What’s the deal with Giving Tuesday, anyway?
Hidden under the turkeys, pumpkin pies, and excitement of Black Friday sales, are the remnants of Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is increasingly being commercialized as a time to buys things rather than a time to reflect on the gifts we already have and to express our gratitude. We have become entitled to the luxuries and privileges granted to us, making it difficult to see past ourselves.
Now, don’t get me wrong— I love the sales following Thanksgiving as much as the next person, but let’s stop and think about just how counterintuitive we’ve made this holiday. Following a day for thankfulness we have two days dedicated for ourselves (and yes, I am thankful to the stores), but in what ways are we truly showing our gratitude?
Giving thanks is relatively easy because it works like an automated response. Similar to when someone holds the door open for you and you say, “Thank you.” It ends there and doesn’t go any deeper. Gratitude goes beyond giving mere thanks and convicts us to return the kindness that has been shown to us. While being thankful remains a feelings, gratitude overwhelms us with the desire to return the favor out of thankfulness.
Let that sink in. Thankfulness is a feeling and gratitude is an action.
Anyone can give thanks, but giving gratitude calls for action and not everyone is willing to take that extra step. Thanksgiving is a season of gathering (and lots of food!) and a time for giving thanks, but with our present day values, that thoughtful message is too often lost.
So, what exactly is #GivingTuesday?
To tackle this modern-day imbalance, 92 Street Y, a nonprofit cultural and community center in New York, started the #GivingTuesday campaign in 2012. Giving Tuesday utilizes the fast pace of social media to bring different people together to collaborate and create change in our communities. Each year Giving Tuesday falls on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving Thursday and is a day to encourage and celebrate generosity. There is nothing wrong with celebrating and enjoying the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so embrace the trend and join us for a day dedicated to giving back as well!
You must know by now that One Day’s Wages is the collective effort of people, stories, and actions coming together to create global change. Transform your thanks into a heart of gratitude on Thanksgiving and this Giving Tuesday. Join us as we make a lasting impact together.
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