This Month's Holidays, March 2012

Lesser-known reasons to mark your calendars



Mar 2: International Employee Appreciation Day • Held on the first Friday of March, this holiday was started in 1995 by the labor group Recognition Professionals International “as a way of focusing the attention of all employers, in all industries, on employee recognition,” with the belief that “employee recognition is more powerful than any other motivator.” Hey boss, are you reading this?

Mar 9: National Get Over It Day • Founded in 2005 by Jeff Goldblatt, who had trouble getting over an ex-girlfriend, the day is envisioned as a period of catharsis (intentionally scheduled as the midpoint between Valentine’s Day and April Fools’ Day) to finally purge oneself of any lingering emotional baggage (getoveritday.com). We know a few people who should immediately bookmark this website.

Mar 12: National Napping Day • Held on the Monday immediately after Daylight Saving Time begins, the day was created in 1999 by Boston University Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling William Anthony and his wife, Camille, as a way to help people adjust to the change in time and to promote the health and productivity benefits of napping (mahalo.com/napping-day). Hey boss, hope you read this, too.

Mar 20-26: National Inhalant and Poison Awareness Week • Sponsored by the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, the aim of the week is to raise awareness and educate people about the dangers of inhaling poisonous substances for recreational purposes (inhalants.org/nipaw.htm).

Straight-A students, animal lovers, and those who value their vision should take note: March is also Honor Society Awareness Month, Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month, and Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month.
 

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