Tomorrow, September 21st is World Gratitude Day.
It’s a recognized event to honor gratitude and appreciation for individuals, organizations, and countries. It began as an idea in 1965 from a group meeting featuring Sri Chimnoy at The International East-West Center in Hawai’i. The attendees vowed to honor each September 21 in gratitude and appreciation in their home countries beginning in 1966. In 1977, a special resolution of the United Nations proclaimed each September 21 as World Gratitude Day.
What is gratitude and why should we express it?
Gratitude is the quality or feeling of being grateful, thankful, or appreciative. It is a readiness to take appreciative actions. It’s also a way to improve the way you feel by elevating your vibration.
Gratitude helps us reduce stress, worry, and anxiety. There is actual science behind the concept and practice of gratitude, it’s not just “woo-woo.”
Gratitude is a “natural antidepressant,” created through the production of the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin in our brain that improves our mood.
Gratitude leads to psychological benefits: a happier you, physical benefits: a fitter you, and social benefits: a better you.
Ways you can express gratitude today
- Reach out to friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and verbally thank them for being in your life. You can also thank them for specific things they have done to make your life better
- Write a “Thank You” note or letter to someone who you value in your life
- Post your gratitude or appreciation on social media
- Recite gratitude affirmations
Here are a few to try:
- There is always something to be grateful for.
- I begin my day thinking of 3 things I am grateful for.
- I end my day thinking of 3 things I am grateful for knowing it helps sow the seeds for a good night’s rest and a better day ahead.
- I am grateful for the gift of my life and my vibrant health.
- I am grateful for the gift of friends and family in my life.
- I am grateful for the many freedoms I experience in my life.
- I am grateful for my home, my job, and the many tools that bring ease into my life.
- I radiate gratitude for all my many blessings.
- I am so grateful for the beauty and wonder of nature in my midst.
- Select gratitude intentions
Intentions are ways of choosing or focusing upon a result or outcome.
Here are a few to try:
- Today, I choose to cultivate more joy and delight in my life, using gratitude.
- Today, I notice the ordinary gifts in my life.
- I choose to radiate a sense of appreciation throughout my day.
- I allow my sense of childlike wonder to shine forth.
- I escape to nature to cultivate a more profound sense of well-being.
- I count my blessings regularly throughout the day.
- Today, I am on the lookout for miracles and synchronicity.
- I release stress, worry, and anxiety when I focus on gratitude.
Today, as my dog and I were enjoying our daily walk, I was reveling in the feeling of immense gratitude. We live in California and the past 30 days have been Spare the Air days with either excessive heat, smoke, or both from the multiple raging fires in the West. Starting yesterday, our air quality improved dramatically, it’s back into the good range. We were able to open up our doors and windows and go outside after days of being cooped up indoors often under apocalyptic skies.
I also am so grateful for the gift of my life. I had pancreatic cancer last year and every day is a precious gift. I was thinking about how just a few short months before I didn’t have the energy or stamina to walk into the next room, and now I can do anything I desire. Life is so good.
Enjoy expressing your gratitude today as you honor and celebrate World Gratitude Day, dear heart. The Wellness Universe is creating a series of self-care books and I wrote a chapter on gratitude in the premiere edition coming out November 11. Find out more about this great resource featuring 25 authors sharing their stories and self-care tools to reduce stress, worry, and anxiety.
If you’d like to cultivate more gratitude or appreciation in your life, come join my Facebook Group Angel Angels Angel Circle of Gratitude. It is a safe place to learn, express, and cultivate more gratitude, love, appreciation, and delight/devotion (GLAD) in our lives.
Happy World Gratitude Day 2020!
Janette Stuart is a featured author in The Wellness Universe Guide to Complete Self-Care, 25 Tools for Stress Relief. Learn more about this book by joining our Book Club.
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