(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


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 bodies. 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. Other ways to celebrate the day include:

  • Tell an inspiring story to a friend or family member. It will lift their spirits and remind them that you care about them.
  • Try a new recipe and make it a double batch. Then share it with someone who needs some cheering up.
  • Do something wholesome for yourself.
  • Listen to some soulful music.
  • Watch a movie with an uplifting message.

While you’re celebrating National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day, be sure to share it with someone else. Celebrations are always better together. Whether it’s via video chat or face to face, spread that warmth and cheer. 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 called 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.

Q. Why is chicken soup so good for you?
A. When we’re sick, there are a number of things we do that help to speed up the healing process. Chicken soup does several of those things in one, steaming hot bowl. First, it helps to replenish much-needed fluids. It also contains vital nutrients that give our bodies a boost. The ingredients are easy to digest, soo our bodies can focus on healing. The broth is usually made from boiling the chicken bones which contain other healing components that help us to repair and reduce inflammation. Last, but not least, chicken soup feels and tastes good.

Q. How do I add flavor to my chicken soup?
A. Besides the standard salt and pepper, herbs and spices such as parsley, onion powder, rosemary, thyme, chives, and garlic add some of the flavors. Make a homemade broth using chicken pieces or an entire carcass. All the delicious bits of flavor will be infused into the broth.


November 12 Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


The National Biscuit Company, headed by Adolphus Green, trademarks the name Nabisco.


Commander Richard E Byrd and crew made the first flight over the South Pole.


The Exchange National Bank in Chicago opened the first auto bank. The drive-through service was the first of its kind in the United States. Edwin B. Mayer was the first depositor to use the bank.


Ellis Island closes its doors after serving for more than 60 years as a gateway to the United States for nearly 12 million immigrants.


NASA’s Voyager 1 flies by Saturn. The second spacecraft to complete a fly by of the ringed planet collected an abundant amount of new data. Some of the findings included previously undiscovered moons and rings around Saturn.

November 12 Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Letitia Christian Tyler – 1790

The 10th First Lady of the United States, Letitia Christian Tyler was married to President John Tyler. Frail when he ascended to the presidency after the death of President William Henry Harrison in 1840, Letitia would pass away less than 18 months later.

Margaret Corbin – 1751

Corbin is recognized “as the first woman to take a soldier’s part in the War for Liberty.” In 1776, after following her husband into the military to provide cooking, laundry, and medical services, she took her duties one step further. When her husband was killed at the Battle of Fort Washington, she took over his cannon until she too was wounded. The Continental Congress recognized her actions with a pension worth half that of a man’s.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton – 1815

Stanton served as a powerful force behind the women’s suffrage movement. Her advocacy for women’s rights paved a way for greater reproductive rights, property rights and changes in divorce laws, too.

Auguste Rodin – 1840

The French sculptor is considered one of the greatest portraitists. Two of his most recognizable sculptures are The Thinker and The Cathedral.

DeWitt Wallace – 1889

In 1922, Dewitt and Lila Belle Wallace founded the Reader’s Digest.

Grace Kelly – 1929

After starring in several 1950s films, the actress married Prince Rainier III and became Princess of Monaco.

Neil Young – 1945

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter launched his career in the heart of the 1960s, first as a solo artist and then as a founding member of Buffalo Springfield.

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