Linda Hamilton

Director and Developer, www.thanknest.com
Sydney, Australia

About Linda

Bio

Dr Linda Hamilton - I am the Director and Developer of www.thanknest.com, which is all about spreading thanks across the world. I started developing thanknest back in 2010 and one and a half years later, in February 2012, I went public with thanknest. I dedicated my first letter to Oprah and since then, have been sending thanks all around the world. I have also completed a PhD in Psychology and have used my knowledge to develop this positive, value-driven website.

An idea worth spreading

Professor Sherry Turkle discussed the ways in which technology is making us feel more and more disconnected. People go on social networking sites to seek validation for what they believe, say, or do. But what we really want is to feel truly valued as a person. What if social networking allowed us to feel truly valued again?

The good news... it can. I developed www.thanknest.com to offer people a place where they could truly appreciate others. What I have found is that when people are appreciated with a sincere and specific thanks, they feel truly valued as a person and want to spend more real-life time with the person who is thanking them. They say "let's get together", "let's catch up", and "let's get coffee". When people spread their thanks on www.thanknest.com, this opens avenues for them to have more purposeful, meaningful, and trustful relationships with others because it allows them to feel truly valued again.

I'm passionate about

www.thanknest.com - because giving thanks is one of the most important ways of letting someone know how much you appreciate them. It allows them to feel truly valued, and makes you feel good too.

Comments & conversations

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Linda Hamilton
Posted almost 2 years ago
What are you doing & what were the turning points in your life that led you there?
Wow, thank you for sharing your story. You sound truly courageous... that would have been incredibly difficult to leave your abusive husband. You have done an amazing thing & I admire you for taking the step to do so, for you and for your kids. Don't ever doubt yourself, even for a second - you are such a strong woman & your kids will definitely see that too. I wish you and your family a future of happiness, health, & freedom.
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Linda Hamilton
Posted almost 2 years ago
Is it possible for us to use social networking, that which makes us feel so disconnected, to reconnect again?
Thank you for sharing Feyisayo. Yes, human contact is so iimportant... this is, as you say, because social networks are prone to pretending or presenting your ideal self! We have the time online to read something, think about what to say, & then write it in some cases better (& more succinctly) than we would probably say it. Meeting in real life determines whether a relationship can go to the next level... are they in real life who they claim to be online? If yes, then a wonderful relationship can follow. Good relationships can be built & maintained online - but great relationships are fostered through real life interaction.
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Linda Hamilton
Posted almost 2 years ago
Is it possible for us to use social networking, that which makes us feel so disconnected, to reconnect again?
Thank you for sharing Lars, I definitely see your point. For the majority of online networks, they are not real networks, they are numbers... but it's for those others that we stay connected. Those people who lift you up, who you lift up, who value you, & you value them make you want to further your online & offline relationship with them - to show them your flaws & know that you will not be judged. Yes I agree that you may discover upon meeting an online friend that you do not get along well after all !!And then on the flip side, many true & wholesome relationships have been formed through meeting initially online. I have many friends who have for example, married, or are together with someone they met online (& they are still together after many many years - longer than others who met in real life). They connected online over common ground, and found that their real life selves were as common as their online selves (& both were sincere real people). And yes, I have to agree - most contacts are just like chatting with a stranger on a bus!! It is a fleeting discussion in time... or sometimes even being ignored! There are definitely negative sides to technology (& places that foster those negatives)... & then there are the positive sides as well (with some places helping to foster those positives). :)
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Linda Hamilton
Posted almost 2 years ago
Is it possible for us to use social networking, that which makes us feel so disconnected, to reconnect again?
Cool name! I just checked it out... it is a great concept. I have joined - what I would like to see is that I can connect to people internationally as well as to people in my city. Someone in another country would be able to create a video for my purposes if it is a broad concept (e.g., saying thanks!)...particularly at the beginning when you may have 100 members who are unable to connect with each other because they are all from different cities. I look forward to watching your site grow & I think charities/schools/colleges would love this idea too... once you have some videos added it will start to spread well. I wish you mcuh success Btw - let me know what you think of my site!
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Linda Hamilton
Posted almost 2 years ago
Is it possible for us to use social networking, that which makes us feel so disconnected, to reconnect again?
Thank you for your input Steven. I agree, nothing replaces human interaction... to see their smile, to hear their laugh, to see their facial expressions when you engage, to hear them talk, & to see their eyes - when you meet someone you connect with online, you want to spend your real life time (your precious time) with them. When you find people who you can do this with, you make a real connection & add value into your life. Thank you for sharing... can I ask, will this be the first time you meet someone in real life who you have met online?
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Linda Hamilton
Posted almost 2 years ago
Is it possible for us to use social networking, that which makes us feel so disconnected, to reconnect again?
Thank you for sharing James - yes, you are right... it is not possible to spend time with 1000+ friends... Dunbar's number suggests between 100 & 230 is about the limit - http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/mar/14/my-bright-idea-robin-dunbar Lol, yes ironic isn't it - & I agree with you - social networking is a tool which can be used to connect people - many of whom would never have had the chance to connect if it were not for this tool (e.g., specialist groups from around the world connecting via a common interest). What do you do to use this tool in the 'correct' sense?