by | Motivational Mondays

A wise man once told me:

“If you want to make someone happy, do something nice for them; if you want to make yourself happy, do something nice for someone else.” -Andrew Sessions

Now that we are on the other side of Thanksgiving, the holiday season has officially begun!

Starting with Black Friday shopping, followed by small business Saturday and cyber Monday there are many ways to get into the holiday spirit. I am personally most excited for the newest addition in the holiday season: Giving Tuesday.  

Tomorrow Tuesday, December 1st is Giving Tuesday, which encourages people to refocus on what the season is really about. They call it the gift of giving because it feels good to give something to someone who wants or needs that gift.  Nothing like watching a young child open the long-awaited (enter toy-of-the-year) gift to see the look of sheer delight on their face. Or the words of appreciation by the hungry families at the local food bank. So many ways to give. 

Here’s a few ways to give back this Giving Tuesday
Sharing time –We have so much pulling us in different directions taking our time and energy. When you choose to give some of that to someone that might benefit from a friendly smile or a pleasant conversation you are sharing a generous gift.  

Sharing talent – I believe each of us is blessed with a special talent. I was blessed with an enthusiasm for health and fitness, which I try to share with as many people as I can. You have special powers too. How are you sharing them? 

Sharing treasure – One way is to donate money to a foundation or nonprofit that you want to support. Or give clothing, shoes and gently used household goods to a donation center or family in need.  

Food for thought:  
When you go out for holiday gift shopping this season remember the gift you are receiving with each person you celebrate with.
In 5, 10 or 20 years it is unlikely your sister, mom, dad or hard to shop for brother-in-law (not you Jamie!) will remember what you bought them. Instead, it is the memories of the time together and special moments shared.
What is a unique holiday-of-giving tradition you’d like to start with your friends and family this year?
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