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World Gratitude Day

Give thanks and express your appreciation on World Gratitude Day - share your gratitude with family, friends, and loved ones!
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Make sure to pause and reflect on the many good things in your life this World Gratitude Day on Sept. 21! This day is all about taking a moment to express appreciation for what we have - from our family, friends, health, and material possessions. It's believed that expressing gratitude can bring us more of the same positive feelings. The holiday has been celebrated since 1965 when it was first established by Robert Emmons of UC Davis and Dr. Jeffrey Froh at Hofstra University in New York City as an occasional event with larger scale celebrations every ten years or so since then!

History of World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1965</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Gratitude Day Establishment</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Gratitude Day was first established by Robert Emmons and Dr. Jeffrey Froh to highlight the importance of expressing gratitude.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1975</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Decade Anniversary</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first decade anniversary of World Gratitude Day was celebrated, indicating the increasing recognition of the day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1986</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>United Nations officially recognized World Gratitude Day, promoting international attention and participation.</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'>30th Anniversary</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Gratitude Day celebrated its 30th anniversary, reflecting its long-standing tradition of promoting gratitude.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Online Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the rise of social media, World Gratitude Day celebrations were amplified online, reaching a larger audience globally.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>50th Anniversary</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 50th anniversary of World Gratitude Day was celebrated with large-scale events and increased global participation.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Gratitude Day

<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'>Write down your blessings</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a moment to consider all the good in your life and write it down. This can be as simple as listing five things you are grateful for today or even writing a letter to someone who has impacted your life positively.</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'>Share your gratitude</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Say thank you to someone who has made a difference in your life, send an unexpected card of thanks, or spread kindness by doing something nice for someone else.</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'>Volunteer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a way to give back to the community on World Gratitude Day. Whether it’s donating items to a food pantry, helping out at an animal shelter, or teaching a local craft workshop, there are plenty of ways to volunteer your time.</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'>Take time for yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find time each day to practice self-care. Spend some time meditating, reading, journaling, or doing something else that brings you joy.</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'>Practice random acts of kindness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Do something thoughtful for someone else without expecting anything in return. Buy the person behind you in line coffee, give a compliment to a stranger, or pick up litter around the park.</p></div></div>

Why World Gratitude Day is Important

<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 reminds us to be thankful</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Every day can be a struggle, but World Gratitude Day provides an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on all that we are thankful for. From the people in our lives to the experiences we've had, there is often so much to appreciate - it's important to not take our blessings for granted!</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 encourages us to give back</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Gratitude isn't just about recognizing what you have, it's also about doing something to make a difference. On World Gratitude Day, it's important to think of ways we can help others who may not be as fortunate. From volunteering your time at a shelter or donating money to a charity, there are plenty of ways to show your appreciation and make the world a better place.</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 builds stronger connections with those around us</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Expressing gratitude doesn't just benefit those on the receiving end; it has benefits for the giver too. Not only can acknowledging the good in others help you build relationships with co-workers or friends, but being mindful of the kindness of others can even lead to improved physical health over time!</p></div></div>

5 Heartwarming Facts for World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day FAQs

When is World Gratitude Day?

World Gratitude Day is celebrated on September 21 every year. In 2024, World Gratitude Day will occur on a Saturday.

World Gratitude Day Dates



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