Tomorrow is World Gratitude Day, which is celebrated annually on 21st September.
Created to encourage people to think about what they are thankful for, it has been going on since 1965. when an international gathering in Hawaii decided that it would be a good idea to have one day to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things found in the world.
According to numerous studies from the world of positive psychology, gratitude is one of the most important ways for us to get a happiness boost: it opens the door to more relationships, improves both physical and psychological health, enhances empathy and reduces aggression, improves self-esteem and increases mental strength.
Recognizing all that we have to be thankful for —even during the worst times—fosters resilience.
Talking about gratitude Marcus Tullius Cicero said:
“… haec enim est una virtus non solum maxima sed etiam mater virtutum omnium reliquarum.” (… this virtue is not only the greatest of virtues, but also the mother of all others.) (1)
In “As You Like It”, Act II, Scene 7, Shakespeare wrote:
“Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou are not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen
Because thou are not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.” (2)
🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏
(1) “questa non è solo la massima virtù, ma anche la madre di tutte le altre “
(2) “Soffia, soffia vento d’inverno:
Tu non mi sei così crudele
Come l’ingratitudine dell’uomo;
I tuoi denti non sembrano affilati
Perché sei invisibile,
Ma il tuo fiato è violento”