National Forgiveness And Happiness Day

Even though National Forgiveness and Happiness Day began as a religious holiday, people don’t have to have faith to observe it. This is a holiday that encourages people to show kindness to everyone and to forgive those people who may have wronged them or hurt them in the past.

It’s also a day during which people can ask those they have wronged for forgiveness. No matter how this non-official holiday is observed, it’s clear what the intention behind it was. It was designed to help people become better people and to show each other the kindness and love everyone deserves.

The History Of National Forgiveness And Happiness Day

This holiday was created in 1994 as Global Forgiveness Day by the Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors. The holiday was originally observed on the 7th of August but it was moved to the 7th of July.

Not long after the establishment of this holiday, October 7th was turned into National Forgiveness and Happiness Day, clearly modeled off of Global Forgiveness Day. It’s been observed on this day ever since.

Important Facts About Forgiveness & Happiness

Below are some of the important facts about forgiveness and happiness that we learned while we were writing about this holiday. We hope that the following facts are informative to everyone reading them, and we also hope that they convey a little bit of joy to everyone as well.

  • Letting go of past grudges helps improve a person’s mental health, reduces stress and hostility, and lowers blood pressure.
  • Letting go of past grudges also improves a person’s immune system, improves relationships, and reduces incidences of depression.
  • People can reach a state of forgiveness by recognizing its inherent value, identifying what needs to be healed, and acknowledging the damage that has been done by the act in question.
  • Doing good deeds helps to trigger happiness in the human brain.
  • A surefire way to be happy is to spend time with happy people.
  • Some of the happiest people in the world enjoy a deep sense of community.
  • Happier people also tend to be healthier people as well.
  • Happier people tend to live longer than unhappy people.

Observing National Forgiveness And Happiness Day

All a person has to do is to show and ask for forgiveness during this day, and be happy while they’re doing it. People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #ForgivenessAndHappinessDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2023)
October 7 Saturday
Next year (2024)
October 7 Monday
Last year (2022)
October 7 Friday
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