The Common Good
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!