“The Golden Sunnys” is a free online appreciation event and initiative.
Its purpose is both the grateful acknowledgment of social media friends whose posts consistently delight, inspire, and model the best of our shared humanity, as well as encourage more prosocial behaviors.
WHAT ARE PROSOCIAL BEHAVIORS?
In essence, they are positive behaviors and interactions we choose to engage in with others. They fall into these general categories:
- helping behaviors
- sharing behaviors
- comforting behaviors
Although prosocial behaviors are wired in each of us, we typically reserve them for people we deem as safe or whom we "think" share similar thoughts and opinions.
In contrast, antisocial behaviors are chosen behaviors designed to ridicule, shame, and undermine others. This "othering" of sorts is a very real function and aspect of being a human being, but it is not only limited, but it limits us.
THE IDEA FOR "THE GOLDEN SUNNY"
I credit the original creative fuel for "The Golden Sunny" to my prima-hermana, Marta Sotomayor who first brought the sunflower and its powerful folklore into my awareness.
Secondly, this notion was also inspired by the numerous online friends whose posts "move me" (emotionally and spiritually). Often times, I'll read something, whether funny or profound, and simply step away to reflect further on our shared humanity. So many times, I'm unable to respond, or like something, but so many of the posts stay with me and inspire me!
Lastly, as someone who taught social marketing (the application of marketing principles to promote the good) for over 10 years, this initiative is right up my "life and professional alley", as they say.
CO-CREATING THE GOOD
Most of us understand that social media can be used for "evil" (to confuse and separate), or for the "good" (to support and unite). We all have a choice; with every post, click, share, like, or hurtful word published, we make choices. What we chose to focus our energy on is what we value. What do you value?
Because digital environments and social media in particular is such an important aspect of our lives, "The Golden Sunnys" aim to recognize "goodness and kindness" through these types of posts:
This initiative/campaign is in effect from now until the Thanksgiving holiday; a time of reflection and appreciation.
Whether you're inspired to acknowledge someone through one of the categories listed above, or for your own personal reasons, this is a time for collective appreciation and kind support.
INDIVIDUAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (Public or Privately)
If you wish to acknowledge your appreciation individually, you may simply use any of the "free to use graphics" below and either send it to them (via the means you typically communicate with them), or post on your wall with their name.
If you wish to acknowledge a number of friends all at once, you may simply name the category (or reason) and name them or tag them (depending on the platform). For example:
I would like to recognize the following individuals with a "Golden Sunny";
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