June 8: Upsy Daisy Day, World Oceans Day, Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day, Laki Volcano Eruption Anniversary

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Upsy Daisy Day

Start your day off with a smile, no matter what challenges lie ahead. Stephanie West Allen, the holiday's creator, wants us all to remember to be grateful for each day. Allen actually published an e-zine called "Upsy Daisy Daily." How do you start each day anew?

"Feeling gratitude will smooth out the landscape so you can create the new paths. Replace the thoughts of sickness with thoughts of health, poverty thoughts with wealth thoughts, dread thoughts with dream thoughts," according to Allen.

Sing the Upsy Daisy song to get your day moving in the right direction:

Upsy Daisy here I come,

I'm the only Upsy one!

I'm the only Daisy too,

Ipsy, Upsy, Daisy Doo

World Oceans Day

The world's oceans generate most of the oxygen we breathe, help feed us, regulate our climates and clean the water we drink, according to The Ocean Project. On June 8 we celebrate World Oceans Day, first proposed at the Earth Summit in 1992.

"On World Oceans Day, people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents," according to World Oceans Day.

* Take a trip to the ocean nearest you and enjoy.

* Attend a local World Oceans Day event at a zoo, aquarium, school or museum.

Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day

They used to call jelly-filled doughnuts bismarks. The name came from the original shape of the baked good. It was not round like today's jelly-filled doughnuts, but oblong, like the famous German battleship called the Bismark, according to "The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink."

They used to be a popular food on Shrove Tuesday, a Christian holiday also known as Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.

Laki Volcano Eruption Anniversary

When you hear the words "volcano" and "Iceland" mentioned together, you may think about the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. On June 8, 1783, a different volcano erupted, causing famine, death, acid rain, and climatic changes. In southern Iceland, the Laki volcano erupted for eight months.

"Researchers found that Iceland's Laki volcanic event, a series of about ten eruptions from June 1783 through February 1784, significantly changed atmospheric circulations across much of the Northern Hemisphere. This created unusual temperature and precipitation patterns that peaked in the summer of 1783, including far below normal rainfall over much of the Nile River watershed and record low river levels," according to NASA.

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