Tomorrow, Wed. Sept. 21, is World Gratitude Day. At Andelcare we think it should be expanded to World Gratitude Month due to the fact that gratitude is one of those rare and glorious things that make us truly happy.
Celebrate World Gratitude Day
According to a description of World Gratitude Day, it is a day to show our gratitude and appreciation.
The roots of World Gratitude Day were started in 1965 at the International East-West Center in Hawaii during a Thanksgiving Dinner. At the dinner, attendees pledged to hold a Gratitude Gathering the following September 21st in their home countries. This grew to be an annual event.
It seems that the United Nations Meditation Group formally created World Gratitude Day in 1977 to express appreciation for the great things that individuals and groups do. According to their website: “World Gratitude Day presents an award to someone who we feel has done something outstanding in the spirit of Globalism.”
Ask Yourself Questions
Ask most anyone who deals with people and the human condition and they will tell you gratitude is a powerful force for good. Ministers, therapists, 12-step information, wise friends and relatives all tell us, “Be grateful for what you’ve got.”
The point is to not to concern ourselves with what we don’t have but to be grateful for what we do have. You know, it’s important to be thankful for our health, the safety of our loved ones, that we have plenty of food, shelter and people who love us.
We need to ask questions to keep gratitude on the front burner. Here are a few: What do you value? Who do you appreciate? How do you express your gratitude to others?
What does Gratitude Do for Us?
It makes us feel better. It gives us hope. It makes us better people
In her article about World Gratitude Day writer Jennifer Angel points out that gratitude helps us face life’s tough stuff. It helps us move from fear and resentment to embracing the possibility that something good may come out of a problems or pain. Instead of feeling like everything is going against you, gratitude help people see a silver lining. And seeing that hint of hope helps us move toward more positive thoughts and actions.
Angel quotes George Colman, “Praise the bridge that carried you over.”
Six Easy Ways to Show Gratitude Every Day
Catherine Jessen suggests that expressing gratitude comes in many simple ways from saying “thank you” to picking up after oneself. Here is a summary of her ideas:
- Keep a gratitude journal. Start a collection of little grateful moments, and literally watch all the good in your life pile up. (Greater Good)
- Verbally acknowledge someone. It can really make his or her day (and boost your own mood, too!). (Lifehacker)
- Clean up after yourself. This small act of kindness symbolizes that you respect other people’s space. (Random Acts of Kindness Foundation)
- Don’t complain for 24 hours. Try finding the good in a situation. (Unstuck)
- Write a thank you note. This physical memento shows that you are truly appreciative of someone giving you his or her time and effort. (Entrepreneur)
- Give back to your neighborhood. Volunteer. Checkout Volunteer Match. (Idealist)