It’s Thanksgiving this week and while the holiday is definitely about gathering with family and friends and joyfully eating lots of food (yum), it’s also about giving thanks. I’m sure we’ve all gone through the same exercise when we were young where you go around the table and say something you are thankful for. It was an adult’s way of trying to show kids what the holiday is really about and it was a good exercise because it made you think about all you have and how lucky you are. We always want more, it’s just in our nature. Being ambitious is not a bad thing, but I think it’s important to appreciate what we have now as well because we are luckier than most, especially living in the United States. And with the constant reminders in the news of tragic events like those that took place in Paris, you have to look at your life and be thankful for the people who love you and all the comforts we enjoy.
I read an article recently about a woman who asked her guests to perform kind acts instead of giving them gifts. She believed that you can make the world a better place by through acts of kindness. It’s beautiful and I think it’s really true. If you think about how you felt when someone was nice to you for no reason or when someone was mean to you, it’s amazing how that one incident can affect your day, your mood and how you interact with others. We have more effect on each other than we realize. We have the power to affect someone’s day and as they say, with great power, comes great responsibility.
Thinking of others and performing acts of kindness not only makes someone else feel good, but it makes me feel good too (win-win!). While I always try to be kind, I want to do more, so I’m challenging myself to do one small act of kindness every day from today until the end of the year. The holidays are a perfect time to spread some joy and we could all use more joy, right? So, please join me and share your kindness with someone. It can be someone you know or someone totally random and it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture (although that is ok too), just an act that brings some happiness.
One small act of kindness can create a ripple effect. And if even one person pays it forward, the world can only be a happier place. Let’s do our small part to bring some joy to the world.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and lots and lots of joy.