National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day celebrates who you are and how you get there. Take time to nurture your soul on November 12th. 

A little chicken soup does a lot of good. It’s warm and hearty. As we cup our hands around the bowl, the heat radiates into our body. The steam hits our face with a comforting aroma. Similar to what chicken soup does for our bodies, the regular nurturing of our souls benefits our health. Whether you pick up a book, meditate or go for a long walk, reflect on who you are and your achievements.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ChickenSoupForTheSoulDay

Celebrate you. Have some chicken soup and read an inspiring story. Our pages are full of them. Write an inspiring story or read one from one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and use #ChickenSoupForTheSoulDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this positive day. While the publisher and consumer goods company, Chicken Soup for the Soul began publishing in 1993 with its headquarters in Cos Cob, Connecticut, it did not create the day. The first book, as most subsequent titles in the series, was of true stories written by ordinary people about their own lives and soon became a best-seller. Since then, they have published approximately 250 books full of thousands of stories and inspiring all ages.

However, the first known publication of National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day can be found in a publication call Creative Forecasting in 2002. The listing included a suggestion to read a Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a resident. This publisher creates activity lists for retirement facilities and other organizations. What began as a newsletter in 1989 has grown to a magazine and website.