Service, Ten Thousand Days

December 2020: Giving Back

December 1, 2020

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Day 2299 – Happy December, everyone!

Positive psychologists have found that those who benefit from altruism are more inclined to pay forward that gift and become a source of gratitude to others.  It therefore is no surprise that we should find that the season of Thanksgiving  leads to the process of giving our thanks into the world.  We are surely all familiar with the Random Acts of Kindness movement that follows on from the season of gratitude.  Giving Back is a way of “doing thanks,” in the words of professor Elizabeth Bartlett, or giving our thanks into the world.

I’ve created free downloadable calendar for December 2020 with some daily suggestions for ways to give back into the world.  These are suggestions that have taken our current pandemic into account and, while some involve a financial outlay, many do not.  I hope that they will inspire you, this season of giving.

I’d like to challenge you to join me this December in a giving back challenge.  Sign up for my email list for more information on how we can be a counterpoint to a culture of consumerism and to make one gesture – small or large – each day this month, that becomes both an act of service on our parts, and a source of gratitude for others.

If you have some favourite small acts of kindness, I hope you’ll leave a comment and share it with others.

For what are you most grateful today?

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2 Comments

  • Reply Urspo December 6, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Yes. Giving back or better yet giving forward feels so good and propagates goodness. Wish more did so.

    • Reply Tania D. Campbell December 6, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      It’s a very big phenomenon in both Canada and the UK for the month of December. It kind of helps people to get in the habit if its easy to do and it feels good doing it. 🙂

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