World Gratitude Day - September 21
Sat, Sep 21, 2024

World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on September 21st. This holiday has a noble mission: to remind us of the importance of expressing gratitude. Modern people are often so immersed in their own worries that they forget to be thankful. Psychologists note that one of the easiest ways to make the world a better place is to give thanks.


Gratitude is a universal practice that can improve anyone’s life and relationships. World Gratitude Day was invented by Sri Chinmoy, a renowned meditation teacher who proposed 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 the 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 to make it a world holiday.

Interesting Facts

  • Gratitude makes people happy; it only takes five minutes a day to write down what you are thankful for.
  • Gratitude increases positive emotions. According to statistics, people who often express gratitude deal with negative emotions more easily.
  • Grateful people are more socially active and 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. According to psychologists, the best way to say “thank you” is in person, looking into someone’s 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 by writing down your good deeds and positive traits. You are the first person who should appreciate yourself.

When is World Gratitude Day in 2024?

World Gratitude Day is observed on September 21 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday September 21 2024
Sunday September 21 2025
Monday September 21 2026
Tuesday September 21 2027
Thursday September 21 2028
Friday September 21 2029