Custom Coins Create Comradery

Recent studies have shown that belonging to a group is important to both our physical and mental health. When we belong to a group we tend to maintain better psychological health and are usually in better physical health. Some of the studies conducted created two groups: the first asked people to think about the groups they belonged to and the second asked people to think about the value of other people and help others had provided them. Then they asked both groups how much meaning they felt life had. The group which was asked to think about the groups they belonged to responded with a much higher value about the meaning of life.

It’s not really a surprise that these studies came out this way. If we look back through history we see that humanity has banded into groups since the time of hunter gatherers. Groups have always been an important part of society and will probably continue to be. One fun aspect about being in a club is having a small token that shows your membership. A good example of this small token is custom coins. Custom challenge coins have been employed by many groups for a long time. A challenge coin is a two sided coin that bears a logo or insignia of the organization its owner belongs to. The meaning behind calling it a ‘challenge coin’ is when people in the group want to reaffirm that each other belong to the same one, they can challenge each other. Then they reveal their coin and if they’re from the same group they will have the same coin.
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Another great aspect of belonging is the feeling that you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Many organizations and groups will last longer than our lifetime and have existed since before we were born. This gives us a link to past generations and to future generations. It helps us feel like there is more meaning in our lives, and often a group is a great place for finding support when we are in times of need. Many soldiers refer to other members of their squadrons and platoons as brothers because of the bonds they develop in the heat of battle. They look out for and care for each other. Be sure to find a group that values you, and find relationships that are high in quality, for that is more important than quantity.

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7 Ways to Keep Employees Happy and Motivated in 2015

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Perfect Pins for Any Purpose

Despite their sometimes understated nature, pins are a timeless accessory used by individuals from every background and companies of every shape and size. From sports logos and awareness campaigns to fashion and political statements, pins are a great way to convey your ideas. And at PinMart, we’ve got a pin for every need.

With over 2 million pins in stock and ready to ship, plus the option to have custom pins designed, you’ll find what you’re looking for at PinMart. We offer a wide range of pins for all occasions. Looking for custom lapel pins with your event or logo on it? Let us make a custom pin designed to fit your exact needs. Here are three of the most common types of pins that we sell:

Employee Appreciation – If you’re looking for a way to show your employees that you care, pins are a great way to send this message. Pins are an easy, yet effective way to showRCGJ1247 your employees that you recognize all the hard work they do. They are a form of positive reinforcement that encourages and motivates your workers to continue their efforts. Everyone loves to be appreciated, and a beautifully-designed pin shows your employees that they are valued at a  low cost.

Awareness/Support – Awareness pins keep the members of your organization identifiable, easy to find, and unified. You can show support for your preferred cause and add your logo for personalization. We have everything from trading pins to nursing pins, and anything we don’t have we can make! These make an especially smart item for events in which you are representing a business or non-profit. Whether it’sawareness pins for a charity walk or a job fair, your group will look good when wearing the same pins. This will also provide you with a simple way to find your coworkers or other participants if you get separated.

Holiday Cheer – Last but not least, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a fun, whimsical pin? We carry a complete line of Christmas pins, Santa pins, Valentine’s Day pins, Halloween pins, Saint Patrick’s Day pins and more! Pins make a great low-cost gift for friends, acquaintances, employees, and just about anyone you meet. Best of all, our holiday pins are priced to R644make the perfect inexpensive gift or party favor for friends and family.

If you’re looking for the perfect accessory for every purpose, there is no better option than a good pin! Browse our fabulous selection today!

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How awareness ribbons help us heal and hope

A lot of my day is spend discussing the dreams, goals, and the passions of my customers. Lapel pins are not a product like pencils, printer paper or file folders. They aren’t a necessity per say. When someone calls me to discuss a pin project, it’s a labor of love, whether that’s to recognize hard-working employees or to remember a fallen loved one with awareness ribbons. There’s sentiment in every pin order, and I’m always glad to be a part of that creative process. But rarely, if ever, does my involvement in a lapel pin last longer than the process of having it made. Then it goes out into the world and does its magic without me.

But sometimes the projects I help bring to life stay with me, and I stay with them, and those are the truly wonderful experiences that make my job one I love. One in particular deals with awareness ribbons. I received a call just about this time 2 years ago from a gentleman who was part of the community dealing with the horrifying, devastating loss of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They were victims of a school shooting, and it was a story that had sobered the entire country, especially so close to Christmas.

What started out as a way to help his community heal, especially the family of one the victims, has turned into something so much more. Little green awareness ribbons proclaiming “Remember Chase” have found their way all over the country, and all over the world, and from that response has grown a charity. This charity supports health and wellness programs aimed at young children, which is a reflection of the passions that Chase had for sports and teamwork. These little awareness ribbons have built not only a legacy for one little boy who’s life was cut short, but they’ve also built futures for other children; hope and promise that might otherwise not exist.

On top of that, the gentleman who instigated this whole thing has become a very dear friend to myself and the entire PinMart team. He even made the long trek from Connecticut to Chicago to thank us in person for our help with the pins. That is a day that none of us here at PinMart will ever forget.

I never met Chase, unfortunately, but I think of him every day. I think about  good that one little pin has done, in response to an act of senseless violence. I’ve been given my own sense of hope from this project, restored faith in humanity, and for that I’m grateful.

So as the 2nd anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings approaches, do all the things they tell you to do in response to situations like this: hug your kids, your loved ones, do something nice for a stranger, donate to a charity. And just remember, for all the horrible things that happen in this world, there’s a man like my friend out there to counteract that with love, hope, and lapel pins.

Visit the Chase Kowalski Fund to donate, educate, and participate.

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How to Honor Our Veterans

Each year, on November 11th, we honor all those who have served in the military. We honor and give thanks to those who have courageously fought to defend our nation and its freedoms – to those who live to tell the tale and those who have honorably perished in battle. While Veterans Day is a dignified day for remembrance and gratitude, honoring our Veterans should not be limited to one day a year. From all the struggles these men and women endured to all their acts of courage, it’s important that we honor them every day.
Here are some ways you can thank your Veterans for their service all year long:
• Say thank you  – If you see a veteran in uniform or wearing some sort of emblem that signifies he or she was in the military, then go out of your way to thank them. When you see a veteran at the airport or at the supermarket, simply walk up to them and say “thank you for your service.”  A simple thank you can go a long way. You can also express your gratitude by sending thank you letters and care packages to veterans.

• Help wounded veterans – According to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4 out 5 veterans have a friend who was seriously injured or killed in action. You can support wounded veterans through making donations or sponsoring a fundraising event. These funds go toward ensuring wounded veterans have the medical care and rehabilitation programs they need to recover and go on living their lives. You can also show your support through visiting wounded veterans in the hospital to show your appreciation for their service and Veterans pinsoffer your support.

• Support military families – While most people are aware that many veterans struggle to cope with post-traumatic stress when they return home, military families are also impacted by the trauma of war. According to a recent CNN report, many military families have contemplated suicide. Whether a military family has lost a loved one or not, it’s important that you show your support. With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, veterans have gone through multiple deployments, which is emotionally stressful for the family. It also causes financial stress for relatives who care for their family member when he/she returns home from war. You can help military families by thanking them, listening to their story, donating to families that are struggling financially, and sending thank you cards and holiday care packages.

Wear a military pin – Just as pink ribbons are a motive to raise awareness for breast cancer, by wearing a military pin you can raise awareness for our veterans. Veterans pins area a great way to honor veterans and encourage others to support wounded warriors and military families. They also make a wonderful gift for veterans and their family members. By wearing a pin, they can express their pride and show they are a military veteran.
How will you honor veterans beyond Veteran’s Day?

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Appreciating Nurses Beyond National Nurse Week

It doesn’t have to be National Nurse Week for you to show your appreciation for nurses. Whether you’re a patient or a doctor, nurses deserve your appreciation year round. Nurses do a wide range of jobs that are all worth thanking them for. For patients, they watch over you and provide you with constant care. They monitor your progress to ensure your health improves. If you’re in the hospital, nurses work around the clock to deliver you your medications and treatments. If you’re not in the condition to care for yourself, they’ll bathe you, walk you to the restroom, and help you eat. Nurses also provide patients with the information they need to better understand their medications, medical exams, and health conditions. As for doctors, you would be unable to fulfill your duties without the help of nurses.

So, how can you thank your nurses for all their hard work and dedication?

• Nursing pins – Whether you are a physician or a patient, a great way to thank an exceptional nurse is through nursing pins. Pins can be worn on their scrubs as a constant Nursing pinsreminder of your appreciation. At PinMart, you can choose pre-made nursing pins or customize your own. PinMart has a wide variety of pins suited for all types of healthcare industries, including dental and pharmaceutical. With the holidays coming up, doctors should consider getting their nurses a special pin as a holiday gift.

• Thank you cards – A small thank you goes along way. If your nurse has helped you cope with a medical condition or regain your strength, you should thank him/her with a thank you card. Thank you cards can be handmade or purchased from a store. If the patient is a child, then they should consider a handmade card to make it more personal. Whatever kind of card you choose, write a personal message thanking your nurse for all he/she has done for you. For patients who are recovering from a serious health condition, write to your nurses every now and then to update them on your progress. They’d be happy to hear about how well you are doing.

• Awards – If you’ve had nurses who have gone above and beyond, nominate them for an award in their industry. Winning an industry award, such as The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses or the ANA’s National Awards Program is very honorable. Your nurses will be thrilled that you took the time to think about them and nominate them.
How will you thank your nurses?

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What always gets me the most when I look at pictures of Veterans during their service, is that in the photos that are planned, ie, not during battle, so many of them are accompanied with big grins, hands raised in greeting, and in photos with more than one solider, a very clear sense of comradery, and even joy, shining out of the photos. These are the men and women who literally put their lives on the line so that someone like me can sit and type up blog entries at my comfy job, with no fear of attack, or restrictions on my personal freedoms. And they just BEAM out of those photos.

One such photo was donated to us by PinMart’s lead graphic designer, Genni. Her father was a member of the US Navy back in the 1960’s and the photos she has shared with me all seem to have that same sense of joy in them. That he could be so cheerful in a job that posed great risk to his life and in locations far away from home astounds and impresses me more than I can say.

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George Rowe outside the Waccamaw in the early 1960’s while serving in the U.S. Navy

That our military vets did their job, and today’s soldiers continue this work, with such purpose and pride, as well as genuine happiness, fraternity and joy, makes me so proud of all they’ve done for our country, and continue to do now at home. Whether that’s working with the VA, other charities, or just as parents or grandparents, they are helping shape the next generations.

For all you’ve done and continue to do for this country, PinMart wants to thank each and all military vets, past, present, and future. THANK YOU! We value your service so greatly.

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Halloween Lapel Pins Keep the Office Festive

Halloween has always been just about my favorite holiday. As a little kid it was about going outside after dark and seeing the neighborhood transformed. It was, obviously, also about the copious amounts of candy that one could bring in in a single evening. But as I got older it became much more about the dress up. I loved the idea of getting to go out in public dressed to the furthest extent of my imagination (and my crafting skills) and seeing everyone else’s creative attempts.

As an adult, it’s not as easy to go all out on Halloween, what with working in a professional atmosphere. But much like my focus changed from candy to crafting as I grew up, my focus just needed to change again from dressing up myself to dressing up my office, and still adorning myself in work-appropriate ways.

Considering Halloween is a very unique, DIY holiday, it allows for everyone to Halloween lapel pinscelebrate exactly how they want, without needing to adhere to anyone else’s idea of Halloween. So some people put pumpkins and scarecrows up, others deck their cubes out with fake cobwebs and macabre grinning skeletons. Candy is handed out and shared, and there is pumpkin-flavored coffee in the break room.

As for dressing up ourselves, wearing orange and black lets you be festive without breaking business casual clothing guidelines. Halloween accessories are where it is at, really. Earrings, novelty socks and ties, and most certainly, spooky Halloween lapel pins can keep this holiday special without going overboard. It sure beats the awkward experience of trying to wiggle out of eight spider legs or your Wonder Woman leotard every time you need to use the restroom. Now THAT is scary.

Happy Halloween!

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Challenge Coins: Life Savers and Team Builders

In movies, 2014 is shaping up to be the year of military survival. Early this year, the movie Lone Survivor was released, and audiences reacted positively to the gripping true story. The movie depicts Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell who, with three other Seals, was dropped behind enemy lines in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The Seals’ mission becomes compromised when their location is stumbled upon by local Afghan goat-herders. The team of four had to decide whether to kill unarmed non-combatants or release them, knowing that they might notify the enemy of the Seals’ presence on the mountain. Sure enough, upon the shepherds’ release the Taliban were notified and began hunting in numbers vastly outnumbering the Navy Seals. The movie goes beyond the hunt and firefights and delves into the depths of human character and what man is capable of doing to survive.

The 2014 movie season will end with another story of incredible survival during warfare. In December, the movie Unbroken will be released, detailing the legendary life of Louis Zamperini. Zamperini was an Olympic track star in the 1936 “Hitler” Olympics held in Nazi Germany. During World War II, he served on a bomber that crashed into the Pacific challenge coinsOcean. He was ultimately captured by the Japanese and forced to endure excruciating and inhumane treatment that would break any normal man mentally or physically.

These stories of survival on the big screen remind us of the sacrifices and heroism that men in uniform serving the country have made over time. Another story, which has yet to make it to film (but which probably should have), is the history of the first challenge coins. During World War I, men of various backgrounds volunteered to serve and were drafted.

A wealthy member of an air battalion had coins made with the group’s insignia. He passed them out to the squadron and one pilot placed his coin in a pouch around his neck. The pilot was shot down behind enemy lines, yet made his way through the enemy territory and back into France.

Unfortunately, he was captured by a group of soldiers who suspected he was an enemy saboteur posing as a civilian. With no identifying papers, the American was about to be executed when he thought to show his captors his coin. One of the Frenchmen recognized the squadron insignia and the American was released and survived to tell his remarkable story. The term challenge coin was used because members of the military could ask for their coin to be produced to prove membership in a specific unit or branch of the armed services. Challenge coins became popular among members of the military and are still used today as a symbol of pride and membership for a particular group or organization.

Today, challenge coins can be personalized to reflect membership in any organization or military operation, but the sense of pride remains. And stories of military survival exemplify the courage of the men and women who serve every day for their country.

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Cancer Awareness – Who Knew that Ribbons could Help Save Lives?

Nearly every family is touched by cancer in some way. Roughly half of all men and a third of women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. And for those not directly impacted, there will be a relative or friend who is stricken with the disease. Though scientists are working tirelessly to find cures for the various forms of cancer, they have not yet found success.

Still, there is a cause for hope, as treatments improve and awareness is at an all-time high. Indeed, for most of us who are not doctors or scientists, raising awareness and funding is just about the best thing that we can do to help the cause.

In every community there are people working in the name of cancer awareness. There are schools and groups that hold Relay for Life fundraisers, which are very powerful and moving events. In them, participants raise money (pledged by sponsors) by walking various distances. They may participate individually or form a team that walks in the name of a person diagnosed with cancer. The names of the cancer victims or survivors are written onCancer Awareness Ribbons luminaries that ring the walkway. This is a beautiful event that unites people touched by cancer directly or indirectly.

Another popular way to get people involved, raise some money, and spread the word is with cancer awareness ribbons. These days, most people have seen these ribbons in a lot of places – on signs, TV ads, cereal boxes, and even in sports stadiums – and there is a reason for that. The more that people are aware of the need for research, treatments, and screenings, the more these people will make the right decisions about their own health and well-being.

Many cancer awareness products are easy to wear, can be customized, and  made in an array of colors and sizes. This is an easy and simple way to spread any message in the fight against cancer. The ribbons can be sold to raise money in support of an individual battling cancer, their family, or for an organization involved in the struggle. Cancer awareness ribbons can also send positive messages of hope for those touched by the disease.

In the fight against cancer, awareness, funding, and hope can go a long way. PinMart carries an array of pins designed to highlight this worthy issue.

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