A day in the life

Whether it’s a personal celebration or supporting a cause, here are a few special dates designed to remind you to slow down, appreciate and give back.

International No Diet Day

6 May

Celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes! This day encourages us to lead a healthy lifestyle without potentially dangerous diets.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

National Volunteer Week

12-18 May

Each year over 6 million Aussies contribute 700 million unpaid hours to a range of causes. This year, volunteer and celebrate the joy of giving. volunteeringaustralia.org

Leave the Office Earlier Day

2 June

Why are you still at work? Here’s your excuse to sneak out a bit earlier and enjoy a little time to yourself!


Stress Down Day

25 July

Get your workplace involved in stress-reducing activities to raise money for Lifeline. stressdown.org.au

National Tree Day

27 July

Be part of Australia’s biggest community tree-planting event and help grow a better environment for all of us. treeday.planetark.org


International Friendship Day

30 July or 3 August

The official UN-sanctioned ambassador for this day is Winnie the Pooh, so give a dear friend a big bear hug!

Talk Like a Pirate Day

19 Septemb-AAARR!

Ahoy maties! Don’t be a land-lubber – join laddies and lasses around the seven seas today and talk like a scurvy sea dog. talklikeapirate.com


World Animal Day

4 October

Give your pets an extra pat today! It’s all for the cause of celebrating animal life in all its forms – and acknowledging how we couldn’t live without them.


Ride2Work Day

15 October

Riding to work has a lot of pluses. Pull the bike out of the shed and enjoy fitness, less stress and great scenery. ride2work.com.au


13 November

World Kindness Day

Do something nice for someone else today to put a smile on the face of a stranger, friend or family member. kindness.com.au/world-kindness-day.html