Making a word play off parking “validation”, this video exemplifies the power of verbalizing your appreciation for people. Everyone loves to be validated and feel appreciated. A man working at a parking garage gives people parking validation and compliments. The validation man finally encounters one woman he cannot make smile which drastically changes his attitude. He continues to make the people around him smile ultimately meeting the life of his life.


  • How do you see the need for acceptance and validation in your school affect people’s actions and behaviors in school? What are some signs you can look for to spot this?
  • Why does the line for validation get so long?
  • How can you maintain a positive attitude amidst discouragement?
  • Describe the effects of spreading encouragement.

The Pursuit of Happyness: Subway Scene

In this scene Chris and his son Christopher are trying to figure where to sleep the night after losing their home. Their lives are completely changing for the worse it seems, yet they both manage to keep moving forward by working hard and using their imagination.

Everyday people are faced with challenges. Some are small, while others are life threatening. No matter what the situation is though, the way we look at it and how we react to it determines how it will end and whether it will positively affect the rest of our lives. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can choose how it will affect us. Perspective and attitude are everything.

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