The Com­mon Good

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Editor’s Letter - Send an email to [email protected]

IF YOU’RE A DE­VOTED READER OF THIS MAG­A­ZINE, you know that one of the things that sets us apart from other pub­li­ca­tions is our com­mit­ment to telling sto­ries of or­di­nary peo­ple do­ing ex­cep­tional things. For this hol­i­day is­sue, we col­lected nine true tales about Cana­di­ans whose ac­tions have had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact over the past year. From ded­i­cated ac­tivists to quick-think­ing he­roes, our cover story, “Ex­tra­or­di­nary Acts of Cana­dian Kind­ness” (page 32), cel­e­brates the re­mark­able ways in which peo­ple help oth­ers.

Bold feats that al­ter the course of a life make for in­spir­ing read­ing, of course. But that’s not to say that smaller ges­tures are any less im­por­tant. The hol­i­day sea­son re­minds me that sim­ple deeds—mak­ing your part­ner’s morn­ing cof­fee, shov­el­ling your neigh­bour’s steps—are equally mean­ing­ful, es­pe­cially when they be­come a habit. Tak­ing time to check in with friends who have ex­pe­ri­enced a re­cent loss or a change in their cir­cum­stances is an­other in­valu­able way of show­ing you care.

This spe­cial edi­tion of Reader’s Di­gest, with al­most 50 ex­tra pages of fea­tures, also in­cludes a mov­ing story by jour­nal­ist Courtney Shea about the kid­nap­ping of her fam­ily’s dog (“Re­ward: $500, No Ques­tions Asked,” page 90), the tale of a heart­warm­ing tra­di­tion (“Com­ing Up Wa­ter­mel­ons,” page 122), as well as a sur­pris­ing health re­port on placebos (“Mind Over Meds,” page 74).

From the team at Reader’s Di­gest, I wish you a happy, healthy hol­i­day!

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