September 21st, 2017
World Gratitude Day & International Day of Peace
World Gratitude Day is Thursday, September 21st, and we’re inviting you to #GET OUT THE GRATITUDE.
We’re GETTING OUT THE GRATITUDE for the contributions that we make to each other, to our community and to our world through the work that we do. It doesn’t matter what your job is or how much you get paid, every person’s work contributes to the well-being of us all.
We make HUGE contributions to each other. Have you ever thought about the people responsible for manufacturing, transporting and selling toilet paper?! These people make a difference in our lives multiple times every day. And so do many others.
So on Thursday, September 21st, help us #Get Out The Gratitude around the WORLD!
Here are some ways that we can all #GET OUT THE GRATITUDE on September 21st:
- Share information about #GET OUT THE GRATITUDE with everyone you know;
- Attend a local event – We will create a separate Facebook Event page for each live event as well as post it below in the events section;
- Host your own local event – contact us so that we can help you;
- Offer your customers a special thank you that day – a discount, free dessert, etc.;
- Show your employees how much you appreciate and value them in some way – buy them lunch, send an email of appreciation, tell them thanks, etc.;
- Encourage your employees or members to get involved in #GET OUT THE GRATITUDE by going out into the communtiy and thanking various individuals and groups;
- If you teach Social Studies or Economics, teach your students about the value of every job and how we all contribute to the well-being of the community and the world. Then have them create posters or write thank you notes to local businesses and organizations. Take the posters and cards to their locations so that they can experience receiving gratitude and share them with others;
- Write “thank you” cards to people whose work you appreciate;
- Express yourself in your own way…through song, dance, art, etc.;
- POST, POST, POST – Use Social Media to post your words and expressions of gratitude and don’t forget to #dayofgratitude and#getoutthegratitude.
On World Gratitude Day let’s GET OUT THE GRATITUDE for each other and raise the levels of appreciation and respect in our community and our world. The more we appreciate each other, the more we respect each other. And the more we respect each other, the nicer we are to each other and the more peacefully and easily we solve our problems.
It’s not a coincidence that World Gratitude Day and International Day of Peace are celebrated on the same date.
Gratitude leads us to Peace.
Gratitude changes everything, so here’s your opportunity to be a part of the change.
Check in often for more details. Until then, help us get the word out and share this event with everyone you know. Thanks!
A global gratitude movement
What is Day of Gratitude?
Day of Gratitude is a positive movement intended to help us live better lives and work with each other much more collaboratively and peacefully. It is intended to help us become more aware that we are all connected, and we are all in this together. Everyone adds value to their communities in their own unique ways, and it takes all of us doing whatever we do for our communities to thrive. We all matter.
Day of Gratitude shines a light on the contributions that people make to our communities through the work that they do.
We invite you to follow us on Facebook and check out our web page for more details about what Day of Gratitude is and how you can get involved. This is the sort of thing that will BENEFIT EVERYONE who participates, so be sure to share this information with your friends, family and co-workers.
We also invite and encourage you to start looking for people in your community to appreciate, and tell them so. Take a pic and share it on Facebook so that the whole world can appreciate them and so they too can benefit from feeling the gratitude.
Gratitude changes everything, and we can’t wait for you to experience it too.
HOW DO WE SHOW OUR GRATITUDE?
Social Media – We look for people to appreciate in our communities who are “on the job.” When we encounter someone doing their job, we express our appreciation for what they do and their contributions to the community. To help spread the gratitude and the Movement, we also take pictures of the people we’re appreciating and share them through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Local Events – Each month, we high-light a particular role in our communities – such as teachers, truck drivers, postal carriers, healthcare workers, sanitation workers, construction workers, administrators, computer programmers, legislators, fire fighters, and so on – and we share our appreciation through Appreciation “Demonstrations” – as well as other activities.
Join the Movement
HOW CAN YOU JOIN THE GRATITUDE MOVEMENT?
There are lots of ways to participate in this Global Gratitude Movement:
- Join us at a local Appreciation Demonstration. Find a Demonstration near you.
- Organize an Appreciation Demonstration of your own. Get together with a group from church, work or other organization and organize your own Appreciation Demonstration.
What are Appreciation Demonstrations?
Appreciation Demonstrations are groups of co-workers, friends, family and community members who gather together on Day of Gratitude to wave signs and banners that say such things as “Thank you,” and “We appreciate you.”
Appreciation Demonstrations are 1 to 2 hours long, and are usually held on sidewalks at high visibility locations or outside buildings and facilities where the people we are appreciating that month work.
An Appreciation Demonstration might also be a group of people at their office or church or club creating their own message of gratitude in their own locations and sharing it with the rest of the world through Social Media. Connect and share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Other ways you can participate in Day of Gratitude:
- Participate in “You Just Got Thanked!” Look for people in your community on the job and thank them for the work that they do. Ask them if you can take their picture to post it to Day of Gratitude’s Facebook page and tell them, “You just got thanked!” Think about the people you see in your day-to-day…store cashiers, healthcare providers, utility workers, maintenance and building professionals, police officers, etc.
- If you own a business, consider offering a discount or special treat as a token of your appreciation,
- If you’re an artist, consider an artistic display or demonstration of your appreciation,
- If you are a school teacher, consider sharing information with your students about the particular group we are recognizing that month and take a picture of your students expressing their appreciation in their own unique way,
- Write “Thank You” cards to people in the professions we are celebrating,
- Come up with your own way to show your gratitude,
- And definitely share your pictures and videos of you, your friends, family and co-workers expressing your gratitude and appreciation for whomever we are celebrating that month.
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Help us spread these great vibes around the World!
WORLD GRATITUDE DAY
to everyone for the contributions that we make to each other and to our communities and our world through the work that we do.
It takes all of us doing the best we can in whatever work we do for our communities to thrive. Each job is important, and each person adds value to others through their work. We all matter.
Join us to celebrate the many ways in which people make a difference through their work.
Help us #GEt OUT THE GRATITUDE!
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Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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Gratitude Changes Everything
Why a Day of Gratitude
The inspiration behind Day of Gratitude is the current trend of anger, blame and violence that erupts every time something goes wrong. Our communities and our headlines are filled with accusations and fault finding whenever someone does something or says something that others disagree with – justified or not. An intense focus on the negative aspect of what has been done or said has created an “Us Against Them” mindset and yielded entire groups of people seeing themselves as victims.
This constant barrage of negativity is toxic to our well-being, and it is counter-productive to what we really want – peace, solutions, respect, connection, prosperity. What we focus on expands, whether it is positive or negative.
Most of us have very good intentions, and we really are doing the best we can with what we have to work with. We’re not intentionally going about our lives trying to hold others down or harm groups of people in any way. We are uplifters, every single one of us. We want to do things that help others thrive; we want to do things that help us thrive as well.
In the workplace, a company is successful when all of its employees are performing to the best of their abilities. It takes all of them adding value in their own particular roles and functions for the organization to do well.
Communities are exactly the same. We ALL have value, and we ALL contribute to our communities through the work that we do. The well-being of our communities is dependent upon all of us understanding the value that each person adds, recognizing that value and then working together – not against each other – to move beyond our current problems.
We’re all in this together, and it’s time for us to truly “get” this.
We can change! We can change the way we think. We can change the way we respond when something happens that we do not like. Instead of focusing on our problems and making them even bigger, we can change our approach to one of cooperation, respect and solution orientation. With a different approach, we can experience faster resolutions and more peaceful interactions.
Day of Gratitude is one way to create this shift. As a Global Gratitude Movement, Day of Gratitude engages individuals and organizations around the world to recognize and publicly appreciate the contributions that we make to our communities through the work that we do. Like the Butterfly Effect, the resulting Gratitude Effect will enrich individual lives and their communities around the world.
Benefits to Participating in Day of Gratitude
Feeling and receiving gratitude makes us happier as individuals.
And when we are happier, we are also:
More reasons to join in on Day of Gratitude:
- When we express and feel gratitude on a regular basis then, we are happier more often, and we begin to influence the people around us. Over time, we have a direct impact on the well-being of our entire communities and people around the world.
Our media is overwhelmingly negative, and this has a negative impact on how we see life and interact with others. Day of Gratitude provides a regular and repeated occasion to instead fill the media with powerfully positive stories about people sharing their gratitude for the contributions that peolpe make to their communities through the work that they do. Over time, these positive vibes change the way we think and interact with each other, and life becomes a much more positive and fulfilling experience.
- Expressing gratitude and appreciation for the contributions people make in our communities raises awareness of the value that we all play in the health and well-being of our communities.
- As others express appreciation for the work that we do, we experience greater pride and personal fulfillment in our work, and we naturally want to do an even better job for our community.
- As we appreciate others for the contributions they make to our communities, we begin to recognize and reflect upon the value that we ourselves provide our communities which leads to greater connection and personal fulfillment.
- As we appreciate others, over time we develop better relationships with everyone in our lives.
- Shared gratitude evokes a spirit of cooperation and collaboration in our communities.
- Appreciation for the different roles that people play in the community helps us solve our problems much more easily and peacefully.
- Gratitude expressed or received makes us more positive, and being more positive helps us make better decisions in our individual lives and in our communities.
- From the perspective of Law of Attraction, Gratitude experienced on a regular basis attracts greater abundance and well-being into our lives.
- Gratitude experienced by many people at one time unleashes the Maharishi Effect in communities world-wide. When as few as 1% of a community’s population focuses on Gratitude, the collective consciousness of the entire community is uplifted.
- Gratitude is free and 100% accessible to everyone everywhere.
- Making gratitude a regular part of our daily lives is easy.
- The return on cultivating a gratitude mindset is fast and bountiful.
By participating in Day of Gratitude,
We Become the Change
We want to see in the world.
The Dreamers & Believers
Meet our Team
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
If we focus more on the positive things in our lives and less on the negative, we’ll all be much happier, healthier and more abundant. Gratitude is a positive emotion, and it is something that we can all relate to and feel. So…if we can get more people feeling more gratitude, then it will be easier for us to be more positive more often. I believe gratitude is key to thriving individuals and thriving communities. That’s why I started Day of Gratitude.
Founding Team Member, Community Coordinator
South Lyon, Michigan, USA
Founding Team Member
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Founding Team Member
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Founding Team Member
North Carolina, USA
Founding Team Member, Community Coordinator
Lisbon, Maryland, USA
Founding Team Member, Graphic Designer
Clearwater, Florida, USA
What makes me happy is seeing people go out of their way to help someone. It’s the simple acts of kindness that have the biggest impact on someone when you least expect it.