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If you’re happy and you know it, wash your hands

You may or may not know the sing-song children’s tune “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Change the lyrics slightly and sing the tune twice while washing your hands, and you will wash your hands for 20-seconds. The passage of no less than 20 seconds is recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the prevention of the spread of diseases and illnesses like novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Do you know the sing-song tune of “If You’re Happy And You Know It?” It’s a classic children’s song to keep kids singing along in the classroom.  Our much loved teachers in the our horticulture therapy program sing this song with a slight difference to remind us all to wash our hands. 

Washing your hands for 20-seconds is the best way to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illness.  The “If You’re Happy and You Know It” song is short and the lyrics are easy to remember. Protect yourself and other people by simply singing two rounds of “If You’re Happy And You Know It” tune replacing the traditional song line “clap your hands” with “wash your hands”.  Let’s give it a try.


If you’re happy and you know it,

Wash your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it,

Wash your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it,

If you’re happy and you know it wash your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it,

Wash your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it,

Wash your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it,

If you’re happy and you know it wash your hands.


Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or out in the community, wash your hands. Stay healthy out there. Now on to this week’s #FridayReads

Friday Reads – Mental Health Month

The 3-Day Effect: How Nature Calms the Brain (Audible original)

Anxiety, physical health, mental well-being; are these things we can achieve inside or do we need to go outside? Author Florence Davis found that spending three days outside around green things can improve our sense of well-being and how we live in the world.  Getting out in nature is not the easiest thing to do with the sounds of city hustle, siren sounds, and commuting, but being just close to a tree or a houseplant can improve your mental health.  Discover how the 3-Day Effect can benefit us all.

The Chemistry of Joy 

Dr. Emmons’ natural approach to depression, combining the best of Western medicine and Eastern teaching to create your body’s own biochemistry of joy. Dr. Emmons creates a practical program for each of the three types of depression: anxious depression, agitated depression, and sluggish depression.

The Chemistry of Joy helps you to identify which type of depression you are experiencing and provides a specific diet and exercise plan to address it as well as nutritional supplements and “psychology of mindfulness” exercises that can restore your body’s natural balance and energy. This flexible approach creates newfound joy for those whose lives have been touched by depression – and pathways for all who seek to actively improve their emotional lives.

Let Love Have the Last Word

Common – the Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Golden Globe-winning musician, actor, and activist – follows up his New York Times best-selling memoir One Day It’ll All Make Sense with this inspiring exploration of how love and mindfulness can build communities and allow you to take better control of your life through actions and words. Common’s warm and rousing narration is accompanied by music written and performed exclusively for this audiobook. 

Common believes that the phrase “let love have the last word” is not just a declaration; it is a statement of purpose, a daily promise. Love is the most powerful force on the planet and ultimately, the way you love determines who you are and how you experience life. 

Common explores the core tenets of love to help others understand what it means to receive and, most important, to give love. He moves from the personal – writing about his daughter, to whom he wants to be a better father – to the universal, where he observes that our society has become fractured under issues of race and politics. He knows there’s no quick remedy for all of the hurt in the world, but love – for yourself and for others – is where the healing begins. 

Courageous, insightful, brave, and characteristically authentic, Let Love Have the Last Word shares Common’s own unique and personal stories of the people and experiences that have led to a greater understanding of love and all it has to offer. It is a powerful call to action for a new generation of open hearts and minds, one that is sure to resonate for years to come.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home-and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

You may or may not know the sing-song children’s tune “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”  Change the lyric slightly and sing the tune twice while washing your hands and you will wash your hands for 20-seconds.  The passage of no less than 20 seconds is recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the prevention of the spread of diseases and illnesses like novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

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  • Thank you for this fabulous blog on financial literacy. The sooner our young ones gain knowledge about finances, the better. #FinancialLiteracy

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