Four Upcoming Holidays That Could Improve Your Health

August 14, 2012 | By | Comments (0)

First, the bad news: I forgot to alert faithful “Simply Stated” readers that August 10th was National Lazy Day. To anyone who was seeking an excuse—nay, an exhortation! a prescription!—to lollygag, meander or snooze, I deeply apologize.

Now, the good news: There are many accredited* holidays on the horizon dedicated to relaxation and better health. While it may seem totally goofy, I have half a mind to print these out and stick on my fridge, as a way to have a mini-health goal each day!

Mark these on your calendar for the remainder of the month:

+ August 15th (tomorrow) is National Relaxation Day. Celebrations are nearly identical to those of Lazy Day, I imagine?!

+ August 25 is National Kiss and Make Up Day. Bury the hatchet and pucker up! The spike of endorphin from the smooch is good for you, and studies have shown that forgiveness can foster better health.

+ August 29th is National More Herbs, Less Salt Day. Take advantage of that bumper crop of basil, dill, mint or any other herb in your garden and let the salt shaker (and the prepackaged, salt-laden foods) have a day off!

+August 31st is National Trail Mix Day. I can’t say that all trail mixes are the healthiest—although those heavy on the almonds and walnuts have plenty of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids—but if this gorp-espousing day prompts you to pick up a backpack, lace up your boots and set forth on a hike, then that’s fabulous!

*Apparently it actually takes an act of Congress to truly declare a certain day a holiday, but there are other ways to get a day earmarked for something or other, however absurd. For info on creating a day, see more here.