World Gratitude Day

by Sep 21, 2021

World Gratitude Day

Celebrated September 21

It was in 1965, at a Thanksgiving Day dinner in the meditation room of the United Nations building, that the idea of World Gratitude Day first came into being. Spiritual and meditation leader Sri Chinmoy suggested there be a day of thanks the whole world could celebrate together. Those present at the meeting pledged that each year on Sept. 21 they would hold a celebration of gratitude in their country.

In 1977, during a special ceremony that honored Sri, a resolution passed that would officially recognize World Gratitude Day. Since then, this annual observance has grown to become a dynamic, worldwide movement.

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Find ideas on how to celebrate at World Gratitude Day 

7 Quotes to celebrate gratitude

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” – William A. Ward

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou

“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” – Steve Maraboli

“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

The Art Of Gratitude For World Gratitude Day

By Mike Medaglia

But why do we need to be reminded to be grateful? So many people have so much. Even if their house isn’t the biggest. Or they don’t have enough money to buy all the things they desire. So many people live very well off and comfortable. With enough food to eat each day and access to clean water. And people around them who the can love and feel love from.

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Practice Gratitude

Daily practice of gratitude is good for mental, physical and emotional health.  What will you celebrate on this World Gratitude Day?  

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Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Educator, Artist, Storyteller


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