“Individuals often withhold help because they are uncertain about whether beneficiaries will appreciate their assistance. Expressions of gratitude can signify that a beneficiary values, needs, and accepts one’s assistance. Previous research has shown that grateful feelings enable people to savour positive experiences, cope with stress, and strengthen social relationships. A disposition toward gratitude is also associated with higher levels of subjective well-being, demonstrating that counting one’s blessings can increase positive emotions and health”, Francis Flynn, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Stanford. Appreciation is one of life’s great motivators, when we take the time to let people know that we value them, it naturally inspires them to continue doing even more. Gratitude is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving and I hope you all realise that each image you create, and each artist that we feature, enables this process to multiply. Emotions can cloud our judgements and influence our decisions when triggered by a situation at hand, it is of course also possible for emotions triggered by one event to spill over and affect another, unrelated situation. Here at TheAppWhisperer HQ, we are well versed in this, ‘linger longer’ as our dear friend and artist Carolyn Hall Young advocated throughout her life. We each have a choice in our decisions, however complex, objectively and thoroughly. This weeks Mobile Photography and Art showcase is bursting with high end creativity. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose”, Steve Jobs. For many of us who have stared death in the face too many times, it is important to remember disinhibition can be a good thing, sometimes feeling anonymous frees some people to be dishonest, for others, it frees them to perform at their very best.
Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week:
before.1st.light (Jane Schultz), Louise Whiting, Amanda Parker, Eliza Badoiu, SirNick, Jun Yamaguchi, Kim Martino, Lorenka Campos, Marguerite Khoury, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Kate Zari Roberts, Mimi Svanberg, woltarise, Damian De Souza, Dieuwke Geervliet, Hanni K, Francesco Sambati, Melissa David, Trish, Susan Mazwell Schmidt, BlemishedEye – David Booker, Allyson Marie, Sara Augenbraun, borisbschulz2009, Poetic Medium, p.a. hamel, Paul Yan, rorofot, Lorenka Campos, Damian De Souza, Gianluca Ricoveri, Gina Costa, Susan Rennie, Hotel Midnight – Deborah McMillion, Clint Cline, Patricia Januszkiewicz, Catherine Caddigan, Barbara Nebel, Aylin Argun.