Author: Cody Pittman

National Spouses Day – January 26

Romantic beach getaways, jointly-filed taxes, shared meals, buying your first home, trips to Ikea, and lots and lots of babies. Have you guessed it yet? We're talking about marriage! Marriage has been around since man walked the Earth. And while the circumstances surrounding marriage have changed over time (we don't marry for property—okay, well, most of us don't), one thing has remained the same: the special bond we share with our spouse. So on Jan. 26, we take time out of our busy schedules to fully appreciate the person we share our lives with—it's National Spouses Day!

National Puzzle Day – January 29

Jan. 29 is National Puzzle Day, the perfect day to do a little brain exercise. Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, or Sudoku, puzzles engage our brain in more ways than one. Scientists have discovered that when we work on a jigsaw puzzle, we utilize both sides of the brain, improving memory, cognitive function and problem solving skills in the process. By utilizing puzzles, people can stimulate the brain improve a number of skills.

National Freedom Day – February 1

Let Freedom Ring! National Freedom Day on Feb 1. was founded to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as U.S. citizens. It commemorates the day in 1865 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution which became the 13th Amendment, effectively ending slavery in the United States. Freedom is one of the founding principles of the United States of America and this day was envisioned as a way for all citizens to take a moment to appreciate the many freedoms we are afforded as citizens of this great country.

National Inventors’ Day – February 11

It's February 11th, and you know what that means! No? Well, it's National Inventors' Day, and we should all be celebrating! Without our inventors, where might we be? Humanity's inventiveness is what sets us apart from every other species on this planet, and it's through our inventions that we can see our own progress as a species. We've come a long way since the invention of the wheel, and that's worth celebrating. Here's to National Inventors' Day.

Random Act of Kindness Day – February 17

If you’re anything like us then you are constantly mumbling things to yourself like, “People these days are just rude. What happened to the good days when everyone was polite?” Sound familiar? Of course it does. For those of you that wish you could change the world, National Random Act of Kindness Day (February 17) is just for you. Here are a few tips on how to get the job done.

Tug of War Day – February 19

If your only introduction to the game of tug of war was at summer camp or in elementary school, you are in desperate need to celebrate National Tug of War Day on February 19. Tug of war has grown up from the days of your youth. In addition to having its own holiday, tug of war has national and international federations that sponsor worldwide tournaments. And there are rules … lots of them.Fortunately, the international federation’s tug of war rules don’t have to apply to you if you’ve decided to relive your youth and find a tug of war game nearby. Tug of war is one of the simplest games to play. All you need is a long rope and anywhere from a few people to dozens of people. Heck, you can even play one-on-one tug of war with a short rope and your dog. (Just be prepared to lose; dogs are naturals at this game.) To play tug of war, place the rope in the middle of a field. Tie a cloth in the middle. Set up marker lines 10-20 feet from the center. Then split into teams and try to pull the cloth on the rope (and the other team by default) across your marker line. Simple enough. It’s great for building muscles and for fun. And be thankful that you don’t play tug of war the way ancient Vikings did, where they tugged on animal pelts stretched over a fire pit. The game’s losers received a hotfoot … or worse if they were unlucky.
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