Celebrate World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day is an annual international celebration that is held every September 21st. You might have noticed over the past month that a number of people online have been participating in daily social media promotions recognizing all the things they are thankful for, sharing with friends and family everything they appreciate (whether it be their health, happiness, or simple pleasures). Now is your chance to celebrate World Gratitude Day!

History of World Gratitude Day

Created to encourage people to express and share all that they are grateful for in their lives, World Gratitude Day has been going on since 1965. During that year, “an international gathering (in Hawaii) decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966 when back in their own countries. Ever since then, the number of people celebrating Gratitude Day across the world has grown and grown.” [Source: DaysoftheYear]

How To Celebrate World Gratitude Day

Whether you simply take a moment each day to think about the blessings you experience, or you verbally share these sentiments of gratitude with the rest of the world (via social media or other methods), being grateful not only helps you notice all the joys and positive experiences you have in your life (despite challenges or disappointments you might face). This practice alone improves your overall emotional state and creates an optimistic outlook on life.

“The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. And gratitude doesn’t need to be reserved only for momentous occasions: Sure, you might express gratitude after receiving a promotion at work, but you can also be thankful for something as simple as a delicious piece of pie. Research by UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, shows that simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.” [Source: Happify]

Whether you’re grateful for the friends and family in your life who love and support you, the fun hobbies you enjoy taking part in, or the passion you have for your career, there are so many aspects of life we can appreciate. What are you thankful for?

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