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5 Ways to Celebrate World Gratitude Day – and they’re free!

Friday, September 21, 2018 is World Gratitude Day.
The concept originated in 1965 and later adopted by the United Nations Meditation Group as an opportunity to show appreciation for all things big and small.
There’s no better time than NOW to cultivate a broader view of gratitude at home, at work, and in your community. Here are 5 ways to celebrate (cultivate) gratitude!
Appreciate your heritage: Did you know the opposite of gratitude is entitlement? 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? To celebrate World Gratitude Day write them a gratitude letter, plan to meet or call, and then read the letter. For a gratitude letter template go to DRW Gratitude Resources
Appreciate your boss, employees, and coworkers: Did you know corporate recognition programs are a $46 billion-dollar industry? Nothing wrong with recognition plaques and certificates. But why wait for a work anniversary when a genuine expression of gratitude has been found to increase job satisfaction and company loyalty. To celebrate World Gratitude Day, take a few moments and write a note of gratitude to someone who deserves to know how much they’re valued for their contribution to the work. If you see someone going above and beyond, express gratitude in that moment!


Appreciate the positive emotions you experience every day: Did you know you’re likely to experience more positive emotions (gratitude, love, hope) than negative (anger, envy, hopelessness)? The harmful effects of negative emotions stay with us 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 and consider why they happened.

“The negative screams at you, the positive only whispers.” Barbara Frederickson, Ph.D.

Appreciate someone in your community: Did you know grateful people have stronger bonds to their local community? Consider all those individuals who make up your local community. First responders, teachers, nurses, merchants, neighbors, etc. To celebrate World Gratitude Day, stop and say thank you, offer a smile, give a thumbs up and tell them how much you appreciate what they do for your community.
Appreciate yourself: Did you know many believe gratitude should only be expressed externally? If we believe in the notion that we must love ourselves in order 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 the talents, skills, and gifts you have and why you’re grateful for them.
Gratitude Heals – A Journal for Inspiration and Guidance, publication date December 2018. To pre-order or for bulk sales, contact Linda Roszak Burton at

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