Mama Lucy Kamptoni wanted a school for her village in Tanzania. So she took the money from the sale of her chickens and put it toward her dream. Stacey Monk met her and was so inspired she started a Twitter campaign to show her gratitude. Now that has morphed into Epic Thanks, a site based on the premise that “Gratitude Changes Everything.” This Thanksgiving, the site is inviting people to send in their photographs of something they are grateful for. They also invite people to submit a Gratitude Dance and to pay it forward by investing in changemakers.
6. The Smooch! Project
Photographer Bonnie Fournier has set herself a goal of collecting 10,000 photographs of smooches from around the world. The goal is simple but huge, and it is about more than quick pecks on the cheek. It is about love, acceptance and forgiveness — even a mother’s forgiveness toward her son’s murderer. The Smooch! Project is a quirky idea that is rippling outward, one smooch at a time.
7. A hopeful sign
Gary Doi spent his professional career as an educator and was Superintendent of Schools in three school districts of British Columbia, Canada. He sees teaching as a career dedicated to hope. His retirement project is to draw together volunteer writers from around the world to write about “the three interrelated themes of hopefulness: living, learning and leading.” His site is becoming a treasure trove of ideas and people who are making a difference by spreading hope.
What reminds you to be grateful? What are your reasons for giving thanks? Join in the conversation, and add to the inspiration.
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