How we got our start

The National Day of Encouragement, celebrated since 2007, is a day meant to remind us that encouragement matters. It all started when a group of high school students attending a leadership forum were asked to come up with a solution to the biggest problem that faced young people in their day.

The problem: a lack of encouragement.

The solution: September 12.

The day following Sept. 11, a day full of hurt, confusion and hopelessness. Sept. 12 seemed an appropriate time to acknowledge the importance of coming together and encouraging others. Encouragement matters.

Fast forward several years, and the official Senate resolution was passed, declaring Sept. 12 the National Day of Encouragement. That alone is testament to the power of encouragement — just ask the group of teenagers from Harding University who worked and watched their dream become a reality.

National Day of Encouragement is a day dedicated to uplifting those around us and making a positive impact, no matter the magnitude. It’s that simple.