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5 Ways to Celebrate World Gratitude Day 2019 and They’re Free!


Saturday, September 21, 2019 is World Gratitude Day.
This concept first originated in 1965 and was later adopted by the United Nations Meditation Group as an opportunity to celebrate and show gratitude for all things big and small.


This upcoming celebration presents an opportunity to cultivate a broader view of gratitude at home, at work, and in your community.


Here are 5 ways to prepare for and celebrate World Gratitude Day! Consider reflecting on:

  1. Gratitude for your heritage: Take a moment to pause and reflect on your family. Your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, etc. Which family member(s) helped make you who you are today? Write them a gratitude letter, plan to meet or call and read the letter out loud. For a gratitude letter template go to DRW Gratitude Resources You may also want to consider traditions, passed down from your ancestors, and begin to plan how to incorporate them on this day. Perhaps prepare a traditional meal or dessert for your family. At work, plan a potluck lunch or dinner if you work evening/night shift. Have coworkers bring in a special ethnic dish and celebrate the diversity of your team at the same time.

  2. Gratitude for your boss, employees, and coworkers: Did you know corporate recognition programs are a $46 billion-dollar industry? Nothing wrong with recognition plaques, pins, and certificates, but recognition IS NOT the same as gratitude or appreciation. Besides, why wait for a work anniversary when a genuine expression of gratitude has been found to increase productivity, job satisfaction, and company loyalty. To celebrate World Gratitude Day at work, take a few moments and write a note of gratitude to someone who deserves to know how much they’re valued and appreciated for their contributions. If you see someone going above and beyond, express gratitude in that moment! If your team has had a particularly difficult day, bring everyone together and express your gratitude for their strengths (name them) and resilience.

  3. Gratitude for the positive emotions you experience every day: Did you know you’re more likely to experience more positive emotions (gratitude, love, hope) than negative (anger, envy, hopelessness)? The harmful effects of negative emotions stay with you longer than the helpful effects of positive emotions. To help celebrate World Gratitude Day set aside time at the end of the day and reflect on the positive emotions you’ve experienced, consider why they happened, and why you’re grateful.

  4. Gratitude for someone in your community: Did you know grateful people are more charitable and have stronger bonds to their local community? Consider all those individuals who make up your local community. First responders, teachers, nurses, and neighbors. Your community may also include patients and customers. To celebrate World Gratitude Day, stop and say thank you, offer a smile, genuinely ask how they are doing, and “specifically” tell them why you’re grateful. AND BY THE WAY, let’s not wait for Earth Day to find ways to be grateful for planet earth. The trash, plastic, and paper on streets and in parking lots will make its way to our oceans. “Please don’t litter, help keep your community clean.”

  5. Gratitude for yourself: Did you know many believe gratitude should only be expressed externally? If we believe in the notion that we must love ourselves to love others, then why not the same with gratitude? To celebrate World Gratitude Day, take time to practice self-gratitude. Consider what contributions you bring to your family, work, and community. Write down your talents, skills, and gifts and describe why you’re grateful for them.

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