I was looking for something and one click led to another, led to this TEDx talk by co-founder of Life Is Good, Bert Jacobs:
Bert’s message is simple:
- do what you like
- like what you do
- be grateful for everything
- live life with optimism
If you check out the Life is Good website, you will see a section called “Good Vibes” which is a curated mish-mash of inspiration and “a breath of fresh air” for those who also believe that Life is Good.
In trademarking three words, LIFE IS GOOD, Bert and his brother turned $78 into over $3 million dollars. Ten percent of net profits go to charities supporting children, so you are not just buying cute socks or a travel mug, but you are buying hope and possibility for children. Where does the money go? In part, toward Playmakers:
The Playmakers are the people doing the work to make childhood a more playful place for at-risk and underserved children for whom life is not always that good. The emphasis is on play and using play to bring out positive change in children.
The website has loads of resources including:
Redefining Playfulness – A paper on how play can revolutionize the health, well-being and education of children.
Awareness Building Exercises – A series of 3 activities to help you become more aware of playfulness in and out of work
We Got Game – Three fun games to bring out the playfulness in your kids
The website also led me to this video on the Power of Playfulness which contains the important message that we, as teachers, shouldn’t just get through each day, we should be happy and joyful and promote that amongst and within our students too.
More than a cute t-shirt store, Life Is Good is a great resource to remind us all to play more, love more, and be more joyful.