When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you takes things for granted or take them with gratitude. ~G.K. Chesterson
History of World Gratitude Day
The idea for an annual day of gratitude began in 1965 in Hawaii during an international Thanksgiving dinner and it has been celebrated on September 21st for the last 51 years.
Held at the East-West Center, the dinner was hosted by mediation guru, Sri Chinmoy, director of the United Nations Meditation Group. He suggested the idea as a globally unifying holiday and each person in attendance vowed to hold a gratitude gathering every September 21st in their own country. The United Nations Meditation Group formally celebrated World Gratitude Day on September 21, 1977 at the New York Headquarters where Sri Chinmoy was honored for his work. Since its beginnings, World Gratitude Day has been observed in numerous countries around the globe.
There has been an increasing awareness of the benefits of gratitude, appreciation and positive reflection. World Gratitude Day is a reminder and an opportunity to reflect on all of the blessings we have in life. Expressing gratitude has been proven in numerous scientific studies to positively impact our well-being, making us happier, healthier, more social and overall more appreciative people.
World Gratitude Day 2016 is Wednesday, September 21st.
Here are six ways you can participate and contribute in this global expression of gratitude.
1. Be Courteous and Kind
Smile and say hello to people as you walk down the street or through a store or restaurant. Allow people on the roads and freeways to merge, invite that person behind you with one item to go ahead of you at the checkout counter. Read more