World gratitude day is celebrated every year on September 21st. It encourages people and organisations to come together and celebrate what it means to be thankful and what we can all be thankful for.
World gratitude day was started in 1965 at a dinner in the United Nations building in Hawaii. It was started by Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual leader who suggested people come together on a specific day of the year to give thanks.
Gratitude is an excellent way to increase positivity in our everyday lives and we all have something we are grateful for. It can benefit your health by reducing stress, boosting immunity and improving even the worst of days.
Imagine you are having the worst day, you've had a falling out in work, you've broken up with a romantic partner or you have less money than you feel you'd like. Usually when these negative events happen, most of us focus on them and why we feel our life is unfair.
However, if you practice gratitude you can probably manage to think of at least one thing to be thankful for, even when you aren't feeling your best.
Do you have a roof over your head?
Do you have a close friend or relative that's always there?
Is the weather good where you are? and so on.
Even in times of poor health, instead of saying this is terrible, this isn't fair. You could say I am thankful for the health service, for the doctors and healthcare professionals and for the advances in medical science.
Turning your thoughts from negative to positive like this, could provide you with the boost of positivity you need to get through.
Another thing to remember is that bit of gratitude, when shown to someone else, can go a long way too! It can help people feel seen and appreciated for all of the things they do.
Gratitude can improve mental health, give us a self-esteem boost as well as ward off symptoms of anxiety and depression.
So how can we celebrate World gratitude day?
Begin keeping a gratitude journal.
Spend quality time with those close to you.
Eat dinner with your friends, partner or family.
Check in on someone you know is alone.
Say thank you to anyone who has been there for you in any way. This can even be a quick text or a phone call!
Do something kind for those less fortunate than you or donate to charity.
Spend time doing something you love and focus on how thankful you are that you have access to this activity or thing.
See our blog post for a guide on how to create your very own gratitude journal!
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