What Is Giving Tuesday?


I’ve never been one to participate in Black Friday, that day after Thanksgiving when all of the stores go sale-crazy and people flood in to try to get those good prices. I’m a bit more fond of Small Business Saturday, a spinoff that emphasizes supporting local businesses instead, although I still don’t do the shopping thing. Then there’s CyberMonday, where the big sales happen online. Although I don’t really participate in that one, it’s appealing to me because I’m a fan of online shopping.

Anyway, all of this is a prelude to introduce Giving Tuesday, which is all about de-emphasizing the purchasing of items for the holiday season and re-focusing on the giving nature of this time.

More info:

“On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

December 2nd would have been my grandmother’s birthday this year.


Affirmations for Others

I think most people know what affirmations are. They are short positive things that you say to yourself or write down to remind yourself of your positive traits and inspire positive things to happen in your life. Usually they are phrased in the present tense. For example, an affirmation I’ve used in the past is “My creativity heals myself and others”. It’s a way to remind myself that I believe that being true to your own creative path is positive for yourself and the world around you.

Lately I’ve been thinking about the idea of giving affirmations to others. Mostly affirmations are used for the self, but I think they can also be a powerful way to share a positive thought with someone else. It may be just about them specifically or it may be about the two of you as a means of furthering your relationship. So you might leave a Post-It note for someone, for example:

generosity of spirit

In this case, the note highlights a specific trait and explains how it helps others as well. It’s a way of saying, “hey, I see this amazing thing in you; it’s important, celebrate it.”

What do you think of giving affirmations to others? How would you do it?