Author Archives: Diane Osborne

The Colors of Christmas

There are several colors which are traditionally associated with Christmas.  The first two colors many of us think of are red and green.

I began to question do these colors have any special meaning and what do they represent?  Are there any other colors associated with Christmas?

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Attitude of Gratitude

November has been proclaimed “National Gratitude Month” throughout the United States and Canada by National Day CalendarStacey Grewal, the author, spiritual mentor, and coach advocated for the proclamation in August 2015.

“Gratitude is an essential ingredient of a happy, fulfilling life.” said Grewal, who wrote the book, Gratitude and Goals: Create the Life You Would Love to Live. “Research shows that practicing daily gratitude can enhance our moods, decrease stress and drastically improve our overall level of wellbeing.”  Grewel also pointed out that on average, grateful people tend to be happier, healthier; more physically fit, have a higher income and have much more satisfying personal and professional relationships.

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Apples are Amazing

October is National Apple Month. It was originally a one week celebration, National Apple Week created by the U.S. Apple Association in 1904.  In 1996, they expanded to National Apple Month.  It is easy to see why when you read on and find out why apples are amazing! Continue reading

International Cat Day

International Cat Day, also known as World Cat Day, is a holiday which was created in 2002 and is used to not only celebrate the friendship that humans and cats share but also to promote the safety and well-being of cats. This holiday is celebrated annually on August 8th. Continue reading

World Emoji Day

July 17th is World Emoji Day.  Emoji, a Japanese expression, roughly means “picture word” and was developed in 1990 by Shigetaka Kurita. While working for NTT Docomo, a Japanese telecom company, Kurita design these picture words as a feature on their pagers to make them more appealing to teens.  Continue reading

How to Survive the Summer

One hot summer day I was contemplating why is it that some people love the winter and some love summer?  And when you think about it, many people love summer a lot more than those who hate it.  “They bask in the bright sun, revel in the heat, and don’t especially mind the sand-in-the-bathing-suit/ sunscreen-in-your-eye sensations of July and August; the moment Memorial Day weekend rolls into sight, it’s constant watermelon, sailboats, and beach barbeques.” Continue reading

June is Professional Wellness Month

June is the time to celebrate health and wellness.  It is a time for employers to showcase how they help create healthier, happier employees. It serves as a reminder of how organizations that invest in the well-being of their employees benefit from a more productive, engaged workforce and a captivating company culture that drives recruitment and retention. Continue reading

National Etiquette Week

 

May I please have your attention?

How are you today?

These are just some common courtesy or etiquette questions to kick off National Etiquette Week.

It starts Monday, the 14th of May, and goes until the 18th.  Continue reading