Trust In Humanity Tuesday no.19 – red lights, Google translate and kick ass 11 year olds

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Welcome to the first Trust In Humanity Tuesday in a while. It’s been on hiatus, but I’ve brought it back this week because between the horrible crimes and tragic accidents in my part of the world lately, and the fact that we know there will be a whole lot of vileness and negativity no matter the result of the US election, I feel like we’re going to need it.

So here’s a new batch of feel good links to restore your faith in humanity – stock up for the week ahead.

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Trust In Humanity Tuesday: Rio 2016 Edition

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Faith in Humanity Restored – Olympics-style

I love the Olympics. The Parade of Nations, the pride on the face of the person chosen to light the olympic cauldron, Australia winning at things, young athletes crying tears of joy on the podium, and almost the entire world interested in the same thing at the same time – if you don’t get the warm and fuzzies from at least one of these things, you haven’t been watching long enough.

Sure, not everything has gone 100% smoothly and there have been scandals over everything from doping to mosquitoes, but together the Olympic and Paralympic values are Friendship, Respect, Excellence, Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality –  making it totally #TrustInHumanityTuesday-worthy.

Here are six different reasons to get inspired and think “holy shit humans are awesome,” courtesy of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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5 Things I Didn’t Expect From Pokemon Go

5 Things I Didn’t Expect From Pokemon Go

This time last week, I jumped in a car with four friends and drove an hour north after work to spend four hours walking around barely lit parks in suburbs I used to feel unsafe in during the day – and it’s all because of Pokemon Go.

Pokemon finally made it to smartphones in Australia, New Zealand and the US on July 6. As a member of the prime Pokemon generation (aged between 6-13 in the Golden era of gameboys, Ash, Misty and Brock) this was the moment we’ve been waiting for since our first Nokia, and I’ve never been so glued to my screen as I was in that first week.

You’d think that was a bad thing (especially considering last year’s resolution) but the game has left me pleasantly surprised – apart from a few dickheads, it’s really bringing out the best in people. Even if we’re all over completely it in a week (very likely), I feel like this is a bit of a turning point and we’ll be knowing our neighbours in no time.

Wondering what the heck I’m on about? Here are the five things I totally didn’t expect from Pokemon Go that are making the world a better place (and please note – I don’t condone the moronic habit of playing it in the middle of busy footpaths).

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Trust In Humanity Tuesday: The Luminous Lantern Parade

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Today, like so many other people, I’m bursting with anger and sadness.

For what was allowed to happen in Orlando, and for the recent tragedies in Syria and Istanbul. A lot of terrible things have gone on, and I think that this Tuesday more than most, we all need a little more Trust In Humanity.

I’m not going to pretend that focussing on the nice stuff will make all the bad go away – it’s going to take a lot more than a case of the warm and fuzzies to fix all this –  but it’s still important to remember that there is still so, so much good and in the words of John Oliver: “that terrorist dipshit is vastly outnumbered.”

So for this Trust In Humanity Tuesday I’m throwing it back to Friday, when I attended Brisbane’s LUMINOUS Lantern Parade and thousands of people turned up for a lovely evening to welcome Queensland’s newest arrivals and celebrate our diversity – check out the photos below.

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Trust in Humanity Tuesday no.15: Sharing The Dignity and One Hell of an Iron Woman

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Trust In Humanity Tuesday no. 15

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a great week. Having two long weekend’s in a row definitely helped (thank you Queensland and your enthusiasm for public holidays), but I feel like my last 7 days have been filled with happy, genuine people. While it means I’m not in need of a little Trust In Humanity Tuesday loving as much as usual, it’s made it so easy to find the good and share it for those who do. Read on for what’s restored my faith in humanity this week.

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Trust in Humanity Tuesday #14

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Trust In Humanity Tuesday – No. 14

New Tuesday, new reminders that not everyone is a dick! Here’s what’s been giving me the warm and fuzzies this week:

  1. The recent stories that have been submitted to Love What Matters (actually, basically anything on this page) of police officers doing incredible acts of kindness, and people realising that cops are just human too.
  2. Sneaky Cards! I discovered them yesterday and have already purchased mine… now just to wait for them to ship over here.
  3. The Jetstar flight attendant name Jessica who went out of her way to help a friend of a friend of mine and her two small children get home after a storm meant they had to divert to another airport hours away. Also props to my friend’s friend for sharing the story – so many people take the time to leave negative feedback, but not enough share the positive.
  4. This guy who resisted road rage and saved a life.
  5. Prince George’s cheeks in these portraits (OK, so exactly on the same level as the others, but look at that face – how can you not smile and know the world is good?)

Heard a lovely story that restored your trust in humanity lately? I’d love to hear about it!

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23 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

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Trust In Humanity Tuesday #13:  23 Ways To Brighten Someone’s Day

I’ve been jotting things in my note book for a while now, trying to have a few great posts lined up before I got back into this blogging thing, but today I thought “fuck it” and here I am.* Carpe diem and all that. So welcome to the first Trust in Humanity Tuesday since September! This one’s a little different.

Fun fact: even if you think there are no nice people in the world, just be a nice person yourself and then there’s at least one. Most likely more – it’s contagious. Then bam, faith in humanity = restored.

For the past few weeks I’ve been obsessed with random acts of kindness and generally just brightening people’s days. I’ve been writing for More Love Letters, sending people flowers and making an effort to smile and say hi to strangers in elevators. I think it started because I had one really good week and I subconsciously wanted to spread the good vibes around? I don’t know. But I do know that when you do nice things for other people, they get happier. And that makes you happier in a way that other things can’t. And when you’re happier, strangers are friendlier, the people around you are lovelier, and very very few people seem like complete dicks.

So this week’s Trust In Humanity Tuesday us about taking that trust into your own hands – no pep talks from kids dressed up as presidents required (although that does help). Here are a couple of my favourite, super easy ways to brighten someone’s day – some for strangers, some for people you know well:

  1. Send someone flowers (small businesses like Poco Posy make it super easy and affordable to do this regularly).
  2. Pay for the person behind you at the cafe, or buy a suspended coffee (find a cafe that offers suspended coffees in your area here)Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 11.05.37 pm
  3. Offer tissues to someone who has been crying. I always carry one of those tiny purse packs for this reason – let’s be real, those things are never enough if you’re actually sick so I’m fairly sure this was what they’re meant for. This might not fix their day, but it will make it a little less shit, at least for a moment.
  4. Send a text to someone you haven’t spoken to in ages, reminding them of one of your favourite memories, or congratulating them on a recent achievement.
  5. Buy a train/bus/ferry ticket from the fare machine and give it to a stranger heading into the station.
  6. Leave a tip (or if you’re in America or somewhere that it’s mandatory, leave a bigger tip).
  7. Sign up to volunteer – mentor a kid, be a Big Issue pitch pal, help a refugee with their English, whatever – it’s less immediate, but the rewards will be greater.
  8. Write a letter to a loved one.
  9. Or write a letter to a stranger
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  10. Buy a magazine that you know a friend or family member would love and then fill it with sticky notes – mark your favourite articles, comment on ridiculous images, relate things to inside jokes or just notes saying “this reminded me of you.” Then mail it to them (my mum did this for me once, and I loved it).
  11. Make someone feel welcome – send a text to your cousin’s new girlfriend saying you  like seeing him happy and can’t wait to get to know her, say hi to new neighbours, organise casual coffee or drinks so the new person at work gets to know everyone outside the office.
  12. Buy a six pack of beer for the construction workers you see every day to share on Friday afternoon (as long as there aren’t too many of them. Unless you’re happy to upgrade to a carton, in which case, yay you!)
  13. If you’re not usually the one to do it, cook or clean before your partner/housemate/family gets home.
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  14. Know someone who’s travelling to somewhere you’ve been before? Buy them a voucher to a cafe, restaurant or attraction that you loved when you were there.
  15. Compliment someone’s smile/clothes/hair – some may say it’s shallow, but it works.
  16. Talk to that older person you’ve sat next to on the bus.
  17. Help a mother lift her baby’s pram/stroller over a kerb or onto a step – don’t feel weird about getting so close to the baby, I’ve never once seen someone turn this help down.
  18. Write someone a thank you note for something they did a long time ago and let them know it left a lasting impression.
  19. Donate clothes or toiletries to a charity who will give them to someone who needs them – homeless, victims of domestic abuse, refugees etc.
  20. Pitch in so your colleague who has been stuck in the office late all week can get out a little earlier than expected.
  21. Stop and give directions to the lost-looking person with a map.
  22. Buy something from that stallholder at the markets who isn’t getting much interest. Chat to them about their products, buy something and if you like it, give them an awesome review on Facebook.
  23. Reach out to that Facebook “friend” who you seems to be having a rough time lately, even if you don’t know them that well.

Let me know if you set out to do any of them, or if you’ve got a few day-making secrets up your sleeves! Comment below or hit me up at fullofliving@gmail.com

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*after the recent talk I went to by Phoebe from Little Grey Box, I’ve also decided to write more naturally – this means I’ll still say “lovely” and “brilliant” a lot, but the f-bombs are coming – sorry in advance).

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Trust in Humanity Tuesday #12

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Image: Sarah Yockey via Today.com
Image: Sarah Yockey via Today.com

It’s been a while since my last Trust in Humanity Tuesday post, but today I’m back with your weekly dose of not-everyone-is-a-total-dick positivity! Here are a few wonderful things that caught my eye since the last post instalment:

  1. The little girl who spent her allowance on ice cream for state troopers who had just farewelled a colleague.
  2. The store I stumbled on in a bad area of my city that put their leftover food out the front for those in need to take for free (I know they’re not the first to do it, but seeing it in person makes me happy).
  3. The 5-year-old boys who planned a great escape, dug their way out of their kindergarten and tried to buy a Jaguar – way to follow your dreams, kids.
  4. The Maccas employee in Chicago who not only shut down his register during peak hour to help an elderly customer, but had the sensitivity to go around the corner and give the man some privacy.
  5. The legends at a zoo in china who gave a bullied baby monkey his own guard dog (admittedly this happened in 2008, but I only just found out about it, and believe they’ve made the world a better place by allowing that photo to exist)

Did any random acts of kindness make you feel better about the world this month? I’d love to hear about it!

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Trust in Humanity Tuesday #11

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Happy Tuesday! True to worst-day-of-the-week form, today has been a shocker (other than the moment when I found out Brisbane’s first cat cafe is near my work). But now I’m cuddled up on the couch with a doona, my own cat, and cheese on Ryvitas, looking forward to a sleep in and day off for the Ekka public holiday tomorrow.

Whether your day was as shitty as mine, or full of fun and rainbows, check out this week’s super lovely, faith-in-humanity-restoring moments brought to you by:

1. This sweet old man who took a good reference to the extreme, putting an ad in the local newspaper, recommending his administration officer as an outstanding employee when his business closed.

2. The legend who put a cat cafe near my office.

3. This random act of kindness from a complete stranger who paid the parking ticket they found on a car outside the hospital.

4. The people who refused to translate a racist message.

5. The fact that a marriage equality bill is being tabled very very soon in Australia. Also, this website.

6. The ALS ice bucket challenge actually did good!

What restored your trust in humanity this week?

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Trust in Humanity Tuesday #10, now with added baby animals

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Lazy Saturdays with @collectivehub and this rascal
Looks innocent enough here, but it’s all an act.

This week has been one of serious ups and downs. So I don’t know about you, but despite having a pretty good day today I’m in serious need of a Tuesday pick-me-up, and reminder that not everyone is a total dick. I’ve also thrown in cute animal pictures, because cute animal pictures.

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