In traditional Oprah style, the iconic and now retired daytime talkshow host wants you to help spread some gratitude across the world. Launched today, Oprah’s Thank You Game with the goal of spreading gratitude to a half billion people worldwide, starting in the U.S. and Canada, and then across the entire planet.
In her video message, Oprah says, “Join me, we’re going to see how one thank you can change the world“. The game is simple. After you thank someone, for any reason, go on Oprah.com or the Thank You Game on Facebook page and simply click the “I Said Thank You” button, and click “Yes” if you actually showed some gratitude toward someone.
An acknowledgment of your gratitude gets counted and becomes a part of graphical map showing how gratitude is spreading across first the United States and Canada, and then throughout the world.
In her video Oprah contends that showing gratitude is not only good for the person you thanked, but she says, “Gratitude even changes your brain, so you’re better able to see the good in other people“.
From a mathematical perspective, Oprah says your gratitude is contagious. Your thank you gets spread to 6 other people, and in turn 6 more people say thank you to someone they each know, and so on.
The meme includes a social network connection in which you can post to your Twitter or Facebook account that you just played the game. You can also copy and embed the Thank You Game Button on your own site.