Great American Grump Out
Turn that frown upside down and take one day to not be grumpy. Smile Mania wants all of you "sour pusses to suck it up and refrain from getting your grump on for 24 hours." Shave the time you spend sleeping and it might not be that difficult. Maybe you're never crabby, rude or grumpy but someone you know might be, including a boss, a spouse, a Facebook acquaintance, a neighbor or an in-law.
Reasons to participate, according to Smile Mania:
* "To lighten up our planet and reduce unhealthy stress through humor."
* "To help people better understand the connection between negative attitudes, stress and health."
* "To have fun!"
Chocolate Truffles Day
It's Truffles Day, and not the kind found living in tree roots. It's the chocolate kind. Eating smooth, rich chocolate is one way to shake out the grumpies. What makes a piece of chocolate a true truffle? It's not what's on the outside. Truffles could be coated with cocoa powder, pistachios, peppercorns or drizzled chocolate. For truffles, it's what's on the inside that counts. To be a true truffle, the chocolate must be filled with ganache, according to The Nibble.
Ganache is usually made with two parts semisweet or bittersweet chocolate and one part heavy cream. The ganache could be flavored with liqueurs. The mixture is sometimes rolled in powdered cocoa. Make your own homemade truffles or stop by the local chocolatier and indulge.
Da Vinci Birth Anniversary
Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most innovative, creative and talented artists, architects, engineers, sculptor and inventors the world has ever known. The genius behind "The Last Supper," "The Mona Lisa" and "Vitruvian Man" was born on May 2, 1519. He was a true Renaissance master.
For parents of infants and babies, everyday seems like Baby Day. Life revolves around feedings, diaper changes, nap time and, finally bedtime. May 2 is also the birth anniversary of famous pediatrician and author, Dr. Benjamin Spock. He was born May 2, 1903 and is best known for his book "Baby and Child Care."
Although he died March 15, 1998, his legacy lives on. "Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis to try to understand children's needs and family dynamics. His ideas about childcare influenced several generations of parents to be more flexible and affectionate with their children, and to treat them as individuals, whereas the previous conventional wisdom had been that child rearing should focus on building discipline," according to Dr. Spock.
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