World Gratitude Day

Celebrating World Gratitude Day - The What and Why

In our often busy lives it’s easy to forget to pause and appreciate all the things we are truly lucky to have. World Gratitude Day, celebrated annually on September 21st, reminds us to do just that.

World Gratitude Day is dedicated to recognising and embracing the profound benefits of gratitude. It’s a globally celebrated day encouraging us all to express our appreciation for the people, experiences, and things that enrich our lives and bring us joy. 

This day serves as a gentle nudge to shift our focus from what we lack to what we have, nurturing a positive outlook and fostering contentment.

Why is Gratitude Important?

Gratitude is a powerful force that can transform our lives in numerous ways. It goes beyond just saying "thank you" when someone holds the door open or offers a helping hand. 

Practicing gratitude has deep-rooted benefits for our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being.

  1. Improved Mental Health: Gratitude helps us shift our focus from what we lack to what we have. This shift in perspective can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, promoting mental well-being.
  2. Enhanced Relationships: Expressing gratitude fosters closer connections with others. When we show appreciation, we strengthen our bonds and build a more supportive, positive environment.
  3. Increased Resilience: Grateful individuals tend to be more resilient in the face of adversity. They can find the silver lining in challenging situations, which can help them bounce back more quickly.
  4. Better Physical Health: Gratitude has been linked to better sleep, reduced stress, and improved overall health. It's not just a feel-good emotion; it has tangible benefits. 

The Role of Gratitude Journaling

One powerful way that is easy for anyone to cultivate gratitude is journaling. Keeping a gratitude journal involves regularly writing down things you are thankful for. It's a simple practice with profound effects. Here's how it works:

Daily Reflection: Dedicate a few minutes each day to jot down three to five things you're grateful for. They can be as small as a warm cup of coffee in the morning or as significant as a loving relationship.

Focus on Specifics: Be specific in your entries. Instead of writing "I'm thankful for my family," consider something like "I'm grateful for the laughs we shared during family game night.”

Consistency Matters: Make it a daily habit. Consistency is key to reaping the full benefits of gratitude journaling.

The Gratitude Jar

A fantastic family gratitude activity is to create a family gratitude jar. Here's how it works:

Gather Supplies: Find a jar or container, and some pieces of paper or post-it notes. You can be as creative as you like with colour and the materials you use. 

Weekly Contributions: Each week every family member writes down something they're grateful for and drops their note into the jar. It could be something that happened that week or something else they’re grateful for.

Year-End Reflection: On New Year's Eve, or maybe next World Gratitude Day, read the notes out together as a family. It's a truly feel-good experience that not only reminds everyone how much there is to be grateful for, but deepens our connections with each other.

If you keep your jar somewhere visible, everyone can see the pile of notes growing, which is great visual support for growing a grateful mindset. Everyone can see that there is always something to be grateful for!

Gratitude Jar


Possibly the most incredible thing about gratitude is that it’s simple. Anyone can practice it. But don’t let the simplicity fool you, it has a profound impact on our mental health and wellbeing when we practice it regularly. So what an amazing opportunity it presents us as parents (and for ourselves). We can empower our kids with an incredible tool that will support them for the rest of their lives. 

Happy World Gratitude Day. And thank you for taking the time to read this blog, and being a part of The Grow Journal community, we are grateful for you! ♥️


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