What follows #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday?

It’s #GivingTuesday!  Hundreds of thousands of people crowded malls and the Internet highway over the past five days scooping up Christmas gifts, a year’s worth of clothes for growing children, the newest electronics hoped for over the past year, and “stuff” in the name of buying just because of the sale.  But what about the thousands of people who couldn’t drum up a dollar, even though clothing at the cheapest price would have kept them warm when they ran out of money and heat, toys would have created a smile absent due to the stress of trying to live, and food would have made for a content night and energetic day?#GivingTuesday not only reminds us to help our neighbor, but to help those less fortunate who may be desperate for just a kind hand or word from a stranger.

It is a national day of giving meant to encourage each of us to find someone who needs a helping hand, a boost to get ahead (or just stay afloat) and do it!.  After all, science shows helping someone else makes us much happier than giving to ourselves.  So to all of my friends, I challenge you to stop buying “stuff” and buy someone else a day of respite, a smile or a happy and healthy belly! 

~ by beinghutch on November 27, 2012.

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