Published Nov 24, 2022 by Rick Cundiff
It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to things we’re thankful for. Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to celebrate the good things that have happened in the past 12 months.
Some years are easier to celebrate than others, of course. Between the economy, the ongoing pandemic, political upheaval and the challenges of everyday life, it can be difficult sometimes to find something to be grateful for.
Nonetheless, most of us are able to gather with family and friends and commemorate Thanksgiving in our own way. Between feast, football and family, we manage to enjoy our traditions.
Yet we don’t have to confine ourselves to just one day of thankfulness. Studies have shown that a little bit of gratitude every day can go a long way toward general happiness and well-being.
If we focus on small things rather than the big picture, it’s pretty easy to find something to be grateful for every day. It can be anything from that first cup of coffee in the morning, a clear day for a walk at lunchtime, or even a dog or cat curled up beside you on the couch. If you look hard enough, there’s most likely some little something that makes your day just a bit better.
And once you find that something, why not celebrate it in a permanent way? Custom patches are ideal for announcing your thoughts to the world. An embroidered patch can tell the world about your love of Barry Manilow songs. Slap it on your backpack or jacket and you’re good to go.
Ok, fine, maybe Manilow is too much. Celebrate that morning coffee with an “I (heart) coffee” patch! Sew it onto a jacket, or give it a Velcro® backing to transfer between uniform shirts. Military morale patches are an excellent example of this. The hook-and-loop fastener makes them easy to put on, easy to take off.
Let’s say you’re in a band and music makes you happy. Would selling merch – custom patches – make you even happier? Why not find out? Patches are an easy, affordable way to announce your passions, great or small, to the world.
Sure, you might not think of patches as a common way to promote what matters to you, but there’s no reason not to. They’re affordable, colorful and can celebrate or promote whatever you like. You could even fill the back of a jacket or vest with all the things you’re grateful for. Wear your gratitude wherever you go!
If that’s a bit too outgoing for you, consider this. Your book club, chorus, choir, amateur sports league or anything else that makes you happy could have their own custom patches. Let people know who you are.
A well-designed patch for your knitting circle, for example, could help bring more people into your group. If it’s a closed group, patches can identify your members. Just put a patch on your jacket or sweater. That way, everyone is sure to know you don’t mess with the Knittin' Kittens.
Seriously, in this season, take time to count your blessings. You’re likely to find more of them than you think. And if you want to tell the world, well, we’re here to help you design beautiful patches to tell the universe about them.