September |Monday | 21, 2015 :: Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st September. The celebration of Gratitude Day allows both individual citizens and organisations within wider society to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude in a variety of ways.
The celebration started in 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966 when back in their own countries. Ever since then, the number of people celebrating Gratitude Day across the world has grown and grown.
Gratitude is spontaneous thankfulness to someone who has benefitted us in any manner. It springs from the heart and is sometimes expressed in words and at other times through gestures and actions. It is much more than the usual expression of thanks uttered habitually as a matter of course in a casual manner in the course of our daily interactions. When we are grateful to someone we remain always keen to return the compliment in all possible ways. It is a basic human emotion rooted in ethics and values which make us better human beings.