What was once considered a Hallmark Holiday is now celebrated globally every 30th of July: International Friendship Day.
International Friendship Day was initially founded by the UN General Assembly in 2011 with the goal of building bridges and promoting camaraderie between communities, people and culture through formed friendships.
With the help of social media, this celebration of diversity became globally known, garnering 102K Instagram posts to date using the hashtag #internationalfriendshipday. As platforms like Facebook and Instagram become more and more popular, physical distance between friends is no longer a barrier.
World-wide connections may be hard to wrap your head around in your day-to-day. Luckily, there are very real health benefits to spreading the love with something as seemingly small as grabbing dinner with your girls or going for a walk with a friend…or perhaps setting up a quick fun-filled Zoom call.
Celebrate World Friendship Day the Nutritious Life Way
There isn’t a right way to celebrate International Friendship Day with your favorite people. But, if you need some inspiration, we’re sharing three fun ways to connect with your besties.
1. Eat and Drink Your Heart Out
Thinking of throwing a party with the BFFs? It doesn’t have to be grand; a bowl for two might be perfect. Celebrate with nourishing foods, like these easy-to-prep colorful summer salads loaded with antioxidants. Or, why not serve up some fancy charcuterie board?
You can pair it up with a glass of wine or two. Remember, conscious indulgence is encouraged to make you feel empowered with your choices rather than regretful. On the other hand, if you’re ditching alcohol entirely we highly recommend you try these sober-licious mocktails.
2. Get Groovin’ Under the Sun
Moving your body, be it swimming, running, a quick workout together, or even a trip to an amusement park, can trigger the release of endorphins, AKA happy-making chemicals. Imagine yourself flashing those pearly whites and letting out audible laughs with your gals while soaking up the sun. You’re not just having the best time here, you’re also getting sunshine vitamins. What a treat!
If you’re up for something new, level-up your time with friends by exploring these head-throwing dance workouts outdoors.
And while you’re sweating it all away, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated. Drinking water will energize you; more energy means more time to hang with your friends.
3. Travel, Nature … and Sleep?
Yes, you read it right! If you’re feeling out of whack and want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, hop on to the sleep retreat wagon with your best friend. Or maybe, enjoy nature with a side of luxury in these best landscape hotels around the globe. These trips might be the gateway to rejuvenation and the ultimate bonding experience you’ve been longing for.
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate this day with your person or tribe, remember to be fully present and savor each moment of fun.
Want to learn how healthy and strong relationships can improve your health? Read the Three Proven Health Benefits of Friendships (Backed by Science)