Why Birthdays are Special
Birthdays are a special time of year. They remind us that we’re growing older, but they also symbolize how far we’ve come. They’re a cause for celebration and a great excuse to show someone how much you appreciate them. When we celebrate someone’s birthday we’re not only celebrating the length of their life, but we celebrate how much they’ve grown in the past year.
Birthdays are important because they give everyone a day to feel special and see how much those around them love them.
Many cultures say that your birthday is more than just a special day of the year. Horoscopes are based on the position of the stars and planets at your time of birth and many people believe that your horoscope can tell you a great deal about your personality and fate. Based on your birth year you are also assigned an animal from the Chinese zodiac, a lunar calendar.
Many cultures celebrate birthdays with fun traditions that help bind families and cultures together as everyone participates in the festivities. In the United States it’s appropriate to wish someone a happy birthday by sending them a text, calling them, sending a card by mail, or giving them a gift.
How to Remember Birthdays
It can be difficult to remember every birthday. Social media platforms like Facebook have made it a little easier with their notifications.
However, you might not want to have to check Facebook everyday know which friends are having birthdays and you’ll probably want to do more for your friend than write a generic “Happy Birthday” on their Facebook wall. Facebook doesn’t give you enough time to send a card, get a gift or plan an outing with that special person. Learn how to download birthdays from Facebook here.
Some other ways to remember birthdays include:
Write the birthdays of your friends and family on a calendar and keep this calendar from year to year.
This perpetual calendar will help you keep all your birthdays in one place. You can buy wall calendars for less than $10 at most grocery or office supply stores. If you want to save money, try to buy a calendar from the previous year or buy this year’s calendar in the last few months of the year and these calendars will be highly discounted.
You can also print off generic calendars from the internet and save yourself a trip to the store. However, if you don’t keep the calendar out where you will see it often it will be easy to forget an important birthday or not be reminded of a birthday with enough time in advance to buy a gift or prepare.
If you don’t want a paper calendar, some home stores sell birthday calendars that you can hang on your wall as decoration.
Keep a birthday notebook.
This method is similar to the perpetual calendar method described above. The difference is that instead of displaying this calendar on the wall, you can write the birthdays in a notebook and carry the notebook with you or keep it somewhere accessible.
Similar to the calendar option, birthdays kept in a notebook might pass without you noticing if you don’t check your notebook often.
Add birthdays to a digital calendar.
Adding birthdays to a digital calendar like Google Calendar (compatible with Gmail and Android) or your iPhone’s calendar is a sure way to remember birthdays that are coming up.
With these digital calendars you can receive notifications of the birthday event the day of. However, some drawbacks to using digital calendars is that if you want to keep track of a lot of birthdays, this might crowd your calendar and make it difficult to visualize the other personal events you keep track of on your calendar.
Depending on which digital calendar you pick, you might also have limited options about what kind of notifications you receive and how far in advance those notifications are.
Use an app to remember birthdays.
The advantage of using an app to remember birthdays as opposed to using something like Google Calendar is that you can personalize your notifications, plan gifts, and keep your personal calendar as clean as possible. One free app to remember birthdays is called Circles.
About Circles: An App to Remember Birthdays
What’s great about Circles is that you can start by importing contacts from your phone so that you don’t need to hand-enter all of the names and contact information of the people you want to remember birthdays for.
You can add birthdays to each contact in the Circles app and select what kind of notifications you want for the birthday.
You can choose between email and push notifications and choose to be reminded up to 60 days before the event so that you have plenty of time to prepare. You can choose to be reminded once, or several times leading up to the event so that you’re sure it won’t slip your mind.
Circles is a great tool because you can keep track of all sorts of events, not just birthdays. For example, if you have a friend that has an important interview coming up or is graduating college, you can add event reminders for that event as well so that you can make sure to reach out and show them how much you care.
A birthday is an important day in someone’s life to celebrate, but it is not the only day of the year that you can reach out.
Why to Always Wish Someone Happy Birthday
Something as simple as a birthday wish can go far toward building a relationship – professionally or personally. When a business remembers a customer’s birthday, it makes the customer feel appreciated. When a friend surprises their friend with a special gift it makes them feel cared for. When a boss wishes their employee happy birthday and does something extra, it makes them feel acknowledged.
You can wish anyone a happy birthday, including those that you a networking with. Celebrating a person’s birthday is important because it shows the person you’re thinking of them and in turn, they feel valued by you.
Wishing someone a happy birthday is an easy way to create a positive experience between you and others. It also helps you build your reputation. When you’re sincere and make others a priority, it doesn’t go unnoticed. This reputation can help you build stronger relationships in and out of the office.
Start prioritizing your relationships and creating stronger connections. We invite you to download Circles today.
Circles is free for personal use and available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Give it a try!