National JoyGerm Day is an annual celebration held on January 8 every year. Obviously, you will find out what this date is from its name. You are here to spread joy, kindness, positivity in the same way that germs are spread. Smile and smile with others to make your surroundings a happier place to live. There's nothing wrong with spreading good germs like happiness should be highly contagious. It is the best chance for you to spread happiness and joy to others and thereby help them feel better.
History of JoyGerm Day
Back in 1981, Joan White of Syracuse, New York came up with the idea of celebrating Sprouts of Joy, and the idea grew into a force that followed across the United States and around the world. Ms. White is a retired public relations and advertising professional and it's amazing how she used her creativity and positive thinking to promote the idea of fun sprouts.
The original happy day also fell on White's mother's birthday, because it was her energy that inspired White to have a day to honor her. White is not entirely sure how she came up with the idea of fun sprouts. One mention of it came from an article she once wrote for a local inn, but the innkeeper asked her to remove the mention of that phrase at the time. So she kept it to herself and finally got to Joy Sprout Day.
Interesting Facts About National JoyGerm Day
- The chemical serotonin is involved in creating happiness in our brain
- Tryptophan-rich foods like chicken, nuts, and dairy help boost serotonin production
- Eating a moderate amount of chocolate can boost your mood because they release endorphins
- Studies show that expressing gratitude creates optimism
- Physical activity causes the brain to release “happy” hormones like dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin
How to Celebrate Joygerm Day
Happiness is contagious. Let us spread it. There are many different ways for you to emit fun bugs. Let feel free to use all of your energy you can muster to do so. Simple things can include just smiling and being nice to people in general.
More involved might include going to a home for the elderly and socializing with residents, who are often bored and lonely. You can also come up with other ideas, based on what you will do for the day. If you do that involves people, try to be more friendly with them and try to spread the joy.
Joan White herself publishes a seasonal newsletter, titled “Infectionaently Yours,” and sends out numerous cards, letters, and phone calls throughout the day. In the past, she has participated in many Kindergarten activities on her own including parades, speaking in local Rotary clubs and numerous visits to nursing homes and centers for the elderly age in the Syracuse area.
There is even a mascot of the day; Things like joy sprout t-shirts, membership cards, and even joy sprouts seem to exist. The most fascinating thing about Sprouts of Joy is not only that it was started more than 30 years ago by a single woman who managed to make the day known far beyond her homeland. Maybe we should take a lesson from her, with the way she always displays positive thoughts. As White himself says, "May a giant jar of fun sprouts rest gently on you and yours."
ObservedNational JoyGerm Day has been observed annually on January 8th.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
Friday, January 8th, 2021
Saturday, January 8th, 2022
Sunday, January 8th, 2023
Monday, January 8th, 2024
Joan White on January 8th, 1981