National Day of Encouragement

Most people are unaware that September 12 is the National Day of Encouragement. Following on the heels of one of the most reflected days in America which is of course September 11, the National Day of Encouragement was created in 2007.

In June 2007, a group of high school students in Arkansas were presented a challenge. At the National Leadership Forum being held that year, they were asked to create an idea that would make the world better. They concluded that most problems, such as drugs and alcohol, start with discouragement. This led them to the idea of having a day dedicated to encouraging one another. Then President George W. Bush signed the declaration, making September 12 the official “National Day of Encouragement.”

One of my favorite quotes simply says “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.  Be Kind. Always.”  So, on this day, celebrate the National Day of Encouragement by performing a random act of kindness.  Call, text or email a friend or family member that you haven’t connected with in awhile, tell someone they are doing a good job and most of all don’t forget to smile.  In this great big world, YOU can make a difference.



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