Thanksgiving: gratitude is the best attitude. Giving thanks to all of you who give.

November 17, 2011

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.  ~W.T. Purkiser

This is the time of year when a little self-reflection goes a long way—along with the tryptophan that can take introspection straight to a nap. Before you fall asleep I’d love to share a story of how Kouboo works directly with women.

Indeed, Kouboo works directly with many individual craftsmen and women. That means buying a KOUBOO product goes a long way toward providing a livelihood for many families. It also ensures that century-old traditions of certain crafts are thriving.

A woman weaving a colorful textile with her hands.

photograph © LLC

But there is more. Kouboo is so grateful for the beauty created by these craftspeople, and so moved by how little it takes to make a huge difference that the company has also committed to providing micro loans through KIVA to women in all sorts of industries.

If you want, you can try it yourself: make a loan. It’s surprisingly addictive.

You will find a link on this page to KIVA to make your own loan to any business of your choice. Loans start as low as $25—and they get repaid so you can loan the money again. That means you get to give your gift over and over, literally. 

I will commit to making a donation myself – and I plan to post updates on my personal experience with KIVA. Please share your own stories with us and I will do a feature on what giving gave to you.

Finally, as you drift off into nap-land here are some factoids about tryptophan: it can help you sleep better, help regulate your appetite and help to elevate your mood.

“I feel a very unusual sensation – if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.”  ~Benjamin Disraeli

Thanks, Ben.

I hope for all of us lots of good food, happy digestive tracts and a wonderful dose of appreciation.

Food sources of tryptophan include red meat, dairy products, nuts, seeds, bananas, soybeans and soy products, tuna, shellfish, and turkey. Who knew? There are so many ways to get that feel-good sensation.

So have a feast, share your stories and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We are grateful to each and every one of you.

Thank you to you from all of us.





Written by Catherine Holliss, Director of Interior Design, Sander Architects LLC.  

Photographs © Catherine Holliss unless otherwise noted. 

Blog Post © KOUBOO LLC. All rights reserved