The Power Of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love a good feast, but the reason I love this holiday is because we’re all encouraged to take a moment to think of what we’re grateful for. As my daughters have gotten older and busier with their careers, it’s become increasingly important to make time together as a family to just sit in gratitude. Did you know that showing gratitude is even good for your health? So as we prep the big meal and holiday frenzy ensues, I want to take a moment to share why I’m thankful for our incomparable Born This Way Foundation community.

As members of our community, we know that there is no goal that we can’t reach together. For example, this year when we planned #BeKind21, we challenged ourselves to recruit 600,000 participants and generate 15 million acts of kindness. We were nervous about this goal, but had faith in our motivated community. You proved we should never doubt your willingness to be kind because 2 million of you reported completing over 41 million acts of kindness during the 21 days, and for that we are so grateful!

We also call BTWF’s online community the “kindest corner of the Internet.” I can’t tell you the joy it brings me and all of Team Born This Way Foundation when we read your stories of kindness and see how you check in on each other’s well-being. Kind online communities are good for your mental wellness, and I thank you for modeling kind interactions on social media.

What are you grateful for this year? Here are a couple stories of kindness we’re thankful for, featured on Channel Kindness:

And if you have a story to share with Channel Kindness, click here to review our submission guidelines.

In Kindness + Gratitude,

Cynthia Germanotta
President

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