International Children's DayThe World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland proclaimed June 1st to be International Children's Day in 1925. It is a day that revives, celebrates, and commits to our children and their future. Children hold a special place in our lives, and raising healthy, happy children is the greatest success any parent can hope to achieve. It should also be an important goal of every member of society because children are profoundly influenced by the people around them. They need the assistance of parents, other adults, educators, religious and business leaders to cope with the many issues and problems that they face in the 21st century.
National Cancer Survivors DayNational Cancer Survivors Day is an annual Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities worldwide on the first Sunday in June. This is the day each year that people around the world pause to honor all those who are living with a history of cancer. It's also a day to acknowledge the contributions of the families, friends, healthcare providers, and scientists who support survivors in their fight for life.
Full Strawberry MoonJune’s Full Strawberry Moon got its name because the Algonquin tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit. It was often known as the Full Rose Moon in Europe and the Honey Moon. A full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. At this time, as seen by viewers on Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth (the near side) is fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth (the far side), completely unilluminated. As a lunar month is about 29.531, the period between full moons can be either 29 or 30 days.
Flag DayIn the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though, on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. It is at the President's discretion to proclaim officially the observance.
National Smile Power DayNo one knows where it originated, but June 15 has become the unofficial National Smile Power Day. Negativity is soul-sucking, but the simple act of smiling has the ability to turn that around. It can convey encouragement and happiness without having to say a word. Smiling (even when you’re not happy) can help lift your mood and it helps everyone around you feel better. Research has proven that smiling really does increase attractiveness and likability between humans as well as creating a greater trust and increased interpersonal cooperation. Smiling at someone can help them to relax and relieve their stress while at the same time, it will lift your mood and can make you a happier person. So use today as the perfect excuse to shine your pearly whites and show off those dimples. Challenge yourself to see how many others you make smile today too--after all--smiling is contagious.
First Day of SummerThe first day of summer is often said to be the longest day of the year. This is because people believe that there is more sunlight on this day than on any other. It is true that the days have been getting longer and the nights shorter. The sun is higher in the sky and takes a longer path across our sky, giving us more daylight. That, combined with the more direct rays of sunshine, give us the warm summer season.