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World Human Spirit Day – February 17, 2023

World Human Spirit Day is observed annually on February 17 as a day to encourage mindfulness through meditation; to get us to form the habit of constant reflection as a way to feel content in our pressure-filled society. According to Daniel Helminiak, it’s “a respected philosopher in the space of spirituality, the spirit is the mental function of awareness, insight, understanding, judgment, and other reasoning.” In Christianity, it is emphasized that the human spirit is the real person; the essential part of our existence.

World Human Spirit Day aims to help strengthen the connection to our spiritual self as a way to stay grounded even amid societal pressure.

History of World Human Spirit Day

World Human Spirit Day was started in 2003 by Michael Levy to serve as the day to promote a human spirit that lives a creative, peaceful, and loving life. The holiday is based on the belief that the human spirit represents a place of peace and tranquility that’s needed as an escape from our pressure-filled society. It aims to encourage mindfulness through meditation to get us to form the habit of constant reflection as a way to feel content in our society.

Throughout the modern era, the question of what the human spirit truly is and how it helps us escape our sometimes unfavorable world has been a question philosophers have tried to answer. The holiday is meant to serve as a recognition of the fact that what we know about our world is limited and superficial. It is a day everyone is encouraged to reflect on their achievements in the world as humans and stay content by contemplating the endless possibilities of even greater achievement as spirits.

The day seeks to help strengthen the connection to our spiritual self as a way to stay grounded even amid societal pressure. World Human Spirit Day is a day to search for contentment from within and to embrace the fact that we do not have all the answers. A day to give some higher power thanks for what we have and are yet to have. And, it is typically observed to promote the value of mental peace and satisfaction in our lives.

World Human Spirit Day timeline

1904
The Birth Of Bernard Lonergan

Londergan, one of the foremost modern-day philosophers in the understanding of the human spirit, is born

1944
Stapledon’s Famous Definition Of The Human Spirit

British Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inductee, Olaf Stapledon, gives his famous definition of the human spirit at a podium.

2000
“Human Person In Science And Theology”

2000 marks the year “Human Person in Science and Theology” — considered to be one of the most important books to explore the dimensions of personhood from scientific and theological perspectives — is released.

2003
World Human Spirit Day is initiated

World Human Spirit Day is established to promote a human spirit that lives the creative, peaceful, and loving life that it was meant to live.

World Human Spirit Day FAQs

What is World Human Spirit Day?

World Human Spirit Day is observed annually on February 17 as a way to encourage mindfulness through meditation to get us to form the habit of constant reflection as a way to feel content in our pressure-filled society. The day is meant to serve as a reminder of the fact that what we know about our world is limited and superficial and to help us stay thankful.

Why is World Human Spirit Day important?

It helps us stay thankful. The day is meant to serve as a recognition of the fact that what we know about our world is limited and superficial and thus encourages strengthening the connection to our spiritual self as a way to stay grounded even during material possession pressure or other pressures of the society.

Where is the day celebrated?

World Human Spirit Day is observed in many countries all around the world.

How to Observe World Human Spirit Day

  1. Take time out to meditate

    On World Human Spirit Day, everyone is encouraged to meditate to find the spirit of freedom and peace that lives within each of us. Silence is a way to connect to the spirits and when done right, it can renew and refresh us.

  2. Show appreciation

    Yes, show appreciation! One of the things that occur with meditation is the proper reflection and putting past or current events into context. Hence, showing gratitude is another way to celebrate World Human Spirit Day. Search within yourself for contentment and to accept that we can’t have answers to everything. Think of how to practice a lot more gratitude, mindfulness, and self-love.

  3. Encourage people on social media

    Take to your social media to spread awareness and encourage participation in meditation! Persuade people to form the habit of constant reflection and yoga as a way to feel content in our unpleasant society to celebrate World Human Spirit Day. Share your thoughts using the hashtag #HumanSpiritDay.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Spirituality

  1. Your spirit enters a new body

    According to Greek philosopher Pythagoras, in his theory of metempsychosis, the human spirit is immortal and, upon death, enters into a new body.

  2. Four types of spirituality

    There are four types of spirituality recognized today: mystical, active-practical, prophetic-practical, and ascetical.

  3. Concept of spirituality

    Over the years, the concept of spirituality had changed from a purely religious one to a more broad practice that stands even outside of religion.

  4. Elements of spirituality

    The three main elements of spirituality, recognized by shamans, healers, sages, and people of wisdom from all around the world, are our values, relationships, and purpose of life.

  5. Spirituality vs. religion

    While religion is made up of a set of beliefs that are shared by a specific group, spirituality is focused more on self-practice leaning toward existentialism.

Why World Human Spirit Day is Important

  1. It encourages gratitude

    Since meditation and reflection helps us put things in context and most often help us realize how lucky we are to still be breathing despite everything we think is bad in the world we live in, it motivates us to be thankful. World Human Spirit Day is particularly important because of the thankfulness it inspires.

  2. It fosters a positive mindset to life

    World Human Spirit Day fosters a positive mindset by encouraging mindfulness through meditation. It also helps us form the habit of contentment and gratitude for the things that we have and changes our focus away from accumulating material possession to growing the connection to our spiritual self.

  3. The date

    World Human Spirit Day is celebrated in one of the most romantic and spiritually charged months of the year — February. The date it is celebrated represents one of the most admired factors about the holiday. In a month where external pressure for material possession could double its usual influence on us due to Valentine and all other events, World Human Spirit Day serves as an equalizer to provide calmness.

World Human Spirit Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 17Friday
2024February 17Saturday
2025February 17Monday
2026February 17Tuesday
2027February 17Wednesday

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