“Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.”
It is World Gratitude Day.
Celebrated on the equinox (September 21st), Gratitude Day was created so that each of us could take time to pause and give thanks for all we have in our lives.
By practicing gratitude, we positively impact our well-being and make the world a better place.
The idea for World Gratitude Day came in 1963 when Mrs. Edna Fuerth Lemle brought it up during a reception at the United Nations, and then meditation guru Sri Chinmoy, who received the World Gratitude Day Award in 1977, helped to spread the holiday across the globe.
The celebration was later officially adopted by the United Nations Meditation Group and is now a day set aside to let us show our appreciation for all things, big and small.
How Gratitude Can Change Your Life
Adhering to gratitude will transform your life.
According to Dr. Robert A. Emmons, a leading gratitude expert at UC Davis and the author of the book Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by a whopping 25 percent.
His 10 years of intense research also shows that people who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back from setbacks more easily, enjoy healthier immune systems and have stronger social relationships.
A vast array of other studies show that practicing gratitude can improve sleep, self-esteem, self-control and overall resilience in the face of challenges.
How to Practice Gratitude Daily
Here are some ideas on how you can practice gratitude every day.
- Write in a Gratitude Journal: The act of writing does wonders to amplify the positive feelings associated with giving thanks.
- Commit to a Morning Gratitude Session: Take just one minute every morning to think of five things and people for whom you are grateful.
- Say Thank You: Send a card or note to family and friends telling them how much you value them. Also, remember to thank those who anger or disappoint you. If you look hard enough, you have reasons to appreciate everyone!
- Focus on What You Have: A good gratitude practice is to always think about what you HAVE (versus what you do not). Let go of frustration for the dreams that have not yet been realized. Instead, live victoriously in the present.
- Create a Gratitude Jar: Place a gratitude jar in a common area in the house where everyone can add notes about what they are thankful for during the week, then choose a special time every week to open the jar and read the notes out loud together.
How to Celebrate World Gratitude Day
Having said that, World Gratitude Day is a special moment, and you can celebrate it by whipping up our yummy plant-based Tofu and Kale Salad With Lemon Ginger Tahini Dressing.
This year we will start the celebration by giving thanks to YOU for being part of our community!