National Friendship Day 2018 – August 5

First Sunday in August

Friendships cross boundaries of religion, culture, age, income level, and education. Besides that, they’re also key to our personal happiness and emotional wellbeing. So, it may come as a surprise that National Friendship Day wasn’t invented until the early 20th century — and only then as a way to increase sales of greeting cards. But when the greeting card industry declined mid-century, National Friendship Day remained strong. Now this holiday is more popular than ever — thanks mostly to social media. On the first Sunday in August, we celebrate our friendships by saying “Thank you for being a friend.”

National Friendship Day Activities

1. Send an (old-school) card
Write it out. After all, National Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark!

2. Make a call
Actual calls are rare these days. Surprise your friends via phone. It'll remind them how special they truly are.

3. Create a customized song playlist
Chances are, you and your friend have similar tastes in music. Certain songs are sure to evoke particular memories. Share them together.

Why We Love National Friendship Day

A. We can be ourselves
Friends love us for who we are. They've seen us at our worst and our best, with and without makeup, in pajamas and in fancy clothes — and they've still chosen to stick around. Thus, friends provide us with a safe space.

B. They offer a reality check
Friends tell the truth without worrying about hurting our feelings — and we love them for it. They'll tell us that our girlfriend or boyfriend is a jerk, that our outfit looks horrible, or that we're making a terrible life decision — and by doing so, they might spare us future pain.

C. Friends mean fun
Friends make "everyday" activities special. Laundry, grocery shopping, and walking the dog can all turn into magical moments if the right person's with you.

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