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National Make a Friend Day (February 11)

Check out the weird holiday National Make a Friend Day on February 11. Learn the history of this holiday, and get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on February 11 is National Make a Friend Day. Check out the other weird February holidays!

History of National Make a Friend Day

Making new friends is a great way to help us learn about the world. When we have friends who are different to us, we learn more about empathy and tolerance.

Sometimes we get caught up in the busyness of our lives and our comfortable social circle. Today is a great day to get outside of your comfort zone and meet a new person at work, school, or in your community.

William Butler Yeats, an Irish poet, said, “There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”

If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a new person in real life, you can use social media to make a new friend – perhaps the friend of a friend, or even someone in your broad social circles whom you don’t know very well.

You could also use this weird holiday as a way to rekindle an old friendship. Only 1 in 12 friendships are long-term, and sometimes we miss those who were friends in the past. Social media makes it easy to reconnect with them.

Ideas for National Make a Friend Day

Here are some ideas on how you can celebrate today and make a new friend.

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