The Benefits of Gratitude


Androcles and the Lion

"Gratitude is the sign of noble souls." Aesop

One of my favorite childhood stories is the Aesop's Fable of Androcles and the Lion, and it is still relevant today as the classic tale of gratitude. This is a tale of a simple kind act of a slave who removes a thorn from the paw of a lion, only to meet the same lion again later in one of the legendary arenas of ancient times in which, as punishment, humans were offered as meals to starving and ferocious lions. Both had been captured for these dark purposes. But when the lion saw Androcles he recognized him, and in a dramatic display of gratitude for removing the thorn from his paw he refused to attack. Instead, the lion greeted Androcles affectionately as an old friend.

“Giving Tuesday” – 10 Options

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
 ~ attributed to Winston Churchill

The establishment last year of “Giving Tuesday” is the grassroots brainchild of the renowned 92nd Street Y in New York City. The premise of the day is that people give their time, service and money to help organizations that help others and is based on the concept of tikkun olam, a Hebrew expression which in English means, “repairing the world.” 

Holiday Gift Giving

 Guidelines for Gift-Giving, Tipping and Regifting

Whether you're a student or young professional celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas, the holidays usually involve gift giving and receiving.  Here are some protocol guidelines and tips to help make this ritual a little easier and more enjoyable:

You know how to handle gift-giving within your circle of family and friends, but what about all those other people in your life?