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National Thank You Month

It's time to spread gratitude and appreciation for all the amazing people in our lives - Happy National Thank You Month!
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Start the new year off on a grateful note by celebrating National Thank You Month on January 1! This month-long holiday is all about expressing gratitude and appreciation for the people in our lives, from family and friends to coworkers and strangers. It was first established in 1977 by author Marsha Friedman as a way to promote the power of saying "thank you". So let's kick off the new year with kindness, positivity, and heartfelt thank-yous. After all, showing gratitude not only makes others feel good, but it also has many benefits for our own well-being. Let's make this National Thank You Month one to remember!

History of National Thank You Month

National Thank You Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1977</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Thank You Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>Author Marsha Friedman establishes National Thank You Month to encourage expressions of gratitude.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growing Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Throughout the 1980s, the celebration of National Thank You Month gradually gains popularity nationwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Educational Emphasis</div><div class='timeline-text'>Schools begin to incorporate National Thank You Month activities into their curriculum, emphasizing the importance of gratitude and kindness.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Media Attention</div><div class='timeline-text'>Media outlets nationwide start covering National Thank You Month, leading to an increase in awareness.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celebration on Social Media</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the rise of social media, National Thank You Month starts being commemorated online, broadening its reach and impact.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations evolve with virtual thank you messages and events becoming common practice.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Thank You Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send handwritten thank you notes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>In this digital age, receiving a handwritten thank you note can be a heartwarming surprise. Take the time to write out personalized notes to all the people you appreciate and let them know how much they mean to you.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Give back to your community by volunteering at a charity or organization that you are passionate about. Not only will it make a difference in the lives of others, but it will also make you feel grateful for all that you have.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a thank you party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family for a thank you party! Show your appreciation for their love and support by throwing a fun and festive celebration. You can even incorporate gratitude-themed activities and games.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a gratitude journal</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Start the new year off on a positive note by creating a gratitude journal. Write down one thing you are thankful for each day and reflect on all the good things in your life.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Surprise someone with a thank you gift</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your appreciation with a small gift or gesture to someone who has made a difference in your life. It can be as simple as a heartfelt note or as extravagant as a thoughtful present.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Thank You Month

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a time to express gratitude</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>In a busy world, it's easy to forget to show appreciation and give thanks to those around us. National Thank You Month encourages people to take the time to say thank you and show gratitude towards others, whether it be through words or small acts of kindness.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes positivity and kindness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By focusing on giving thanks during this month, we can spread positivity and kindness throughout our communities. A simple thank you can brighten someone's day and create a ripple effect of happiness and goodwill.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It serves as a reminder for self-reflection</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Thank You Month also encourages us to reflect on things that we are grateful for in our own lives. Expressing gratitude can improve our mental wellbeing and help us appreciate the little things in life.</p></div></div>

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When is National Thank You Month?

National Thank You Month is celebrated on January 1 every year. In 2024 National Thank You Month will occur on a Monday.

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