Why Every Day is a Good Day for Gratitude

Lifespan Blog Team

September 21 is much more than the last day of summer. It’s also World Gratitude Day!

Different people define “gratitude” in their own way, but it’s officially defined as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”

Whatever your definition is, it pays to be grateful whenever you can. Studies have shown that gratitude has multiple health benefits, including:

  • Improved physical health, including fewer headaches and a healthier heart.
  • Enhanced mental health, such as feeling happier, reducing depression, and lessening regret.Better sleep and increased energy.
  • Higher self-esteem.

It’s also been shown to make you more open to your relationships, be more empathetic, and be a better friend.

With all those benefits, why wait for one holiday? Be grateful every day! Start a routine to think about what you’re grateful for once each day. Take time to appreciate the big and small things and reflect on how they impact your life. Focus on why you’re grateful for them. You could:

  • Set aside some time each day to think about the things you’re grateful for in that moment.
  • Keep a gratitude journal and jot down your thoughts before bedtime.
  • Write a note each day and place it in a box or jar. Open your jar annually and read older notes to see what made your year special. This can also help you start the new year on a positive note.

Remember to share your gratitude with your family and friends. Hopefully, every day will be one filled with gratitude, good will, and happier and healthier people. 

Since the tradition began with a Hawaiian celebration in 1965, the number of people recognizing this day around the world has increased each year, and with good reason. Being grateful is good for you!