Over the last few months, I found myself losing faith in everything and everyone, including myself. Luckily, the universe was looking out for me, and these feelings didn’t last very long. I was able to find internal strength and appreciate life and humanity, by simply being open minded and taking notice of the nice things people were doing around the world.
This is just a short post I wrote because I wanted to highlight some of the initiatives and acts of kindness I found on social media recently. These small but significant things are constantly taking place, despite all the negativity we are seeing in the current climate. In this last week alone, because of other people’s (strangers) generosity, I was gifted a free coffee, a book I needed for my final assignment and ended up with a surge of inspiration to do more to help others.
1. There was a thread on Twitter where people were helping complete strangers to buy books for personal or career development ❤
Vlad Magdalin (@callmevlad on Twitter), Co-founder and CEO at Webflow, funded hundreds book requests for people who don’t currently have the money to buy the book they need or want.
Loads of people replied and got the funds sent to them for their book, as promised. The thing that made me really happy was seeing how many other people immediately jumped in to help those who hadn’t yet been reached.
UPDATE: This is now a hashtag where people have invested over $5,000 towards helping other people learn and become better.
2. Paul Wickers, Founder & CEO at huggg, gave out 200 free coffees at Caffè Nero as gifts through his app ❤
Whilst this is a marketing technique – it works. I feel it’s becoming rare to see companies giving out actual things rather than pushing discounts or deals. Huggg enables users to send small, thoughtful gifts to others through the app, so I thought this free coffee gift from the company was really sweet.
3. These 2 men helped out a lady they saw struggling at the petrol station before they even knew her story ❤
This video is very emotional and shows what can happen when human beings are mindful and pay attention to others around them with the intention of doing good things.
People all over the world are doing amazing things to help others and this has honestly restored my faith in humanity. Life isn’t a competition or a judging contest – I feel it’s much more fulfilling when we come together and help others, even if it’s something really small.
I think that for every bad person or situation, there are so many good ones and so when we decide to step away from negativity and focus on the good, we will notice more good things in general. I believe positive realisation, gratitude and giving love are the best forms of self care so I’m very grateful that I was able to observe and experience these things, to change my state and shift my energy 🙂