After the big holiday season, I wanted to relax and enjoy some down time. But Life marched on and dragged me into a new year. This year as I prepped my calendar, I procrastinated by looking at the upcoming holidays, anything to hang on to the holiday spirit.

Nearly every month has one official holiday, some have multiple. The exception? August, not one. Then there are those other holidays, those ones that don’t make the calendar, yet pop up on social media, like Global Belly Laugh Day. This holiday’s website says, “On January 24 at 1:24 p.m. (local time) smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud.” I love holidays and traditions, so I’ll add Belly Laugh Day to my calendar.

But what is a holiday? According to “…Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance.”

Every day has something to celebrate, remember, or commemorate. Sometimes it’s momentous like the birth of a child or a wedding anniversary, other times it’s the death of a beloved family member. It could simply be a day without conflict, the washing machine washed one more load, or the kids cleaned up after themselves.

I say we set aside time everyday for a mini-holiday, even if it’s only for a moment. Startle your family with that unexpected belly laugh. Remember that time you got in trouble with your best friend. Laugh with your sister about that time she bleached your favorite shorts. Remember those lectures your grandmother gave when she was alive. Take a walk outside and enjoy that sunburst.

These little holidays will help on those rough days and hold us over until the next big celebration. Especially during August.

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