A Day to Celebrate Friendship


“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light”. – Helen Keller

Friendship is one of most powerful human forms of life and vocation one can embrace. Friends provide great cheer in times of celebration and caring support during periods of challenge or despair.

In 1935, the US Congress proclaimed the first Sunday in August to be a holiday in honor of friends. Soon after, the idea of celebrating Friendship Day was joyfully accepted by several other countries across the world.
World Friendship Day was proposed in 1958 and in 1998, Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations.

Some people believe that the idea of Friendship Day was pushed as a marketing gimmick to sell greeting cards and other merchandise. Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards, advocated for the day back in 1930.
No matter the motivation, friends deserve to be admired and cherished. One does not need to buy a product to express admiration and appreciation for friendship. It simply takes a call, text, or social media post to do the honors.

If you need a little more motivation to take action and share your gratitude with your friends today, watch the video of one of the greatest songs of all time that honors friends, That’s What Friends Are For.
Or just sing the following verse yourself,

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Happy Friendship Day!

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