World Gratitude Day is this Friday, September 21st. It began in 1965 in Hawaii when organizers of an international gathering decided to have one day each year to officially express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things in their lives and this world. After returning home to their own countries, many attendees celebrated Gratitude Day again on September 21st 1966. Since then, Gratitude Day has continued to grow across the world and more people are celebrating every year.
Prior to this year, I had never heard of World Gratitude Day, but, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the idea!
As we face life’s challenges, it can become easy to focus on the negative things that are happening in our lives. But negative thoughts also lead to negative emotions. If you find yourself sad, depressed, fearful, anxious, chances are you may be in a pattern of thinking negatively. Our thought process affects who we are outwardly. Proverbs 23:7 says, “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (KJV). So this means that whatever your thoughts are, will be who you become. It’s up to you to choose who that person is.
This is why I love the idea of World Gratitude Day. World Gratitude Day is a day to simply be thankful. And although we really shouldn’t have to have a special day or reason to be thankful in our lives, if you are a person who is not accustomed to practicing gratitude, World Gratitude Day is a great place to start.
The benefits of being grateful are numerous. Here are two of them……..
Some ways that you can celebrate World Gratitude Day, and every day are:
I used to be a negative person; what I called a realist. I was also miserable and unhappy and waiting for my life to be “ideal”. When I learned to appreciate things about myself and in my life, I became a much happier person. I still have my moments, after all, I’m human. But overall, I am in the best place I have ever been in my life and I would NEVER want to go back. A big part of that is because I chose to stop focusing on the things I perceived as negative in my life and instead started to focus on the good things, of which I realized there were many, once I actually took the time to look for them.
Besides stopping my focus on negative things, another thing I did was start what I call my blessing box. I got a pretty box with a lid on it at a local discount store. The box has words like “dream” and “inspire” on it, and other words that speak to my soul. I keep it in my office and whenever the mood strikes me, I’ll write something I feel blessed about on a small piece of paper and fold it up and throw it into the box. On days when I’m feeling less than chipper, I’ll go pull a few of those folded pieces of paper out of the box and read them. One example of what I’ve written is, “Sanyy said I am her bff.” Sanyy is my 5 year old niece. She brings so much joy to my life. Other examples are, “had a great family dinner tonight” and “I helped a homeless man today.” Being able to have those reminders when I am down, really helps to uplift me and remind me that I AM EXTREMELY BLESSED and whatever I am going through in that moment will not last forever.
I can honestly say that practicing gratitude has had a very positive impact on my life and I’m sure it will for you too. So, if you don’t already, start finding little ways to be grateful every day. You won’t regret it!
With love and appreciation,