Every day abounds with opportunities to be kind. Scroll down for fun and unusual holidays and ways to celebrate them with good deeds.


January 1

  • New Year’s Day—make a kindness resolution

January 2

  • National Science Fiction Day—leave your favorite sci-fi book in a public place for someone else to discover

January 3

January 4

  • National Spaghetti Day—offer to make dinner for your family
  • National Trivia Day—share the knowledge that consistently kind folks have 23% less of the stress hormone cortisol than the average person
  • National Missouri Day—send a text to someone living in Missouri to let them know you’re thinking of them

January 5

  • National Bird Day—fill some feeders for your feathered friends

January 6

  • National Shortbread Day—bake a treat for the office
  • National Cuddle Up Day—get snuggly on the couch and let your spouse pick the movie

January 7

  • National Tempura Day—go out to eat and write a complimentary note to your server on the back of the bill

January 8

  • National Bubble Bath Day—draw a relaxing bath for your significant other
  • National Winter Skin Relief Day—donate lotion to a homeless shelter

January 9

  • National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day—write a letter of gratitude to your local police station

January 10

  • Save the Eagles Day—donate to the American Eagle Foundation
  • National Bittersweet Chocolate Day—share some wine and chocolates with a friend

January 11

  • National Milk Day—offer your feline friend a treat
  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day—check out the 31:8 Project to see how you can help
  • National Arkansas Day—send a postcard to someone in the state

January 12

  • National Pharmacist Day—learn your pharmacist’s name and give them a personal greeting next time you pick up a prescription

January 13

  • National Sticker Day—mail some to the kids you know

January 14

  • National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day—when you pick up lunch, offer to bring something back for a coworker

January 15

  • National Bagel Day—bring some in for the office
  • National Hat Day—compliment someone wearing spiffy headgear

January 16

  • National Nothing Day—take the kids so your spouse can “do nothing”

January 17

January 18

  • National Thesaurus Day—dole out some compliments using these colorful words: singular, capital, sublime, boffo
  • National Winnie the Pooh Day—buy local honey
  • National Michigan Day—video chat with a friend in this Midwest state

January 19

  • National Popcorn Day—pop some and invite your family to watch a movie together

January 20

  • National Cheese Lover’s Day—host a wine and cheese party for your neighbors

January 21

  • National Granola Bar Day—restock the break room
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day—treat the furry critters in your yard to a peanut feast
  • National Hugging Day—give a long hug to those you love

January 22

  • National Blonde Brownie Day—bake some to take to your library staff

January 23

  • National Handwriting Day—pen a heartfelt letter to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while
  • National Pie Day—surprise your neighbors with dessert

January 24

  • National Peanut Butter Day—pack a sandwich in your child’s lunch and include a loving note
  • National Compliment Day—challenge yourself to give as many as you can

January 25

  • National Opposite Day—when you’re about to say no to a request, say yes instead
  • National Florida Day—have grandparents in the Sunshine State? Send them some pictures and artwork from their grandkids

January 26

  • National Spouses Day—do something nice for each other

January 27

  • National Chocolate Cake Day—invite some kids over for a cake-decorating party

January 28

  • National Fun at Work Day—organize a potluck, bring in some games to play over lunch, or have someone teach everyone how to juggle
  • National Blueberry Pancake Day—surprise your kiddos with a yummy breakfast

January 29

  • National Puzzle Day—spend some time working on a puzzle with a grandparent or an elderly neighbor

January 30

  • National Croissant Day—hit your local coffee shop, grab a pastry, and leave money in the tip jar

January 31

  • Inspire Your Heart With Art Day—celebrate the positive impact of the arts by offering a ticket to a friend and asking them to join you at a show or an exhibit
  • National Hot Chocolate Day—get a variety of toppings and offer a hot chocolate bar at work


February 1

  • National Freedom Day—send a care package to a member of the armed forces
  • National Texas Day—take a selfie eating Texas toast and send it to a friend in Texas

February 2

  • National Tater Tot Day—make your partner breakfast in bed

February 3

  • National Women Physicians Day—write your doctor a note of appreciation
  • National Carrot Cake Day—take one to a nursing home
  • National Missing Persons Day—if you hear of any missing persons, help spread the word through your social media channels

February 4

  • National Thank a Mail Carrier Day—leave them a nice note and gift card
  • National Homemade Soup Day—take some to a neighbor who isn’t feeling well

February 5

February 6

  • National Frozen Yogurt Day—stop for a cup and genuinely ask the cashier how their day is going

February 7

  • National Send a Card to a Friend Day—send five
  • National Fettucine Alfredo Day—make dinner as a family and then offer to do the dishes

February 8

  • National Kite Flying Day—bring an extra to the park to share
  • National Iowa Day—write a poem about the Hawkeye State for a friend who lives there

February 9

  • National Pizza Day—order in and give the delivery person a big tip

February 10

  • National Umbrella Day—carry a spare and give it to someone without one

February 11

  • National Make a Friend Day—invite someone who’s eating alone to sit with you
  • National Peppermint Patty Day—put a bowl on your desk and invite coworkers to take one
  • National Shut-in Visitation Day—spend some time with someone who is shut in to brighten their day

February 12

  • National Plum Pudding Day—try making this Christmas pudding to share with friends who appreciate a touch of history

February 13

  • National Cheddar Day—donate some to a food bank
  • National Tortellini Day—make dinner fancy by setting the table with flowers and candles

February 14

  • Valentine’s Day—write your spouse a love letter
  • National Organ Donor Day—become an organ donor at

February 15

  • National Gumdrop Day—kids: share some candy with your friends
  • National Wisconsin Day—if you live in Wisconsin, tell the world what you love about your state

February 16

  • National Do a Grouch a Favor Day—smile at someone who isn’t so friendly to you
  • National Almond Day—bake some almond bars to take to your pediatrician’s office

February 17

  • National Random Acts of Kindness Day—pay it forward at a coffee shop

February 18

  • National Drink Wine Day—sign up for a wine-of-the-month club and share the bottles with friends

February 19

  • National Chocolate Mint Day—buy some Thin Mints from a Girl Scout troop
  • National Vet Girls Rock Day—write letters of gratitude to females in the military

February 20

  • National Love Your Pet Day—give your nonhuman family some extra attention
  • World Day of Social Justice—host some friends to watch a social justice–themed movie and have an engaging conversation afterward

February 21

  • National Grain-Free Day—bake some goodies that will satisfy your gluten-free pals

February 22

  • National Margarita Day—invite some coworkers out for happy hour
  • National California Day—plan a trip to visit any relatives who live here

February 23

  • National Dog Biscuit Day—give your pet a gift
  • National Banana Bread Day—make two loaves: one to keep and one to share

February 24

  • National Tortilla Chip Day—organize a chips-and-dip potluck at work

February 25

  • National Chocolate Covered Nut Day—play bingo with your kids and let them eat the counters

February 26

  • National Tell a Fairy Tale Day—kids: call your grandparent and make up a story together

February 27

  • National Polar Bear Day—donate to your zoo’s conservation efforts
  • National Strawberry Day—give your kid a smoothie instead of milk with breakfast
  • National Kahlua Day—mix it into some brownies for a treat to share with neighbors

February 28

  • National Floral Design Day—send a bouquet of flowers to your office’s administrative assistant

February 29

  • National Time Refund Day—make the most of the time you get back by spending quality time with someone or by doing something to make others happy


March 1

  • National Pig Day—cook some bacon and make breakfast for dinner, or read Charlotte’s Web to a child
  • National Horse Protection Day—if you’ve ever given any thought to adopting a horse, make today the day
  • National Minnesota Day—call a college roommate you’ve lost touch with

March 2

  • National Old Stuff Day—get rid of things you don’t need anymore by donating them to Goodwill or The Salvation Army

March 3

  • National I Want You to Be Happy Day—make as many people smile as you can
  • National Soup It Forward Day—make a pot for yourself and take a second to someone who could use a little comfort

March 4

  • National Hug a G.I. Day—show your appreciation with a warm embrace

March 5

  • National Cheese Doodle Day—bring some into work and have an orange-fingered team-builder
  • National Multiple Personality Day—if you know someone who has been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, spend some time with them today

March 6

  • National Oreo Cookie Day—try baking them into brownies to share with the staff of your child’s dance studio, gym, or swim school
  • National Dentist’s Day—write a note of thanks to the people who keep your smile shining bright
  • National Dress Day—compliment anyone you see wearing one

March 7

  • National Be Heard Day—support small businesses by shopping local
  • National Cereal Day—donate pantry items to a food bank

March 8

  • International Women’s Day—write a note to the women who have inspired you
  • National Oregon Day—video chat with someone who lives here

March 9

  • National Get Over It Day—forgive someone you’ve been holding a grudge against
  • National Barbie Day—take some new toys to a children’s hospital

March 10

  • National Pack Your Lunch Day—pack one for your spouse, along with a kind note

March 11

  • National Worship of Tools Day—let a neighbor borrow your tools

March 12

  • National Girl Scout Day—tell the Girl Scouts in your life why you admire them
  • National Plant a Flower Day—see if you can start a community garden in your neighborhood

March 13

  • National Good Samaritan Day—let someone go in front of you in line, or pick up something someone dropped
  • National Earmuff Day—donate some to those less fortunate

March 14

  • National Potato Chip Day—sign up for a chip-of-the-month club and share what you receive with your coworkers
  • National Children’s Craft Day—offer to share your crafting skills with a child who would like to learn

March 15

  • National Shoe the World Day—donate shoes through Soles4Souls
  • National Kansas Day—gather with those who have roots in Kansas and watch The Wizard of Oz

March 16

  • National Panda Day—help this endangered species by promoting the World Wildlife Fund on social media

March 17

  • St. Patrick’s Day—hide a four-leaf clover for your child to find

March 18

  • National Awkward Moments Day—if you see someone do something embarrassing, share a story of your own to let them know they’re not alone

March 19

  • National Let’s Laugh Day—tell a joke to someone you think would appreciate it
  • National Certified Nurses Day—take a bouquet of flowers to the nurses’ station at a nearby hospital

March 20

  • National Ravioli Day—invite your parents over for dinner

March 21

  • National Common Courtesy Day—say “Please” and “Thank you” profusely
  • National Single Parent Day—offer a free night of babysitting to give a single parent a night to themselves
  • World Down Syndrome Day—use AmazonSmile to donate to the National Down Syndrome Society

March 22

  • National Goof Off Day—act like a kid again with some other grown-ups by playing Twister, making slime, or flying paper airplanes
  • National Bavarian Crêpes Day—frequent the nearest crêpery and have a friendly conversation with the person who takes your order
  • National West Virginia Day—write a complimentary note to the state government

March 23

  • National Puppy Day—give a shelter pup its fur-ever home
  • National Chip and Dip Day—host a potluck

March 24

  • National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day—set some out during homework time for a tasty study break

March 25

  • Tolkien Reading Day—put some encouraging notes in library copies of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings

March 26

  • National Spinach Day—if you see someone with green in their teeth, politely and discreetly let them know
  • National Nougat Day—take some 3 Musketeers, Snickers, or Milky Way to a nursing home
  • Epilepsy Awareness Day—wear purple to help raise awareness

March 27

  • National Scribble Day—spend some time coloring with a child
  • National Joe Day—if you have a Joe in your life, tell him how much he means to you

March 28

  • National Something on a Stick Day—go to a festival and give tickets to someone waiting in line

March 29

  • National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day—leave a positive review online
  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day—give a vet a call to say you’re thinking of them
  • National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day—encourage the arrival of spring by baking this sunny dessert
  • National Nevada Day—plan a trip with some friends

March 30

  • National Doctors Day—write a note of thanks to the people who help keep you well
  • National Take a Walk in the Park Day—bring along some nuts or seeds to share with the wildlife while you commune with nature
  • National Pencil Day—donate school supplies to help replenish a teacher’s classroom

March 31

  • National Crayon Day—donate new crayons to a children’s hospital, and recycle old, used crayons through
  • National Tater Day—if you eat a potato at a restaurant tonight, compliment quality service to a manager
  • Transgender Day of Visibility—celebrate the accomplishments of the transgender community by reading, watching, learning, or talking about/with its members


April 1

  • National One Cent Day—leave some pennies on grocery store rides for kids
  • National Sourdough Day—bake some bread with your grandma

April 2

  • National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day—surprise your family with peanut butter and jelly French toast
  • National Reconciliation Day—mend a riff you’ve had with someone
  • National Ferret Day—check out a book from the library to learn more about these curious creatures; when you return it, leave a dollar bill inside

April 3

  • National Find a Rainbow Day—enjoy nature if you’re lucky enough to spot a rainbow; if not, teach your kids some science by making your own with a hose or a prism
  • National Film Score Day—host a family movie night to appreciate the music
  • National Chocolate Mousse Day—invite a friend over for coffee and dessert

April 4

  • National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day—invite extended family over for a nice dinner
  • National School Librarian Day—return a nice card along with your books

April 5

  • National Flash Drive Day—donate any extras you have lying around to a charity that will give them to schools, homeless shelters, or countries in need
  • National Deep Dish Pizza Day—when you buy a pie for yourself, buy a second for someone else
  • National Nebraska Day—send a happy text to those in the Corn Husker State
  • Gold Star Spouses Day—go out of your way to offer your sympathies to surviving loved ones of military service members killed in the line of duty

April 6

  • National Student-Athlete Day—cheer on kids from a local school
  • National Caramel Popcorn Day—take some into the staff at the bank

April 7

  • National Beer Day—pick up the tab for another table
  • National Girl, Me Too Day—send a note of sympathy or encouragement to a woman or girl in your life

April 8

  • National Zoo Lovers Day—adopt an animal to support a zoo in your area

April 9

  • National Unicorn Day—kids: pick out matching unicorn headbands and give your friends a “just because” gift
  • National Cherish an Antique Day—make notes about family heirlooms you have to share with your kids or other family members

April 10

  • National Siblings Day—give your brothers and sisters a call
  • National Encourage a Young Writer Day—encourage your kids to write a story and share it with you
  • National Cinnamon Crescent Day—wake your family with the smell of warm cinnamon wafting from the oven

April 11

  • National Pet Day—make sure your pets are up to date on their shots
  • National Cheese Fondue Day—invite some friends over for a 70s-themed party
  • National Barbershop Quartet Day—find some videos online and show them some love

April 12

  • National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day—share the ooey goodness with a family member who could use some comfort
  • National Colorado Day—buy something produced in this mountain state

April 13

  • National Scrabble Day—invite an elderly neighbor to join you for a game
  • National Make Lunch Count Day—get some coworkers and go out for a bite together
  • National Peach Cobbler Day—visit a farmers’ market and buy fresh peaches to use in your dessert

April 14

  • National Gardening Day—plant a bounty of vegetables to share with your neighbors
  • National Pecan Day—give a gift of sugar-coated pecans to the staff of the BMV

April 15

  • National Tax Day—give a gift card to your accountant to say thanks
  • National Take a Wild Guess Day—put a jar of jelly beans or other candy on your desk at work and give it to whoever comes closest to guessing the quantity
  • National Rubber Eraser Day—kids: surprise your classmates with fun erasers

April 16

  • National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day—encourage your office to embrace this casual day
  • National Orchid Day—surprise the school office staff with one of these beauties

April 17

  • National Haiku Poetry Day—spend time with your partner writing funny and/or loving haiku poems to each other
  • International Bat Appreciation Day—set some fruit out before you go to bed to give our winged friends a treat

April 18

  • National Animal Crackers Day—relive childhood with your friends or coworkers
  • National Columnists’ Day—write a complimentary note to your local newspaper

April 19

  • National Hanging Out Day—dry your laundry on a clothesline to benefit the environment and get some fresh air
  • National Garlic Day—try this baked Brie recipe and invite your neighbors over to share
  • National Amaretto Day—bake some almond amaretto bars to give your yoga instructor
  • National North Dakota Day—send a “thinking of you” card to someone living in this state

April 20

  • National Lima Bean Respect Day—put some in a stew, and make enough to share with an elderly neighbor
  • National Cheddar Fries Day—hit up a pub-style restaurant and leave your server a nice tip
  • National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day—take dessert to church

April 21

  • National Kindergarten Day—kids: give your kindergarten teacher a hug
  • National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day—buy or make some to take into a meeting

April 22

  • National Earth Day—reuse or recycle as much as you can
  • National Jelly Bean Day—take a bag to the day care staff

April 23

  • National Take a Chance Day—encourage a friend to pursue a dream they’ve been harboring
  • National Picnic Day—enjoy some fresh air and good food with your family
  • National Lost Dog Awareness Day—if you know of a lost pooch, spread the word to help it finds its way home
  • National Cherry Cheesecake Day—give a cake to a coworker to take home and enjoy with their family

April 24

  • National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day—delight your kids with this fun dinner

April 25

  • National Telephone Day—call a friend or family member for a leisurely chat
  • National DNA Day—tell your parents how much you love them
  • National Zucchini Bread Day—bake two loaves and share one with your neighbors

April 26

  • National Pretzel Day—pack some with chocolate dipping sauce in your kid’s lunch
  • National Kids and Pets Day—encourage your kids to spend some quality time with their pets
  • National Audubon Day—put out a feeder for our feathered friends
  • National Help a Horse Day—contact an equine rescue or sanctuary to see about volunteering at one of their events
  • National Dissertation Day—send an encouraging or a congratulatory card to the continuing education students/grads you know
  • National South Dakota Day—send a text to someone from the state letting them know you’re thinking of them
  • Lesbian Visibility Day—promote lesbian representation by supporting media by or featuring lesbian creators

April 27

  • National Tell a Story Day—spend some time listening to the elderly tell stories from their youth
  • National Prime Rib Day—make a reservation at a nice restaurant, and let the server know how special they made the evening for you

April 28

  • National Superhero Day—choose a hero in your life and celebrate them today
  • National Blueberry Pie Day—send a pie to your clients or vendors or make one to share
  • National BraveHearts Day—support those affected by pediatric cancer by donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • National Great Poetry Reading Day—write a complimentary e-mail or social media message to your favorite living poet

April 29

  • National Peace Rose Day—give a bouquet to the front office staff at your gym
  • National Zipper Day—donate winter coats that no longer fit

April 30

  • National Bubble Tea Day—buy one for you and one to share
  • National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day—give a four-legged friend their fur-ever home
  • National Hairstylist Appreciation Day—when you get your hair cut, give an extra-large tip
  • National Sarcoidosis Day—promote awareness of this immune system disease through your social media channels
  • National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Raisin Day—bake a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies for the fire station


May 1

  • School Principals’ Day—write a note of appreciation to your child’s school principal
  • National May Day—surprise your neighbors by hanging flowers on their doors (or leaving them on their porches)
  • National Mother Goose Day—volunteer to read to kids at a school or library

May 2

  • National Truffle Day—bring an assortment of truffles into the office

May 3

  • National Specially-Abled Pets Day—if you’ve been thinking of adopting a pet, consider choosing a disabled animal
  • National Garden Meditation Day—do yourself and another some good by working in someone else’s garden
  • National Chocolate Custard Day—make some for your daughter’s Girl Scout troop
  • National Raspberry Popover Day—visit a bakery and leave a tip in the tip jar
  • National Montana Day—send an e-card to your Facebook friends who live in Montana
  • National Teacher Day—write a note, share a story, or otherwise let a teacher know you’re grateful for them

May 4

  • National Star Wars Day—host a party for all the Star Wars fans you know
  • National Renewal Day—take on a household cleaning chore someone else normally does
  • National Orange Juice Day—treat your family to the fresh-squeezed stuff

May 5

  • National Silence the Shame Day—check out to see how you can help support mental health and wellness
  • National Hoagie Day—treat a coworker to lunch

May 6

  • National Nurses Day—write a heartfelt note to a nurse in your life or one who helped you through a difficult time
  • National Beverage Day—buy lemonade from kids selling it in your neighborhood

May 7

  • National Packaging Design Day—if you notice and appreciate the packaging of a favorite product, let the company know
  • National Barrier Awareness Day—become more aware of potential barriers that people with disabilities face and see if you can help remove them

May 8

  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day—buy a pie for your family, and pay for a second pie for the bakery to give to the next customer for free
  • National Student Nurse Day—tell a college student studying to become a nurse how much you admire them

May 9

  • National Moscato Day—invite some friends over for wine and cheese
  • National Sleepover Day—kids: have your best pals spend the night
  • National Butterscotch Brownie Day—serve these brownies to your church group

May 10

  • National Clean Up Your Room Day—gather the family and have everyone pitch in to get the house in tip-top shape
  • National Washington Day—give a social media shout-out to people you know in this Pacific Northwest state

May 11

  • National Eat What You Want Day—get fast food, if that’s your fave, and pay for the car behind you in the drive-thru

May 12

  • National Limerick Day—make someone laugh by writing one of these funny poems
  • National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day—offer sympathy to anyone you know with the condition
  • National Odometer Day—drive to visit a friend or family member
  • National Nutty Fudge Day—make some for the school crossing guard

May 13

  • National Frog Jumping Day—gather parents and kids in the neighborhood to see who can jump the farthest
  • National Apple Pie Day—take a pie to an assisted living facility
  • National Crouton Day—organize a salad potluck at work

May 14

  • National Decency Day—give everyone you talk to today your full attention
  • National Dance Like a Chicken Day—use your dance to raise funds for cancer research through

May 15

  • National Chocolate Chip Day—challenge your colleagues or neighbors to see who can bake the best cookie that includes chocolate chips
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day—write a letter of appreciation for the law enforcement officers in your community, and offer sympathy for those who have been killed in the line of duty

May 16

  • National Love a Tree Day—plant some saplings today
  • National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day—leave a kind note in their mailbox, bring them a sweet treat, or tell them what great neighbors they are
  • Honor Our LGBT Elders Day—let those who paved the way for LGBT rights and acceptance know you appreciate them and their contributions

May 17

  • National Pack Rat Day—clear out the clutter and donate unused items to charity
  • National Graduation Tassel Day—offer hearty congratulations to anyone graduating this spring
  • National Walnut Day—whether for dinner or dessert, try a new recipe to impress your family
  • National Idaho Day—send some love to family members in the Gem State
  • National Cherry Cobbler Day—invite the neighbors over for a treat

May 18

  • National No Dirty Dishes Day—go out to eat and order dessert for another table
  • National Visit Your Relatives Day—make a few stops, or host a family reunion yourself

May 19

  • National Devil’s Food Cake Day—make this chocolate cake to celebrate the day

May 20

  • National Rescue Dog Day—bring an adorable four-legged bundle of joy into your life
  • National Pick Strawberries Day—pick a carton for you and one for a neighbor
  • International Clinical Trials Day—learn about trials you might be eligible for and help advance science

May 21

  • National Memo Day—send a memo at work highlighting the accomplishments of your direct reports
  • National Waitstaff Day—go out to eat and tip your server well
  • National American Red Cross Founder’s Day—give blood
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development—read a book by an author or with a protagonist whose culture is different from yours

May 22

  • National Craft Distillery Day—buy a drink for a stranger at the bar
  • National Vanilla Pudding Day—whip up this recipe for your kid’s sports team

May 23

  • National Lucky Penny Day—leave pennies lying around where kids might find them
  • National Taffy Day—set a bowl of this colorful candy on your desk at work

May 24

  • Brother’s Day—spend time with your brother or give him a call; kids: don’t argue with your brother at all today
  • National Scavenger Hunt Day—organize a hunt for the kids in the neighborhood
  • National Wyoming Day—reach out to the Wyomingites in your life
  • Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day—recognize and celebrate those who identify as pansexual or panromantic

May 25

  • National Wine Day—leave a bottle on a friend’s doorstep
  • National Brown-Bag-It Day—invite some coworkers to join you in the kitchen or cafeteria for lunch
  • National Tap Dance Day—send flowers to your child’s dance instructor/studio
  • National Towel Day—as every Hitchhiker knows, you should always carry a towel with you; donate some to Goodwill or The Salvation Army

May 26

  • National Blueberry Cheesecake Day—bring a homemade treat to your book club or other meeting
  • National Paper Airplane Day—take a bunch to the park and invite other kids (or grown-ups) to race them

May 27

  • National Grape Popsicle Day—gather the neighborhood kids to play, then cool off with this refreshing treat

May 28

  • National Hamburger Day—cook up some burgers for a crowd

May 29

  • National Paperclip Day—donate office supplies to a school, church, or other organization

May 30

  • National Creativity Day—draw pictures on the sidewalk, perform for someone, or make a homemade gift
  • National Water a Flower Day—offer to water a neighbor’s garden
  • World Multiple Sclerosis Day—contribute to a fundraiser or participate in an event

May 31

  • National Smile Day—smile at every person you encounter today
  • National Macaroon Day—surprise a friend with a box
  • National Utah Day—for those who live here: be extra friendly with your fellow Utah-dwellers and celebrate your state


June 1

  • World Reef Awareness Day—visit to see how you can help protect the ocean’s coral reefs
  • National Nail Polish Day—donate a batch to a women’s shelter
  • National Say Something Nice Day—say multiple nice somethings
  • National Olive Day—shop local at a store that specializes in olive oils
  • National Heimlich Maneuver Day—make sure you know this lifesaving skill should you ever need it
  • National Pen Pal Day—write a letter to someone and request they return the favor

June 2

  • National Rocky Road Day—supply the chocolate ice cream, and ask others to bring the marshmallows and nuts for a fun potluck

June 3

  • National Egg Day—buy fresh eggs from a local farmer
  • National Repeat Day—perform any act of kindness, and repeat

June 4

  • National Cheese Day—grab the cheese board and offer an assortment to friends during a game night
  • National Cognac Day—surprise an aficionado with a new bottle

June 5

  • National Gingerbread Day—bake something other than the traditional cookies and take it to your optometrist’s office
  • National Veggie Burger Day—let the restaurant with the best know how much you enjoy it

June 6

  • National Higher Education Day—donate to a scholarship program
  • National Eyewear Day—donate old glasses through Lions Club International
  • National Yo-Yo Day—give this old-timey toy to the kids in your life
  • National Drive-In Movie Day—offer to drive a group for a viewing

June 7

  • National Chocolate Ice Cream Day—put money in the tip jar when you get a scoop
  • National Oklahoma Day—send a video to someone in this state letting them know you’re thinking of them

June 8

  • Best Friends Day—tell your bestie why they mean so much to you
  • National Upsy Daisy Day—keep a positive attitude by expressing gratitude to as many people as you can

June 9

  • National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day—bake one for your babysitter

June 10

  • National Egg Roll Day—order one app for you and one for another table
  • National Iced Tea Day—take a glass onto your front porch and say hi to all the neighbors who walk by
  • National Ballpoint Pen Day—write a letter to a distant relative

June 11

  • National Making Life Beautiful Day—gather a group to perform random acts of kindness
  • National Corn on the Cob Day—buy from a farmers’ market
  • National German Chocolate Cake Day—bake one for a chocolate-lover in your life

June 12

  • National Loving Day—send cards to some of the couples you know
  • National Red Rose Day—give a bouquet to your sweetie
  • National Peanut Butter Cookie Day—bake a batch with your grandma, then share them with the family

June 13

  • National Random Acts of Light Day—bring light to the darkness of cancer by performing a random act of kindness; learn more at
  • National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day—cook dinner for someone who is culinarily challenged
  • National Sewing Machine Day—sew something for someone else
  • National Weed Your Garden Day—weed yours and your neighbor’s

June 14

  • International Bath Day—let your kids play in the tub instead of washing
  • National Bourbon Day—pour a drink for your spouse
  • Army Birthday—let Army vets in your life know you appreciate their service
  • National Strawberry Shortcake Day—surprise your roommate with dessert
  • National New Mexico Day—call a friend who lives here
  • World Blood Donor Day—donate blood

June 15

  • National Smile Power Day—use your power and smile at everyone you see
  • Nature Photography Day—compliment pictures on social media

June 16

June 17

  • National Eat Your Vegetables Day—harvest some from your garden
  • Global Garbage Man Day—give your trash collectors a gift card and say thanks
  • National Apple Strudel Day—visit your favorite bakery and tell them why they’re your favorite

June 18

  • National Splurge Day—encourage your significant other to buy something they have wanted but have been holding off on purchasing
  • National Go Fishing Day—invite a friend or take a child and enjoy some quiet bonding time

June 19

  • Juneteenth—find an event near you to participate in the celebrations
  • National Watch Day—compliment people wearing any watches you admire
  • National Martini Day—invite some coworkers out for happy hour
  • National Garfield the Cat Day—make lasagna for your family

June 20

  • National Vanilla Milkshake Day—supply the milkshakes and lots of mix-ins/toppings and host a milkshake party
  • National American Eagle Day—celebrate by learning more at
  • National Hike With a Geek Day—invite a tech-loving friend out for a walk

June 21

  • National Peaches ‘N’ Cream Day—go peach picking, then make this dessert
  • National Arizona Day—send a postcard from the Grand Canyon State

June 22

  • National HVAC Tech Day—give the repair person a big smile and genuinely thank them for their work
  • National Chocolate Eclair Day—bring a batch of these pastries into work

June 23

  • National Pink Day—compliment anyone wearing this color
  • National Hydration Day—volunteer to pass out water during a race
  • National Pecan Sandies Day—take a plate of these cookies into the vet’s office

June 24

  • National Pralines Day—create your own to share with others

June 25

  • National Leon Day—named for “noel” spelled backward, this day celebrates the halfway point to Christmas; send “Christmas in summer” cards
  • National Catfish Day—invite a buddy fishing and cook up the catches

June 26

  • National Coconut Day—make these banana coconut muffins for the early risers in your life
  • National Beautician’s Day—let your beautician know you appreciate what they do for you
  • National Chocolate Pudding Day—have it plain or be a kid again with “dirt” pudding; invite friends with kids over and let everyone pick

June 27

  • National PTSD Awareness Day—if you know someone who suffers, let them know you’re thinking of them
  • National Sunglasses Day—compliment the shades you see today
  • National Ice Cream Cake Day—have a no-birthday birthday party for a group of friends

June 28

  • National Logistics Day—let the people in the logistics department at your company know you appreciate them
  • National Alaska Day—join the conversation on social media and praise Alaska’s many natural beauties

June 29

  • National Camera Day—look for opportunities to offer to take a picture of groups having fun together
  • National Waffle Iron Day—treat your kids to a sugary breakfast

June 30

  • Social Media Day—like, share, retweet, and leave positive comments


July 1

  • National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day—get something different at your favorite shop, and leave a tip in the jar
  • National Postal Worker Day—leave a nice note and a gift card for your mail carrier

July 2

  • National Anisette Day—offer this licorice-flavored liqueur to a friend who loves the black jelly beans

July 3

  • National Chocolate Wafer Day—set some by the coffee machine at work

July 4

  • National Barbecued Spareribs Day—host a 4th of July barbecue for family and friends

July 5

  • National Graham Cracker Day—invite the neighbors over, get the fire pit going, and make s’mores
  • National Hawaii Day—throw a luau-inspired party, and virtually include anyone who lives in Hawaii by sending them pictures and letting them know you wish they could be there

July 6

  • National Hand Roll Day—when you get sushi, tell the restaurant manager how much you appreciate the time that goes into making such beautiful and delicious rolls
  • National Fried Chicken Day—fry it or buy it and take your family on a picnic

July 7

  • National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day—dads and girls: enjoy a walk together as you share a quiet moment in your day
  • National Dive Bar Day—pick up someone else’s tab
  • National Macaroni Day—bake some homemade mac and cheese, or use dry noodles to make a craft necklace with your kids

July 8

  • National Chocolate With Almonds Day—make some chocolate almond brittle to share with other parents at a soccer match or baseball game

July 9

  • National Sugar Cookie Day—break out your non-Christmas cookie cutters and frost some cookies to share with the neighbor kids

July 10

  • National Clarihew Day—learn the rules of this 4-line poem and leave one for your partner to find
  • National Piña Colada Day—invite some friends or neighbors over to enjoy this rum-based cocktail

July 11

  • All American Pet Photo Day—give your pet a treat before you snap a pic
  • National Cheer Up the Lonely Day—whatever the reason your friend might be lonely, spend some time with them today
  • National Blueberry Muffin Day—bring a batch into a morning meeting

July 12

  • National Simplicity Day—spend quality time with your family by taking a walk, playing a board game, or talking
  • Paper Bag Day—opt for the earth-friendly option when you get your groceries
  • National Pecan Pie Day—take one to a friend or neighbor

July 13

  • National French Fry Day—hit the drive-thru and pay for the car behind you
  • National Delaware Day—send a card to a friend celebrating them and their Diamond State

July 14

  • National Mac and Cheese Day—invite family over for this classic comfort food; try this creamy recipe or jazz it up
  • International Non-Binary People’s Day—help raise awareness of issues faced by non-binary people

July 15

  • National Give Something Away Day—make it multiple somethings; take as much as you can to Goodwill or The Salvation Army
  • National I Love Horses Day—consider volunteering at a stable

July 16

  • National Corn Fritters Day—head to a Southern-style restaurant and tip the server well
  • National Personal Chef Day—if you’re lucky enough to have one, tell them how much you appreciate them

July 17

  • National Lottery Day—leave some cards in public places for other people to find
  • World Emoji Day—text 5 friends some smiley faces along with a happy message
  • National Peach Ice Cream Day—gather the neighborhood kids and make your own

July 18

  • National Sour Candy Day—kids: share some with your friends and see who can make the best pucker
  • National Caviar Day—throw a fancy dinner party for a few close friends/couples

July 19

  • National Daiquiri Day—have a tropical getaway at home by sharing some daiquiris with friends

July 20

  • National Lollipop Day—adults and kids: hand out the sweet treats to people you see today
  • National Pennsylvania Day—call and chat with a relative who lives here

July 21

  • National Junk Food Day—join a chip-of-the-month club to share with coworkers

July 22

  • National Hammock Day—offer to do any chores that need doing so your partner can put up their feet and relax

July 23

  • National Vanilla Ice Cream Day—host an ice cream social

July 24

  • National Cousins Day—write your cousin a letter sharing a favorite childhood memory
  • National Drive-Thru Day—pay it forward

July 25

  • National Thread the Needle Day—sew something to give to someone else
  • National Hot Fudge Sundae Day—hit the ice cream parlor and give a big smile and thank-you for those sample scoops
  • National Wine and Cheese Day—host a sophisticated gathering
  • National Merry-Go-Round Day—buy an extra ticket and give it to someone in line behind you

July 26

  • National Aunts and Uncles Day—give yours a call
  • National Bagelfest Day—bring an assortment into the office
  • National Coffee Milkshake Day—invite some friends to enjoy these treats on the deck or patio
  • National Disability Independence Day—recognize accessible businesses and organizations on social media

July 27

  • National Love Is Kind Day—treat your loved ones with empathy, kindness, and love
  • National Scotch Day—pour a couple glasses to sip while you visit with a friend
  • National New Jersey Day—reach out to someone you know here

July 28

  • National Milk Chocolate Day—make a recipe to share
  • National Waterpark Day—tell your kids to invite some friends and make a day of it

July 29

  • National Lipstick Day—compliment any especially pretty colors you see
  • National Lasagna Day—make dinner for a group, or cuddle and watch Garfield
  • National Chicken Wing Day—go out to a bar and tip your waitstaff well

July 30

  • National Cheesecake Day—get a piece and gift a piece, or make a whole cake for someone
  • National Father-in-Law Day—let him know you’re grateful to have him in your life

July 31

  • National Avocado Day—make some guacamole and invite some friends over
  • National Mutt Day—go to a shelter and give a mixed breed its fur-ever home
  • National Raspberry Cake Day—make one for your grandparents


August 1

  • National Girlfriends Day—invite some gal pals out for dinner, drinks, or coffee
  • Respect for Parents Day—tell your folks how much you appreciate everything they’ve done for you
  • National Minority Donor Awareness Day—if you’re not already, become an organ donor

August 2

  • National Ice Cream Sandwich Day—visit an ice cream truck and pay for the people behind you
  • National Coloring Book Day—donate coloring books and other art supplies to a children’s hospital

August 3

  • National Watermelon Day—invite the neighbors over for a picnic
  • National Georgia Day—celebrate the local produce by picking peaches, or support from afar by buying peach jelly from the state

August 4

  • National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day—bake a batch for the camp counselor or babysitter
  • National Coast Guard Day—express your appreciation or attend an event honoring these people

August 5

  • National Work Like a Dog Day—help a colleague with their work or do a chore around the house that you or your spouse has been putting off

August 6

  • National Fresh Breath Day—donate toothpaste and other toiletries to a homeless shelter

August 7

  • National Raspberries N’ Cream Day—take a group to go raspberry picking, then make this dessert together

August 8

  • National Dollar Day—leave some bills inside library books
  • National Happiness Happens Day—surprise as many people as you can with a treat, a smile, or a helping hand
  • National Frozen Custard Day—grab a scoop and put some change in the tip jar

August 9

  • National Book Lovers Day—send one of your favorite books to someone else you think would enjoy it
  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples—learn more about this day and how you can help protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population

August 10

  • National S’mores Day—invite the neighbors over to toast some marshmallows
  • National Lazy Day—offer to do any chores so your significant other can relax
  • National Connecticut Day—text any friends you have in this state

August 11

  • National Sons and Daughters Day—spend some quality time with your kids doing something they enjoy

August 12

  • National Middle Child Day—get the family together and do whatever the middle kiddo chooses
  • National Vinyl Record Day—spend the afternoon with someone who loves music and let them play some of their favorites for you

August 13

  • National Prosecco Day—toast each other and all the good things in your life
  • International Left Handers Day—do something sweet for the lefties in your life
  • National Filet Mignon Day—treat a date to a fancy dinner

August 14

  • National Creamsicle Day—hand out this refreshing treat to the neighborhood kids

August 15

  • National Relaxation Day—pamper someone you love
  • National Lemon Meringue Pie Day—take a pie to the police station

August 16

  • National Tell a Joke Day—share something funny and a enjoy a laugh together
  • National Rum Day—mix some tropical cocktails to sip with friends
  • National Roller Coaster Day—invite a group to spend the day at an amusement park

August 17

  • Black Cat Appreciation Day—visit a shelter or cat cafe and spend some time petting a black cat
  • National Thrift Shop Day—go through your closet and donate clothes you don’t want anymore
  • National Nonprofit Day—donate to your favorite charity
  • National Massachusetts Day—if you live here, send a postcard highlighting your state to someone who doesn’t

August 18

  • National Ice Cream Pie Day—gather all your friends with August birthdays and throw a party; try making a coffee Oreo version or a lemon berry

August 19

  • International Bow Day—kids: gift a bow to your closest friends
  • National Soft Ice Cream Day—leave gift cards to Dairy Queen lying around in public places
  • National Aviation Day—if you’re flying today, let someone in line ahead of you at security

August 20

  • National Radio Day—let your favorite station know you enjoy listening
  • National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day—make a pie for hospital staff

August 21

  • National Senior Citizens Day—volunteer at a retirement home

August 22

  • National Be an Angel Day—perform an act of kindness for a stranger

August 23

  • National Ride the Wind Day—gift your partner with a ride in a glider or a hot air balloon
  • National Sponge Cake Day—buy one from your local bakery and compliment the baker

August 24

  • National Waffle Day—make your family breakfast in bed
  • National Peach Pie Day—bake one to share with your book club
  • National Maryland Day—call a loved one who lives in this east-coast state

August 25

  • National Kiss and Make Up Day—forgive and forget something trivial that’s been annoying you
  • National Banana Split Day—gather the family and make this treat together
  • National Secondhand Wardrobe Day—donate clothes you haven’t worn in the last year

August 26

  • National Dog Day—consider adopting, or give your current companion some treats and extra love

August 27

  • National Just Because Day—give someone a gift or send flowers “just because”

August 28

  • National Red Wine Day—invite friends over for wine and chocolates
  • National Bow Tie Day—compliment those you see wearing one

August 29

  • National Chop Suey Day—get Chinese takeout and tip the delivery person well

August 30

  • National Beach Day—bring a cooler of drinks to share
  • National Toasted Marshmallow Day—gather neighbors to make s’mores

August 31

  • National Trail Mix Day—pack some as a fun snack for your kiddos
  • National Matchmaker Day—if you and your significant other were matched by someone, let them know how grateful you are
  • National South Carolina Day—video chat with a friend who lives here


September 1

  • National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day—celebrate words that rhyme with nothing by writing a poem to a friend

September 2

  • National Blueberry Popsicle Day—try making your own for your kids and their friends

September 3

  • U.S. Bowling League Day—bring some homemade treats to share with your teammates

September 4

  • National Wildlife Day—support conservation efforts
  • National Macadamia Nut Day—bake these bars to bring into the office

September 5

  • National Cheese Pizza Day—order in for dinner and give the delivery person a large tip

September 6

  • National Read a Book Day—leave one of your favorites in a public place for someone to take
  • National Be Late for Something Day—choose not to be annoyed when someone is late to meet you

September 7

  • National Beer Lover’s Day—buy a round of drinks at the bar
  • National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day—celebrate the post office by mailing a letter to someone you haven’t seen in a while
  • National Grateful Patient Day—let a healthcare professional you value know how much you appreciate them
  • National New Hampshire Day—reach out to friends in this state via social media

September 8

  • National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day—take some flowers to these incredible people

September 9

  • National Teddy Bear Day—organize a teddy bear drive and donate them to a children’s hospital

September 10

  • National Swap Ideas Day—offer encouragement and constructive criticism
  • National TV Dinner Day—use the time you don’t spend cooking to spend quality time with your family

September 11

  • National Make Your Bed Day—make yours and the others in your household

September 12

  • National Day of Encouragement—lift up as many people as you can
  • National Video Games Day—give your partner or kids extra time to play
  • National Chocolate Milkshake Day—get two straws and share with your sweetie

September 13

  • National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day—kids: make a fun treat to share with your parents
  • National Celiac Awareness Day—make some gluten-free treats
  • National Bald Is Beautiful Day—compliment all the bald heads you see today

September 14

  • National Cream Filled Donut Day—bring some into the office
  • National Live Creative Day—tell your friends who express themselves artistically how much you admire their talent
  • National Virginia Day—send a “thinking of you” text to someone who lives here
  • National Eat a Hoagie Day—offer to buy subs for the police station

September 15

  • Greenpeace Day—try to reuse or recycle as much as you can
  • National Double Cheeseburger Day—hit the drive-thru and pay it forward
  • National Linguine Day—go to your favorite Italian restaurant and tell the manager you love going there
  • National Tackle Kids Cancer Day—donate toward pediatric cancer research
  • National Crème de Menthe Day—make these brownies to share

September 16

  • National Play-Doh Day—ask a day care or preschool if they could use a donation
  • National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day—bake a loaf for an elderly neighbor

September 17

  • National Professional House Cleaners Day—let yours know you appreciate everything they do
  • National Apple Dumpling Day—offer your kids this delicious fall snack

September 18

  • National Cheeseburger Day—go out to eat and write a nice note to the server on the back of the bill
  • Air Force Birthday—let past or present members of the Air Force know you appreciate their service

September 19

  • Talk Like a Pirate Day—banter with anyone who talks like a pirate to you
  • National Butterscotch Pudding Day—make some to enjoy with your family

September 20

  • Pepperoni Pizza Day—order in for dinner and give a generous tip
  • National Fried Rice Day—invite friends over and make it from scratch

September 21

  • National Chai Day—visit a coffee shop for this tea or latte and drop a dollar in the tip jar
  • National New York Day—celebrate your state by sending postcards to 5 friends

September 22

  • National Ice Cream Cone Day—grab a scoop and throw in a tip
  • Car Free Day—be kind to the environment by not using your car for a day
  • National Elephant Appreciation Day—check out the elephants by visiting and supporting your local zoo
  • Hobbit Day—throw a party; hobbits love food, company, music, and dancing
  • National Legwear Day—compliment 5 people on what they have covering their legs
  • American Business Women’s Day—write a note of appreciation to a woman who has mentored you
  • National Girls’ Night In Day—invite your best friends over for the evening
  • National White Chocolate Day—make these cookies for the orthodontist’s office

September 23

  • National Great American Pot Pie Day—buy or make one for you and one to share
  • Teal Talk Day—raise money for ovarian cancer research
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day—post positive notes on bathroom mirrors to celebrate people being who they are

September 24

  • National Punctuation Day—send a text to your wordy friends, and correctly use as many punctuation marks as you can
  • National Cherries Jubilee Day—make this dessert for the cherry lovers in your life

September 25

  • National Comic Book Day—support local business and buy a comic book or two from an independent shop
  • National Lobster Day—treat your significant other to a fancy meal

September 26

  • National Pancake Day—flip some for your family
  • National Dumpling Day—order Chinese food and tip the delivery person well
  • National Compliance Officer Day—let these professionals know you value what they do

September 27

  • National Chocolate Milk Day—let your kids swap their plain milk at dinner
  • National Crush a Can Day—recycle cans, and save the pop tabs to donate to Ronald McDonald House
  • National Scarf Day—compliment those you see wearing one

September 28

  • National Drink Beer Day—buy a round
  • National Good Neighbor Day—connect with your neighbors by striking up a conversation, offering help with a chore, or bringing them a treat
  • National Strawberry Cream Pie Day—make one for a friend who could use a pick-me-up
  • National North Carolina Day—video call a family member who lives in this state

September 29

  • National Coffee Day—head to your local shop and pay for the person behind you, or drop some money in the tip jar
  • National VFW Day—show your appreciation for this organization and the members it serves

September 30

  • National Love People Day—show your love for your fellow humans in as many ways as you can
  • National Chewing Gum Day—kids: share with your siblings or friends
  • National Hot Mulled Cider Day—spice up your book club with this warm beverage
  • National Mud Pack Day—invite some friends over for a DIY spa day


October 1

  • National Homemade Cookies Day—bake several dozen and gift away
  • National Black Dog Day—did you know they’re less likely to be adopted? Give “Midnight” his fur-ever home
  • National Hair Day—compliment all the stylish locks you see
  • National Fire Pup Day—take some dog treats to the station

October 2

  • National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day—let the janitorial staff at the office or school know you appreciate what they do

October 3

  • National Boyfriend Day—let him know how much he means to you, or surprise him with a fun night out
  • National Techies Day—treat a techie in your life to lunch

October 4

  • National Taco Day—if there’s a wait, let someone go in front of you
  • National Golf Lover’s Day—pay for a round for someone else

October 5

  • National Do Something Nice Day—do as many nice things as you can think of
  • National Apple Betty Day—get your kids involved and make dessert a family affair
  • National Rhode Island Day—send a greeting to someone in the Ocean State

October 6

  • National Noodle Day—try making homemade pasta for a romantic dinner with your significant other
  • National Coaches Day—kids: write a note of appreciation to your coaches

October 7

  • National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day—make these fun dipped treats to share with neighbors or friends
  • National Frappe Day—pick up coffee for your coworkers

October 8

  • National Fluffernutter Day—surprise your kids with this yummy alternative to a PB&J
  • American Touch Tag Day—get the grown-ups and the kids from the neighborhood and play a game
  • National Pierogi Day—make dinner for any friends with eastern European ancestry

October 9

  • National Moldy Cheese Day—invite your most adventurous foodie friends over for a plate of these blue/green/gray delights

October 10

  • World Mental Health Day—help raise awareness for mental health issues
  • National Cake Decorating Day—spread the word about your favorite bakery, or try your hand at a cake to give a friend
  • National Hand Bag Day—offer some compliments to those whose bags you admire

October 11

  • International Day of the Girl Child—mentor a young woman or tell her something you admire about her
  • National Sausage Pizza Day—buy a pie for the office
  • National Coming Out Day—show your support for the LGBT community

October 12

  • National Farmer’s Day—buy from a local farmer’s market
  • National Savings Day—set up a college fund for your grandchild, niece, or nephew
  • National Vermont Day—write a letter to a relative who lives here

October 13

  • Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day—donate to METAvivor
  • National Train Your Brain Day—leave crossword or sudoku puzzles in a coffee shop for others to enjoy
  • Navy Birthday—show your appreciation for current and past personnel of the US Navy

October 14

  • National Dessert Day—host a neighborhood potluck
  • Be Bald and Be Free Day—give a thumbs-up to all the bare heads you see

October 15

  • National Grouch Day—see if you can make the grouches in your life smile today
  • White Cane Safety Day—if you interact with someone who is blind or visually impaired, make sure to keep aisles and doorways clear
  • National Aesthetician Day—give yours a generous tip

October 16

  • National Sports Day—go to a game and cheer loudly for both sides
  • National Boss’s Day—write yours a heartfelt letter expressing your admiration or gratitude
  • Global Cat Day—bring a furry feline into your home for keeps
  • National Dictionary Day—find a new word to use to tell someone they’re great
  • National Liqueur Day—invite friends over, sit in front of a fire, and sip and chat
  • Department Store Day—if an associate is helpful or especially friendly, tell management

October 17

  • National Pasta Day—go out to your favorite Italian restaurant and write a nice note to your server
  • National Mulligan Day—on this day of second chances, apologize for an unkind word and tell someone what you should have said

October 18

  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day—bring some into your next meeting

October 19

  • National LGBT Center Awareness Day—make a donation to or volunteer at a center in your area
  • National Kentucky Day—share a mint julep with your KY friends

October 20

  • National Youth Confidence Day—share positive stories of inspiring young people
  • National Brandied Fruit Day—make some to use in this friendship cake recipe

October 21

  • National Reptile Awareness Day—if you know someone with such a pet, ask to learn more
  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day—make one to give to the staff at the post office

October 22

  • National Make a Dog’s Day—give your canine friends treats, love, and extra snuggles
  • National Color Day—use the color of roses to let someone know what they mean to you
  • National Nut Day—leave some for the squirrels or for your office mates

October 23

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day—buy one from your favorite bakery and leave a positive review online

October 24

  • National Food Day—celebrate healthy food by donating fresh produce to a food pantry

October 25

  • National Greasy Foods Day—hit a drive-thru and pay for the car behind you

October 26

  • National Pumpkin Day—paint happy faces on pumpkins and leave them on your neighbors’ doorsteps
  • National Day of the Deployed—send a care package to a soldier overseas
  • National Tennessee Day—call a friend from this state
  • Intersex Awareness Day—help raise awareness of human rights issues faced by intersex people

October 27

  • National American Beer Day—buy a pint for a friend
  • National Black Cat Day—don’t let superstition stand in the way of adopting one of these beauties

October 28

  • National Chocolate Day—surprise your coworkers with a chocolate and a note telling them how sweet they are

October 29

  • National Cat Day—spend extra time petting and playing with your feline friends
  • World Stroke Day—make sure you know the warning signs in case you’re ever in a position to save a life
  • National Oatmeal Day—pack some oatmeal with other snacks for Ronald McDonald House snack bags

October 30

  • National Candy Corn Day—make these cupcakes to share
  • Speak Up For Service Day—recognize the community service contributions of the youth in your area

October 31

  • National Knock Knock Joke Day—tell one and make someone smile
  • National Magic Day—kids: put on a show for your friends or younger siblings


November 1

  • National Cinnamon Day—make cinnamon rolls for a morning treat
  • National Author’s Day—visit your favorite bookstore and buy a book, or write a note to an author you admire
  • National Family Literacy Day—gather together and read aloud
  • National Cook For Your Pets Day—give them a dinner fit for a king or queen

November 2

  • National Deviled Egg Day—throw a cocktail party and serve these as appetizers
  • National Ohio Day—celebrate the state by sharing some buckeyes

November 3

  • National Sandwich Day—visit your local deli and engage in a friendly chat while you wait for your order

November 4

  • National Candy Day—buy or make some to set out at your desk

November 5

  • National Doughnut Day—bring a box into work
  • National Love Your Red Hair Day—compliment any red locks you see today

November 6

  • National Nachos Day—invite friends out for happy hour
  • National Saxophone Day—go to a concert and praise the performer

November 7

  • National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day—make this bark to deliver to neighbors

November 8

  • National Cappuccino Day—pay it forward at Starbucks

November 9

  • National Louisiana Day—text an old friend who lives here

November 10

  • National Vanilla Cupcake Day—take some to the school office staff
  • United States Marine Corps Birthday—say thank you to any marines you know

November 11

  • National Sundae Day—gather some friends and go out for this sweet treat

November 12

  • National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day—share heartwarming, inspiring stories on social media

November 13

  • World Kindness Day—let kindness guide your actions all day

November 14

  • National Family PJ Day—buy your loved ones a matching set, snuggle on the couch, and watch a movie
  • National Pickle Day—wrap a jar and give it to a friend who craves these briny cucumbers

November 15

  • America Recycles Day—recycle as much as you can
  • National Philanthropy Day—volunteer for or donate to a cause that’s close to your heart
  • National Bundt Day—buy some of these mini cakes to share with your team at work

November 16

  • National Fast Food Day—pay it forward, or give a big smile and a sincere thank-you to the employee who takes your order
  • National Indiana Day—show some love to those you know from/in this Midwest state

November 17

  • National Take a Hike Day—invite a friend and have a nice chat while you get some fresh air
  • National Homemade Bread Day—make a loaf of friendship bread to share with neighbors

November 18

  • National Princess Day—pamper a little princess in your life
  • National Vichyssoise Day—make a batch of this cold soup to share

November 19

  • National Play Monopoly Day—be a good sport and give a hearty congratulations to the winner or a sincere “Thanks for playing” if you win

November 20

  • National Child’s Day—celebrate your kids and tell them all the things that make them amazing
  • National Peanut Butter Fudge Day—buy or make some to take to a nursing home

November 21

  • National Gingerbread Cookie Day—get in the holiday spirit early and make some for your kids’ friends and their families
  • National Stuffing Day—make some and freeze it to take to a sick neighbor when they need it

November 22

  • National Cranberry Relish Day—put some in jars to gift to teachers

November 23

  • National Espresso Day—put a note of appreciation along with some cash in the tip jar at your favorite coffee shop
  • National Cashew Day—set a bowl out at work

November 24

  • National Sardines Day—include some cans in your donation to a food bank

November 25

  • National Play Day With Dad—spend some quality time bonding with your kiddos
  • National Parfait Day—surprise your family with this eye-catching dessert

November 26

  • National Cake Day—if you know a friend or neighbor who’s stressed about upcoming company, offer to buy or make a cake to cross dessert off their to-do list

November 27

  • National Bavarian Cream Pie Day—offset all the pumpkin by bringing one of these to a gathering

November 28

  • National French Toast Day—offer to make breakfast so your spouse can sleep in

November 29

  • Electronic Greetings Day—reach out to someone you haven’t connected with in a while, or send e-cards to kids in the hospital

November 30

  • National Mason Jar Day—layer the jars with dry ingredients for hot chocolate and gift them to neighbors, teachers, coaches, or community helpers
  • Stay Home Because You’re Well Day—be kind to yourself by carving out some time during the holidays to give yourself a break
  • National Mousse Day—make a variety of flavors and invite some friends over for a dessert buffet
  • National Mississippi Day—send a card to someone who lives here


December 1

  • National Eat a Red Apple Day—kids: take one to your teacher, along with a note of thanks

December 2

  • National Mutt Day—volunteer at an animal shelter

December 3

  • National Roof Over Your Head Day—support a local homeless shelter, or pick a tag off a giving tree and help a family in need this holiday season
  • International Day of Persons With Disabilities—encourage diverse media representation by reading or watching something with a main character who happens to be disabled

December 4

  • National Cookie Day—bake some for the UPS or Amazon delivery person
  • National Sock Day—donate socks along with other clothing items to Goodwill, The Salvation Army, or a charity drive
  • National Dice Day—gather a group of friends for a game night

December 5

  • Bathtub Party Day—let your kids play, splash, make bubble beards, and skip the washing today
  • National Repeal Day—invite some friends to join you at a speakeasy-type bar

December 6

  • National Microwave Oven Day—skip the cooking and spend quality time together as a family
  • National Gazpacho Day—make a double batch of this cold soup to share with a friend who could use a night off from cooking

December 7

  • National Cotton Candy Day—order a variety of flavors online and relive your youth with your colleagues
  • National Illinois Day—ask someone who lives here what they love about their state

December 8

  • National Brownie Day—bring in some treats to your next book club or other meeting

December 9

  • National Pastry Day—invite a friend out for breakfast

December 10

  • Human Rights Day—engage in an open discussion about human rights
  • Dewey Decimal System Day—take treats to the library staff
  • National Lager Day—buy a round at the bar

December 11

  • National App Day—use an app to spread some positivity

December 12

  • National Ding-a-Ling Day—call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
  • Gingerbread House Day—spend some quality time with your kids or your significant other decorating
  • National Pointsettia Day—leave some plants on your neighbors’ doorsteps

December 13

  • National Cocoa Day—organize a hot chocolate bar at the office
  • National Guard Birthday—show your appreciation for these members of the military reserves

December 14

  • Monkey Day—make a donation to conservation efforts
  • National Alabama Day—send a card to someone from this state

December 15

  • National Cupcake Day—bring these treats to the staff at your child’s dance studio, gym, or swim school
  • National Wear Your Pearls Day—compliment those you see today

December 16

  • National Chocolate Covered Anything Day—invite friends over and make chocolate fondue

December 17

  • Wright Brothers Day—if you’re at the airport today, be friendly, accommodating, and patient
  • National Maple Syrup Day—treat your kids to pancakes for breakfast

December 18

  • Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day—when you answer, ask the person on the other end what their favorite color is or another question to make them smile
  • National Twin Day—tell the twins you know something unique you like about each of them

December 19

  • National Hard Candy Day—set a bowl out in a common area at work
  • National Oatmeal Muffin Day—if your child goes to day care, bring muffins in for the staff

December 20

  • National Sangria Day—host some friends and raise a glass to each other

December 21

  • Crossword Puzzle Day—leave some at a cafe for others to take
  • Humbug Day—try to make even the crankiest person smile today
  • National Maine Day—get a conversation going about the wonderful things the state has to offer

December 22

  • National Date Nut Bread Day—bake a loaf for a friend or relative who’s housebound

December 23

  • National Roots Day—spend some time with your older relatives learning about your family tree
  • Festivus—share some laughs with your family

December 24

  • National Eggnog Day—let your kids drink this instead of milk

December 25

  • National Pumpkin Pie Day—share a slice and some leisurely conversation with family or friends

December 26

  • National Candy Cane Day—share ’em or donate ’em
  • National Thank You Note Day—see how many you can write

December 27

  • National Fruitcake Day—bake one to share with company who’s staying with you

December 28

  • National Short Film Day—stay in your PJs, pop some popcorn, and enjoy short films with your family or friends
  • National Chocolate Candy Day—get an assortment and have a tasting party
  • National Card Playing Day—spend an enjoyable evening without any screens

December 29

  • Tick Tock Day—help someone cross some items off their to-do list

December 30

  • Bacon Day—whether you fry it up with eggs and toast or do something more creative, offer to do the cooking today
  • Falling Needles Family Fest Day—recycle your live Christmas tree

December 31

  • National Champagne Day—toast those you’re with by saying something nice about each person