Today's Kindness #378: August 16, 2023
National Authenticity Day is celebrated on August 16 every year. This is the day of recognition of the power of authenticity, a term that goes beyond just "being yourself." It is dedicated to people who do things their way rather than simply check the box. They are not afraid to show off their features, their way of life, which may seem strange to some, and their unusual clothes. National Authenticity Day will be a day to celebrate and showcase the most unique and authentic version of yourself, as well as be bold and a little cool (well, a lot is also absolutely allowed).
There are several benefits to authenticity. The first is trust and respect, that is, when you are true to yourself, you trust not only your judgments and decisions that you make, but others also trust you. In addition, when you are authentic, you also have integrity.
There are many ways to express your authenticity. For example, to express your opinion honestly, make decisions that correspond to your values and beliefs, allow yourself to be vulnerable and open, and many others.
How To Celebrate:
There are no rules or guidelines on how to celebrate National Authenticity Day. Just be yourself, and do not be afraid to show your uniqueness and originality.
Often people are ashamed to be themselves because they fear condemnation from others. Help them to recognize authenticity, to overcome this fear. Maybe someone will fight back against his director at work, someone will go outside without makeup, and someone will create a collection of unique clothes.
Make A Challenge
Could you encourage your friends to celebrate National Authenticity Day? You can come up with different challenges related to authenticity on social platforms. Thus, spreading it to the masses.
"Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen."
~ Brene Brown