The Notion of Achieving Happiness

April 5, 2013 by  Top Drawer Creative

It turned out to be the most perfect event; show; installation (all of these things), to bring our creative team to. We’re always looking for different or absurd or mind-bending things to experience, and we found quite a bit of it at The Happy Show. There were a lot of things to think about, not the least of which was the first thing that greeted us in the elevator. What was that again? “There are moral reasons to not have children.” Really? That didn’t come from a happy place. Hmmm… certainly words to think about. Stefan Sagmeister: thank you for being so introverted and not so happy. We got big thoughts coming out of that show.

Just keep telling yourself.


Can you buy it? Only to a point.


Can you draw it? Some of us can.


“I should do this. I should do that.”
Creativity without any preconceived notion of what people want to see.
It’s unconfined freedom.


Go ahead, make yourself uncomfortable. Talk to a stranger.

Is happiness having purpose?


Take a gumball. This didn’t work for me, by the way–not at all. But I did asked the guy that got one from 9 to get one for me and he did!

I talked to a stranger – made me happy!

 – Rachael


Stefan Sagmeister created The Happy Show and brought it to Toronto’s Design Exchange. Visitors were allowed to take photographs.  The Happy Show is now open in Los Angeles, at the Pacific Design Center.


Practicing the Art of Influence: Riding to Save Lives

April 4, 2013 by  Top Drawer Creative

Ever worked on a big puzzle? Where to begin? Are all of the pieces there? Committing to doing it is sometimes daunting. Really, it doesn’t matter where you start or how you get to the end; what matters is that you accept the challenge and you do what you can to persevere and complete it. Here at TDC, one of the challenges that we’ve accepted for 2013 is putting together a successful Ride for Heart team to raise much-needed dollars for the Heart and Stroke Foundation to use to save lives. And we’re a piece of a much larger puzzle.

Dollars we raise are funding researchers whose findings put practices in place that actually save lives. Life-saving items, such as defibrillators (AEDs), have been placed in schools and arenas. Educational programs teach people what to do to save a neighbour, a parent, a child–a fellow human being. There are ground-breaking medical procedures that didn’t exist as little as 10 years ago; someone, perhaps a father, who would have otherwise died, can now go on a bike-ride with his son.

On June 2, 2013, at least 10 of us will be riding our bikes on the Gardiner Expressway and the DVP, not only to raise money for this worthy cause, but because we value living active, healthy lifestyles. Riding a bike is a great way to keep fit. For some of our TDC RFH team members, this year’s ride will be a milestone that marks achievement of weight loss goals, increased energy levels, improved muscle and joint health, and cardiovascular healthiness!

Follow our training. Join our team. Fundraise with us. Look after your health.

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