Make a Difference: “Choose This Day”

by Jenny Hansen


Not to bring down your May Day, but I read a post by Kathryn Craft over at Writers In The Storm this week and it really got me thinking. I’ll bet it does the same for you.

Most people don’t wake up every day, excited and grateful to be alive… But what if we did? Would it change any of our actions, or make the day go smoothly?

Her latest novel, The Far End of Happy, is based on her first husband’s suicide standoff. As Kathryn said:

On the day my husband chose death over life, “choose this day” became my mantra. Each day, no matter how sad or horrified or frustrated I felt, I chose life—and with this simple daily act, my sense of empowerment grew.


Read her post about coping when “stormy seas threaten to sink your spirit” and about her May 1st Twitter campaign to #ChooseThisDay: Making a Difference in the World.

The campaign is simple: Starting May 1st, and throughout the month, tweet an empowering positive message or quote (like this one!) using the #choosethisday hashtag.

Keep in mind these sobering statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages.
  • The suicide rates decreased from 1990-2000 from 12.5 suicides per 100,000 to 10.4 per 100,000.  Over the past decade, however, the rate has again increased to 12.1 per 100,000. Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide.
  • There is one death by suicide in the US every 13 minutes.
  • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year.
  • Suicide takes the lives of over 38,000 Americans every year.
  • There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts.
  • There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly.

With numbers like that, even the small bit we can do for the month of May to inspire will be well worth it. What do you think? Are you in? Will you #ChooseThisDay? Continue the discussion at the #SocialIn hashtag on Twitter or SocialInDC on Facebook!

~ Jenny


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About Jenny Hansen

By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 18 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.

When she’s not at her personal blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA or at Writers In The Storm.

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