Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

Family Circle - - CONTENTS - Cheryl E. Brown, Ed­i­tor in Chief [email protected]­i­ly­cir­cle.com

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.

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