Zen Puzzle Gardens? Sign us up.

Zen puzzle gardens fascinate us.  So does the bonsai tree that we have in our office that, apparently, never dies.  (Who knew they could go for a week without water?)

So, without further ado, if you’re seeking relief from stress at work, and who isn’t these days, we present our top three zen games to calm. you. down.






Need some karma? How about some quotes?

We at Contact Karma are a fan of Quotegarden.com. Especially their karma quotes.  Here, for your reading pleasure, are some quotes that should, at the very least, make you think:

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.  ~Wayne Dyer

My actions are my only true belongings.  I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.  My actions are the ground upon which I stand.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

According to the karma of past actions, one’s destiny unfolds, even though everyone wants to be so lucky.  ~Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Worthless people blame their karma.  ~Burmese Proverb

As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma.  ~Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.  ~Elbert Hubbard
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.  ~Tryon Edwards

There are the waves and there is the wind, seen and unseen forces.  Everyone has these same elements in their lives, the seen and unseen, karma and free will.  ~Kuan Yin

Whatever we do lays a seed in our deepest consciousness, and one day that seed will grow.  ~Sakyong Mipham

Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it.  ~Sakyong Mipham

Before you begin on the journey of revenge, dig two graves.  ~Proverb

O youth or young man, who fancy that you are neglected by the gods, know that if you become worse, you shall go to worse souls, or if better to the better…  In every succession of life and death, you will do and suffer what like may fitly suffer at the hands of like.  This is the justice of heaven.  ~Plato

Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds.  ~George Eliot

Enjoy, grasshopper.

Quote and Content Credit: Quotes courtesy of quotegarden.com

Fascinated by Karma? So are we.

We at Contact Karma are fascinated by…well…karma.  So we’d thought we’d do a little research, and post for you our top five web sites to learn about the great Buddha’s chief lesson:






Read, enjoy, and be at one with the universe.

How does Contact Karma help you save money? Hold onto your hats!

How do we help you save money?  Hold onto your hats, because you’re gonna love our response.  Contact Karma allows vendors to post discounts to win your business…you are, after all, the friends of their customers.  And on top of that, to keep the karma rolling, we offer you additional discounts, based on your usage of Contact Karma’s site and app!  We give you two ways to save…Offers and KarmaPoints:

What are Offers?

Vendors are very eager to convert the friends of their customers into customers as well, so you can benefit from this! On Contact Karma, vendors that want to can post an offer of anything from 15%-75% off their services to get your business. You can buy offers simply by clicking Buy Offer on the offer page. You can also keep a credit card on file, so you can quickly buy offers as you see them without having to enter you card again each time.

What are KarmaPoints?

You can gather KarmaPoints in three ways: by adding friends, adding vendors and buying offers. As you do these things, you will see your KarmaPoints increase at the top right in Contact Karma’s header. Gaining KarmaPoints further increases your discounts, since you can convert them at the time of buying an offer into anything from another 5%-20% more off! Best of all, they just automatically accumulate as you use the site, so the more you do, the more you save!

Doesn’t reading this just give you a feeling of peace and harmony with…well…your wallet?

Why Contact Karma’s Privacy Settings are Awesome

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the privacy of Contact Karma.  Here’s the awesome news.  We’re just about as private as you can get.  Regular reviews sites run the risk of gaming…of competing companies sneaking in and leaving bad reviews about each other, or even leaving good reviews for themselves!  But in Contact Karma, you are in a network of friends and family…so it’s impossible to game the system.  You can be completely honest!

Love, like and dislike icons allow you to easily and quickly summarize your views on a vendor within CK. And don’t worry…if you’ve chosen to dislike a vendor, they’ll never see your information, even if you set your preferences to “Make my information available to Everyone.”  Privacy settings in Contact Karma allow you to set your vendors to be shown to Everyone (all Contact Karma site users and vendors,) Friends Only (just your friends,) and Just Me. If vendors are shown to Everyone, only positive reviews and Like/Love vendors will be shown.

So don’t worry about a thing!  Every little thing’s gonna be all right…that’s good karma.

Want more info?  Head to our Help page to learn more.

The 411 on finding a new vendor in Contact Karma

There are two ways to find a vendor through contact karma.  You can either browse who your friends use or you can use our Suggest and Request features.  Here’s a breakdown:

To see the vendors that your friends use and like/love/dislike, simply enter a term into the Search box in the header of the site. Example search terms include “Internal Medicine Associates” or “Dr. James Stephen.” This will bring you to a search page with results that match your query, and many other filters that you can use to refine your search. You can also see your friends vendors by clicking on their friend profile in the Friend Tab.

The site’s Suggest feature and Request features also allow you to either request help from all your friends when you’re searching for a specific thing, or suggest a vendor that you particularly love to them. All requests and suggestions come through the Updates field, which can be forwarded as well to your personal email.

Not to mention that Contact Karma allows you to organize your own lists.  Raise your hand if you’re totally stoked that you never have to scramble around trying to find a hard copy list of your vendors ever again!  Yeah, we thought so.

Have you used Contact Karma’s Lists feature yet? If not, you are totally missing out!

Have you used our Lists feature yet??

It’s as awesome as sneaking a peek into your friend’s closet…except, without having to even enter their home;)

Lists allow you to organize vendors that you have that all belong in a certain category, like Wedding, New Baby, New Home or Starting a Business. Nine major categories of lists—all very standard—are provided in Contact Karma for you to use. But if you need to, you can create specialized lists outside of those offered and give them a personal name. (Example: Fishing vendors, Stamp collection vendors.) Lists are great because not only do they allow you to organize certain groups of vendors, so that you can find them quickly, but you can also quickly browse the lists of your friends, giving you valuable information. (For example, if you’re getting married, you can see where your other friends that are soon to be married got their dress, their flowers, their cake, etc.)

To manage your lists, just head to your Vendor Tab, and click on the Manage My Lists module.

So get out there and share your lists.  Why did you make them, otherwise?