National Friendship Day
Friendship day is observed on the 1st Sunday in August and the US Congress proclaimed it so in 1935. Most believe this day of recognition initially began by the greeting card industry to promote the opportunity to send a greeting card to friends and family. We believe that Friendship Day is a perfect chance for both your domestic and international staff to let each other know how many their friends or co-workers are truly appreciated. Maybe it’s a chance for the department managers to recognize a single staff member who is consider an Ambassador of Friendship. For example, in 1997 the United Nations named Winnie-the-Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship.
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light” – Helen Keller
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” – Elbert Hubbard
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate” – Linda Grayson
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln
“Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others a first speech are old friends” – Mary Catherwood
“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies” – Aristotle
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival” – C.S. Lewis
“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?” asked Piglet. “Even longer,” Pooh answered – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Cultural Exchange Opportunities
1) Make Friendship Bracelets – You could set up a friendship bracelet work station supplying all sting, leather cords or charms. This is a great opportunity for both domestic and international staff to take a moment to appreciate their co-worker or friend. Don’t forget to provide some cupcakes or cookies for all to enjoy.
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2) Facilitate a Discussion – This can be at the water cooler, break room or during a stand up meeting. All you have to do is take a moment to talk about what characteristics or traits make up a good friend. Also, you can encourage people to reach out to old friends via skype or Facebook to wish them a Happy Friendship day. You could even set up a greeting card station where participants and take a moment to write a friend an appreciation note.
Please send your cultural exchange event summaries or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.