This year, July 18th is National Get Out of the Doghouse Day! 

Every year, on the third Monday in July, we all get what everyone needs once in a while – a free pass. As in, forgiveness for screwing up.

Generally, when you’re “in the doghouse,” you have fallen out of favor with someone, usually your spouse or significant other. However, you can also be “in the doghouse” with a friend or your boss. This day uses all those good cliches to get you back in the BIG house where you belong. How to observe the day? You can do it one of two ways: letting someone out of the doghouse…or, you know…ask to be let out. Some ways to make that happen?

  • Put down the technology If this is on your naughty list, don’t use email, texting, or other technology to apologize. A face to face or handwritten apology is best.
  • Meet at a favorite coffee house – The purpose here is to start talking. Listen to what the other person has to say and do not be judgmental or defensive. Find out why you are “in the doghouse” and give suggestions on how you can improve or fix the issue.
  • Send flowers, chocolates, or an appropriate gift – Include a hand-written note about how you are committed to fixing the issue. Do this AFTER you have already spoken. You will win extra brownie points as this will be unexpected.