As if we need a special day to celebrate all of our gal pals, buddies, besties, and BFFs in our lives, August 3, 2014 is a date dedicated just to that. It’s Friendship Day! This celebration actually dates back to 1919 thanks to Hallmark cards.
But over the years the idea waned a bit and until 1998 when Winnie the Pooh, of all characters, was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship by the United Nations and they declared July 30 as International Friendship Day. So, while some countries celebrate it the last week of July, most other countries still deem the first Sunday of August as the original Friendship Day.
Whatever the day, it’s a great time to think cherish your friends, think about just what makes a great friend, and, of course, plan some spa time with your BFF!
So what makes a great friend? A truly fantastic friend does seven these fabulous things…
Forgives: No one’s perfect. We all mess up once in a while. What’s important is how you handle the mistakes. The two most important sentences to get through life’s little mishaps are: “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you.” Almost any friendship can be mended with those little words. It’s just as important to forgive as it is to be forgiven.
Respects: R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Our friends might not always agree with our choices, but they should at least respect that they are our choices for our reasons – and vice versa. Without respect, there can’t be a true foundation for friendship. The same goes for how we treat others. As Albert Einstein said, “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
Inspires: Be inspiring and surround yourself with people who inspire you. Oprah Winfrey once said, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” Wise words from a wise woman.
Enjoys: Good friends need to enjoy each other’s company. Have fun, laugh, get silly, be goofy, and let your hair down! A good belly laugh goes a long way. Having a friend who makes you laugh and shares your sense of humor – and laughs at your jokes even if they’re not so funny- is a good friend indeed!
Never judges: As the late Maya Angelou, who passed away this May, famously once said, “The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.” Sometimes we just need someone to sit and listen to us vent, cry, rant and rave without chiming in with judgment, opinions, or advice. Never judge; just listen with love, compassion, and empathy.
Drives you: No, we’re not talking about being your personal chauffeur (though that would be nice). We mean a true friend drives you to be the best you can be, drives you to pick yourself up when you are down, and drives you to follow your dreams. And, well, on second thought, maybe she also does drive you home if you had one too many glasses of wine on a girls’ night out!
Spas! Above all, a good friend knows that the word “spa” is indeed a verb (even if Webster’s Dictionary doesn’t quite know it as one yet!) and she knows that “spa-ing” together is something that great friendships are made of!
Celebrate your friendship with your BFF, your sister, or your mom! Call us today to reserve your spa appointments!