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When is this day celebrated? September 16

What is this day?

Love & Belonging has been identified as part of our basic human needs according to Maslow’s Hierarchy. There is a great feeling of positivism, accomplishment, and belonging for two strangers who sit and strike up a conversation with no set agenda. Both people have the opportunity to gain so much from this experience such as: you can learn something you didn’t know, you can become more empathetic; you make a connection that may lead to something else in life; you experience a no judgement conversation which is exhilarating; you can transform someone else’s life, as well as your own; you learn to overcome fear; you spread kindness. National Sit With a Stranger Day is a day to reach out to someone and make a new connection. 

Who created this day? This day was founded by BDOPE LLC in 2020. 

How should this day be celebrated or observed?

Make it a point to strike up a conversation with a stranger on a regular basis. In an era where many of our conversations are digital, this can help us go back to learning how to socialize and see the good in others. This can help people become more understanding of others, less judgmental, and more open-minded. This could go viral and lead to people being kind to each other. We can end discrimination!