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

Gratitude Stories: Mimi’s 50th Birthday

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

Richard (Husband): It was her 50th birthday and I wanted her to know how much she was loved and appreciated.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Richard: Her love and unselfishness!

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

Richard: It was after her birthday dinner with myself and our kids.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Richard: Happiness and lots of tears.

How did this make you personally feel?

Richard: Proud to be her husband!

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

Richard: She was quite surprised and humbled.

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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

Gratitude Stories: Bonda’s 50th Birthday

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

Paul (Husband): It’s definitely a good idea for her to receive a tribute because she deserves it. She deserves to know how much she’s loved. The same way how much she cares for and does for her family and friends

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Paul (Husband): My favorite thing about Bonda is that she’s my wife. She’s an amazing person and every single day I become more in love with her.

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

Paul (Husband): The circumstance when she received the Tribute was during the surprise birthday party at her favorite restaurant, it was the day before her birthday.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Paul (Husband): The reaction was priceless, she loved every bit of it. She was surprised and was very emotional while watching it.

How did this make you personally feel?

Paul (Husband): It personally made me feel happy, at the same time was also very emotional. Seeing her happy is what makes me happy.

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

Paul (Husband): She was speechless and I saw how much she loved it. This was the best gift because not only was she surprised, she was very happy.

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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.

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

Gratitude Stories: Maura’s 24th Birthday

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.”

   – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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For this week’s #GratitudeStory we’re thrilled to introduce Peggy and her daughter Maura. Yet another awesome teacher gets the credit she truly deserves. Teachers are often the unsung heroes and we are here to help change that.

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

Peggy (Mother): She moved to Shanghai, China, to work. The first few months of being so far away from family and friends can be difficult. We wanted her to know that we all love her and miss her.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Peggy: My favorite thing about Maura, my daughter is her energy for a lifetime and learning and accepting new challenges that come her way.

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

Peggy: We sent out the link via an email newsletter, placed it on our website, did paid advertising on Facebook, bought a 1/2 full-color ad in the local newspaper, announced it during a televised Selectboard meeting, and made a display in the Library.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Peggy: I received a tearful, grateful thank you via WeChat, and that was for all her family and friends who contributed to her Birthday Tribute.

How did this make you personally feel?

Peggy: I was thrilled that the Tribute allowed my daughter to know she was remembered and always will be remembered and loved no matter where she is living.

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

Peggy: “I’m crying right now!!!!  Thank you, Mama … I  loved it sooooo much! How did you end up organizing all that?”

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tribute-lineGratitude 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.

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

Gratitude Stories: Grace’s Graduation

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

– Melody Beattie

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For this week’s Gratitude Story, we’re excited to introduce Christine and her best friend Grace. Christine reached out to us to help create an amazing graduation gift before she enters her next chapter as a teacher. “We know how great you are and will be in this profession.” – Christine

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

Christine (Best friend): A lot of her friends and family have moved away, so this was a great way to remind her how proud we are of her, no matter how far away.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Christine: My favorite thing about this person is her hard work and most of all her contagious laugh.

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

Christine: She was about to leave her house to go to her actual Graduation ceremony; wearing her cap n gown n all.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Christine: We prepared this tribute for her and I knew from the moment we were creating it that she’ll be in tears. Well, she cried 🙂

How did this make you personally feel?

Christine: Like I helped create something that she could look back on for the rest of her life and make her smile. I created a guaranteed smiled. 🙂

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

Christine: She absolutely loved it. She said she’s rewatched it multiple times, including the morning of her first day at her real job.

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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.

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

Gratitude Stories: Joe’s 52nd Birthday

“Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.”  

– Joseph B. Wirthlin

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This week, we’re psyched to introduce Suzanne and her husband Joe. Joe is quite the family man and it’s great hearing him get the love and praise he deserves.tribute-line

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

Suzanne (Wife): At this point in our lives we really don’t need any more material “stuff.”  I wanted to give a gift that would have meaning and create a lasting memory.  I also love the fact that the Tribute video can be viewed at anytime as it will be fun to watch it again in the future and re-live the memory.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Suzanne: Joe is the most caring and giving person I know.  He always puts his family first.  He is a true friend and an amazing husband.

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

Suzanne: It was my husband’s 52nd birthday and we surprised him with the Tribute video.  After dinner we wanted to watch a movie so I turned on our Apple TV and instead of starting the movie I went to YouTube to bring up the video – he was so surprised and very emotional as we watched the 20-minute Tribute.  It was great viewing it on the TV.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Suzanne: We all had a great time watching the Tribute.  Most of his family lives out of town so the fact that everyone had sent in a brief message was very cool and definitely made my husband feel loved and appreciated.  Lots of laughs and a few tears!

How did this make you personally feel?

Suzanne: I was thrilled with the end result and very happy I could almost effortlessly put together such a special and memorable gift.  The entire process was really fun and I especially loved viewing the videos as they came in.

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

Suzanne: My husband felt very loved!  I think he was very surprised by how much he truly means to all of his family and friends.

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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.

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

Gratitude Stories: Andrew’s 16th Birthday

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have ignited the flame within us.”

– Albert Schweitzer

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For this week’s Gratitude Story, we’re delighted to introduce Sharon and her son Andrew. Sharon reached out to us to help make her son’s 16th birthday something special… “Andrew, you have this big heart and you can light up any room.” – Sharon

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

To start off, Tribute gave him the opportunity to see how much he means to everyone.  It was a great way for everyone around him to reflect on what he means to them also! And that is the most amazing thing.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Andrew has a loving heart, he is not only loved by me but by a lot of people. Andrew is an amazing well-rounded young man!

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

We had his friends over, after a birthday dinner and played it for them.  We also played it for family gatherings for his birthday.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

He was surprised and loved it.  I wasn’t sure if he would appreciate but I think it meant a lot to him.  Everyone enjoyed seeing how everyone contributed in their own unique way.

How did this make you personally feel?

I provided a gift that money can’t buy.  ❤ It meant the world to me to see what he means to everyone.  I never realized he had such a sense of humor!

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

Andrew loves the little things in life. I knew that making a Tribute for him would be one of the best things he’ll ever receive and that’s exactly what happened. He was so happy. He enjoyed seeing what everyone thought of him.  He was really surprised.

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tribute-lineGratitude 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.

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