Thankfulfor – Giving Thanks Online

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thanfulfor.pngThis is a unique and, well, heartening concept.  Most of us spend a lot of our time online reading news or working.  Neither of those are necessarily uplifting in their own right.  While social networking can be fun and even fulfilling, in the end most of our feeds are likely mostly news or work-related anyway.

Thankfulfor.com wants to ad a little happiness and gratitude into our streams.  It’s basically Twitter with flowers and sunshine, I’d say.

You sign in with your Twitter account and leave status updates with whatever you’re thankful for or happy about at the moment.  These updates may or may not be tweeted, at your discretion.  You can also step into other peoples’ Thankfulfor streams to see what they’re grateful for.

I’ll be honest.  In the beginning, I wasn’t really all that enthused about this site.  I thought it would be full of hokey “feel good” blabber and dumb sayings involving trees and clouds and whatnot.  Amazingly, I ended up spending a lot of time there and found it very fun.  Sure, there are some who put a lot of Ren and Stimpy Happy-Happy, Joy-Joy into their streams, but most people are posting real things they’re grateful for or real platitudes of happiness.

One women said that she was thankful for the morning rays of sunshine as this was her 90th birthday.  Another was surprised to find a box of baby gear on her porch, left anonymously, as they are expecting and her husband lost his job.  Yet another learned that her sister was coming home from Iraq safe and sound.  A lot of great things on Thankfulfor that, well, really make you think about what you’re glad to have.

It’s an inspiring site and worth participating in.  The sites creators are Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber, whose company ShinyHeart Ventures, is a side project with which they create happiness-building sites like Thankfulfor.

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3 Comments
  1. Jen

    October 13, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Thank you so much for the review, Craig. You really captured the spirit of the site. I have both public and private accounts (sometimes it's nice to keep a private list just for yourself) but browsing through the public “stream of thanks” is what makes it so special. If you come into the site and can't think of anything to be thankful for, just browse the stream and you should be able to think of something pretty quickly!

    We're excited about our growing community and are looking forward to the new features we'll be adding in soon – lots of good stuff to come.

    Cheers!
    Jen

  2. cjniya

    November 6, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Have you even smelled your father carefully? Do you think that father’s smell is terrible? Unless your father is the fashion businessman or the high class gentlemen, who put on the eau de cologne all day long, otherwise, you could smell the fragrance from his working place. The way your father is smelled is the way he earns for your bread.
    When I was a little kid, I hate the way my father is smelled. As he was a fixer, everyday he rolled in the pile of cars and then you could smell gas from him 20 or30 inches away. I hated seeing him in any public places. When I was a little boy in the kindergarten, I thought my father was the greatest man in this world; he could fix the car, the huge vehicles. But then when I went to the primary school, I found that the smell from my father’s body was terrible and I did not want him to attend any activities in my school. It was all about the psychological, I felt that even the rubber wristbands my father wore would have the same smell as his, the gas. Then one day my father found that so he let my mother to attend these activities and he just kept busy every day. I did not know how much a son’s hate could hurt his father, but I did find out that my father became more silent from then on.
    Then as I went to college and lived far away from my hometown, I did not have much chance to talk with my father. Every holiday I went back home and felt like my father was totally a stranger to me. I knew I did something wrong and bad, but I just do not know how to apologize to my father. I do not know how to tell him how much I love him.

  3. cjniya

    November 7, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Have you even smelled your father carefully? Do you think that father’s smell is terrible? Unless your father is the fashion businessman or the high class gentlemen, who put on the eau de cologne all day long, otherwise, you could smell the fragrance from his working place. The way your father is smelled is the way he earns for your bread.
    When I was a little kid, I hate the way my father is smelled. As he was a fixer, everyday he rolled in the pile of cars and then you could smell gas from him 20 or30 inches away. I hated seeing him in any public places. When I was a little boy in the kindergarten, I thought my father was the greatest man in this world; he could fix the car, the huge vehicles. But then when I went to the primary school, I found that the smell from my father’s body was terrible and I did not want him to attend any activities in my school. It was all about the psychological, I felt that even the rubber wristbands my father wore would have the same smell as his, the gas. Then one day my father found that so he let my mother to attend these activities and he just kept busy every day. I did not know how much a son’s hate could hurt his father, but I did find out that my father became more silent from then on.
    Then as I went to college and lived far away from my hometown, I did not have much chance to talk with my father. Every holiday I went back home and felt like my father was totally a stranger to me. I knew I did something wrong and bad, but I just do not know how to apologize to my father. I do not know how to tell him how much I love him.

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