Of "Lucky Bags," "Positive Psychology," and #postcardparapandemia

Updated: Feb 14, 2021

The Japanese Lucky Bag. Buyers purchase a set amount (ex. 1,000 yen, 3,000 yen, 5,000 yen, 10,000 yen) from the stores they like, and would receive "unknown" goodies from the brand, which should amount to the price they had paid for, or more. Happy Chinese New Year to all our Chinese friends! By Chinese tradition, customs followed through time have pointed us to charms, lucks, and different ways of doing things to keep the "bad luck" away from us. But seeing this #trending photo on the Internet saying "Store for Lucky Charms Got Bankrupt," and with the pandemic truly revealing that the #goodlife or #goodbusiness is never really dependent on what personal traditions we hold, perhaps this should set us to reflect.

Undetermined source. Credits to owner.

Self-help seems to be failing, too, because when circumstances are spiraling downward, no amount of #positivity can pull anybody up. Not positive thinking. Not optimism. Not self-talk. Even as a believer, I know how even religion can lead people to forced optimism without really acknowledging the problem, and without really taking time to address underlying issues. There is also a lot of science talk about having the #goodlife. Harvard's most popular course, taught by Tal Ben-Shahar, is on Positive Psychology, backed up by research. While it would take another article to dissect it, one of the key components his research talks about is on RELATIONSHIPS. Let us be clear: a RELATIONSHIP is different from membership. And the COVID pandemic may have just allowed us to really assess which relationships are worth keeping, and which ones have only been more of a social obligation. Some relationships have provided social acceptance; they've become comfort zones, when what we really need is social support, especially on trying times such as now.

It's interesting that Tal Ben-shahar has learned a lot about "happiness," growing up in Israel.

And while #GongXiFaCai is celebrated by Chinese friends, and the pursuit for happiness this New Year has resurged, I am reminded of the indisputable "charm against bad luck" the Israelites had used many years ago during The Passover. This animated video for kids is fun and factual, clearly showing how God had protected his people against all harm. In the end, it talks about the power of Passover, and how those who had the "blood of the lamb" (a.k.a. "charm against harm") were spared from that final pandemic. This has inspired us to launch #PostcardParaPandemia which runs from Chinese New Year to the Jewish Passover. So for 2021, starting Chinese New Year (February 12) until Jewish Passover (April 4), we're choosing 21 random people from our list (email list with home address) to receive #GoodWord post cards. Knowing how online burnout is real, and with social gathering impossible, we'd like to rediscover the power of connection, the old-fashioned way.

The next best thing to Postcards from Heaven is #PostCardParaPandemia

We've personally experienced the joy of giving and receiving a #GoodWord when we've least expected it. We know how good words and simple gifts can lift spirits, can lead us to spill tears of joy, and inspire us to "pass it on."

We, at the Good Company, are not expecting you to pay for the #GoodWord or that you send us back any postcard. We only hope that as we jumpstart the #GoodVibesMovement of sending and receiving good things through the #PostcardParaPandemia, you'd also be encouraged to pay it forward. Send a postcard to cheer up anyone you know, anyone you've lost in touch with, including that frenemy. As a thank you to your participation, and in celebration of the New Year in true Japanese fashion, we would also choose one "lucky" winner to receive a "lucky bag" with some handpicked products from our online shop (including the products we're about to upload). Connect with our Instagram and Facebook to subscribe to our email for the detailed mechanics.

"Fukubukuro" or the Japanese Lucky Bag

The #GoodVibesMovement is never about spiritual bypassing or fake positivity. It fact, it seeks to remind us to be quiet and to allow those bad feelings and difficult emotions to be dealt with. Pain demands to be felt. At the Good Company, we know how stillness is needed. And when ready to receive, we know, too, how a #GoodWord lets you see some hope and beauty, that jumpstarts a starting over.

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