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I wrote this almost a year and a half ago. The past year and a half has been a divisive time in our history. My feeling is that I want to be inspired, and I believe that others do too, to remember that kindness exists. Seeing it, feeling it, and being the recipient of kindness is more warming than a sweet cup of cocoa on a bitterly cold day.

Our days in the Northern Hemisphere have become darker, in many ways, and we feel unheard and unseen in the midst of the chaos.

Kindness matters and everyone deserves it, not just a select few, or those who can benefit the most. We have good days and bad as life continues to move and change for each of us.

May we continue to witness goodness and to fill our hearts as we seek to share it with others.

via I believe in good. It is an elusive quality.

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This is a wonderfully informative article on charitable giving and the emotion and psychology behind the reasons for their philanthropic giving.

http://www.exponentphilanthropy.org/blog/7-types-successful-philanthropists/

I wrote this post last year, but feel even stronger about our need to support our local and national charities.  Our world has seen destruction and upheaval and none are more affected than neighbors and citizens just like ourselves.

In the United States, more than 10,000 people died last year waiting for disability status to get help for the most desperate of situations.

Not everyone can do a big thing, but everyone can do some thing.

 

#GivingTuesday

via Gratitude & Giving ~ What Elicits your Empathy?

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As an avowed Empathy Queen, individuals with passion, enthusiasm, sincerity, humor, honesty, and resilience are the ones who elicit my strongest sense of empathy.

When you have created strong emotion, for good or bad, you have found an audience that wants to take action.  Sympathy, pity and fear are short-term motivators and cause people to disconnect.  Yet, empathy makes someone want to advocate for you.

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This is the time of year when people want inclusion and to reinforce our desire for positive change in the world.  Every mass appeal still needs to reach the group as one person at a time to engage the head, heart and hands.

While I paused to consider those things for which I am grateful, my thoughts ran to setting aside some time and funds to donate on Giving Tuesday.

 

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#Giving Tuesday is today and is a global collaboration of social media and begins a notable period of charitable giving for the Holiday season and through the end of the year.

You can give your time, your money, or any other gift that can make a difference in your workplace, community, school, state, or country.  Last year, over 700,000 people in 70 countries raised over $116,000,000 online! 

We have so many wonderful charities to advocate for and people who need someone to fight for them. I have personally witnessed the devastation of ALS, destroying our loved ones and families, one neuron at a time.  Mental health stigma and shame still exists on a monumental level.  Not only do we still lack health insurance parity in the US, but, many are unable to seek treatment as fewer and fewer providers offer any insurance coverage at all. Less than 41% of individuals in the U.S. with a mental health condition received treatment this past year (http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers).

You are sensitive to those life-changing crises that have affected you and can offer encouragement, support, and comfort to someone who thinks that no one else in the world can possibly understand.

Choose a cause that elicits your empathy; you understand because you have experienced it firsthand.  Each of us has struggled and that can be a lesson and an aid to understanding another.  We have so much to be thankful for and gratitude for that which we have survived.  Sharing our blessings with those whom we care for is part of how we prepare for Thanksgiving.

Sharing our blessings with those who need our help is part of how we can prepare for #Giving Tuesday and throughout the charitable season.

Wishing you every blessing to share ~~~

 

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Thank you so much for sharing your time with me.

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