International Day of Friendship was created by the UN General Assembly in 2011 with the belief that friendship between peoples, cultures, countries and individuals inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. It is celebrated all over the world every year. This year the holiday will be celebrated on July 30th, 2020. During International Friendship Day we reflect on the ones we love, and we show them compassion and gratitude.
Characteristics of Friendship:
Since friendship plays an important role in our lives, there are certain characteristics we look for in our friends.
- TRUST: reliability is important in a friendship. There should be little or no doubt when it comes to friends.
- LOVE: You need to be able to form a strong bond with friends. Friends should be able to show affection to each other and care about each other.
- SUPPORT: Friends should stand by you and be a source of moral, emotional and mental support
- RESPECT: It’s important to have friends who will treat you well and be considerate of your feelings and opinions.
- LOYALTY: True friends will never abandon each other no matter how things get
- DECIDATION : Friends should care about each other and committed to each other
How to Show your Friends you Appreciate them
Show your friends that you appreciate them by supporting their decisions. A second way to show them you appreciate their friendship is to spend time with them. Furthermore, give them gifts, talk to them and show them you understand them to show your appreciation. Your appreciation can come in the form of a letter, text, email, or phone call.
FRIENDSHIPS During Covid-19:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we find different ways to keep in touch with our friends. Some people call each other on Zoom to celebrate birthdays and other special holidays together. While other people manage to gather in person while taking precautions and social distancing. No matter how you celebrate make sure you appreciate your friendships.
“This is my house of friendship. My foundation is built on TRUST Which SUPPORTS the frame of LOYALTY insulated by LOVE sheeted by DECIDATION roofed by RESPECT. “
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