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Every year people avidly look forward to that most delicious of holidays, Thanksgiving. With juicy turkey, succulent ham, potatoes, gravy, and all the trimmings its no wonder that people can’t wait for it to arrive.

Of course, after Thanksgiving comes another day that reminds us that we not only should be thankful for what we receive. We should also be gracious when being thanked by those that we give to.

You’re Welcomegiving Day comes on the day after Thanksgiving, and teaches us humility to pair with the lesson of gratitude from the former day.

History of You’re Welcome Giving Day

Every year we’re reminded how important it is to be thankful for the things that we have received throughout the year. While this is a valuable lesson it came to the attention of Richard Ankli that in the pursuit of being grateful people often forgot how to be humble. It is an unavoidable fact of life that often those who are being thanked are in a position to do so. For some of those who are receiving may rarely ever be in a position to be the one giving.

Gratitude is important, we should all be thankful for what we receive. Welcome Giving Day reminds us that gratitude should be received with humility. Every act of generosity or charity should not be with the expectation of gratitude, but because it is the right thing to do. This may seem like a simple lesson, but all too often it is one that people forget.

Humility reminds us that we are not greater than those who receive our generosity and that we should always be aware of whether those around us have enough. So when others reach out to you and say “Thank you” for all you’ve done, be sure to respond with a humble “You’re welcome.”

How to celebrate You’re Welcome Giving Day

The best way to celebrate this holiday is to always remember to say “You’re Welcome” when others thank you for your generosity. This simple phrase tells others that you have heard their gratitude. Remember to remain humble while you say it, and to never let your ability to be generous to others serve as a reason for you to feel resentment.

When generosity comes with resentment when people don’t respond, it’s a sign you’re doing your good acts for the wrong reasons. Take some time on You’re Welcomegiving Day to analyze your feelings when you’re being generous, and see if you could use a little humility in your life.