Thanks and Giving

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Thanksgiving is such a wonderfully named day. This special day is centered around family and gratitude. During this time, we share thanks for all that we have and for each other. As we near the end of the year, such warmth, feeling, and good cheer is especially welcome.


After thinking about it some more, I realized that perhaps we could take this a step further. Traditionally, we think of Thanksgiving as the time to give thanks. But what about the idea of separating those words and embracing both thanks and giving? By doing this, we could truly enhance and supercharge good cheer and well-being.


How do we do this? First, let's first give thanks as we traditionally do for our good health, family, and the wonderful opportunities that we have. As much as we have contributed to our own good fortune, there are circumstances and others that have also helped us along the way. Think of this as pure gratitude and appreciation.


Secondly, let's make an effort to give. By this, we can be of service to others. Bring happiness to others and the world that surrounds you. Giving has many levels. Helping others in a time of need. Listening. Providing advice. Volunteering. Being kind to strangers. Making someone's day. Through giving we set the table to give ourselves true happiness.


Finally, let's try to extend thanks and giving beyond Thanksgiving. If thanks and giving is so special, why limit it to just one day a year? I would suggest to make thanks and giving a habit and see what kind of impact that can have for you not only now but in the future.


During this special time of the year, I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I also hope that we all can do more to give thanks and giving, every day, so we can bring a little more happiness for ourselves and for others.


Stay well,



Patrick Russell

Miami Florida Mediator


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