Peace and gratitude are complementary goals

International Day of Peace AND World Gratitude Day – September 21

Valeria Perez, Contest editor

If you want to feel good about life, you should be celebrating on September 21, a day that hosts two special themes.

Google defines peace as “freedom from disturbance, tranquility” and that day is International Day of Peace. This has been identified as a day for non-violence and is celebrated around the world.

First established in 1981, this holiday is important to commemorate, especially in today’s culture. A lack of peace can be seen in something as massive as war or as localized as broken families and communities. When there is no peace, nobody wins.

The second positive celebration on September 21 is World Gratitude Day. This is a time for the entire world to recognize the things for which they are grateful. Rather than focusing on the negative events that run rampant around the world, participants look at the things that make their lives rich, beyond money. That focus usually rests in people and circumstances. Chance the Rapper knows what is important to him. Do you know what is important to you?

Whoever you are, wherever you are, you can practice Peace and Gratitude, but why not make a special effort to practice it on September 21 and join the rest of the world in the experience.