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April 10, 2024

International Siblings Day

Celelebrate International Siblings Day by spreading love, gratitude, and joy to our siblings inherited and chosen. Let's make a difference with small gestures of appreciation.

Did you know that today is International Siblings Day? 

This celebration traces its roots back to 1995 when Claudia Evart, inspired by the tragic loss of both her older brother and older sister at young ages, sought to honor their memory and celebrate the bond between siblings worldwide. Her vision quickly gained momentum, and today, International Siblings Day is celebrated in over 90 countries around the world.

Her story is so striking – that out of so much tragedy, she chose to point the way toward happiness and joy for others. So many of the most intentionally joyful people have that same quality: having seen the darkness, they choose instead to make light for others.

“I lost both of them in tragic accidents. Like many, I have these photographs of my brother and sister, who are both gone, but remain with me daily, not just in these pictures, but in my daily thoughts and in my heart, making me understand the everlasting bond we have with our siblings.”

This is how we know we’re well out of the fairytale magic of toxic positivity and make-believe. This is a story that makes you wonder what this person is made out of, to take note of for yourself. What is it about this person that made them positive where many turn bitter? Have they tasted a truth we can keep for ourselves? Can we take their gift with thanks without shying away from it?

So, with the added context of the sweetness of this founding story, and in honor of International Siblings Day, why not send a gratitude audio message to your sibling(s) today? It's a small gesture that can make a big difference in their day and remind them of the special place they hold in your heart. Whether you're bonded by blood, friendship, or shared experiences, siblings play a significant role in shaping who we are and how we navigate the world.

Here are two ideas to inspire your HiLUs today:

  1. Sibling Love: Think about a cherished memory you have with your sibling(s) – perhaps a childhood adventure, a shared inside joke, or a moment of support during a tough time. Take a moment to reach out and let them know how much those moments mean to you as you navigate your present-day world.

  1. Siblings by Choice: Not all siblings are related by blood, but they're just as important and cherished in our lives. Whether it's a close friend, a mentor, or a kindred spirit, take the time to express your gratitude for their presence in your life.

Record A HiLU now!

Thank you for being a part of our movement to spread more words of affirmation and make the world a brighter place. Together let's spread love, gratitude, and joy to all our siblings – biological or chosen – and make today’s International Siblings Day a day to remember!