‘I Love to Listen Day’


I Love to Listen Day is a global initiative that is designed to include citizens from every country. It is a day to inspire, inform, practice, and create a heightened sense of awareness of the importance and power of listening in our lives.

Today I Will Listen

A Journal for Reflection, Inspiration, and Growth

Embark on a transformative journey with “Today I Will Listen,” a journal curated by the remarkable Marva Shand-McIntosh, a true changemaker and visionary in the realm of communication.

Inside this journal – Today, I Will Listen: A Journal for Reflection, Inspiration, and Growth – you will find a listening poem, a collection of original listening quotes, and The Listening Affirmation.

These listening prompts are designed to encourage and inspire you as you explore your listening journey. The quotes can also be used to start meaningful conversations about listening. There’s plenty of space in the journal for your creativity and to mark your unique listening discoveries as they unfold.


I Love to Listen Day on May 16th, 2024!

This year’s theme is “Listening Proclamation,” which encourages families, organizations, municipalities, and countries to share the message of the value of listening.  The Governor of Maryland, Wes Moore, and the Mayor of New Carrollton, Maryland, Phelecia were the first to declare May 16th as Listening Day.

Don’t miss out on the chance to participate in this global celebration of listening. Share the Listening Proclamation with your loved ones, colleagues, and communities, and make a commitment to prioritize listening in your daily interactions.

Happy Listening Day!

Speak up for listening on “I Love to Listen Day – May 16th.

You are invited to join the families, organizations, municipalities and country that have declared May 16th, I Love to Listen Day

Listening Tools

Listening can feel challenging at times especially when you are starting from scratch. Here are a few tools to help you enhance your listening skills





About I Love to Listen Day

Marva Shand-McIntosh
Marva Shand- McIntosh
Founder of I Love to Listen Day

Listening Day was established in 2005 by Marva Shand McIntosh, who emphasized that this is not a day of silence. Instead, it is an opportunity to commit to building a culture where listening is a core value. Let’s take this chance to reflect on how we can improve our listening skills, be present with one another, and create meaningful connections in our personal and professional lives.

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear from someone whose life has been changed by just the awareness of listening.

A call to listen is a call to action.

Let’s celebrate Listening!


Stories of I Love to Listen Day

We gathered to take a photograph to commemorate the celebration of the first “I Love To Listen Day on May 16, 2006. Participants came from countries all over the world – Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Africa, USA, Malaysia, Peru, Canada, and Brazil. We also distributed I Love To Listen buttons to everyone.
Dr. S Lam-Phoon, Director, Northern Asia-Pacific Division, Republic of Korea

“Thank you Marva for all that you are doing to help “Advance Listening Around the World.”

Dr. Lynman K. (Manny) Steil, CEO of International Listening Leadership Institute.

I’ve sent the listening day information to Holland, Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, St. Maarten, and to other friends around the world and in the USA.

Monkou from Maryland

We did celebrate “I Love to Listen Day” in my class at Florida Gulf Coast University 

Dr. Maria Roca, President, International Listening Association

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