On January 8th, National JoyGerm Day annually reminds people across the country that by being positive and treating people with kindness, they can influence those around them and pass that positive attitude on to others. When we share good moods, we impact the lives of people around us and those people become infected with that same positive joy and spread it to others. 

Laugh, smile, be kind, inspire and spread the one type of germ that is good for everyone to catch! Try this Playlist for some inspiration to put you in the mood to spread these germs far and wide!


Founded in 1981 by a rather joyful and exuberant woman, Joan White, National JoyGerm Day spread infectiously across the nation through TV interviews, radio shows, newsletters, magazines, postcards, hug coupons and well, the pure joy of its founder.

JoyGerms LTD’s members are in all 50 states, and there are more than 180,000 card-carrying members around the world. Yes, JoyGerms get free membership cards. But seriously, Joan White spreads her JoyGerms to others through this day and many other ways as well. Even in a simple e-mail, she evokes a smile and glee that is contagious and for which there is hopefully no known cure.  

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HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalJoygermDay

National JoyGerm day is one of those days you’ve been waiting for. January 8th offers the opportunity to infuse joy in everything you do.

  • The night before, plan to wake up with a positive attitude. Program your favorite jazzy, snazzy wake-up music to start your day right and remind you what day it is.
  • Set out to carry your joy with you and spread it around like a glitter bomb that won’t go away. Smile, say “Hello!” to everyone you see and speak to.
  • Energetically be the person who gets the job done. Whether it’s making copies, errands, taking out the garbage, making phone calls, be that person and do it with a smile.

Throughout the day, see how often you can spread the JoyGerm! 

Use #NationalJoygermDay to post on social media.

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