High Low Glitter: From Dinner Table to Dot-Com


High Low Glitter was started as a dinner table game, some 15 years ago, by Stephanie Ross. She began the activity as a way to get her young daughters talking about their days, but quickly found it also taught them all the power perspective and finding gratitude.

I was introduced to said daughters and High Low Glitter about 10 years ago, and both they and it have been a part of my daily life ever since, in one iteration or another.

To those unfamiliar, High Low Glitter asks three simple questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the worst part of your day?
  3. What was a fun, special, or unexpected moment in your day?

With this daily practice you get to know your intimates – and yourself – better than otherwise would be typical. Bookending the highs and lows forces introspection, perspective, and a picture of one’s value system. And it’s a lot of fun.

As the cliche goes, “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” when my step-daughters (the girls and I prefer like-daughters) left for college, I missed our High Low Glitter time. Even though the phone calls, texts, emails and Facebook posts flowed, the missing format and daily ritual of High Low Glitter left a hole in our communication and our connection. Necessity is the mother of invention and so too Stephanie and I were motivated to develop highlowglitter.com, which is essentially the anti-Facebook: small, private, intimate, meaningful.

The actual idea for digitizing High Low Glitter came a several years before the girls left for college, but we never got past Stephanie’s surreptitious purchase of the domain name. It was only when we needed the app that we decided to build it. First came the website, then an iPhone app, and now we have an Android app in the oven.

This project has been a great labor of love, in time and expense, and has already delivered a ten-fold return in the joy of meaningful connection with my like-daughters. The project has also been a fantastic learning experience on the professional side. This is the most complex web project I’ve touched, and the phone app development and testing is a first for me. Were it not for the great joy of using High Low Glitter, I may have given up due to the maddening process of getting a website and app to work just as well on a 27-inch iMac down to the various versions of Androids and iPhones.

Now that the frustration of development is done, everyone can enjoy High Low Glitter. It’s free, it’s easy, it’s meaningful, it’s fun. Sign up, connect, enjoy!