MARCH 19, 2019 | NATIONAL LET’S LAUGH DAY | NATIONAL CERTIFIED NURSES DAY | WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CARAMEL DAY | NATIONAL POULTRY DAY
NATIONAL LET’S LAUGH DAY
Observed annually around the world, March 19th is National Let’s Laugh Day.
We have all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” This is the day to take your medicine.
Some studies have shown that laughter may boost your immune system, relieve tension and help you relax. Who does not need any of those things in our busy and hectic world?
Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can. ~ Elsa Maxwell
We don’t laugh because we’re happy — we’re happy because we laugh. ~ William James
As we all know, laughter can also be contagious. Even faking it seems to have some benefits. Classes called “laughter yoga” engage the abdominal muscles, lungs, arms and facial muscles while using humor to get us laughing to cure what ails us.
When you and a friend have those long bouts of uncontrolled laughter that end in tears and aching stomach muscles that last a good 10 minutes or longer, you burn between 10-40 calories per 10 minutes. So, keep giving each other those don’t-look-at-me-or-I’ll-start-laughing-again looks and you’ll keep right on burning more laugh-healthy calories and you’ll enjoy a good memory, too!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Add a laughing baby ringtone to your phone. Use humor to make someone’s day. Take some time to laugh and use #LetsLaughDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Let’s Laugh Day.
NATIONAL CERTIFIED NURSES DAY
National Certified Nurses Day is observed every March 19th. Every day lives are effected because of the care of certified nurses.
Certified nurses dedicate their entire careers to helping others and often work long hard hours. National Certified Nurses Day honors and recognizes them and their significant achievements. Their advanced skills require continuing education, re-certification, and continued knowledge of every changing technology. Certified nurses balance clinical needs and patient care. Helping patients meet their healthcare goals in complex and challenging times makes a Certified Nurse’s commitment even more valuable.
For more information regarding National Certified Nurses Day go to www.certifiednursesday.org.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #CertifiedNursesDay to post on social media.
National Certified Nurses Day was established on March 19 in honor of Margretta (Gretta) Madden Styles (March 19, 1930 – November 20, 2005), MSN, Ph.D. Her pioneering and distinguished career inspired nurses around the country. She was recognized worldwide for her leadership and contributions to the study and practice of nursing.
WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY
The third Tuesday in March has been designated as World Social Work Day. A global organization of social workers come together for social justice, human rights and social development all through the promotion of best practices in social work.
Each year, World Social Work Day promotes a specific theme. Visit the International Federation of Social Workers website for the latest information and themes.
How To Observe
Be sure to give a shout out to social workers in your community. To find out more visit ifsw.org. And use #WSWD18 on all your social media posts throughout this day.
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is the organization behind World Social Work Day. Since 1983, The IFSW, an international, non-governmental organization of social workers has joined with other organizations to facilitate international cooperation, and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of social workers around the globe.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CARAMEL DAY
National Chocolate Caramel Day is observed annually on March 19th. It’ll put a smile on most people’s faces! It can also immediately invoke some cravings for chocolate caramel candy, cake, ice cream, coffee or just about any treat with this hard-to-resist combination.
While Milton Hershey receives a lot of credit for making chocolate caramel popular (he did make his living making caramel first), recipes for chocolate caramels were around as early as the 1880s. About the same time, the first mass-produced chocolate bar became available.
In 1893, the World’s Colombian Exposition came to Chicago. Hershey was fascinated by an exhibit featuring machinery for the production of German chocolate. So fascinated, in fact, he purchased the equipment and was soon producing chocolate bars, many of which included his company’s bedrock ingredient: caramel.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy this delicious Dark Chocolate Caramel Corn recipe.
Use #ChocolateCaramelDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the origin and creator of National Chocolate Caramel Day.
NATIONAL POULTRY DAY
Eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast, an open-faced turkey avocado sandwich for lunch and then perhaps a good, ol’ fashioned fried chicken dinner to finish off the day. Poultry is the theme for March 19th as it is National Poultry Day.
Poultry refers to domestic birds that are raised for meat and eggs. These birds include chicken, turkey, ducks, geese, quail, and pheasant. Poultry is farmed in large numbers with chickens being the most numerous.
It is believed that chicken was introduced to American soil by the European explorers in the 16th century. Chicken consumption in the United States increased during World War II due to a shortage of beef and pork.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the poultry production in the United States. Estimates place production at around 9 billion chickens in the United States. Chicken and turkey are lower in fats and cholesterol than other meats.
Poultry can be prepared in many different ways including roasting, baking, frying, grilling, sautéing, steaming and broasting.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy your favorite poultry dish, either at home or your favorite restaurant. Feel free to try one of the following recipes:
Use #NationalPoultryDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Poultry Day.
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