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Happy New Year!

We can not do great things. We can only do little things with great love.

~Mother Theresa

The First of January is traditionally the day when we all make plans to change various aspects of our lives, hoping that the end result of these changes will be increased happiness. Before you read any further, please take a moment to remember all of the New Year’s Resolutions that you followed through on to reach happiness.

That didn’t take long, did it?

Why don’t we try something new this year? Rather than wait for our own happiness to find us after we lose weight, organize the den closet, pay off all our debt, and write the Great American Novel, let’s make sure that the people we care most about experience happiness. It only takes two words.

You Matter Day

To get 2012 started off right, let’s make January 1st a You Matter Day! Take a few moments, perhaps while you’re watching football, to write a note, tweet, or text message to someone who made a difference in your life in 2011. Let them know you noticed and that they made a difference in your life; let them know that they matter. It may seem like such a simple thing, so simple as to have virtually no impact. But I would invite you to remember that it really is the little things in life that hold the most value for us in the long run.

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.

~Marian Wright Edelman

If you have people in your life who make your world a better place, it’s time to let them know! It’s as easy as saying, “You Matter!”


If you post your message on Twitter, please be sure to use the hashtag #YouMatterDay.


A #YouMatter Day

Today would have been my grandparents’ 72nd wedding anniversary. While my grandfather passed away a few years ago, Gram is still alive, kicking, and playing Bingo back east in Maine. To honor both of them on their special day, I’ve decided that today should be a #YouMatter day.

Here’s the idea: Take a moment or two (or twenty) today and tell at least one person why they matter to you. You can say it to them in person, privately, or in a very public forum like Twitter. Here’s a #YouMatter note to my friend Lee Kolbert that I just shared:

If my grandparents followed me on Twitter, I would share with the world why they have always been two of the most important people in my life:

Won’t you join me? Help change the world today, one note, tweet, or hug at a time! If you post your #YouMatter note to Twitter, please be sure to use the #YouMatter hashtag. And if there’s room in your tweet, please add #youmatterday also. If there isn’t room, would you be willing to share a link to your #YouMatter tweet in a comment to this post? If you’re not on Twitter, then please feel free to add your #YouMatter note in the comments here also.

Happy #YouMatterDay!

Happy Anniversary, Gram and Gramps! I love you both!!