International Friendship Day
Ever since this day was first celebrated in 1958, it has allowed countless people to come together and be as one. The very first ‘World Friendship Day’ on the 30th July was set up by an international organisation called the ‘World Friendship Crusade’. Some countries, such as Brazil and Argentina celebrate on the 20th, whilst India, the UAE and Bangladesh celebrate on the first Sunday in August and the USA on February 15th.
Their theme – “Sharing the human spirit through friendship”. The aim is to share emotions and spread happiness and serenity, which in turn will allow you to conquer the hearts of others. Ultimately bringing the whole world together under one big, happy roof.
Although it started in 1958 in the North American state of ‘Paraguay’, it was only in 2011 that the UN General Assembly declared 30th July as an official ‘International Friendship Day’. They proposed that friendship can inspire peace efforts between peoples, countries, culture and individuals. It emphasises the fact that friendship, especially amongst the younger generation, promotes and understanding and respect for diversity.
How Can You Join In?
One of the best ways to celebrate is by spending time with friends. Make a point of scheduling a fun activity or go for something simpler. You can,
- Organise a get together with those you haven’t seen for a while
- Go to lunch or dinner
- Invite them to yours for a buffet (get each person to bring some food and drink)
- Visit your local park
- Go for a countryside walk
- Volunteer at a local charity
- Join a local activity club to learn a new skill or hobby
Sometimes, we need to take ourselves out of our comfort zone to enable the mind and soul to become refreshed. When we take on a new task, or accomplish something we’ve never done before, it gives us a reason to live and love. Doing it with friends gives us an even greater boost.
Friends Come with Benefits
As much as sharing a problem with a friend helps, sharing positive actions and experiences has amazing benefits. It provides memories which you can return to whenever you are feeling a little bit down. It gives a piece of common ground between those you shared the experience with.
Even the organising of a shared event can give much positivity to both the planner and the group as a whole. Friends can give you a boost when you need it, and close friends may even do it when you don’t realise yourself that you are in need!
Sharing is Caring
Confidence and affirmations go a long way to providing an upbeat situation. They also produce a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) amongst those present.
Even something a small as saying “Hi, how are you?” to a few of your friends each day will mean a huge amount to many. Knowing that someone is thinking about you is a huge boost. It gives them an instant warm fuzzy feeling and brightens their day. The best bit is, for every friend you motivate with a caring thought, they in turn can pass on to their friends. It’s a win – win situation and spreads the love even further.
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Some Quotes for Friendship Day
Last but by no means least, here are some inspiring friendship quotes for sharing.
William Shakespeare “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”
Alfred Tennyson “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you … I could walk through my garden forever.”
Jim Morrison “True friendship is like health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.”
Helen Keller “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light’”
Socrates “In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.”
Aristotle “Friends are the family you choose.”
John Churton Collins “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”
Unknown “Finding friends with the same mental disorder is priceless.”
Albert Einstein “Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.”
And here is mine “Sow the seeds of friendship every day so that your harvest is plenty.”
Love Carla x