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6 Meaningful Activities to Celebrate World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day is a global holiday dedicated to the power of gratitude. Learn the importance of this special day in the office and explore creative ways to celebrate with your team on September 21st!

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Take time to recognize World Gratitude Day with your team

World Gratitude Day is coming up on September 21! Set aside some time to celebrate with your teammates through gratitude exercises and activities.

Acknowledging and expressing gratitude as a team helps foster a company culture of positivity and appreciation by strengthening team relationships, boosting morale, and promoting employee wellbeing.

Celebrating World Gratitude Day:

  • Aligns with company values ๐Ÿ’ช
  • Sets a positive example for employees ๐Ÿ˜€
  • And creates a lasting impact on your team dynamics โค๏ธ

So, take a moment to give thanks as a team on World Gratitude Day!

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Here are 6 World Gratitude Day activities you can use to practice gratitude with your team:

1. Host a gratitude journaling session ๐Ÿ“

Kick-off World Gratitude Day by organizing a company-wide gratitude journaling session. This activity is an opportunity for all team members to come together and engage in a collective moment of gratitude reflection.

  • Encourage everyone to show up with their morning coffee and preferred breakfast treat โ˜•
  • Start the session with some icebreakers or friendly time to chat before everyone enjoys some quiet journaling time ๐Ÿ’ฌ
  • Have some prompts ready for anyone who needs a little inspiration โœ๏ธ
  • Add to the ambiance with relaxing music ๐ŸŽต

Encourage everyone to stay as long as they'd like, that way, more people can participate without being too pressured by their busy schedules.

As employees enjoy this quiet morning activity, you'll create an atmosphere of community and positivity, setting the tone for a productive and thankful day ahead.

How to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Treat your team to an online gift card that they can use to pick out their own daily gratitude journal!
Online Gift Card by Confetti for World Gratitude Day

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2. Plan a team building event ๐ŸŽ‰

Show gratitude for your employees by planning a company-wide team building activity! Everyone needs a little break from the workday once and a while, and what better way than enjoying some laughs with your team?

An engaging team building event encourages your team to enjoy each other's company in a friendly setting and expresses gratitude for their hard work and collaboration every day.

Whether it's a creative workshop, a friendly round of head-to-head trivia, or a laid-back happy hour, team building activities not only boost team spirit but also strengthen the bonds in your team. A total win-win for Gratitude Day!

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3. Share Thank You notes ๐Ÿ’Œ

On World Gratitude Day, the simple act of sending a thank you note holds a ton of power! Employers and employees alike have the opportunity to brighten someone's day with personal expressions of gratitude, no matter how big or small. Gratitude notes carry a ripple effect, fostering a sense of connection and warmth that lasts beyond a single holiday. Share your notes in person, or through a private Slack message or email!

Embrace the benefits of telling your team how much you appreciate all they do. Don't restrict this gesture to only this special day, but do it throughout the year as a continuous reminder of the positive impact we can have on each other's days, even when we don't realize it.

How to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Organize your thank-you note swap into a group activity with Workplace Gratitude!

Virtual Workplace Gratitude by Confetti for World Gratitude Day Activities

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4. Throw a gratitude challenge in a Slack channel

If you've never heard of gratitude challenges, here's an easy example. All you need to do is create a designated channel in your team's communication platform of choice.

Throughout the week leading up to World Gratitude Day, encourage team members to share their gratitude openly in the channel! Here are some ideas:

  1. Daily Gratitude: Each day, encourage team members to post at least one thing they're grateful for, whether it's related to work, their personal life, or a simple moment that brought them joy.
  2. Tag a Teammate: Tag a teammate and express appreciation for their contributions or personal qualities that you admire. Use @mentions to ensure they see your message.
  3. Gratitude Quotes: Share your favorite gratitude quotes, memes, or articles related to gratitude to inspire and uplift your fellow team members.
  4. Gratitude Shoutouts: On World Gratitude Day, use this channel to give special shoutouts to colleagues who have made a significant impact on your work or made your day better.

If you'd like to incentivize participation, assign a point-based system to the types of gratitude sharing above! At the end of the week, treat whatever employee (or team) scored the most gratitude points with an appreciation gift.

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5. Treat your team to a gratitude lunch

On World Gratitude Day, take the opportunity to show appreciation for your hardworking team by treating them to a special lunch. It's a simple but meaningful gesture that can go a long way to show your gratitude for their work and contributions to the team.

Gather your team for a delicious meal, whether in the office or virtually, and take the time to personally thank each team member for their efforts. Not only does this foster a sense of belonging, but it also boosts morale and strengthens team bonds, making it a positive experience for everyone. Make this World Gratitude Day memorable by sharing a meal and showing your team just how much you value them each and every day.

How to get started ๐Ÿ‘‰ Bring the whole team together for a Lunch Party!
Lunch Party by Confetti for World Gratitude Day

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6. Plan a Day of Service

Express gratitude to your employees on World Gratitude Day by organizing a Day of Service! Start by selecting a date for the day off and local nonprofit projects (or encouraging remote employees to find one nearby that they'd like to participate in) that align with your company values.

Ask everyone to share where they'll be volunteering ahead of time so everyone can discover new charities and non-profits! On the day of volunteering, have your teammates take pictures that they can share after the day's events for internal and external sharing.

After the day of service, hold a lunch or coffee break where everyone can share their stories and takeaways from the day!ย 

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When we express gratitude we strengthen relationships, boost employee well-being, and create a positive culture for our teams. Remember, gratitude isn't a one-day affairโ€”it's a daily practice that can transform the way we work and live. Let's continue to embrace gratitude in the workplace, not just on World Gratitude Day, but every day!

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Frequently Asked Questions โ“

Why do we celebrate World Gratitude Day?

World Gratitude Day is celebrated to emphasize the importance of gratitude in our lives. It serves as a reminder to acknowledge and appreciate the positive aspects in our lives, fostering a positive mindset, enhancing mental health, and strengthening relationships.

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What is the symbol for World Gratitude Day?

The symbol commonly associated with World Gratitude Day is a heart intertwined with the infinity symbol (โˆž). This symbol represents the infinite and boundless nature of gratitude and emphasizes the idea that expressing gratitude has the power to constantly enrich our lives.

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What are the 4 A's of Gratitude?

The 4 A's of Gratitude are an approach to practicing gratitude and include:

  • Attention: Pay attention to the positive aspects of your life. Notice the good things around you, no matter how small.
  • Appreciation: Truly appreciate and savor the positive experiences and blessings you have. Don't take them for granted.
  • Affection: Express your appreciation and gratitude to others. Show affection, kindness, and thankfulness for their presence in your life.
  • Acceptance: Accept that both positive and negative experiences contribute to growth. Embrace challenges with a mindset of learning and gratitude.

By incorporating these 4 A's into your daily life, you can deepen your practice of gratitude and experience its transformative effects on your well-being and relationships.

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