World Gratitude Day - September 21
Thu, Sep 21, 2023

World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on September 21st. This is a holiday with a noble mission – to remind you how important it is to express gratitude. Modern people are so immersed in themselves and their worries, they often do not attach importance to being grateful. Psychologists note one of the easiest ways to make the world a better place is to give thanks.


Gratitude is a worldwide practice available to absolutely everyone to improve their lives and relationships with other people. World Gratitude Day was invented by Sri Chinmoy, a renowned meditation teacher who suggested an annual thanks-giving celebration in a special meditation room at the UN Headquarters. This event took place in 1965, and a year later, many countries joined this initiative. In 1977, a group of Chinmoy’s followers gathered to pay tribute to their mentor. At the same time, a resolution was drawn up on making it a world holiday.

Interesting Facts

  • Gratitude makes people happy; it only takes 5 minutes a day to write down what you want to say “thank you” for.
  • Gratitude increases positive emotions. According to statistics, people who often express gratitude deal with negative emotions more easily.
  • Grateful people are socially active, and they have more friends.
  • The ability to appreciate what we have helps us make effective decisions.
  • Gratitude relieves stress.

How to take part

Express gratitude in any way you can — write letters, post on social networks, send postcards, or make phone calls. But according to psychologists, the best way to say “thank you” is in person, looking into their eyes. Give thanks for everything that comes to your mind; the main thing is to be sincere and honest. Be sure to appreciate yourself on this day, write down your good deeds and positive traits. You are the first person to appreciate yourself.

When is World Gratitude Day in 2023?

World Gratitude Day is observed on September 21 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday September 21 2023
Saturday September 21 2024
Sunday September 21 2025
Monday September 21 2026