By Beth Carpenter
It’s Thanksgiving, the day set aside to remind us to take time to be thankful for all the good in our lives.
It’s hard, sometimes, to sort through the noise and remember to be grateful for what we have. Advertisers, news media and political parties have learned it’s in their best interest if we’re unhappy. We’re genetically programmed to notice danger, and so the best way to get our attention is to point out what’s wrong, what’s missing, what isn’t perfect. But it’s important that we also pay attention to what’s right, the good things we have, and the many acts of kindness surrounding us each day.
Sometimes they’re little acts, like someone holding a door, reaching something on a high shelf, or offering to let the mom with the fussy toddler check out first. Sometimes they’re huge, like giving a college scholarship or a car. But kindness is something we can all practice and every act of kindness makes a difference.
In Milwaukee, when an officer stopped a woman and was told she couldn’t afford car seats for her girls, he bought them for her.
In San Antonio, a little girl whose dog died wrote a letter to God, and a postal worker sent a book and a response to reassure her.
A sanitation worker in Independence, Missouri helped an women who suffered from dementia when she fell, and developed an ongoing relationship with her.
A woman in Mesa, Arizona accidentally invited someone else’s grandson to Thanksgiving, and now he's always invited.
I’ve been the beneficiary of so many acts of kindness. From the people who helped change tires or jump batteries, to writers and readers who gave advice and encouragement, to neighbors who roll out the trash and collect flyers when we’re out of town, to the nurse who reassured me before surgery—I’ve been surrounded by kind people, and I’m thankful.
Do you have a story of an act of kindness you’d like to share?
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