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In the darkest of nights, in the most wicked of storms, when all hope and joy has left us, there is naught we need so much as a hearty bowl of chicken soup for the soul.


There are some books that are written to see you through the darkest days, to help shine light through the ponderous pitch-black clouds of the sky that hangs overhead. The Chicken Soup For The Soul series of books was produced explicitly for that purpose. Many are the readers who have had this book by their side as they do their best to live through the worst days of their life, and it’s all thanks to Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen that these books came to light. Chicken Soup For The Soul Day celebrates the light these two men have shed into the lives of others through this much-needed series of books.

Learn about National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

You may have heard the words “chicken soup’ and immediately started drooling over the thought! We don’t blame you. While there will be plenty of time for you to tuck into some chicken soup on this day, that’s not what this day is about. Yes, you can indulge in this comforting food, but it is important to understand what National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day is really all about. National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day is actually a media, consumer good, and self-help business that is situated in Connecticut’s Cos Cob area.

The brand is familiar thanks to its series of books entitled Chicken Soup for the Soul. The first book follows inspirational stories about ordinary people. These are true stories, and they’re incredibly inspiring. The other books from the series follow the same notion, i.e. depicting true stories. This series became a bit of a social phenomenon, and it was not long for them to be deemed a best-seller. In fact, they have been popular for a couple of decades now, with more than 110 million copies being sold in Canada and the United States.

Not only is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day about celebrating these books, but it is about honoring everything they stand for. These books are all about uplifting and enlightening people, and these are the sort of things that we should all be trying to do on National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day and every day forward for that matter!

History Of Chicken Soup For The Soul Day

In 1993 two motivational speakers came together to share the stories they had collected from their audience members. Collections of stories that shared uplifting, enlightening moments of human behavior, moments that demonstrate that in spite of the dark news constantly coming from the internet and TV, there is a hearty helping of good in everyone. Simple acts of kindness that seem inconsequential to the person doing it can have a massive impact on the person receiving it.

From that first edition the book series has exploded in popularity, and over the following 24 years, 200 different titles under that theme have been published. One of the most popular and prolific series of all time, new editions continue to be published for every possible theme. Including Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul, Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover’s Soul among dozens of others. Additionally, that have produced a line of foods, including sauces, soups, and prepared foods all under their title.

So this is where it all started for National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day! The authors have said that the day is about celebrating: “who you are, where you’ve been, where you’re going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there!”

How To Celebrate Chicken Soup For The Soul Day

Celebrating Chicken Soup For The Soul Day is best done by paying close attention to the good things in your life. Begin by picking up a copy of Chicken Soup For The Soul that suits your particular soul, be it the teenage soul, the African-American soul, the Caregiver’s soul, or whichever suits who you are. Or you can consider bringing Chicken Soup, and do small good deeds for those around you. Who knows, you may just be the light in another person’s life.

Of course, you can go down the literal route when it comes to celebrating National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day. After all, who doesn’t love a good old bowl of chicken soup? If this is something that you have never made before or you want to try out a new recipe for the occasion, you are going to find plenty online. You can make yourself some warm and comforting chicken soup, snuggle under your duvet, and read one of the inspiring and incredible stories from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

Finally, we cannot mention activities to enjoy on National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day without talking about reading one of the books! You should be able to pick up one of the books from the series online today at a very low cost. The books are filled with lots of heartwarming tales and stories that will inspire you to live your dreams. The stories demonstrate all of the great qualities that we share as humans, including faith, generosity, forgiveness, grace, and compassion. It does not matter who you are or where you come from; these books help to connect people and encourage us to look at life from a different perspective.

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