Time to share some links that make me smile on this Thankful Thursday — my periodic tribute to stories and videos that exemplify appreciation, those that have moved me, and other people making a difference. Five great ones today! (I’m always open to suggestions so send them along!)
Never Underestimate the Power of a Handwritten Note – Even Lunchbox ones
This was a great story I came across on one of my favorite sites, the Huffington Post Good News. In sixth grade, Skye Gould’s mom put a handwritten note in her lunchbox note everyday, each was filled with love, appreciation and “lunchbox advice.” It was a way for her mother for to connect with her 12-year old and “implant positive messages” and “give her confidence and advice without sounding like a nagging mom.” It looks like it worked.
Daring to be Different – Makeovers needed
Toy Like Me, was inspired by a Facebook campaign (now community) and initiated by parents of children with disabilities who wanted to see greater diversity in the toys that clutter their playroom floors; forward thinking UK toy maker, Makies, took the challenge on and is making waves.
These dolls take appreciation diversity and our uniqueness to a whole new level. There are dolls with birth marks, hearing aids and even those with insulin tubes. Makies plans to also provide “inclusive accessories” – like walking aids and wheelchairs shortly and already offers a design your own option.
However, while Makies is making these changes happen, Toys Like Me advocate, Rebecca Atkinson, has taken her plea public and is challenging Playmobil, Mattel, LEGO, and Hasbro to make their toy lines more representative as well. Check out the story of this inspirational endeavor here.
Make Way for Ducklings
This one would make Boston, MA proud, except it’s across the “pond” as they say – or perhaps they say that only if you were in England? Not to be discounted, ducks are important and should be appreciated too. Check out the way that London, Birmingham, and Manchester are creating a “Make Way for Ducklings” of their own.
Social Good via Shared Value
When we talk about helping others, I don’t think this has to mean throwing money at a problem via a donation. Don’t get me wrong, money donated to help aid or solve a problem/catastrophe is a good thing and shouldn’t be discounted, but I’m thinking about taking it a step farther via an approach called shared value.
Shared value is a solution where one (usually a business) uses a product or service to address and solve a society’s needs or challenges. In turn the company is also making a profit for the greater good. Some may see this as self-serving for the business, but in the examples I’ve seen, the benefits of the solution outweigh what many would see as a profitability approach for an altruistic one. I thought these iron fish were a great example and one that was helping many with such a “wish I’d thought of that” solution. Check out the article here.
So Happy Together
While this one is a stretch for what I’d normally put in the Thankful Thursday post, I cannot get enough of this commercial for Plenti. (For those who have not heard of it yet, Plenti is a rewards program/card that earns you (Plenti) points on things you buy every day at gas stations, supermarkets, and online retailers. Points then translate into savings, i.e., a percentage off or $X in savings.) (Some participating partners: Exxon Mobile, Macy’s AT&T Wireless, Nationwide, Hulu and more.)
Why I included it? I love it when we create “faces” from everyday items. I’m especially enamored with the deodorant and the pink purse in this commercial. It makes me smile broadly every time it comes on and well you are being “appreciated” for the things you buy. – OK a bit of a stretch, but I still think you’ll enjoy it.