Whether they are near or far, old or new, best friends help us carry us through our lives. This June 8, National Best Friends Day, it’s time to tell them how much we appreciate your company.

As the Mayo Clinic reports: “Friends help you cope with trauma, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss, or the death of a loved one. They also encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise. “Today is the day to enjoy a little one-on-one time with people who never stop catching us when we fall.

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National Best Friends Day (June 8) - History, Faqs and Activities

HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF BEST FRIENDS

We have to thank our own country for these joyous holidays. In 1935, the United States Congress met to dedicate one day each year in honor of his close friends. They chose June 8, which is usually a pleasant day in all regions of the country, perfect for outdoor activities. Since then, many other countries have adopted the practice. Some even organize festivals to celebrate their chosen family.

This holiday has spawned a handful of other friendship-themed days for the celebration, including Friendship Day, Women’s Friendship Day, and even an entire week called Old Friends, New Friends Week. Ironically, almost all friendship celebrations take place in the summer.

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While the holidays seem to have lost popularity over the years, it has seen a recent increase in engagement since the advent of social media. Now, on June 8 of each year, people rush to post funny photos of themselves with their most trusted friends. The recognizable #nationalbestfriendsday hashtag allows users to witness how many Instagram, Facebook and Twitter users are celebrating along with them.

National Best Friends Day (June 8) - History, Faqs and Activities

NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS DAY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is National Best Friends Day a real party?

Yes! While National Best Friends Day doesn’t have as much traction as Thanksgiving, this day was carefully selected and documented by the United States Congress a long time ago. It is as real as our best friends!

Can your best friend also be your romantic interest?

Of course! In fact, many Americans consider their spouses or partners to be their best friends, too. As long as they love you, support you, and make you laugh, there are no rules about who can be a best friend.

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Should I talk to my best friend every day?

It is up to you how you choose to communicate with your peers. Some people can go months without talking and pick up right where they left off, while others need more consistent life updates to feel close. If you are not sure, you should ask your best friend what they expect!

NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS DAY ACTIVITIES

Contact your best friend

Take 30 minutes to catch up with your best friend. Schedule a time to meet, FaceTime or talk on the phone, and update that person on all the events of your life. Trust us, they want to know everything about it!

Plan a gift for your best friend

Buy and send a gift to your favorite confidant. After all those long phone calls, wild and ex-crazy night outs, your person deserves a treat! We recommend a gift certificate to a spa.

National Best Friends Day (June 8) - History, Faqs and Activities

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Remember the good times

Remember the good memories. Look at your old photos, read that tattered journal and show your findings to your best friend. Remembering what you have been through together will inevitably remind you of how grateful you are for your relationship.

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