What Are You Grateful For?
Celebrate World Gratitude Day on 9/21 With This One Simple Question
History of World Gratitude Day
Sri Chinmoy, an Indian spiritual teacher, led non-denominational peace meditations at the United Nations headquarters in New York. He suggested creating a holiday focused on gratitude, which could be globally unifying. The United Nations formally celebrated World Gratitude Day on September 21, 1977 to honor Sri Chinmoy for his work.
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Celebrate World Gratitude Day with a simple question
Ask the same question about all areas of your life.
Livelihood + Lifestyle
Body + Wellness
Creativity + Learning
Relationships + Society
Essence + Spirituality
Gratitude as a practice to increase happiness
Increase the ratio of gratitude in your life
We all have negative things in our life. Mary Poppins tells the children in her care to take a spoonful of sugar to help the negatives go down. Although I do have a sweet tooth, that is not my suggestion.
It is challenging to have a negative emotion at the same time you are practicing gratitude. Psychology has shown that gratitude may even diminish or deter anger, bitterness, greed. (Source: The How of Happiness.)
Here’s a challenge for you this week or this season. What if you tried to outnumber the negatives with positives? Aim for seven positive to one negative ratio.
For example, if you complain or argue with your spouse or loved one, find seven ways to compliment or thank them.
Or if you are sick, what are seven pleasurable activities you can still do this week?
If you think a negative thought about yourself, what are seven things you love about yourself?
If you have a negative memory, what seven positive life experiences can you think about?
You get the idea.
Boost your happiness by celebrating World Gratitude Day
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