February 14th is National No One Eats Alone Day. It’s a day to encourage kids at school to make friends during lunch. Adults often don’t mind eating lunch alone. We forget how painful it can be for kids to eat lunch all by themselves and, sadly, it happens every single day.
As dog lovers, we have our pups around to keep us company. Even when we’re eating “alone,” we’re never really alone with our canine friends by our sides. We should all learn about love and compassion from our dogs!
With that in mind, here are ten dog who inspire us to eat with new friends, no matter how different they might be, on No One Eats Alone Day!
Check Out These Pups Eating With Furry Pals!
National No One Eats Alone Day was created to encourage kids in schools to eat with new classmates. It’s a day to help kids put aside differences and meet new people. They also might learn that kids who they thought were so different from them may not be at all.
We sure could all learn about being inclusive from dogs, even as grown-ups. Dogs don’t have cliques the way humans do. They have packs and do lots of things together as a pack. Dogs don’t judge one another based on a class system. Let’s take a lesson from them on No One Eats Alone Day and reach out to include others in our packs.
If you have a child, encourage them to eat with someone new on February 14th. You never know. They just might make a new friend.
If you’re in school or at work and see someone eating alone, ask them to join you, or ask if you can join them. Use your discretion and don’t be pushy. Don’t let yourself get written up or banned from Starbucks, even though you had the best of intentions.
No One Eats Alone–A Powerful Message
National No One Eats Alone Day is not a well-known national day, but it has a very inspiring message and could have a positive impact on youth. Some kids just don’t know how to reach out to others and suffer in isolation.
This also is a good day to get kids without social hangups to reach out to others. They might not even realize that so many kids do, in fact, eat lunch alone every day.
If you prefer eating with company, here are ways to ensure you don’t eat alone:
- Eat with your pup. Maybe even pack a picnic lunch and take them to the park.
- Invite a friend over for lunch. You can even make it a doggy play date if they have a pup, too.
- Invite a friend out to lunch. If you want to include your pooch, there are plenty of dog-friendly places to eat in many cities. Usually they’ll let dogs eat on a patio or outdoor seating area, if nothing else.
Do you think National No One Eats Alone Day would be beneficial in schools? Can dogs teach us about loving others who are different? Let us know in the comments below!