A gobble of generosity
“It’s a Gobble Time” promotion has turned into being a gobble of generosity.
A few weeks ago our newspaper ran a promotion with various businesses giving away free turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving. It was pretty simple and straightforward: just clip out the entry form and return it to the participating business for a chance to win a turkey.
I enjoy finding different ways for businesses to promote themselves in our publication. I have found the turkey promotion is a way for businesses to express their gratitude and appreciation for customers coming into their stores or shops throughout the year.
Last week I got the opportunity to draw the winner for the Steele County Times. It happened to be one of our faithful readers in Owatonna: Georgia Minard. With time ticking away to the big turkey holiday, I decided to deliver the coupon for a free turkey to Minard’s residence. And what I found was more than heart warming.
Once Minard found out she had won a turkey, she was overwhelmed with joy and reached out to hug me. She told me she was now going to be able to have a real Thanksgiving and planned to invite people over for what else, a turkey dinner. Prior to winning the turkey, she had not planned to do much for the holiday.
Minard says she loves to cook and couldn’t wait to make her turkey. But what excited her even more was the fact that she could invite people over to enjoy the holiday with her.
It proved to be a lesson for me in realizing that you never know when or how you’re truly going to impact someone’s life. What seemed as a little gesture in promoting our newspaper turned into something so much more. It’s priceless to be on the receiving end of such gratitude like what was displayed by Minard.
This week is a good time for us to all to share a little extra dose of gratitude, which is a healthy attitude. When most people think about Thanksgiving, they focus on food, family and football watching. But putting “thanks” back into Thanksgiving is a good start in improving your heart health, according to researchers.
It goes without saying that a grateful heart is a healthier heart. Patients who express higher levels of gratitude suffer from less depression, less anxiety and slept better.
We certainly all have more room to practice being more grateful. We all have a multitude of things to be grateful for. It’s important to show it and express it to others.
Even when you’re down, science says gratitude may be exactly what you need to lift you back up. Grateful thinking can help people rebound from stressful events because it’s contradictory to focus on feelings of gratitude while consumed with fear, stress and anxiety. Staying focused on the good in life may have long-lasting benefits.
Through Minard’s small, but powerful reaction to winning a turkey and displaying her gratefulness, it has made me realize that gratitude is the attitude we all need to focus on.
I hope all of you go in hot pursuit of sharing some gratitude even in subtle ways this Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and thank you reading our newspaper.