National Day of Listening

Friday, November 28

Listen and Share Your Story with Others

It's really simple. All you have to do is listen and share. It doesn't cost anything and everyone will benefit. Just be a better listener to someone younger or older, man or woman, rich or poor, neighbor or friend. Just treat them with kindness and respect and you will learn important things about them. The National Day of Listening is when Americans are encouraged to tell stories to their families, friends, and local communities. This day was first launched in 2008 by a non-profit organization called StoryCorps. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks all Americans to record an interview with a friend or family member. It was proposed as an alternative to "Black Friday." Since most people are already home with their families for Thanksgiving, this can be a nice way to connect with the people you are closest with and learn something from people who have shared their stories. Just listen to one story and you will want to hear more at

This Holiday Should Be More Widely Celebrated Because...

  1. Listening to others makes everyone feel special.
  2. This holiday makes people feel supported and loved for who they are.
  3. Hearing about other people's experiences makes you more grateful and hopeful.
  4. Listening makes the world a better place.
  5. Sharing stories and recording them is great for historical records.
  6. By listening to others, it makes you feel connected and happy too!

"Many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request."

— Phillip Stanhope
Earl of Chesterfield