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National Choclate Milk Shake Day / National Encouragement Day
National Chocolate Milkshake Day brings chocolate and ice cream lovers together. Forget the calories for just this one day and enjoy a sweet tall, thick and delicious, chocolate milkshake!
The term milkshake first appeared in print in 1885. During this period, milkshake referred to an alcoholic beverage described as a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink” blended with eggs, whiskey, and other ingredients. Pharmacies served the drink as a tonic and a treat to customers. By 1900, pharmacies offered this “wholesome drink” with either chocolate, strawberry or vanilla syrup.
- The early 1900s – People began asking for this “new treat” with a scoop of ice cream.
- 1911 – Hamilton Beach’s drink mixers began to be used at soda fountains.
- 1922 – Steven Poplawski invented the electric blender or drink mixer.
- Due to the invention of the blender, the milkshake began to take a chipped, aerated, and frothy form as they are today.
- By the 1920s & 1930s, milkshakes became a popular drink at malt shops everywhere.
National Encouragement Day
This day is dedicated to uplifting people around us and making a positive impact.
Offering encouragement to someone is free. It never costs us anything to say a few words to inspire a student, coworker, or friend. Even a reassuring word to a stranger may make a difference in their lives.
Encouragement lifts up someone when they are down. It also motivates a person who has their eye on a goal. When we’ve failed, the right words remind us to keep trying. A little dedication to finding the right message may create a spark that changes a loved one’s perspective.
Sometimes, the act of noticing a job well-done improves someone’s day. Developing a habit of recognizing emerging talents motivates us to speak up and offer a kind word or helpful tip. It’s a practice worth having, to improve relationships at work, home, and in the world around us. There really is no simpler way.
Make deliberate acts of encouragement. Provide reassurance and inspiration to the people around you. High five someone for a job well done. Take notice when a friend is getting close to a hard-earned goal, encouraging them to keep going. Send a card or give a call or text to a family member who may be struggling. Remind them how important they are to you.
One might even offer a chocolate milkshake to encourage someone for something special they've done.