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    Posted February 26, 2014 by
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    The Power - And Virality - of Genuine Gratitude

     
    If you've been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you may have missed the amazing story of a young man who became an overnight YouTube sensation. And when I say "overnight" - I literally mean overnight.

    Recently, a post was made on Reddit entitled "Incredibly enthusiastic, weird kid makes a video celebrating getting 1 YouTube like. Would be funny to get him a few subs and see his reaction." The post linked to a video uploaded by "Sir Fedora":

    As the title suggests, in the video, "Sir Fedora" expresses such youthful exuberance and genuine joy over the fact that one person clicked the "like" button on his previous YouTube submission, and hopes that he might get 3-5 likes.

    The online community's reaction was swift and, for the most part, sincere. In less than 24 hours, his video received over 500,000 views, 75,000 "likes," and his YouTube channel currently has over 60,000 subscribers - numbers that many YouTubers would kill for.

    Viral videos have been around since the dawn of YouTube, and some might say they're a bit passe. But this one struck a chord with people, resonated in such a universal way, that I felt compelled to comment on it.

    Boiling it down to its essence, the video is the ultimate expression of gratitude for even the smallest of gifts. One "like" on YouTube made this kid's day, and he wasn't shy about sharing his complete and utter joy for the world to see. When was the last time you actually expressed this type of childlike exuberance?

    As I witnessed this phenomenon unfold over the course of a day, I was struck by the response of the many posters on both Reddit and YouTube - mostly very positive and supportive. People across the globe were reminded of the incredible power of genuine gratitude.

    For many, myself included, this video served as a wake-up call. Being grateful, even for the smallest of gifts, can instantly change your perspective. I think we all need to be reminded, from time to time, to never take anything for granted. One "like" on YouTube, one customer or client, one friend, one smile has the potential to change someone's life in a positive way. And I thank Sir Fedora for reminding me of this simple yet powerful fact.

    Need motivation or a "feel good" moment? I encourage everyone to watch Sir Fedora's video and remember that feeling of joy. It's contagious!

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