Giving Thanks and Giving Back

The holidays can really bring a lot of hustle and bustle into our lives – between shopping and cooking and social engagements, there’s hardly time to get everything done. But, the holidays are also a time for introspection.

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The holidays can really bring a lot of hustle and bustle into our lives – between shopping and cooking and social engagements, there’s hardly time to get everything done. But, the holidays are also a time for introspection.

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be blessed and what it means to give back. I’ll be the first to tell you that I have a lot to be thankful for. Most important of all, I have a wonderful family who, all masters of the hustle and bustle themselves, finds time to keep our bond strong no matter what comes up, TV shows, term papers and all. I look forward to sitting down with them this Thursday for some quality time and some quality food. If you’re wondering what we’ll be having, here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Additionally, I have an incredible staff that makes it possible for our show’s message to touch millions of lives every day. With so many things to be grateful for, it makes it that much more important to give back.

As a doctor, it deeply upsets and frustrates me that over 50 million people in this country don’t have health insurance and can’t get adequate medical care. Recently, I teamed up with CareNow for the largest free health clinic event of its kind, held in Los Angeles this year. It was by and large the most important thing I’ve done all year. The many people I encountered there, those providing care and those seeking it, made the entire trip a gleaming moment in my career. I’d like for you to meet these people – so tune in this Wednesday to hear their stories.

Later this month, we’ll be covering the hunger epidemic in America. We sat down with people from all over the country who have been affected by hunger firsthand, as well as the people who have given so much time to helping alleviate the issue in our country. Be sure to tune in then as well, as we’ll tell you how you can help provide meals to over 1 million kids. I hope this inspires you to volunteer your time at a soup kitchen or drop of non-perishables at your local food drive.

Explore the possibilities of giving back not only during the holiday season, but all year long. It’s hard to express the feeling you get from helping to change someone’s life for the better, but it’s something that everyone should have the pleasure to experience. There are always ways to help, and remember that there’s also something in it for you, too. Doing good feels good.  Click here to read more about why volunteering is not only good for those around you, but it’s also good for your health.

Blog written by Mehmet Oz, MD
America’s Doctor and three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the Daytime Emmy-winning The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz is also...