One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understoodLucius Annaeus Seneca
At FerratumBank, we understand that money can be the key that opens doors, enabling people to say yes to opportunities and to seize the day.
That's why last year we decided to run a contest called Outdo Yourself where we asked people to share their goals and dreams with us. The purpose was to encourage people to share their goals with others and to help make people's dream a reality.
To participate in the Outdo Yourself contest, entrants had to record a video of themselves explaining what their goal or dream was, why it was important to them, what was holding them back and how we could help them.
For some participants, they had a dream – an idea – but, for a number of reasons, had not been able to make a start on their dream. For others, they had started on their goal but needed help with the next steps or to break through.
We, in turn, offered winners a generous grant along with the mentorship they needed to help achieve their goal.
Sharing Your Goals With Others
It was an incredible feeling to receive all the videos we did and incredible to have had so many people share their dreams goals with us and others.
From all the videos we received, we then had the challenge of selecting just three winners who we would award with a grant and mentorship.
After selecting our three winners, we quickly realised that given all the momentum around the contest, all the videos deserved to be shared again.
One of the videos we received was from Britt and Sylvi - best friends, roommates and surf buddies from Amsterdam. In addition to their shared passion for surfing, they also share a passion for singer/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter.
Their biggest dream is to go on a surfing trip to Hawaii and attend a concert by Donavon Frankenreiter.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.Henry Ford
Studies have shown that sharing positive experiences with others increases our levels of happiness and that the relationships we cultivate can have a profound effect on our wellbeing.
In the case of Britt and Sylvi, travelling together, surfing together, and attending a concert together create positive emotions, shared experience, and long-lasting positive memories.
The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships carried out a number of studies, which examined the relationship between sharing positive experiences. The studies demonstrated that sharing the positive experience heightened its impact on positive effect.
The fact is life is better when shared with others The 2013 World Happiness Report, found that happier people have a larger quantity and better quality of friendships and family relationships.
Additionally, studies have shown that anytime we incorporate other people into our goals, we are likely to experience higher levels of wellbeing.
Just as Britt and Sylvi have demonstrated, our shared experiences, relationships, and working involving goals in our goals helps increase our happiness.
Stay tuned for more inspiring stories from Outdo Yourself next month.
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