I was running late for work the other morning, juggling a purse, laptop bag, coffee, yogurt, cell phone, security pass and who knows what else. The elevator doors were closing, so I stuck my leg through the opening and flung myself inside, agitated and flustered. A guy was standing there, and he offered to give me a hand with my stuff. Then he smiled and said something that hit a reset button in my harried brain: “Hey, things aren’t so bad—you’ve got breakfast and you’ve got a job. Try to see the positive side!” He was absolutely right. I have a roof over my head, I have heat, I have food, I have my health, I have clean clothes, I have family, I have friends. That makes me rich by almost any standard. The elevator episode sparked conversations with friends and colleagues about gratitude and being thankful, and it’s part of what inspired our focus this issue on giving back. We want to share simple ways to do good for others while using apps, chaperoning an event at your kid’s school or shopping for just about anything. Bonus: Your teens will see that giving back is part of belonging to a community—local or global—and part of being a family. Every year I’m thankful I have somewhere to go for the holiday meal; this year I’m also thankful I’m not doing the cooking (only some bringing—what can I say, we have great bakeries in NYC!). Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.