Dear Facebook,

Dear Facebook,

Please, please, please make the “thankful” flower a permanent thing.

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I think this little flower emoji is so powerful.  We all need to be better about expressing gratitude.  There are so many things that go wrong in the world, so much unfairness, bad vibes and mistrust, that we NEED more gratitude in our daily lives to counterbalance all the toxicity and dross.  Since social media is so ubiquitous, especially Facebook, this little flower emoji, I think, could do a lot to elevate social media culture.   Gratitude is scientifically proven to reduce aggression, improve health and help self-esteem and mental strength.  

I actually started a petition about this.  Please check it out!

In Gratitude,

Kristin West

Take Action to Alleviate Hunger

I saw this petition on Change.org today and I had to sign it.

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Photo courtesy of Change.Org

One in five Americans go hungry and one reason that happens is because of waste.  There is no one culprit, though this petition specifically asks Albertson’s to take action.  It’s an attitude adjustment that we need to make toward “ugly produce”.  Food is food–whether it’s picture perfect or not.

It’s time to embrace the ugly produce so we can eradicate the ugly reality of hunger in our nation.  It’s time to embrace the ugly realities, so that we don’t place blame, but take action.