This week Awesome Stories brings you diving therapy, dog therapy, creating happiness and compassion.
Jim Elliott started Diveheart after he saw how much impact learning to skate made with his blind daughter. Diveheart offers scuba diving for people with disabilities. Many of their clients are paralyzed and live with pain. Their mission is to instill confidence and build esteem through diving and adventure related activities. Diving not only gives them a sense of confidence, mobility, and freedom, but can also relieve their pain for days or weeks at a time. Watch the video below to learn more.
Measuring What’s Important
Chip Conley makes a great case for measuring what’s important in our personal and business lives. When his business went through a hard time, he wanted to figure out what was important to customers and staff. He spent time exploring models like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and decided that a similar model needed to be applied to organizations. By addressing the transformational needs of his employees and measuring the results, he found interesting correlations. When his staff is happier, they stay longer, perform better, treat customers better and ultimately the business thrives too. Much like the King of Bhutan, he wants to create an “environment that fosters happiness” that is more about improving the quality of life than strictly making money. I hope this catches on for more organizations!
This dog sure proved to be man’s best friend. When Rafael Mantesso’s wife left him on his 30th birthday, she took everything from furniture to paintings and cookware. The only thing she left was their dog, Jimmy Choo, a bull terrier. The dog and blank walls inspired his muse to draw and take photos of Jimmy Choo around the apartment. The results are hilarious. Kudo’s to Rafael for making the most of a challenging situation and Jimmy Choo for truly being a best friend.
This young man is awesome! When 17-year-old Malyk Bonnet saw a couple fighting, he was convinced the man might hit the woman and wanted to help. He approached them and asked if he could help. The man asked for bus money and Malyk saw the fear in the woman’s eyes and decided to ride with them telling the man he lived in the same place they were going. Malyk made a plan to engage the man until he could notify the police. Unfortunately, his cell phone didn’t work, so he offered to buy them a meal, stayed with them and then went to find a phone. When he called the police, they responded very quickly because it turns out the man was already wanted by the police for assaulting the woman. The police, community and Mom consider Malyk a hero. He just wants to be a regular person. Beyond his courage and kindness, I’m amazed at his quick thinking.
May we all care enough to engage the problems we see.