President Obama surprises couple at their wedding

Who better to crash your wedding than the President of The United States?!  Hard to believe?  Well this is what happened to Jon and Sayli Gibbs during their wedding in 2012.

Jon and Sayli were all ready to tie the knot at the Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa on September 1st.  One week before their big day, the couple was informed that President Barack Obama was going to hold a last-minute rally at the same place on the same day!

Luckily, the President's large rally ended an hour before the wedding.  The crowd cleared out and made way for the bride and groom.  Jon and Sayli were incredibly surprised to receive a handwritten note from the busiest man on the planet and several presidential gifts.

The note read: "Congratulations on the wedding! Michelle and I wish you a great life together! - Barack Obama"

The gifts included a silver cup, silver tray, and a bag with the official seal of the President.

Now that is a gift and day that this couple will never forget!





Peace & Love,
Jon
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Gifts of Experience

Most of us remember that bright sunny day when we went soaring down the street feeling like a lion on a mission the very first time we rode a bicycle, and to this day the excitement caused by that simple memory is enough to produce a smile on countless faces. The bicycle might be but an old dust mobile in someone's garage today, but the memory of that experience and who it was shared with will never grow old.

In a season heavily influenced by gift giving, and receiving, it is easy to get caught up in the idea that gifts come in one shape, a box, and while these gifts can be much appreciated, the gift that keeps giving is always in the shape of an experience wrapped up in a memory.

In a recent study funded by the National Science Foundation and conducted by Cornell University’s professor of psychology Thomas Gilovich and Travis J. Carter, Ph. D. ’10, they found that happiness is much more permanent when it comes in the form of an experience, rather than a possession. They wrote that visual comparisons causes dissatisfaction, for instance, the first generation ipod was a great little gadget, which worked fine and was completely satisfying until the release of the new touch screens. Today’s culture is fueled by innovation and new ideas, and if the source of happiness is focused on tangible objects, happiness will be dependent upon its inevitable change, and thus almost impossible to maintain.
 
For all of the parents, grandparents, friends and families out there who are stressing over last minute Christmas, birthday, or Hanukkah shopping, relax and know that sometimes your time, and a good old-fashioned walk in the park, game of charades, trip to the beach or whatever exciting new or old adventures within reason and budget, will instill invaluable wrapped up memories in the minds of those you care for and who care for you.
 
Happy Holidays =)

 

~Asia

 

Reference:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/March10/GilovichHappy.html

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NFL star Andre Johnson gives at risk kids a shopping spree

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The man, the myth, the legend, Andre Johnson, is not only a big time superstar wide receiver for the Texans, but he also has a big heart.

Check out the size of that receipt in the picture! Have you even purchased that many items at Toys R Us?  He started the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation, a non-profit designed to give back to the community.  This foundation funded this shopping spree for 12 at risk kids, ages 8 to 16 selected by Child Protective Services.  These kids had 1 minute and 20 seconds to fill their carts with as many toys as they could.

"You hear a minute and twenty seconds, and you don't think that's a long time, but you'd be surprised by what these kids can put into their buckets," Johnson stated.

The kids picked toys out for themselves and people close to them.

Andre Johnson hosts several charity events, but he enjoys this one the most.  "I think it's probably the best one because you get to see the kids really enjoy it," he said. "That's what this season is about. It's something I look forward to. The kids are happy, they get what they want for Christmas, and that's all that matters."

After the Toys R Us extravaganza, he teamed up with the Houston Police Department's Blue Santa program to give gifts to 800 kids at Bastian Elementary School.

Johnson has been in their shoes before and does not forget his roots.  "I grew up in a single-parent home and I was fortunate to achieve my goals," he said. "So, whatever goals you have, just keep them out in front of you, don't let anybody distract you away from them, because there will be distractions that try to detour you away from your goals. That's the biggest thing."

Peace & Love,
Jon
The Good World News

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