World Gratitude Day

Those who don’t feel they get enough chances during the year to express their gratitude and appreciation for the many blessings they’ve received may want to observe World Gratitude Day. This holiday is observed annually every September 21st.

It’s a day that gives people a reason to reflect on the positive aspects that exist in their lives and how they can best appreciate these blessings. It’s also a day for people to show others important to them just how much they matter and perhaps give them a word or two of thanks.

The History of World Gratitude Day

According to internet lore, the first official celebration of this holiday was in 1965 in Hawaii. It was invented by Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual leader and meditation teacher who conceived the holiday at a Thanksgiving dinner in a UN meditation room.

Chinmoy suggested the idea for this holiday at this dinner, and everyone there pledged to observe it. They then spent the rest of the evening trying to brainstorm ways that this holiday could be implemented on a global level. In 1966, the first World Gratitude Day was launched on September 21st, and the holiday has been observed worldwide ever since.

A Quick Word About Positivity

Since this holiday is essentially about positivity, we thought we’d take a few moments and talk about some of the benefits that positivity can convey to a person. Let’s take a quick look at these facts before we continue with our exploration of World Gratitude Day.

Health Benefits of Positivity:

  • Increased lifespan
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular conditions
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
  • Better psychological and physical well-being

Observing World Gratitude Day

We’ve already stated how this holiday is observed, but we’ll go ahead and reiterate for everyone reading today. This holiday is celebrated simply by showing gratitude to the people in your life who deserve it.

It’s also a day for having a positive attitude about all the good things that have happened in your life. Sure, we all have struggles and setbacks that we have to work through, but that doesn’t mean we have to let them define us. This holiday reminds us that we can adopt a more positive attitude towards life.

All that it requires is a willingness to let go of the bad things in our lives and embrace the good. While we’re doing that, we should also spread the word about this holiday so that other people can adopt a more positive attitude. One way to do that is by using the hashtag #WorldGratitudeDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 21 Saturday
Next year (2025)
September 21 Sunday
Last year (2023)
September 21 Thursday
Appreciation & Honor