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Living a Grateful Life: It’s the Thought That Counts and Meaning It

The boys sharing a hug in their Christmas Eve PJs

The boys sharing a hug in their Christmas Eve PJs

It’s the holidays and for as long as I can remember, I’ve heard the phrase, “It’s the thought that counts,” used when some receives a gift they didn’t want or need. But really, it means so much more to me. Thoughtful, small gestures are more valuable to me than anything you can buy at the store. Stuff is just stuff – it can’t comfort you, make you happy, or make you feel loved.

We’ve tried to install the same thoughtfulness in our children. We showed them by our actions and we reinforced the behaviors when they were little by having them be of service to others. It was doing for others and learning how great it makes you feel that made them the wonderful men they are today. Both are kind and caring and they understand that life isn’t about “stuff,” but about being connected to the people they love.

In the craziness that can sometimes be the holidays, we try to take time out to do something for others. In the past the boys have sung Christmas carols at a nursing home, but these days work schedules make the harder to do. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do good for others – this year each of the boys will receive a gift of a donation in their name. They’ll be thrilled that others will benefit.

Two different daycares, miles apart, the same photo! Bride- and Groom-to-be 1990

Kleenex’s Softness Worth Sharing Initiative

I have the pleasure of giving away a Kleenex Care package and this one I’ll be giving to my son and his fiancé. The two have been battling a cold for over 10 days and they deserve a little pampering. Perhaps it’s time to make up some homemade chicken soup to go with it to get these two healthy again – they’ve got a wedding to plan!

Kleenex’s Softness Worth Sharing initiative is a great way to show others you care. Purchase specially marked packages and redeem the code online* to send a Kleenex Brand Care Pack to someone who could use a pick-me-up.

Find out more at on the Kleenex Facebook page.

Kleenex Cares Initiative Details #KleenexCares

“Kleenex brand, America’s softest tissue, knows that the moments of unexpected thoughtfulness make all the difference.”

*While supplies last

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  1. Truly you are doing your sons a bigger service than you can even imagine. Kids who grow up giving of themselves without thought of repayment learn very valuable lessons. They learn a small smile is often greater than gold.

  2. Definately something nice to have around for your loved ones =)

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