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National New Friends Day

National New Friends Day

National New Friends Day rolls around annually on October 19. This holiday is about making room for new connections in your life and celebrating the potential for friendship everywhere you go. Research has found time and time again that strong social support is a key to living your happiest, most fulfilled life. So get out there and add some new friends to your docket!

History Of National New Friends Day

National New Friends Day seems to have developed from several existing holidays built around friends and friendship. Generally, there are several variations on a theme, with National Make a Friend Day on February 11, Friendship Day, and International Friendship Day celebrated annually on July 30 or August 1. However, National New Friends Day seems to be an internet-generated holiday. There’s no actual date of the first appearance, but there are several related days with interesting origins. So, read on.

These days seem to spring out of a promotional effort by Hallmark Cards’ founder, Joyce Hall, in the 1920s as a marketing tool to consumers. Unfortunately, a skeptical public never really embraced the idea of a friendship day. By the 1920s, consumers were influenced by evolving movements in art and film, and probably, the promotion of friendship was viewed as a bit gimmicky. This started a downward spiral for Friendship Day, resulting in little interest in the 1930s. By the 1940s, Friendship Day had all but disappeared. Still, Paraguay initiated World Friendship Day in 1958. Everybody needs friends. 

Then, something strange happened. Friendship Day became a “thing” in Asia with lots of interest and strong popularity. With the rise of the internet, GIFS, and memes, it’s easy to cross physical boundaries to make friends across countries and continents. By 2011, the General Assembly of the United Nations got in on the action with another day, International Friendship Day, declaring its annual observance on July 30. This day is also celebrated on the first Sunday in August. 

National New Friends Day Timeline

1922
Greeting Card Association gets behind Friendship Day
On August 6, the Greeting Card Association members voted to observe Friendship Day annually on the first Sunday of the month.

1930
Hallmark Cards pushes Friendship Day
Hallmark founder, Joyce Hall, sets up a Friendship Day marketing campaign targeting American consumers.

1935
Congress unites in the name of friendship
The United States Congress unanimously voted to designate August 6 as the annual observance of Friendship Day.

1998
Winnie the Pooh becomes the symbol of world friendship
On Friendship Day, the wife of the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, declares the fictional character Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship.

National New Friends Day Faqs

Who invented National New Friends Day?
National New Friends Day is a spin-off from other friendship-type days that Hallmark Cards created as a promotional tool in the 1920s.
How do you celebrate National New Friends Day?
Your creativity is your celebration. Make or give gifts (the more modest, the better, as these are new friends. The best gift would be to spend quality time with your new friend simply. Could you get to know their likes and dislikes? Share your story, too!
Is there an international girlfriend day?
There’s a National Girlfriends Day every year on August 1. This is primarily a day for girls and women to bond with their besties. Celebrate with lunch outings, movie nights, or sleepovers. Just enjoy your girl crew for a day!

National New Friends Day Activities

Get to know an acquaintance better.
If there’s someone you’ve always wanted to get to know better, now is the time to go for it. Maybe it’s someone you always run into at the local cafe or a coworker you always wanted to get to know better. Celebrate New Friends Day by sharing a little conversation (and maybe a sandwich) with your coworker.
Make sure your current friendships are healthy and happy.
Today is a great day to take stock of the current friendships in your life. Make sure that all of your companies are mutually beneficial. Are you a good friend to the people closest to you? Are they doing the same for you? If you’ve got any toxic friends in your life, now is the time to consider trying to resolve those issues or peacefully ending the friendship. It’s not easy, but it makes room for new companies that are more fulfilling.
Attend your local neighborhood meeting
One of the best ways to make new friends is to get involved in local activities. Join a community volunteer group or a meet-up focused on a hobby you’re passionate about. Showing up to your first meeting might be intimidating, but it’s the first step to making new friends with people who share some of your passions. New friends may hang out on your front porch at a block party for a change!

Why We Love National New Friends Day

Friendship makes us happier.
Friendship makes us feel included. When close friends surround us, we feel like we’re being “seen” and that we matter. So many of the reasons people struggle in life are due to loneliness. Forging new friendships helps us combat unhappiness’s most common culprits. Of course, the company is reciprocal — your new bond can enrich your new friend’s life just as much as yours.
Our friends are a reflection of who we are
According to famed motivational speaker Jim Rohn, we are the average of the five people with whom we spend the most time. If your friends are kind, hardworking, and motivated, you’re more likely to have those traits. Like attracts like.
New friends expand our horizons.
We have to remind ourselves that it’s okay to be different. Sometimes, the only way we’ll learn about all the exciting hobbies, thoughts, or beliefs in this world is by watching a friend explore them. Making friends with people from different walks of life is a great way to better understand the world around you and to grow as a person.

National Day On Writing Faqs

What’s good writing?
Excellent question. Good writing comes in all shapes and sizes — from comic books to The Great Gatsby. Unless it’s a personal journal of some kind, your readers will ultimately decide.
How do I begin to write?
Start small. Make it a habit. Write every day. Don’t stop. Don’t edit yourself. Just keep going. One page a day. Start tomorrow. Or right now.
How do I start a story?
There are many ways to start a story. Some ideas include: beginning with action or dialogue; asking a question; describing the setting, or introducing yourself to readers in a surprising way. But, of course, if all else fails, “It was a dark and stormy night….”

National Day On Writing Activities

  1. Keep track of all the writing you do
  2. Text message? Birthday card? Tweet? Please track them all, and find out how much you write! Share your numbers with friends and see who writes most.
  3. Play some language games
  4. If not for our writing prowess, we couldn’t participate in spelling bees, Scrabble, Scattergories, Taboo, Mad Libs, Hangman, and many others. Celebrate your word power with a round of your favorite word game.
  5. Write something outside your comfort zone
  6. Have you ever written lyrics to a song? A sonnet? A piece of flash fiction? A toast? Writing-wise, venture into unfamiliar territory and let those creative juices flow. You may surprise yourself.

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