How to Celebrate National Inconvenience Yourself Day

Don Halasy photographed two men assisting an injured woman down a street littered with paper and ashes following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The men thought about helping, not about saving themselves.
Don Halasy photographed two men assisting an injured woman down a street littered with paper and ashes following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The men thought about helping, not about saving themselves. | Source

What is National Inconvenience Yourself™ Day?

National Inconvenience Yourself™ Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated every year on the fourth Wednesday in February. In 2014, the holiday will be celebrated on February 26th.

The holiday is a day on which you think of others rather than of yourself. It's a day when you do something for other people and refrain from doing "me" things—things from which only you will benefit.

The idea for the holiday was conceived in 2006 by Julie Thompson, an environmental consultant from Plantation, Florida. She observed that people were being inconsiderate, were forgetting to say "please" and "thank you," were forgetting to smile. People were forgetting that their actions affected other people. They were only thinking of themselves.

Ms. Thompson wanted people to realize what they were doing. She wanted them to change their ways, to act in a more civilized manner.

Inconveniencing oneself doesn't have to only occur on the fourth Wednesday in February. It can—and should—occur every day. Inconveniencing oneself should become a way of life.

I have compiled several examples of how people inconvenienced themselves on other than that one day in February. These persons inconvenienced themselves not because it was a holiday. They did it because they wanted to be thoughtful, considerate people.

Examples of Inconveniencing Yourself

Inconveniencing yourself can be as simple as helping a child balance on ice skates instead of your skating around an ice rink alone. Inconveniencing yourself can be spending a few hours improving a garden instead of seeing a movie (film) with one's friends. Inconveniencing yourself can also be bending down to help a child put their boot on, or tying a child's shoelace.

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AgnosticPreachersKid took this photograph at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink—located on the National Mall in Washington, DC—on January 30, 2011.Portable Antiquities Scheme photographed these young people helping to improve a garden on November 20, 2007.TKnoxB photographed an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier on January 31, 2005 helping an Afghan child with his boot. The ISAF—Coalition Force—is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan.
AgnosticPreachersKid took this photograph at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink—located on the National Mall in Washington, DC—on January 30, 2011.
AgnosticPreachersKid took this photograph at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink—located on the National Mall in Washington, DC—on January 30, 2011. | Source
Portable Antiquities Scheme photographed these young people helping to improve a garden on November 20, 2007.
Portable Antiquities Scheme photographed these young people helping to improve a garden on November 20, 2007. | Source
TKnoxB photographed an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier on January 31, 2005 helping an Afghan child with his boot. The ISAF—Coalition Force—is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan.
TKnoxB photographed an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier on January 31, 2005 helping an Afghan child with his boot. The ISAF—Coalition Force—is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan. | Source

Volunteers in American Samoa Following Earthquake and Tsunami

Volunteers inconvenienced themselves by traveling to Leone, American Samoa to help clear debris following an earthquake and tsunami in the fall of 2009.

This photograph was taken by a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employee, Casey Deshong, on October 2, 2009 during the course of the employee's official duties. As a work of the US federal government, the photo is in the public domain.

Leone, American Samoa on October 2, 2009, following an earthquake and tsunami
Leone, American Samoa on October 2, 2009, following an earthquake and tsunami | Source

In-Port Liberty of USS McCampbell Crew Members

The USS McCampbell (DDG85), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer which is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, based out of Yokosuka, Japan is currently conducting a routine western Pacific patrol. Crew members spent some of their in-port liberty hours (free time) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia working on landscaping projects and interacting with the local children.

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Janis Jackson tutored a child on reading English at the Trinity Community Children’s Center. Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Declan Barnes took this photograph on October 8, 2012.

The photograph was taken by a sailor in the US Navy during the course of the person's official duties. As a work of the US federal government, the image is in the public domain.

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Janis Jackson tutoring a student in reading English in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Janis Jackson tutoring a student in reading English in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Source

In-Port Liberty of USS Truxton Crew Members

Cryptologic Technician (Repairman) 2nd Class Richard Swank and Information Systems Technician Seaman Michael Cunningham took some time out of their liberty to volunteer at the Lowcountry Food Bank in Charlestown, South Carolina on April 20, 2009. The Sailors were assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit USS Truxtun (DDG-103). USS Truxton, a guided-missile destroyer, was commissioned in Charleston on April 25, 2009.

US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leah Stiles took the photograph which follows. Since the photo was taken during the course of the sailor's official duties, it is a work of the US federal government and is in the public domain.

Cryptologic Technician (Repairman) 2nd Class Richard Swank and Information Systems Technician Seaman Michael Cunningham volunteering on April 20, 2009 at a food bank in Charleston, South Carolina
Cryptologic Technician (Repairman) 2nd Class Richard Swank and Information Systems Technician Seaman Michael Cunningham volunteering on April 20, 2009 at a food bank in Charleston, South Carolina

In-Port Liberty of USS Essex Crew Members

This photograph was taken in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on November 27, 2004 by US Navy Photographer’s Mate Airman Travis M. Burns. Culinary Specialist Seaman Barbara E. Rodriguez, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), spent part of her in-port liberty helping children draw pictures at the Dubai Center for Special Needs. The center is a non-profit, all volunteer organization whose purpose is to teach the children basic life-building skills.

The USS Essex Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) was providing security and stability in the North Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The photograph was taken by a sailor in the US Navy during the course of the person's official duties. As a work of the US federal government, the image is in the public domain.

Culinary Specialist Seaman Barbara E. Rodriguez is helping a child draw pictures at the Dubai Center for Special Needs
Culinary Specialist Seaman Barbara E. Rodriguez is helping a child draw pictures at the Dubai Center for Special Needs

Suggestions for Celebrating National Inconvenience Yourself™ Day

  • Be a good listener
  • Be there emotionally for someone
  • Cook a meal for a friend or neighbor
  • Hold open a door for someone
  • Make someone feel appreciated
  • Make someone laugh
  • Make someone smile
  • Perform a random act of kindness
  • Read a book to a child
  • Offer to go grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor
  • Spend time with your family
  • Spend time with your significant other
  • Take someone who doesn't drive to a medical appointment
  • Talk quietly on your cellphone if others are within hearing distance
  • Visit someone in a nursing home
  • Volunteer for a cause in which you believe

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Comments 65 comments

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rumanasaiyed 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

Great hub, thanks for letting us know about this day


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Many people don't realize that we need not do big, out-of-the way things to inconvenience ourselves. It can be as simple as offering a listening ear or a pat on the back. Thanks for the reminder, Daisy, and I share this across.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rumana,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and being the first person to comment in it. The holiday might be an unofficial one, but the concept is still very important.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michelle (midget38),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

Doing little, "ordinary" things can make a difference to someone else. I hope I've opened some eyes with this article. The concept is something about which we should all think.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great hub and a very positively inspirational one. We all need to help each other out and what better way than allocating a special day to do the extra mile. Voted up.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Daisy,

I admit this is a new twist on the Golden Rule...and I love it.

The title almost seems to put a negative spin on "doing the right thing"... That it would be an inconvenience to spend time with someone you love or smile...etc...yet "if it gets the job done", I am all for it!

You have done a beautiful job in the description, especially with the accompanying pictures in this piece. Voted UP and UABI.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

This hub actually does two things Daisy...it points out how easy it is for us to inconvenience ourselves to help others, and it shows the wonderful things our military do without being asked. I like the first thing and applaud the second...more people need to know how good the guys and gals in the military are and how selfless too.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading, commenting in, and sharing my article. I'm glad I found the photograph of Culinary Specialist Seaman Barbara E. Rodriguez volunteering at the Dubai Center for Special Needs. It helps to show how far the assistance of the US Navy extends.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Thank you for this nice Hub Daisy!

I find that sad to use the word "inconvenience". The husband of my neighbour is intensive care since December 25th and I brought her some meals, she know she is welcome anytime to come and share our meal and I don't find that an inconvenience. I go with her to church in the morning (what I don't do usually). It's a time to reflect and medidate. For each situation I can help, I try to see the positive and not the inconvenience.

Before, people were more available to help and this society has lost some of it. It's important to help others in need. People spend so much time in front of the television...so they could donate some of that time maybe?

Thank you for making me think!

Joelle


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Maria (marcoujor),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading and commenting in my article.

When I first saw the article title mentioned in an Exclusives listing, I had no idea what the holiday was about. The woman who started the holiday was very clever in using an almost-negative name for it. I think more people are curious in learning about the holiday because of the name which was chosen.

The photograph at the top of the article reminds me of an anecdote my sister told me... She knows someone who ran out of one of the World Trade Center towers unharmed. The man couldn't just run away. He went back into the building to rescue people. He got some people out, and then he had to be rescued himself. He badly fractured his ankle. He said he didn't care about his injury. Helping others was something he had to do.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

When I read your comment, I think you are right that by using an almost-negative name for that holiday is may be catching more attention than if she used something positive! Great point! Thanks for making me think more :-)

And about the picture at the top... I think that sad event in history brought the best of lot of people at that time! It was uplifting in all the sadness!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your insightful comment. Helping others is so easy to do. Many of us are so caught up in our own lives, however, we just don't think about doing it.

When I began doing the research for my article, I wondered what photographs I would find on Wikimedia Commons which would illustrate the points I was going to discuss. The US Navy has uploaded photographs on many subjects. I've used USN photos in several Hubs.

I wasn't disappointed with what I found this time. Our men and women in the Navy didn't have to volunteer to help the people in the areas in which they were serving. They gave up their leave or in-port liberty in order to do so.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Joelle (kidscrafts),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for both of your comments. There are so many good people in this world. Perhaps my article will wake some of them up a little bit, and they will do more to help other people.

Thanks for helping your neighbor. Your being there for her is very special. I'm certain that just knowing you're there means a lot to her.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Thanks for your kind words!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Joelle (kidscrafts),

Thanks for stopping by again. I appreciate it.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Daisy, this is a great hub. I'm sharing it on the H.O.W. site!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

bravewarrior,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your support.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I had no idea that the way I live my life everyday had an unofficial holiday. I am never inconvenienced by doing something nice for someone else. I smile and it gives me hope when I notice someone helping someone out. All it takes is a bit of effort from each of us to practice and then perfect each item on your list. Fantastic hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I appreciate your kind words.

You should appear on a poster advertising National Inconvenience Yourself Day. The concept is a way of life for you. I wish it were that way for many more people. After publishing my article, I know I'm going to make more of an effort.


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molometer 3 years ago

This is amazing. People have to have a day where they help each other. What is the world coming too.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Just a shame it has gotten this way.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

What a great idea! Selflessness for one whole day? I bet that makes many people happy. I'm putting the date on my calendar to try it. It falls on my grandmother's birthday this year.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

Beautiful hub, and a lovely reminder of the impact we can have on other people by just inconveniencing ourselves a little. The little things that we do on a daily basis add up, and the bigger things, like those you've pictures, can be life changing. Great hub! Voted up and tweeted!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michael (molometer),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting here and on Google+.

Some people are wrapped up in themselves. Some are so focused upon helping save the world, upon helping save humanity, that they forget about their neighbors, they forget an elderly acquaintance, they forget their children, they forget to look around themselves and see where help is needed in their own backyard.

You're correct...it's a shame things have gotten this way


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Beautiful hub! I am very fortunate to live in a place where you see people inconveniencing themselves all the time to help others. It such a familiar site that I am surprised when I travel elsewhere. This is such good advice for all of us to remember, everyday. There cannot be too much kindness in the world.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

MsDora,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Selflessness should be every day. If a day is needed in order to get people started thinking about others, I'm all for it.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stephanie,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for tweeting my Hub. I appreciate your continued support of my writing.

I am overwhelmed by the number of people who have commented in my Hub since I published it less than 24 hours ago.

It's so easy to help others by spending a few minutes every day forgetting about "me" and thinking about other people. Let's hope my article helps spread the word about selfessness and thinking about the needs of someone else.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jayme (Sharkye11),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I appreciate your very kind words.

I am so glad I found this Hub title in the Exclusives list. I wouldn't have known about National Inconvenience Yourself Day if I hadn't.


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Daisy. I had not heard of National Inconvenience Day until now. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. Every day should be Inconvenience Day. This needs to be shared and the word spread. Great job.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bill (bdegiulio),

Thanks for reading, commenting in, and sharing my article. I appreciate your support and your very kind words.

I hadn't heard of National Inconvenience Yourself Day until I found the Hub title among the Exclusives. I was so happy to find the US Navy photographs when I searched on "helping" in Wikimedia Commons. The Navy has been terrific about uploading their photos to Wikimedia.

It's so easy to help other people locally. All it takes is a few minutes per day.


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

Excellent hub. Anything we can do each day to help someone even in a small way shouldn't feel like an inconvenience. Being nice to someone doesn't cost a thing. Voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Gypsy48,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

It's so easy to help someone else. I hope more people will do it after reading my Hub.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

It might be too inconvenient for me to celebrate this day ;) Isn't there already a National Volunteer Day, which I think is a better name for a selfless day? Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Aurelio (alocsin),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

There are other "days," but they don't dwell on the smaller things, like taking time to read a book to your own child, taking a neighbor to the supermarket, bringing a meal to someone's home when you know they've been too ill to cook.

Inconveniencing oneself in some small way in order to help someone locally is often forgotten. The one-to-one helping is ignored too frequently in favor of volunteering at an event or for a cause.


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rcrumple 3 years ago from Kentucky

Daisy, wouldn't it be nice if this were not a mandated day, but a way of life? Just think of it, instead of everyone always looking out for themselves and seeking only personal pleasure, a means of sharing the load and assisting others, if nothing more than taking a few seconds to hold open a door for them. Sad, the way society has become, isn't it? Great Job!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rich (rcrumple),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your insightful comment.

Helping others...unselflessness...should be a way of life. Unfortunately, for many people, it isn't.

All one has to do is look, observe, think. It isn't necessary to form a movement. It isn't necessary to feed one's ego and attempt to save the world.

All a person has to do is look around, and they'll see plenty of opportunities right in their own home, in a neighbor's home, on the street on which they live, in the town in which they live.

I wish more people would realize how easy it is to help someone.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I loved the title, Daisy, which drew me in with a huge smile. Each of your bullet suggestions are excellent…would that most people could do this, regularly, without feeling inconvenienced. These are suggestions to live by, dear Daisy. :-) Voted up and much more.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Genna,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. I appreciate your very kind words.

I wish more people would take just a few minutes each day to help someone. It's such an easy thing to do.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Daisy,

Being kind and helpful to someone is never inconvenient in my book.

Voted up and away and sharing


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sue (Sueswan),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article, viewing the photographs, and commenting. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

I agree with you completely...being kind and helpful is never inconvenient.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Daisy,

I did not know about such kind of celebrations. Actually we don't need a special day to be helpful and compassionate, but little motivation such as this always helps.

Regards


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Vinaya,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I wasn't aware of this unofficial holiday until I saw the title in the Exclusives list.

We shouldn't have to have to have a holiday or special day such as this. Some people, unfortunately, need a boost or push. They need to be reminded to be selfless or compassionate. They don't think of others as part of their normal, everyday routine.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

I know that I will be indoors all day (except for my walk in the morning) on Wednesday so I will need to be good to either hubby, daughter if at home or mam or sister if out on my walk :o) I had never heard of this unofficial holiday but it sounds like a great idea to me.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie (Jools99),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I hadn't heard of the unofficial holiday, either, until I saw the title listed in the Exclusives.

It's a shame, isn't it, that some people have to reminded to help others?


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This hub "feels good." These "inconveniences" are simply good old values that, sadly to say, have lost their way. How sad that the world today has become such a slave to "entitlement" that it's necessary to celebrate ordinary kind values.

You've done a brilliant job my friend. Voted up and across and sharing.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (vocalcoach),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your insightful comment in it. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I appreciate your very kind words and your continued support of my writing.

I had never heard of this unofficial holiday. I learned of it when I was searching the Exclusives titles for an interesting subject for my next article. Before I decided to "claim" the title, I went to Wikimedia Commons to see if I could find any photographs to accompany my writing. I searched on the word "help," and I was delighted to see a number of photographs of US military personnel helping others during their off duty time. The photographs became my story.

It's so easy to help another person. It doesn't take any effort at all. It's very unfortunate that some individuals have to be reminded to not think of themselves for a few hours, to think of someone else, to help that person.


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billd01603 3 years ago from Worcester

Hi Daisy Another good Hub. I'm glad I read it today. I have to think of what I'm going to do! Thanks


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bill,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your support of my writing.

I haven't decided how I'm going to spend National Inconvenience Yourself Day. I have some relatives who are ill. I'll probably do something special for them.


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Pavlo Badovskyy 3 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

As long as people willing to help others exist humanity will live. Amazing holiday and great hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Pavlo,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

What you wrote is so true... As long as people are willing to help others exist, humanity will survive. If people help others in their home or their neighborhood or the city in which they live, there will be a ripple effect. The efforts will spread. Others will do the same, and some will pay the acts forward.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Each day should be a day to celebrate National Inconvenience Day! We should all help each other along the road of life.

You have certainly inspired many of us Hubbers.

Voted UP, and shared.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Grrrr...Daisy - i have commented on this twice already - and both times hubpages gobbled them up - or something!

I don't know if you have my other comments, so i'll keep this one short and sweet!

Like others - I don't particularly like the name they've chosen for this 'day' - although - i love the hub itself!

I'm thinking we should have a national "Common Sense Day"?

Or..."Remember Your Manners Day"?

Or..."Let's Remember We're Human Day"?

Or even "Let's Give a Shit Day"?

Or...all of the above? lol

What are your thoughts...LOL..

up and sharing..


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (mary615),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I appreciate your support of my writing.

Helping others, caring about others, is such an easy thing to do. It's unfortunate that too many people have to be reminded of the fact.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Leslie (ImKarn23),

Thanks for reading my article and for your efforts in attempting to post a comment in it. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

There apparently have been all sorts of software-related problems with the HubPages Web site today.

I agree that the name of the unofficial holiday is not the best possible one the creator of the holiday could have chosen. Since when is helping another person an inconvenience?


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Everyone should be aware. Passing this on.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rasma (Gypsy Rose Lee),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

We shouldn't need a special day on which we help others, but if being reminded on National Inconvenience Yourself Day helps, then I'm all for it.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Thanks for writing about this special day. It does seem a shame we have to make this a celebration in order to get people to do a good deed. Still, it is a great way to stimulate the act of giving. There are some really nice Heroes mentioned here. Your suggestions are ones that will make a difference.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. If this day helps motivate people to do a good deed, I'm all for it.

When I began doing my research for this article, I wondered whether I would be able to find photographs to include as illustrations. I was happy to see that branches of the US military posted images on Wikimedia Commons of servicemen and servicewomen helping others on their days off / shore leave.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida

Since 2/26 is the day we should celebrate this day, I thought I would reread your Hub, and reshare it, too.


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Daisy Mariposa 21 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary,

Thanks for rereading and sharing my Hub. I appreciate it!


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RTalloni 21 months ago from the short journey

Glad to see this holiday highlighted along with all the positive comments since you posted the hub. Politeness has always been mocked by the base in any society, and even redefined by the so-called culturally elite, but what a difference honest and courteous behavior makes in individuals, in homes, and in communities when people are careful to be polite to each other.

A person does not have to be polished and refined by a wealthy background that is focused on well-bred living to be respectful and considerate. No matter one's social standing, self-respect can compel people to treat others graciously, but a lack of self-respect is displayed by selfishness/self-indulgence.

Living politely makes the next step of committing impromptu kindnesses for each other a natural given. When those random acts become a regular part of life (in spite of those who continue in selfishness and even mock it) peoples' lives are changed for the better.

That you also spotlighted members of the military who extend themselves on behalf of others beyond their call of duty was icing on the cake of this hub. Thanks!


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ChitrangadaSharan 21 months ago from New Delhi, India

Great hub and very informative!

I had not heard of National Inconvenience yourself day earlier. What a great way to help others! Wonderful idea and thanks for sharing this hub and educate others about it.

Enjoyed this well written hub. Voted up and thanks!


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Daisy Mariposa 21 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

RTalloni,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your wonderful comment.

You're so right ... when the acts become a regular part of someone's life, the life of the person being kind is changed forever, and the lives of the recipients of the kind acts are also changed.

When I wrote the article, I wondered how I would find images to illustrate my Hub. I searched on Wikimedia Commons for "acts of kindness" and found the photographs the military had posted. These were people who didn't *have to* do what they did. It was an honor for me to include their photos.


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Daisy Mariposa 21 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. The holiday shouldn't be needed, but having it provides some people with the reminder they need to stop thinking about themselves and think about others.

One time, when I tweeted the link to my Hub, the person who founded the holiday saw my tweet and retweeted it! That was a special moment for me.


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rajan jolly 11 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

The celebration should become an International Inconvenience Yourself day and should become a way of life as you rightly say, Daisy. More so, in these current times, when most of us think of ourselves.

Excellent pointers to do our bit and make someday's a bit lighter and happier and in turn feel good ourselves.

Voted up, awesome & shared.


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Daisy Mariposa 11 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rajan,

Thanks very much for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your views on the subject.

It shouldn't be necessary to have a holiday such as this. We should all do our part on a regular basis ... without even thinking about it.

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