Let's Laugh Day
One way to start Act Happy Week (March 19 to 25) is to start with laughter. Laughter really is the best medicine, and it might help boost your immune system, according to WebMD. It can also relieve tension, make you feel relaxed, and increase endorphins released by your brain, according to the Mayo Clinic. So go ahead, laugh it up, who cares if it's a Monday? Shake off those blues by laughing.
* Attend a local improv performance for tear-producing laughter.
Operation Iraqi Freedom Day
On March 19, 2003, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein did not step down from power, two hours after the 9:30 p.m. ET deadline. He held firm and U.S., British and Australian forces began air strikes.
According to Council on Foreign Relations: "Operation Iraqi Freedom begins, with U.S. and coalition forces striking a target in Baghdad where, intelligence reports indicated, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his top deputies had gathered in underground bunkers. President George Bush addresses the nation and says the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq have begun."
National Poultry Day
Whether you like your chicken fried, roasted, or baked, you're in good company. Prehistoric humans domesticated fowl, and the chicken was the most important. It could produce eggs year round, its feathers had practical usages, and people could eat the animal's meat. Chicken has been important in the United States since the 17th century, according to The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. National Poultry Day is not the same as Versailles Poultry Days, which takes place in Ohio from June 8 to June 10, 2012.
* Send a National Poultry Day ecard.
Saint Joseph's Day
Since the 10th century, March 19 has been the principal feast day of Saint Joseph in Western Christianity and is celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, many Lutherans and other denominations, according to Catholic Online. Joseph was the husband of the Virgin Mary. He's considered the patron of carpenters, fathers and the Catholic Church. Images of Joseph appear in various works of art, including "Joseph's Dream" by Rembrandt.
A traditional meatless meal for Saint Joseph's Day from Fish Eaters could include minestrone, pasta with breadcrumbs (to symbolize sawdust), fava beans, and St. Joseph's cream puffs.
- Saddam Hussein