There are moments every day when I am overwhelmed with gratitude. They come at weird, unexpected times — like when my family and I take an end-of-evening walk around the block or when fixing that nagging problem with my car is as simple as whipping out my debit card or when I can chat with my mom on a Sunday afternoon.
The littlest things fill me with gratitude because they whisper at where I am in life, and the blessings I have.
Gratitude — the act of being thankful — is something we talk a lot about in November, as Thanksgiving approaches. It’s in magazines and newspapers, discussed in schools and at the dinner table and on signage in so many stores. We’re awash in reminders to be grateful in November, but the rest of the year, it’s not an ingrained part of our dialogue. I mean, sure, we might mention something we are grateful for, but it’s not the same.
Maybe we should talk about it more though. Why not? Are we not grateful for things all the time?
Hershey’s is encouraging customers to share what they’re grateful for on social media in five words or less using the hashtag #Simply5. Want to join in the fun? Head to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook — or whatever your favorite social network is — and share your five words.
The whole idea is inspired by Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup, which is the latest version of classic Hershey’s Syrup. Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup is made with five simple ingredients and has no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or artificial flavors. Plus, it’s made from non-GMO ingredients. Available in 21.8-oz. bottles at mass and grocery stores, and 48-oz. bottles at Costco (beginning this spring), Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup is a great way to share the joy of a childhood favorite without worrying what’s in it.
Learn more about Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup at www.Hersheys.com.
And what you’re grateful for doesn’t have to be big or complicated. It can be sweet and simple too — bits of everyday moments. Like enjoying chocolate milk through a squiggly straw (made with Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup, natch).
So tell me … what makes your day sweet?
Compensation was provided by Hershey’s via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey’s or Momtrends.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.