National Grouch Day | JOY for Today
When I'm a grouch, I long to find JOY again. I don't like the way I'm acting, feeling, or what I am saying to others. To find JOY faster, I need to remember the ultimate target of my complaints and take my problems to Jesus.
JOY for Today Offerings:
- Did You Know... Facts about grouchiness.
- Wolfe Stew Connects To being a grouch.
- Bible Verses and Quotes Regarding grouchiness.
- Activity Suggestions SEL exercises, discussion questions, family challenge.
- Reptile Awareness Day (October 21st Annually)
- Statue of Liberty Dedication Day (October 28th Annually)
- Halloween (October 31st Annually)
- Oscar the Grouch was originally orange? First appearing on Sesame Street in 1969, he became green after vacationing in Swamp Mushy Muddy. (National Days Today, Britannica & Gen-xtraa)
- The Black Rain Frog is commonly considered grouchy? A downward facing mouth on this South African frog's face offers us the perma-frown perception. Moreover, instead of hopping away, these frogs expertly dig themselves into a hole and then inflate up to seven times their normal size to prevent others entry. (National Days Today, Fact Animal)
- Sometimes complaining is good for you? While it is best to adopt an overall positive mindset, keeping all your complaints to yourself can cause them to pressurize and make you explode. But, when you share your frustrations with the right people you might find validation for your feelings, a workable solution, a different perspective, motivation to make a change, or willing hands to help lessen your load. (Very Well Mind & The Atlantic)
- Older people tend to be happier, not grouchier? Despite the movie reinforced stereotypes, in general, the older you are the happier you become. The turning point from happiness to grumpiness happens at about 70. (AARP, NPR, Live Science)
- Most of our favorite grouchy personalities are male? Dr. Gregory House, Red Forman, Oscar, Al Bundy, and Squidward take the top five ranked positions. The first female, Sophia Petrillo, appears at position eight. In actuality, though, it is disputed which gender possesses an overall grouchier disposition. (Ranker, Huffpost, Starts at 60, How Stuff Works)
We'd Love to Know:
- Think about the last time you were grouchy. What helped? Create a list of three tools to use the next time grouch mode takes over and commit to using them.
- Consider joining us in our Proverbs 31 study. Last week, we wrapped ourselves in Christ's strength to prepare for the evil of the day. Next week, we are digging deep into Proverbs 31:25 to explore topics such as honor, laughter, and the future. Both sound like worthy grouch antidote candidates to me.
- "Do everything without complaining and arguing." Philippians 2:14 NLT
- "Be hospitable to one another without complaint." I Peter 4:9 NASB
- "A constant dripping on a rainy day and a cranky woman are much alike!" Proverbs 27:15 TLB
- "...Your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord." Exodus 16:8 KJV
- "Yeah, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word: But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD. Therefore he lifted up his hand against them to overthrow them in the wilderness." Psalm 106:25 KJV
- "Bad temper is its own scourge. Few things are more bitter than to feel bitter. A man's venom poisons himself more than his victim." - Charles Buxton
- "Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong." - Baltasar Gracian
- "You use and lose a lot of energy being grumpy." - Ted Danson
- "If chocolate were a mandatory part of breakfast, people wouldn't be so grouchy in the morning." - Joanne Fluke
- "The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk." - Joseph Joubert
We'd Love to Know:
Preschool to First Grade
- Share descriptions of what a good day looks like, sounds like, and feels like.
- How do other people treat you? How do you treat others?
- What is the weather like?
- Where are you?
- What are you doing?
- Listen to Oscar sing "I'm Sad Because I'm Happy" with this YouTube video
- Talk about how their good days and Oscar's good days are the same and how they are different. "Would Oscar be happy on your good day? Would you be happy with his good day?"
- Conclusion: What makes you happy may not make your friend happy, and that's okay.
- Draw a picture with one part from your good day and one part from Oscar's good day.
- Label it with two emojis that communicate how that day would make you feel. (Happy, sad, mad, etc.)
- Read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
- Give them time to think and journal or partner share about a time they felt grouchy.
- What happened when they were grouchy?
- Why were they grouchy?
- How did other people treat them when they were grouchy? How did they treat others?
- What helped them get over being grouchy?
- Make this Oscar craft from DLTK or this Ladybug craft from Buggy and Buddy.
- Complete the sentence "I am grouchy when..." on Oscar's trashcan or under the ladybug's wings.
- Make hearts to add to the trash can or the ladybug's wings to remind learners that when someone is grouchy, we can help by covering them with love.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
- Prepare a bulletin board:
- Title it "We Smell Good", or "Choosing Sweetness"
- Underneath, display three large hearts labeled: SWEET-SMELLING Thoughts, What Was Attracted, and SWEET Emotions.
- Introduction: Each learner writes, draws, or pastes on small cut-out hearts:
- 2 achieved goals they believe would make their life better
- 1 emotion they would like to experience each day.
- For the next week:
- Daily distribute notecards to every classroom member - learners and leaders.
- Carry the notecards with you everywhere.
- Whenever a SWEET-SMELLING thought occurs, tally it on the card.
- At the end of each day, tally up how many sweet-smelling thoughts the entire class had and record it on the appropriate heart labeled with the date. (*The original activity suggests spraying a sweet-smelling fragrance during this reflection period. But, as opinions vary, consider inviting learners to imagine favorite sweet scents, vary the scent used daily, or pass around sweet-smelling objects that they can choose to smell or not.)
- If any classroom member received any of the things they desired, invite them to share how it happened. Then, have them draw a line from the "What Was Attracted" heart to the cut-out heart that represents their desired goal on the bulletin board.
- If any classroom member experienced their desired sweet emotion, invite them to share how it happened. Then, draw (or trace if a line is already drawn) a line from the "SWEET Emotions" heart to the cut-out heart that expresses that emotion.
- At week's end:
- Make a sweet-smelling trends graph and discuss data patterns. When did the most or fewest sweet-smelling thoughts happen? What happened on that day that might have influenced the number of sweet-smelling thoughts?
- Discuss what surprised you about this activity and what benefit would come from completing it independently.
- Notice the cut-out hearts that are not connected. Discuss reasons why they are not and suggest ways these desired goals or emotions might result in the future.
Sixth and Up
- "I matter, and what I have to offer this world also matters."
- "I learn from my challenges and always find ways to overcome them."
- "I fill my day with hope and face it with joy."
- "I am who I want to be starting right now."
- "I see the beauty in others."
Discuss "Would You Rather..." Questions
- Be grouchy or sad?
- Be left alone when you're grouchy or have people try to make you feel better?
- Play a role as Oscar or Eeyore?