Life Is Good

By Kristen Johnson

A company that believes in spreading optimism? Buying products knowing that a portion goes to help kids in need? What’s not to love?

Life is Good is a super neat company that encompasses spreading that wonderful optimism and helping kids. I love their #GROWthegood campaign which encourages people to post things on Twitter and Instagram about something good that happened in their days. What a novel concept – skip the posts about being stuck in traffic and the mean-spirited memes about whatever politician you happen to hate. Why not post something positive and encourge others to do the same?

Having a bad day? Look no further than the “hub of optimism” link for stories that will uplift you. It’s filled with stories of people who do courageous things, who help others, and those heoes who help others for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do. I spent just a few minutes on the site and felt uplifted for a week.  See here:

In addition to positive messages, the site has a store where you can buy products that advertise your new positive message. Although spreading a positive message is a good enough goal, you can also rejoice that 10% of proceeds from sales go to children in need. I sent a message to the company to find out how their products are manufactured in advance of purchasing anything. (Obviously I don’t want to start spreading a positive message of optimism while simultaneously infringing on someone else’s rights in a sweatshop overseas.) Unfortunately, their items are not manufactured in the U.S. But, they are meeting Fair Labor Standards and that’s always a win. Here is a little excerpt of what the company had to say on the subject:

Our global business partners are contractually bound by our formal Code of Conduct that addresses a full set of safety, human rights, and worker’s rights issues. Our agreements include the provision that our global business partners shall provide Life is good or its agents and representatives full access to all facilities for the purpose of inspecting for compliance. Further, in the past two years, our founders and owners, as well as members of our management team, have personally visited our factories in South America and in Asia.  Remaining vigilant in this area is a business priority. It is also totally in keeping with our company’s core message and our strong personal convictions.  

If you would like to join in a message of optimism and positivity, post a feel-good message on social media and wear a super coold shirt spreading message. To purchase fun items, made with consideration for worker’s rights, see the shop link at:

Special thanks to Life Is Good for your message of positivity. Thank you also for considering worker’s rights in your products and for raising funds for children’s causes. You are doing it right!

Psalm 32:11 (NRSV): Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Serve all with love.

Photo courtesy of: stock



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