Today is known in the U.S. as Black Friday, the day of the biggest sales, the biggest deals and the biggest crowds of the year. It’s also the day after Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, which can be a time of joy and sharing with family and friends, but can also bring high stress and reminders of loved ones who can’t be with us. Here’s hoping the season has more ups for you than downs. To start your holiday season off on a bright note, remember that there’s always good news to be found. Here are just a few reasons to feel optimistic on this Black Friday:
November is American Indian Heritage Month
The textbook story of the first Thanksgiving is one of inter-cultural sharing and support, but it can’t gloss over the painful and often history of the United States’ spread across Native American territories. To help balance our understanding of history, the Smithsonian Institution has declared November “American Indian Heritage Month” to celebrate the contributions of the many rich cultures of American Indian tribes. There’s still time left to enjoy their events and exhibitions. Are you nowhere near Washington D.C.? No problem! Wonderful online exhibits and an interactive virtual classroom are available to be enjoyed from anywhere by kids and adults alike.
Retailers are Optimistic and More Work is Available
The Fiscal Times reports that, while the overall U.S. unemployment is still hovering at 9.6 percent, keeping competition heavy even for temporary seasonal jobs, there is plenty of good news in the retail sector. Consumer spending is up—a sign that regular folks have more money to spend and more confidence in their financial futures—and economists are predicting 30% more people will be hired for seasonal holiday jobs than were hired last year. There will also be plenty of overtime available to ease the financial worries of those who have jobs already, but are under-employed.
‘Tis the Season to Be Grateful
Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, but the season is full of reminders to be grateful for all that we have. Even if you’re going through a difficult time, there is a lot of goodness around you, ready to be found if you’re looking for it. Especially if you’re going through a difficult time, looking for the good news in your own life will help you regain your balance. Remember to make gratitude part of your life, and take time to enjoy the people you can be with this holiday season. And here are warm wishes for a joyful holiday season, from Une Belle Vie to you!