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November 2019—Harvest Kindness

Oct 24, 2019 11:00AM ● By Enjoy Magazine

Harvest Kindness - November 2019

Editor's Note 

November 2019

IT'S THE SEASON of gratitude, where we gather our loved ones near, hit the “pause” button on our hectic lives and reflect on what truly makes our lives worthwhile.

Acts of kindness aren’t always grand gestures or huge sacrifices. Toss a pebble into a pond and you’ll see that the impact extends much further than the tiny splash – that’s exactly how kind deeds work, and we’ve got some ideas for tossing your own pebble into the pond of humanity to make our world a little brighter. 

Some opt to pour kindness into the world by strengthening our community ties. One local example happens each year in downtown Kingsburg with Julgransfest, a delightful holiday festival which encourages residents and visitors alike to join together and honor the town’s Swedish roots. 

Sometimes kindness looks like seeing a need and turning it into an opportunity. Former school psychologist Ray Miller once met up with a student on a cold day who didn’t own anything warmer than a T-shirt, sparking a fire in Miller’s heart. He gathered up an army of supporters, and since then, his foundation has given sweatshirts to 9,000 local children.

For the second year, we’ve collected stories of Hometown Holiday Heroes from seven South Valley towns. You’ll be inspired by the imprint they’ve made in their communities and we’re delighted to honor them here.

Kindness reminds us of our place in this world, and we have the power to shift the trajectory of someone’s day. Reach out to a lonely friend. Invite an elderly neighbor to your holiday gathering. Extend an encouraging word to a frazzled mom in the grocery store. Together, we make our world more beautiful, one pebble at a time.

Celebrate kindness, and watch how the joy you put into the world comes back to you tenfold. Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy!

The Enjoy Team

On The Cover:

Cover model: 
Harper Mendivil  

Photo by Dakota Lynn Photography