Gratitude Stories: Ilene’s 21st Birthday

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Emily (Friend): My best friend was turning 21 on the weekend of Arts Fest, a time when students return to campus for a quick summer reunion. She was having a birthday party but I also knew that most of her friends would be unable to make it for the celebration. That’s when I realized that Tribute would be a great way for everyone to be able to share in the festivities without having to be physically present.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Emily: My favorite thing about Ilene is how she is such a positive force in the world. She has such a happy and positive disposition and a genuine desire to help others.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Emily: Ilene received her Tribute on the eve of her 21st birthday. We played the video for her before her friends took her to the bars to celebrate. We sat her in a chair in front of the TV and all of her friends gathered around to watch.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Emily: Ilene was so surprised by the people in the video. Not only did we have her friends from college and home but we had reached out to her entire family. She was in a half crying half laughing state for the majority of the time.

How did this make you personally feel?

Emily: I felt so incredibly proud to be able to call her my friend that I started tearing up myself.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Ilene (Recipient): My Tribute was honestly the highlight of my birthday! Getting surprised with heartfelt messages from my family and friends made me so beyond happy! I am so thankful for my friends for putting it together!

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Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

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