Oct 31, 2019

Creating a Global Culture of Gratitude

Gratitude quote by Aesop


With pumpkins of all sizes lining windowsills and front porches, the colors of crisp foliage mimicking the most magnificent of sunsets, and the warm aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting through the doors of every coffee shop – it’s beginning to feel a lot like fall in the Northern Hemisphere! 

Between the hustle of finding the perfect Halloween costume and the countdown to Christmas, is a day that marks the official start of the holidays – Thanksgiving, traditionally a time of giving thanks to the good fortune and harvest of the season, before the cold months of winter set in. Whether it is the Kadazan festival in Malaysia or the Homowo festival (festival of the yams) in Ghana, it is no wonder that cultures around the world have thanksgiving traditions that offer thanks to mother nature for her role in providing a plentiful harvest. 

In North America, Thanksgiving Day is now a national, secular holiday, celebrated on the 2nd Monday of October in Canada and on the 4th Thursday of November in the U.S. Similar festivals are celebrated in other parts of the world on varying dates. Now characterized, as a weekend of watching American Football, lavish feasts with Turkey and Black Friday shopping, it is important to look back and remember that the true spirit of the holiday is in expressing gratitude.

Gratitude is one of the most powerful of human emotions, both for the giver and receiver. Scientific research shows that gratitude has a lasting, positive effect on the brain. Feelings of appreciation boost the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, resulting in a happier mood and a mental state that further promotes the expression of gratefulness.

Gratitude quote by John F. Kennedy


With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ve created an infographic with ideas on how to express your appreciation in different ways. So, before you settle into the warm lull of the season, enjoying some much-needed downtime with family and friends, take a few moments to thank those who have made a difference in your life. And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to appreciate yourself!


Ways to express gratitude infographic

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Ruju Patel

Ruju Patel

Ruju Patel leads the Content and Design Team at Translate By Humans. She has a background in Psychology and Business and former experience as an HR professional. She is a people's person and a pro at drafting contracts, policies, and articles. Her creative edge helps give life to all the written and graphic content produced by the company.

When she's not writing, you'll find her reading with her cats or combining her love for food and culture by traveling around the world!

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