Great American Grump Out

Great American Grump Out is observed next on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 (150 days from today).

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Great American Grump Out is annually celebrated on the first Wednesday in May since 2002. We are urged to smile more, frown less, and maybe even have fun!

Worried about finances? Are you annoyed with your co-workers and their movies? Tired of waiting for impatient, demanding customers? Bored with rude, irritable workers? Came here with the careless cell phone users? Friends and neighbors lie to you? Well, everyone…. Enjoy it, at least for today! It's the Great American Grump Out. In just 24 hours; that is all.

Why Do We Need a Grump-Free Day?

Because the world is a nasty place! And many days it seems to become grumpier. We need to get rid of the constant negativity.

Negative attitudes can cause stress, making us feel more uncomfortable. And being constantly grumpy can be bad for your health. It raises your blood pressure and suppresses your immune system among other things.

Taking a conscious day free of grumpiness can help us see how much better we can feel with a positive attitude.

There may be good reasons for you to feel uncomfortable some days. But often our irritable mood is an overreaction to the “normal” things of everyday life. Don't let “those things” make you grumpy and unhealthy. Learn to recognize it and let it pass. Save the grumbling for days and situations that really warrant it.

Scroll down for some ideas on how to celebrate this informal holiday that isn't too stark.

History of Great American Grump Out

The Great American Grump Out is a day focused on humor and positive behavior, in an attempt to lighten the mood and steer clear of grumpy, stubborn, and rude personalities for 24 hours. The day was started in 2002 by Janice A Hathy, an author and speaker who has presented programs to reduce stress and focus on improving mental, physical, and emotional health through her company Smile Mania.

The day is to replace stress with laughter and laughter. Letting a negative attitude overwhelm you leads to stress, which leads to irritability. Stress can also be bad for your health, raising blood pressure and suppressing the immune system. With Great American Grump Out, you can take steps to not only be less grumpy, but improve your overall health.

How to celebrate Great American Grump Out

  • Laugh and smile! Watch a funny movie or read something funny. Do whatever you can to make yourself smile and smile!
  • Exercise: Exercise tends to reduce stress and improve mood. It will definitely help you get rid of your grumpy! If possible, exercise outside, in the sun and nature to lift your spirits.
  • Listen to your favorite uplifting music.
  • Connect with others. Visit, call or write an old friend. Meet someone for coffee. Visit someone who is lonely.
  • Shake it up! Do something you've never done before, or go to a place you've never been before.
  • Do something selfless for others. Help an elderly neighbor. Bake someone a cookie.
  • Wear your favorite outfit or wear something funny to make you laugh.


Great American Grump Out has been observed the first Wednesday in May.


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Founded by

Janice A Hathy in 2002

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