World Gratitude Day 2016

Thankfully, World Gratitude Day is here!

Please join us in these reflections:  What are you grateful for? ♦  How has gratitude impacted your life? ♦  What does gratitude mean to you?  ♦  For you, what is the relationship between your life in gratitude and your life in service – how does your gratitude inform your positive impact on the world? ♦  How does gratitude inform your communication style? ♦  What are some of the specific ways that gratitude manifests in your daily life?

World Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st of September, encouraging individuals and organizations to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude.

Gratitude is a ubiquitous human emotion or state of awareness shared by those of all faith and non-faith perspectives. From the perspective of Humanism, it is also the habit of routine thoughtfulness and mindful living that includes creating  meaningful, personal traditions to honor others and ourselves.  It means identifying and appreciating goodness in our lives and thinking about how that goodness informs our daily actions, human connections, and community engagement.  Humanist gratitude is appreciation without expectation; recognizing that there is no supernatural being selectively giving privilege and advantage to some humans over others, we can have a genuine appreciation for the world and our connection to that world. This helps us evaluate our responsibility to give back.  Gratitude, after all, is best expressed through action.


The celebration began in  1965  in Hawaii  at a Thanksgiving dinner for the United Nations Meditation Group hosted by its director, Sri Chinmoy.  He proposed a globally unifying holiday to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found around the world.  Each attendee pledged to hold a gratitude gathering each September 21 in their own country.  The United Nations Meditation Group formally celebrated World Gratitude Day on September 21, 1977 at the New York Headquarters where Sri Chinmoy was honored for his work.  Since its beginnings World Gratitude Day has been observed in many countries around the world.

International Day For Gratitude

The awareness of the benefits of having time in one’s life for gratitude, appreciation, and positive reflection have become increasingly apparent. The hope of the founders of Gratitude Day is that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our well-being and make us happier, more contended people.


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