Give the gift of a lifetime by using #TributeYourMentor this Janurary

January is National Mentoring Month, and Tribute is celebrating by inviting you to tell us about the mentors in your life.

Follow us on social media (@wetribute) and use #TributeYourMentor for the chance to win free Tributes for the person of your choosing!

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Who’s had the most fundamental impact on who you are as an individual? Is it a parent, coach, teacher, sibling, or someone unexpected? Tell us about them; they deserve to be recognized!

Open and authentic gratitude is powerful. Imagine watching a video of your friends and loved ones telling you how much you mean to them. Now imagine giving that gift to the most important mentor in your life.

If anyone deserves the Most Meaningful Gift on Earth, it’s the people who go out of their way nurture the success and well-being of others (particularly those in their youth).

Where would you be without the person who’s shaped you the most?

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60 Seconds a Day Can Make You 25% Happier

Yes, 60-seconds, that’s all it takes –along with a little bit of thought.

This week Andrew published a blog post on Medium about his experience with gratitude meditation and how it changed his life.

Here are the basics.

Take a minute to try this, it’s simple. Really, really simple.

Gratitude meditation — when you wake up and when you go to bed.

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That’s it. You just “meditated” in less than 60 seconds.

Each one of us sets out to live our lives encompassed in the values that make us who we are. But we often get lost. We set goals for ourselves baed on what others want from us–what society wants from us.

One thing most of us have in common is that we all cherish our happiness. What meditation does is it brings our focus back to what we truly want, and what makes us who we are.

But to take time meditate everyday, is that really necessary? YES.

One of Andrew’s favorite quotes is “you are not what you do, you are what you do consistently.”

By that he means the habits we commit to are what truly make us who we are. So if you want to be a happier, more positive and mindful person, you need to actively take the time to put things in perspective and take control over your mindset.

And let’s be honest, this gratitude meditation is so easy, there’s no making excuses as to why you can’t fit it into your schedule.

Andrew’s article already has thousands of readers on Medium and is going viral, so don’t miss out! Read the full article here.

Gratitude makes you happier, its science!

What makes you happy? Think about it. Spending time with family? Finding a little extra cash? Eating a bowl full of cookie dough?

Did you know that one of the greatest overall contributing factors to your happiness is how much gratitude you show? Seriously, it’s been scientifically proven by psychologists!

Don’t believe us? Soul Pancake explains it best through their simple study. Watch the full video below!

Don’t wait to let the ones you love know how important they are to you.

Don’t worry you thank us later, and according to this study, it may even make you feel a little better!

Meditation for the Masses

 

Last week we joined 2,000 other mindful New Yorkers at SummerStage Central Park for a 20-minute group meditation, sound bath, and live musical performances hosted by The Big Quiet.

We were so honored to join a bunch of uber-cool wellness brands like Thinx, Sky Ting Yoga, Outdoor Voices, and MNDFL to be featured at the event. We brought along our Tribute booth and captured individual testimonials from attendees who ranged from life-long meditators to first timers checking it out for fun.

Meditation involves more than sitting silently. It involves breathing, listening, acknowledging your thinking and then, letting go. Most importantly meditation is what you make of it, and The Big Quiet offers just that. It’s a you-do-you kind of meditation. So you can count your breaths, lay down, sit up straight, repeat a mantra, whatever brings you peace is good to go (as long as it’s quiet!)

Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School conducted scientific studies to test the health benefits of meditation and determined that meditation could be used successfully in treating physiological problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and migraine headaches, as well as autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and arthritis. It’s also known to improve our happiness by up to 25%.

Andrew even got his 15 seconds when he was featured in an article for Well+Good on meditation techniques. This was his tip:

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 1.49.36 PM.png“Rather than finding new time to meditate, leverage the time you have—like on your daily commute. Whether you’re on a train or have some sort of waiting time between two things, just replace the time you would spend on your phone and sit with your eyes closed—just count your breath for whatever that time is. Don’t even think of it as meditation, just allow yourself to be still for those few minutes. You don’t have to make it a big thing but the second you sit and count 10 breaths, that’s all you think about, you’ll understand how it makes you feel. Once you feel it, it’s hard to stop doing it.”

Find all the tips, tricks, and hacks in the full article here.

If you have an event coming up and would like us to be a part of it, don’t hesitate to contact us at support@tribute.co to book your very own Tribute booth!

 

Tribute Booth @ The Big Quiet to promote Meditation

On Wednesday July 13th we’re bringing our Tribune booth out to SummerStage Central Park for a mass meditation party with The Big Quiet.

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The Big Quiet is a mass meditation movement that hosts giant moments of silence in unique spaces and places for people with any level of meditation experience. Their mass meditation and sound bath in Central Park will include 2,000 people along with fun performances such as acapella R&B groups, indie vocalists, loop-station violinists, solo pianists and more.

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Make sure to check out the Bazaar where we’ll have our one-of-a-kind Tribute booth alongside some other amazing companies like Outdoor Voices, Thinx, MDFL, Sky Ting Yoga, and Sweetgreen.

Our Tribute booth is an updated (and less expensive) take on the time-tested photo booth. Rather than just silly photos, attendees have an opportunity to share a heartfelt message or story at the event. Our team collects the high-quality footage and creates a timeless Tribute highlight reel of the best testimonials.

Check out this awesome highlight reel we created for Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) using Tribute booth for one of their leadership events:

If you want to join in on the (quiet) fun, join the facebook event page or invite people you love with #thebigquiet. You can also buy tickets here.

We hope to see you there!

HRC Releases a Heartbreaking Tribute

Orlando is more than a vacation destination. Orlando is these divided states, these people. Orlando is us.

On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and 53 wounded at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman, and the deadliest incident of violence against the LGBT community in US history.

In response, Human Rights Campaign has released a beautiful 18-minute Tribute directed by Emmy Award-winning Ryan Murphy and Ned Martel. With the support of their colleagues, the video features a diverse cast of 49 actors, directors and other entertainment leaders recounting individual stories of the people killed.

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“The 49 heroes who lost their lives on June 12 were brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors, boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives. They were mostly young and mostly Latinx. But above all, they were human beings who were loved, and who had hopes and dreams for long, full lives,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.

You can watch the full HRC Tribute video below:

Here at Tribute we were incredibly moved by this video and send our love to the families and friends of each and every Orlando victim.