Thoroughly Thursday - the "Gratitude" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Gratitude Edition. As the only holiday that will always fall on TT, I feel it is my responsibility to wish you the best today. In an era of divisive politics, unpredictable weather, and mediocre movies about wizards, there are so many things for which to be thankful. Per Benedictine monk, brother David Steindl-Rast, happiness doesn’t lead to gratitude, gratitude leads to happiness (you can see his excellent TED talk here). For myself, I am genuinely thankful that you choose to be a part of Thoroughly Thursday each week. Happy Thanksgiving!
What I'm Reading - The Multitudes Responsible for Your Cup of Joe
This week, I’ve been reading Thanks a Thousand by human, self-experimenting machine A.J. Jacobs. Jacobs decided to thank everyone who contributed to making his cup of coffee that he bought every morning. Tapping the same vein as the iconic essay "I, Pencil," the process became much more extensive than you might expect.
From the farmworkers that picked the beans, to the woman who sprayed for bugs in the distribution warehouse, to the barista who handed his coffee to him, Jacobs eventually thanked a 1,000 people who were involved in this simple purchase. An amusing premise that becomes a hilarious meditation on the benefits of genuine gratitude (and, frankly, distribution channels), Jacobs' book makes clear not just how much goes into the simple elements of our life, but how lucky we are to have it.
What I’m Doing For Work - Yeah, I think I Would Be Stuck Inside Forever
TT-friends Chris and Tess have recently opened an entertainment experience in Chino Hills, CA called Xscape Pods. Featuring three original escape rooms of increasing difficulty, they are getting excellent reviews from escape room aficionados as well as everyday puzzle enthusiasts. This last week, I got to partner with them in the creation of a promo for their most challenging room, “Government Secrets," which you can see here.
What I’m Thinking About - Double Your Pleasure
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." - G.K. Chesterton
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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