor and mentee.
    • Watch a Muhammed Ali documentary, such as “When We Were Kings,” “The Trials of Muhammed Ali,” or “Muhammed Ali” by Ken Burns.

    Share this day on social media with #InternationalMentoringDay.


    In January of 2002 MENTOR National, along with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health launched National Mentoring Month. Years later in 2016, MENTOR helped create the first International Mentoring Day. They chose January 17th in honor of Muhammed Ali’s birthday. Along with being a boxing legend and global humanitarian, Muhammed Ali was a mentor to family members, friends, and fans around the world.