This is a cute idea make a non-food activity bag for kids with allergies during the holiday season, so they have something exciting to do while people decorate cookies or have treats

“Happy Monday!!!”

Every time I holler it out at someone, I know what response I'm going to get. People smirk vaguely, often roll their eyes and usually mutter something about how they're counting down the days until next weekend. Mondays are bittersweet, reflecting on the fun that was had over the last couple of days.

Sometimes they're just bitter, as people are annoyed that someone got sick or plans were de-railed.

It's not often that they're simply sweet. But I'm on a mission to make them that way.

I volunteer with TEDxSanDiego every year, and the first time I did it I got to hear from world-renowned epidemiologist John Ayers. John's study of public records revealed that Mondays are when you're most likely to have a heart attack, stroke or worse. That's not shocking, given our general loathing for this day that happens 52 times each year. Digging a little more deeply, though, John discovered that online search queries related to physical and mental health are at their peak on Mondays. This day is actually a huge opportunity to target people with empowering, life-altering messages.

Initiatives such as Every Monday Matters and meatless Monday have been encouraging positive change on this specific day for awhile. Now, I'm excited to work in partnership with Jimmy Dean to join the action. The brand is starting the “Shine It Forward” movement to drive conversation around a specific hashtag, #MondaysForGood.

This is a cute idea make a non-food activity bag for kids with allergies during the holiday season, so they have something exciting to do while people decorate cookies or have treats

For my part of the movement, I'm setting aside time each Monday to encourage someone else. This week it was my neighbors. You see, one of their daughters has allergies that can be challenging this time of year. When everyone is trick-or-treating and decorating sugar cookies, this little girl has to take precautions to stay healthy.

This is a cute idea make a non-food activity bag for kids with allergies during the holiday season, so they have something exciting to do while people decorate cookies or have treats

So while my kids were elbows-deep in sugar, I gathered some craft supplies and packaged it up in a cute backpack that I hurled over the fence for her.

This is a cute idea make a non-food activity bag for kids with allergies during the holiday season, so they have something exciting to do while people decorate cookies or have treats

Yes, you read that right. There is literally a fence between us and our neighbors where we pass goodies back-and-forth. It's very Home Improvement-esque. Our boys meet the neighbor girls at this juncture, chatting about their weekends and after-school activities and other childhood wonders.

I know that this is making a lifelong impact on our children, demonstrating community and kindness to others.

This is a cute idea make a non-food activity bag for kids with allergies during the holiday season, so they have something exciting to do while people decorate cookies or have treats

The look on our friends' faces when they opened up their backpack – nothing big, just a few simple items gathered from my office – that's what it's all about.

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You can join in with your own small acts of kindness, too! Tweet to tell Jimmy Dean with hashtag #MondaysforGood to share what you'd do to brighten someone else's day, and take the pledge to make Monday mornings matter.

How do you make Mondays matter?

This is a cute idea: make a non-food activity bag for kids with allergies during the holiday season, so they have something exciting to do while people decorate cookies or have treats.