The word from my friend Nancy McMillan at 9:30 yesterday morning was that the Bright Run had met their goal of raising $300,000 for the Juravinski Cancer Centre by the time she lay her head on her pillow last night!!!
Many of you know my wonderful friend Nancy, chair of the Bright Run! If you have never participated – well, you just need to! Team glamjulz is always looking for walkers to join us, you are more than welcome!
This time of year is really special for me. September seems to shift people into a helping mindset. I see regular people just like you and me do amazing things for their communities between now and December. It really is a time of giving and I feel honoured to be a part of it.
The thing that I love about giving to others is that it doesn’t have to be this huge epic thing! It’s all about whatever YOU are able to give. Reaching out to a friend you haven’t heard from in a while is giving, dropping a loonie into a street musician’s guitar case is giving, buying a coffee for the person behind you at the drive thru is giving. There are so many ways to do it. Imagine what a different world we would live in if we gave to someone every day.
Even a smile can make a HUGE difference when it comes to giving! If you google “positive effects of a smile” here is what comes up –
Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. … The feel-good neurotransmitters — dopamine, endorphins and serotonin — are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well
Isn’t that incredible? Something so simple is not only good for the person you are smiling at but also really good for you!
Let me tell you, there were a ton of smiles going around at the Bright Run yesterday morning amongst survivors, patients, doctors, nurses and families!
Along with the sunshine, I do believe that’s the best medicine we could ask for!
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