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It’s your birthday, well today it’s actually my birthday, and it is the day when a lot of people congratulate you and wish good things. If you spend time with co-workers, friends and family, you will be sure to be treated extra special on this day, with extra care and an effort is placed to …   Read More

It’s your birthday, well today it’s actually my birthday, and it is the day when a lot of people congratulate you and wish good things. If you spend time with co-workers, friends and family, you will be sure to be treated extra special on this day, with extra care and an effort is placed to treat you with a smile. Even companies you do business with like banks, phone company, internet service providers and/or any organization with whom you have previously shared your birthday may send you a special note in your inbox. Wouldn’t it be nice if every day was your birthday? This is what I propose we try and do, can we make every day like our birthday? Of course it goes both ways, if you like this treatment, you should also treat others the same, as if it is their birthday. To me, this is special, because I get to talk people again, even if it is only though Facebook only, people with whom I normally don’t get to talk to as much as I would like. This is the reason that when I see a note on Facebook, I am most happy because it gives me the opportunity to ask how they’ve been. At times, it is an opportunity to set up a live meeting and strengthen bonds. I know what I am saying and proposing can sound a bit presumptuous, especially since today is my birthday. I am not saying this because I want this to ever end, in a way I do, but really I like how a birthday is really nice if you choose to treat those who treat special in the same way. So, I think if we adopt a philosophy to treat each other as if it is everyone’s birthday, we would really make every day special for all of us.

In Bhutan, they don't celebrate birthdays, but new citizen cards include January 1 as a birthdate, therefore if they have to, and they do, celebrate everyone's birthday on January 1st,
In Bhutan, they don’t celebrate birthdays, but new citizen cards include January 1 as a birthdate, therefore if they have to, and they do, celebrate everyone’s birthday on January 1st,

Last Tuesday, I attended a CBC Massey Lecture with former Governor General of Canada as the speaker, Adrianne Clarkson, and she talked about how when she went on a trip to Buthan, the country that is famous for having a gross national happiness index. On January 1, everyone in the country celebrates everyone’s birthday. 1 So, I propose we adopt a similar idea where we at least attempt to live like it is your birthday and everyone else’s.   Sources used: http://www.bhutanmajestictravel.com/news/2008/if-bhutanese-celebrate-birthdays-like-they-do-in-the-west-tens-of-thousands-of-them-would-be-cutting-cakes-and-blowing-candles-on-january-1.html

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