World Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on Sept. 21 to be thankful to both individual citizens and organizations across the world. 

It was founded in 1965 in Hawaii, when an international gathering decided it would be a good idea to have one day to formally express gratitude and appreciation to everything and everyone in the world.

World Gratitude Day has become even more meaningful as we continue to fight a pandemic. After 18 months of suffering and resilience in the COVID crisis, the day can be marked to thank everyone helping out at this difficult time.

Here are some quotes, courtesy Parade, to share with everyone.

1. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

2. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” —John F. Kennedy

3. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. “For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” —Elie Wiesel

5. “Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” —Charles Dickens

6. “Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” —William Faulkner

7. “Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.” —Bethany Hamilton

8. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” —Voltaire

9. “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” —Anthony Robbins

10. “If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” —Frank A. Clark

The 10-minute show shifted to messages of gratitude for medical personnel The 10-minute show shifted to messages of gratitude for medical personnel Photo: South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport / Handout