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National Griper's Day – April 15, 2023

The eccentric annual holiday called National Griper’s Day is celebrated across the United States on April 15. It’s a day for disgruntled, disappointed, and just plain displeased people. Those who care about them are encouraged to listen and give them a chance to vent. The purpose of this is to bring back interpersonal communication and celebrate it within our community gathering places.

History of National Griper's Day

National Griper’s Day is an annual observance that has been celebrated in the United States for quite a few years. To gripe is to express one’s disappointment and dissatisfaction. The holiday was created by Jack Gilbert, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In 1984, Gilbert set out to give disgruntled and disillusioned people an audience, encouraging them to voice their concerns and pet peeves to him, by publicly publishing his full name, address, and contact information. During the first celebration, Gilbert received many calls from people complaining about all sorts of topics, from the weather, school, and food, to T.V. shows, politics, and more.

The holiday aims to bring back some cultural and societal practices that have been lost to the growing influence of technology, the internet, and social media. In the 20th century, people gathered in pubs, taverns, diners, and coffee shops just to discuss with other people and express their concerns. This interpersonal and communal communication is seldom seen nowadays.

Since the first celebration, National Griper’s Day has become a fun national tradition. Much of its significance comes from communal experiences, as the holiday does its best to restore this spirit, which has become a rare occasion in our increasingly connected age.

National Griper's Day timeline

3,000 B.C.
The Earliest Urban Gatherings

The Sumerian and Indus River Valley civilizations portrayed some of the earliest forms of urban society.

1500s
The Renaissance Era Coffeehouse

The renaissance period in Europe sees a rise in coffeehouses as they become the most common place to gather.

1984
The Day is Created

National Griper’s Day is created.

2000s
The Rise of Virtual Gathering Places

The advent of the internet and information technology revolutionizes gathering places, offering a new outlet for it.

National Griper's Day FAQs

What does “griper” mean?

“Gripe” refers to internal body pain, whereas the verb “to gripe” means “to complain.” A griper is someone who complains a lot.

Who created National Griper’s Day?

Jack Gilbert, a freelance writer based in Columbus, Ohio, created National Griper’s Day.

When was the first National Griper’s Day?

The first National Griper’s Day celebration was organized in 1984.

National Griper's Day Activities

  1. Participate in the event

    The idea behind National Griper’s Day is to provide an outlet for people to speak their minds. So invite friends and family over to vent. Don’t forget to listen to them vent as well.

  2. Organize a gathering

    Take it a step further by hosting a social gathering in your community. This can be an engaging social experience that will push the aim of National Griper’s Day.

  3. Be more social

    Much of our communal gatherings have been lost to the advent of the internet and digital technology. It can be beneficial to members of the community to bring some of these gatherings back, especially during this special holiday.

5 Interesting Facts About Communal Life

  1. Social skills are important

    Familiarizing oneself with diverse customs and norms plays a determining role in preparing us for success.

  2. Communal life can be therapeutic

    Being part of a community can play an important role in our well-being, as it provides us with a support group.

  3. Community is natural to humans

    For as long as humans existed, we have always been in communities, from hunter-gatherer tribes to modern urban life.

  4. Communities make better decisions

    Collective dialogue accesses the collective intelligence of a group, which is always better for making decisions.

  5. Communities can play an educational role

    The diversity of people and experiences gives us a glimpse into several perspectives and world views.

Why We Love National Griper's Day

  1. Communal life is important

    For as long as humans have existed, we’ve lived in communities. Even today, we thrive and feel better when we’re part of a family and community.

  2. Our sense of community is fading

    Despite its importance, communal life is slowly being lost, giving way to a more individualistic lifestyle. This transformation doesn’t change the importance of communal life. It only increases the need to bring it back.

  3. Venting holds us together

    Much of our communal dialogue is just discussing what makes us unhappy. This sort of therapeutic conversation is not only important for our well-being but also holds a community together.

National Griper's Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 15Saturday
2024April 15Monday
2025April 15Tuesday
2026April 15Wednesday
2027April 15Thursday

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