National Friendship Day 2011

August 7, 2011 by staff 

National Friendship Day 2011National Friendship Day 2011, “Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together,” President Woodrow Wilson once said in a speech. Recognizing the importance of friendship, Congress declared in 1935 that the first Sunday of August is the National Friendship Day.

In honor of the loved ones left behind for us in good times and bad, here are five fun facts about friendship:

1. In 1997, Winnie the Pooh was named ambassador to the world of Friendship by the UN

2. Birds of a feather do not necessarily flock together. In friendships, love relationships, sometimes opposites attract. This video shows a cat called Fum, and an owl called Gebra, who are friends playful.

3. These days many people have more “online friends” that “real life friends.” According to the Guinness Book of World Records, people in Malaysia have the largest number of digital friends in the world. Users of social networks are an average digital 233 friends each. The country with the lowest number of digital friends? Japan. Users of social networks are on average only 29 digital friends each.

4. Need a reason to spend more time with your friends? A recent study by Brigham Young University found that social connections might improve the chances of a person’s survival by a strong 50 percent. The study also found that little social interaction is so damaging to the health of a person as an alcoholic, and twice as bad as obesity.

5. Need some ideas on how to celebrate National Friendship Day? You can find a friend and take a walk through the valley of Falls Park in Vernon or enjoy a movie at the Showcase Cinemas in Manchester.

Why not play a game of miniature golf on Mini Golf Monster Windsor Locks or take a turn in the batting cages in Somers Golf Center in Somers?

Of course, you can always catch up over dinner at Suffield Zanto or dig for deals in the Mansfield Drive-In flea market in Mansfield. You can even send your friend a bouquet of wildflowers in Tolland Tolland (yellow roses symbolize friendship, by the way.)

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