January 3 is Humiliation Day.
The origins of this holiday are unknown, but there is a Canadian Humiliation Day in July to bring attention to Canadian immigration laws banning the Chinese in the 1920s. We think this would be a perfect holiday for anti-bullying campaigns to grab hold of and spread awareness about.
Today is not a day to admit times you have been humiliated, nor is it a day to humiliate others. Today is a day to reflect on how your actions affect other people. Being humiliated or bullied can have traumatic and long-lasting effects on people and has been linked to low self-esteem, depression, and even suicide.
So, think twice before you humiliate someone for kicks today, or any day for that matter. It may also be a good day to make amends with someone you have humiliated in the past, because even though words can hurt, a simple “I’m sorry” could mean the world to someone.