National Best Friends Day
June 8 marks National Best Friends Day in the United States. It is a day to celebrate friendship and spend some time with your best friend, showing them how much you appreciate them being in your life.
National Best Friends Day is not a public holiday, businesses and schools remain open.
The origins of this holiday can be traced back to 1935, when the U.S. Congress declared June 8 as the chosen date for a holiday to honor friendship and close friends. Thus, National Best Friend Day was born. It is thought that this specific day was chosen as the weather is usually good at this time of the year, which means that friends can celebrate the day together doing outdoor activities such as having picnics or going to the beach.
The holiday took a while to become popular. It was with the emergence of social media that National Best Friends Day rose in popularity, with thousands of people sharing photos with their closest friends using the hashtag #nationalbestfriendsday.
The Importance of Best Friends
Surveys show that a majority of Americans consider their significant other to be their best friend. Moms and Dogs come as runner ups, sharing the second place on the Best Friends leader board.
However, most people don't believe that you can only have one best friend, with 75% of Americans cherishing having a close-knit group of friends rather than only one best friend. The survey shows that the majority of people have met their current best friends in Elementary School or High School.
Having a best friend has been proven to be very beneficial for a person's health. Having someone to talk to, share problems with, and who is always there to support you helps in reducing stress and anxiety. At the same time, people tend to have best friends who are in the same age brackets, which means that they are often in the same life stages as each other, and can support each other.
Above all, people love having best friends because they are the family they choose. Best friends are usually someone who we share interests with, or who have compatible personalities with ours, which means that not only we can relax, have fun with and travel with, they are also the ones who understand us and are always there for us.
How to celebrate Best Friends Day
The best way to celebrate this holiday is by spending some time with your best friend, or friends. Organize some day activities such as a picnic or going to the beach, plan a dinner at home or go out for dinner and drinks, as many places have started offering National Best Friends Day deals. If you and your best friend live apart, you can still do some of these things via video chat!
You can also give your friends some gifts, or better yet, take some time to reminisce about all the good times you have spent together.