It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and here at CV Skinlabs, we want to celebrate!
First, let’s all remind ourselves of the benefits of feeling grateful for what we have. We spoke about these in a previous post, but to give you a quick review, gratitude has been found to:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Reduce feelings of frustration and anger, and improved well-being
- Improve sleep
- Increase confidence
- Boost the immune system
- Decrease inflammation
Isn’t it nice to know that every time you take a few minutes to remember what you’re grateful for in life, you give yourself these benefits, which are not only good for your health-they’re good for your complexion, too?
This year, we figure-why not take these positive feelings and benefits and turn them into something good in the world around us? To that end, we’re starting early this year. From Saturday, November 18th, through Cyber Monday, we’re giving all our customers 25% off every order-and free shipping! (Click here to shop now.)
At the same time, all our staff members are participating in a week of grateful kindness. We’d love it if you would jump on our bandwagon by performing one-to-two acts of kindness every day this week. Studies show that not only do you feel good when you do something nice for someone else, you actually experience a number of health benefits, too. Here are just a few:
- You’ll feel less stressed out
- You’ll feel stronger and more energetic
- You’ll be happier
- You may actually live longer (some studies connect volunteer work to longer life)
So with all these great things in mind, here are some ideas for you. If you’ve got more, please let us know.
Day 1: Monday
- Create a fun sign that says something positive, like “You are amazing!” or “Spread love today.” Add some pictures or your own design touch, then print out about several and tape them up around your neighborhood or work area.
- Write thank-you notes for people who are rarely appreciated, and hand them out. Some good options: Your mail delivery person, your trash collector, your barista, the cashier at your favorite grocery store, your office assistant, or your pet sitter.
Day 2: Tuesday
- Bake up some yummy food or delicious treats and take them to someone who needs them. Could be an elderly neighbor, busy mom, or to a local food bank or soup kitchen. Another fun idea-take a box of cookies or other goodies to your local police station, firehouse, or hospital.
- Get your family together and go help out a neighbor or friend in need. Rake leaves, clear a sidewalk of snow, offer to walk the dog, or babysit the kids so the parents can have a night out.
Day 3: Wednesday
- With your family, clean out the excess stuff in your home. Put all items that are still in good shape, but that you no longer use, into specific boxes, and donate them to your neighborhood Goodwill or other similar organization. Take toys and other children’s items to a holiday child present program.
- Invite someone in line behind you to go first.
Day 4: Thursday (Thanksgiving Day)
- Bake up some extra food and take it to your local food bank, homeless shelter, or other needy place.
- Put some treats and other items together into care packages and take them to a nearby nursing home or veterans’ home. Include some other fun items like a deck of cards, a book or audiobooks, some hand lotion (our Body Repair Lotion works great), or anything else helpful you can think of.
Day 5: Friday
- Take a senior to town to help him or her do holiday shopping. Help carry bags, go out to lunch-make a day of it.
- Treat your family to a warm, nutritious breakfast that you all share together. Live it up. Add in the scrambled eggs, fresh juices, yogurt, berries, warm oatmeal, whole-grain toast, blueberry pancakes, and whatever else sounds good to you.
Day 6: Saturday
- Leave a $1 or $5 bill on a random windshield, give the waitress a large tip, pay for the drive-through order behind you, or pay for someone else’s meal at a restaurant.
- Make a donation to your favorite charity.
Day 7: Sunday
- Leave a few bouquets of flowers at your nearby hospital or cancer center and tell the nurses to give them out to patients going through treatments.
- Write letters to each member of your family and tell them how much they mean to you.
What ideas do you have for our week of grateful kindness?