Johnny Molson believes that people are fundamentally decent, it's just that 'the bad people tend to be louder'. In this interview he explores how the World Gratitude Map helps amplify the good.
Happy Valentines Day. This week America observes Valentine's Day, the holiday of love. For those in a happy relationship it can be wonderful. For others, this constant barrage of ads and articles can feel awkward, even painful.
Yet we've all been touched by love. This week, I am grateful and warmed by the remembered touch of my mother's hands.
Sad? Lonely? Find someone who needs your help. You'll feel better and they will too. Research suggests such interactions are good for us. A recent Wall Street Journal article proclaims: "People Who Put Their Mates' Needs First Make Themselves Happier". A quick canvas of our World Gratitude Map elicits hundreds of expressions of such grateful love.
The best part? For every windswept "I'm grateful for my soulmate" there is a more mundane "my husband vacuumed my car!" "Empied the dishwasher! or simply, "My wife is a kind and sympathetic person." And then there's Ted: "Ted adores me, puts up with my insecurities and kisses me so it curls my toes! Plus he composts." Because the most resilient people manage to see the love in front of them. They notice the everyday good. Everyday. Even if it's just Ted carrying the banana peels out back.
Prison inmates rescue boys from a capsized canoe. An abandoned post office in Antarctica reopens. Window washers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh dress as Superheroes A 4th grader performs the Heimlich maneuver to save a friend's life.
What do these stories have in common? Aside from their happy, hopeful bent. each can be accessed by clicking the Happy News Tab at the top of this page.
Worn down by the day's news? Let us help you keep your eye on all that is Good and Beautiful and Possible in the World. It's right there, when we look for it.
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