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Gratitude to Kindness: A Joyful Heart

Like many of my Facebook friends, I annually participate in November’s 30 Days of Gratitude, in which my status each day proclaims my gratitude for something. This was the third or fourth year I participated, and I always find the reflection to be helpful. I have so much to be thankful for — my husband, my friends, my family, and the little corner of the world I call my own. My statuses ranged from reflective to slightly humorous (I really do have nice hair).

And so this morning as I prepared to write the final thankful status, I wondered what would happen if I kept it going. What if every day of the year my status was about something for which I’m thankful? Certainly there is enough joy and love in my life to sustain that for lifetimes.

But it’s also important to me that I channel the joy and gratitude in my heart into bigger things. And so I’ve decided in December that rather than a passive Facebook status, I’m committing to performing a random act of kindness daily. I want to actively create joyful moments for other people. It’s time to share what I’ve already found, especially with those who need it most.

Want to follow along or join in? I’ll be using the hashtag #31RAOK on Twitter and posting at Facebook as well.



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