21 Jan '13, 3pm

What does @houseofwhimsy have against motivational messages on products? Some are...ill-timed.

What does @houseofwhimsy have against motivational messages on products? Some are...ill-timed.

Don't get me wrong--I love finding a nice message on the inside of my chocolate wrapper, or a positive aphorism on the label of an herbal tea when I'm taking a break and seeking a bit of relaxation in my day. And everyone loves finding out what's inside a fortune cookie at the end of their Chinese take-out meal. So why do I get so annoyed by these other little inspirational tidbits? Perhaps it's just because they seem to suggest the opposite of how I'm feeling when I use these products. For a cough drop, how about, "Sorry you're feeling crappy. Perhaps a nice cup of tea would help," or perhaps "Coughing is no fun. Try to be patient--your immune system is working as hard as it can." Or for the feminine hygiene product, "Take a deep breath" or "Have a piece of chocolate--you deserve it." One of my co-workers suggested the very apt "Try not to kill anyone today." A bit of sym...

Full article: http://www.needcoffee.com/2013/01/21/motivational-product...

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