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The National Gratitude League

Making gratitude go viral,
one thank you at a time!

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…because feeling invisible or lonely doesn’t feel good, and has a variety of impacts on our mental and physical health. In 2020, the American Journal of Public Health found that 61% of Americans reported feeling lonely. Loneliness has been found to lead to anxiety, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and depression, as well as a leading cause of violence against others and suicide.

…because sharing gratitude and appreciation feels good. It not only raises the spirits of those who receive it, but has been shown to be a mood lifter and attitude shifter for those expressing it. When we feel good, we are kinder, more generous, more productive, more cooperative, more courageous, more open-minded, healthier and happier. What’s not to love about all that?

……because our mission at is to share with the world the 8-step process that the happiest and most successful individuals follow.  This project helps us spread an understanding of the power of High-Way 7: Gratitude for the Present.

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What is The National Gratitude League?

The National Gratitude League (NGL) is a global movement inspired by the life-changing process of the 8 to Great book and educational programs. Our journey began with our belief in the transformative power of gratitude and appreciation. We are dedicated to our mission to inspire people of all ages to embrace appreciation as a way of life. 
How to join for free

Appreciation brings an abundance of benefits at no cost to you but your time. Our full NGL Toolkit is available to download here and includes access to printable activities, certificates, and more! You’ll also have the option to purchase NGL thank you cards, and wristbands or bring in an NGL speaker.

Below, you’ll find a list of people who are rarely thanked: postal workers, grocery store clerks, bus drivers, custodians, principals, school secretaries, nurses, farmers, coaches, etc. Review the list and decide if you’d like to become part of this global movement.

If yes, there are three options for joining the National Gratitude League: 

  1. Walk up to 8 people you don’t often thank and say something like, Thank you. I appreciate you!” or something similar. This can be done over one week or one month.


  2. Hand out an appreciation card to 8 people (available at that says those words.


  3. Write a short thank you note to 8 people and deliver them.

Once you have completed the above with 8 people, there are
three ways to celebrate joining the League: 

  1. Print out an NGL Certificate and have a witness sign it. (available in the NGL Toolkit)
  2. Proudly wear an NGL wristband (available at
  3. Share about one of your experiences here. 

It’s for kindergarteners to senior citizens. The National Gratitude League is for everyone!

Our mission is to inspire people of all ages to embrace appreciation as a way of life. 

The National Gratitude League NGL Toolkit

The NGL Toolkit

The National Gratitude League (NGL) Toolkit provides you with everything you need to become a certified NGL member. Inside, you will find a long list of people you can appreciate, an NGL completion form, certificates, and so much more! 

Gratitude...Boosts Morale
When people feel appreciated, it boosts their morale and self-esteem. This can lead to increased confidence and a positive outlook on life.
Gratitude...Enhances Relationships
Expressing gratitude strengthens relationships by fostering trust and mutual respect. It can improve personal and professional connections.
Gratitude...Reduces Stress
Being appreciated can reduce stress and anxiety. It makes people feel valued and lessens the burden of daily challenges.
Gratitude...Increases Motivation
Recognizing and appreciating someone's efforts can motivate them to continue working hard and excel in their endeavors.
Gratitude...Promotes Well-being
A culture of appreciation contributes to overall well-being. It helps individuals feel happier and more satisfied with their lives.
Gratitude...Improves Mental Health
Gratitude has been linked to improved mental health, including reduced symptoms of depression and increased feelings of happiness.
Gratitude...Fosters Positivity
Expressing appreciation creates a positive atmosphere that can be contagious, leading to a more optimistic and harmonious community.
Gratitude...Encourages Kindness
When people experience appreciation, they are more likely to pay it forward, spreading kindness and positivity to others.
Gratitude...Strengthens Teamwork
In a workplace or community setting, showing appreciation can strengthen teamwork and collaboration, leading to improved productivity and problem-solving.
Gratitude...Reduces Conflict
Recognizing and appreciating the efforts of others can diffuse conflicts and disagreements, leading to more harmonious interactions.
Gratitude...Enhances Leadership
Leaders who express appreciation tend to inspire and motivate their team, leading to more engaged and loyal followers.
Gratitude...Creates a Sense of Belonging
Feeling appreciated fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion, making individuals feel like an integral part of a group or community.
Gratitude...Improves Health
Studies have shown that gratitude can have physical health benefits, including lower blood pressure, better sleep, and a stronger immune system.
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Who can you appreciate?

The list goes on and on, but here are some people you can show appreciation to for starters:

Healthcare workers: Including nurses, doctors, EMTs, and medical staff who save lives and provide essential care and support to people everyday.

Garbage collectors: Are responsible for keeping our neighborhoods clean.

Store clerks: Assist you with your purchases and checkout.

Teachers: Educate and inspire students.

Grandparents: Offer wisdom, support, and love.

Mail carriers: Deliver your mail in all kinds of weather.

Bus drivers: Help us safely get to our destinations.

Librarians: Facilitate access to knowledge and resources.

Custodians: Keep our schools and workplaces clean and organized.

Crosswalk guards: Ensure safe crossings for pedestrians, especially children.

Farmers: Face storms, droughts, and other challenges to bring us healthy food.

Delivery Drivers: Drives long distances to transport essential items and keeps the stores stocked for us.

Bosses: Often the last to hear a thank you, they bare the burden of responsibility when the going gets tough.

Waiters/Waitresses: Taking our orders, servicing our food, and helping us completely relax and be taken care of!

"Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone."​

Gladys Bronwyn Stern​

Novelist, Author

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