Monday, November 4, 2013

Holidays for November 4th 2013

National Candy Day

It’s National Candy Day! Humans have been eating candies and sweet confections for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits in honey, and the Aztecs and Mayans consumed chocolate during religious rituals as early as 300 AD.

Today, there are thousands of different types of candy, all with their own unique history. For example, did you know that Tootsie Rolls were created by Leo Hirshfield of New York in 1896? He named them after his daughter, who was nicknamed "Tootsie." The average American eats twenty-five pounds of candy each year. That may seem like a lot, but the average person in Denmark eats thirty-six pounds each year!

Whether you like chocolate, caramels, hard candy, or marzipan, treat yourself to something delicious to celebrate National Candy Day!

Bad Mood Day

Reasons for a bad day could be anything- you wake up in a bad mood, you got a flat tire, the coffee machine breaks down, someone talks loudly on the phone or the boss shouts at you. You are hurt, depressed, angry, frustrated and disappointed. You feel that everyone is being unreasonable to you. You are not able to keep your cool and focus on the work. Still you must continue.

Often a small unpleasant experience triggers several more disastrous events and ruins the whole day. However, you do not always have the privilege to call it a day, the moment you realize that you are having a bad day. Nor can you allow the day to continue being bad. Fortunately, you can improve it with a little effort. And this is how you can do it:
  • Accept the mood: On a bad day, your mood will also be bad. It is not wrong to have a bad mood. After all everyone has a bad day and bad mood. So do not force yourself to cheer up or try to act cheerful. This does not mean that you can be rude to others. It means that you be aware of the bad mood and accepts it so that you can do something about it. Some people completely cease action when they are in a bad mood. But this can worsen the situation. Instead, they should deal with it and get back to work as soon as possible.
  • Take stock: Try to take a few minutes off to deal with yourself. Do inform your subjects when you will get back to them. Before you resume them work, you should be sure that you are ready. Now do not rush to improve your state of mind. Doing so can further degrade it. First relax. Sit quietly for some time. Try to identify all the events that contributed to your current state. Ask yourself if all those experiences are really so bad and whether it is worth spoiling the remaining part of the day. See if you can set right things that went wrong, if necessary. Do things that can improve your mood. Take sufficient time for the process.
  • Dealing with people: See what you can do to avoid unpleasant experiences, further in the day. If possible, postpone performing important tasks. Make use of your emotional intelligence to deal with people in an amicable way. Be extra careful when speaking to people; the unpleasant experience could still be acting at the back of your mind. Sometimes it might not be possible to improve your mood even to a reasonably good level, within the time available to you. In that case let the people working closely with you know that you are having a bad day. Apologize in advance for annoying behavior you could display. When you do this, they may forgive you in case you lose your cool and co-operate with you by avoiding behavior that can add fuel to your state. You can even delegate some critical tasks to them, if necessary and if they are willing to help.
  • Explore ways: Explore ways that can improve your mood in the shortest possible time. Some techniques include breathing exercises, a small walk, meditation, reminiscing good experiences, reading or listening to music.
Everyone has bad days and might not be able to turn them around completely. But you can always reduce the effects. As you practice turning bad days around, your confidence and efficiency at doing it the next time increase.

On a bad day, try doing tasks that are less critical. If possible, spend time doing things that you really enjoy. See if you can go home early. More importantly, have a good sleep at the end of the day so that you do not carry forward the negativity to the next day.

Bad days are common in everyone's career. But if you do not deal with it appropriately, you may worsen the day and even end up committing grave mistakes. So slow down a bit and first deal with your mood.

National Chicken Lady Day

National Chicken Lady Day is in honor of Dr. Marthenia "Tina" Dupree. Dr. Dupree worked for 12 years for the second largest chicken restaurant in the world. She held one of the highest level positions in the company, Director of Community Relations and Training. Due to her work with the community she became known as "The Chicken Lady."

For her community involvement and efforts to raise educational standards, she was invited to meet President Bush in 2001. In honor of her efforts, it was said that President Bush proclaimed November 4th as National Chicken Lady Day.

In spite of finding some information indicating that President Bush did not officially declare November 4th as a national holiday, the lore of that meeting did spawn the celebration and recognition of this day.

Use Your Common Sense Day

In case you haven't noticed, the political climate in the United States is downright depressing and embarrassing. With the Affordable Care Act underway, a steady stream of misinformation and political rhetoric abounds. Many preventative services including mammograms, pap smears, vaccine and cancer screening tests will be available for free, Americans will finally be able to purchase health care that is actually affordable despite pre-existing conditions.

But while approval ratings for all sides of the aisle continue to plummet, there is one special occasion that should be dedicated to politicians and pundits across the nation!Nov. 4 is Use Your Common Sense Day, a trait many of our elected officials seem to lack these days!

Common Sense
Common sense is something most of us have although we don't always use.Merriam-Webster defines it as "the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions." Common sense not only helps us in our personal life and careers, it also helps keep us safe.

This annual "holiday" was created by motivational speaker and author, Bud Bilanich, in an effort to encourage folks to use their common sense in all walks of life. Touted as "The Common Sense Guy," Bilanich selected Nov. 4 because it commemorates a birthday of one of America's most famous humorist and sensible guy, Will Rogers.

King Tut Day

British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discover a step leading to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

When Carter first arrived in Egypt in 1891, most of the ancient Egyptian tombs had been discovered, though the little-known King Tutankhamen, who had died when he was 18, was still unaccounted for. After World War I, Carter began an intensive search for "King Tut's Tomb," finally finding steps to the burial room hidden in the debris near the entrance of the nearby tomb of King Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings. On November 26, 1922, Carter and fellow archaeologist Lord Carnarvon entered the interior chambers of the tomb, finding them miraculously intact.

Thus began a monumental excavation process in which Carter carefully explored the four-room tomb over several years, uncovering an incredible collection of several thousand objects. The most splendid architectural find was a stone sarcophagus containing three coffins nested within each other. Inside the final coffin, which was made out of solid gold, was the mummy of the boy-king Tutankhamen, preserved for more than 3,000 years. Most of these treasures are now housed in the Cairo Museum.