Trust In Humanity Tuesday #9: Everyday Heros

#trustinhumanityTuesday is a new series which brings you the best feel-good moments to be found across the internet. Want to find out the back story (and why it happens on Tuesday)? Click here.DeathtoStock_EnergyandSerenity13

Another week, another Tuesday. Further adding to my theory that Monday is unfairly judged and Tuesday is actually the worst day of the week, today the internet at my office died, and all of my gym clothes are gross because I forgot to hang them out to dry.

#firstworldproblems

But to make it all better, here are 3 things I came across in the last 7 days which are sure to remind you the world isn’t entirely full of shitty people, and restore your faith in humanity – this week, it’s all about everyday people just being amazing.

Continue Reading

#TrustInHumanityTuesday, and The Love/Hate Tag

love-over-hate1

This is usually the part where I’d do an entire Trust In Humanity Tuesday post, but I’ll save you the reading and just say, can we get a hells yeah for the outpouring of support for the little kid blowing up Humans of New York this week?

tumblr_nckojmxGmE1rcnsrlo1_500
Side note, how great is this show? I’ve just binge-watched the lot in the last few weeks.

That awesomeness speaks for itself, so for today’s post I’m finally getting around to the Love/Hate tag, which Joana from 100 Things I Love nominated me for. It’s a super simple concept – list 10 things you love, 10 things you hate, and 10 bloggers who you’d like to see follow suit.

These things are only fun when they’re kept light-hearted, but I’ve seen a few passive aggressive tweets about these posts being very “first world.” So let’s just assume all important bases like family, my appreciation for being born in a country like Australia, and a hatred for war etc. all go without saying, and agree not to be dicks to each other 🙂

Continue Reading

Trust In Humanity Tuesday: A Bittersweet Week

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 8.51.07 pm

Past posts have included cute pep talks and virtual hugs, so you’d be excused for thinking the purpose of Trust in Humanity Tuesday is to convince you that the world is all sunshine, rainbows and free kittens. But sometimes, it’s just about pointing out that it doesn’t 100% suck (OK wait – there were a LOT of rainbows this week).

It’s been a week of massive ups and downs – here’s what’s been restoring my faith in humanity over the last seven days.

1. #lovewins
It would be impossible to go past this one. Even though I was born with the privilege of never having to worry about my love being legal, I loved waking up to the sea of rainbow profile pictures when same-sex marriage was passed across the USA – even friends who I believed to be very conservative were showing their colours in support. A lot of Australians are bummed that we’re one of the last “Western” countries to pass marriage equality, but hey – something like 30 million more people are now allowed to marry who they want (and the Westboro Baptist Church is upset), so that’s not anything but a good thing. I am so happy for you all.

2. The “human shield”
I didn’t know if I was going to include this or not, and I chose not to include that infamous, moving photo. What happened at Sousse was horrific, and when I found out that first name, I felt sick for the rest of the day. But I was blown away by the Tunisians who are being called a “human shield.” A group of local men realised that the gunman was only targeting those who were clearly foreigners. They could have run the other way to be safe all the same, but instead they formed a line and stood in front of the tourists. When something like this happens it’s easy to generalise, but it’s important to realise that evil people are the exception – not the rule – in any culture.

10308075_828736770533143_7662269036406216294_n

3. My brother
My little brother is a good person. I think that’s a term that gets thrown around too often, but he deserves it. When he finished high school, he spent most of the next year volunteering at an incredible school in Cambodia called Feeding Dreams, and even though he’s back home, he’s still supporting the organisation and people he believes in so strongly. He explains their wonderful work much better, so click here to hear about it in his words, and donate to the school if you have a few spare dollars. Every $100 means 600 meals for the kids, while $160 will support one of their teachers for a month.

Did anything restore your faith in humanity this week? Share below 🙂

– Jessi xx

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Trust in Humanity Tuesday: The Nicest Place on the Internet

#trustinhumanityTuesday is a new series which brings you the best feel-good moments to be found across the internet. Want to find out the back story (and why it happens on Tuesday)? Click here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 9.45.42 pm

This is only a super short Trust In Humanity Tuesday, because the concept of this one is gorgeously simple and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t come across this before!

I visit The Nicest Place On The Internet every few weeks. I probably don’t “need” it (you’ll see what I mean) but it makes me happy every time. So click through, enjoy, and smile because lovely people spend their spare time contributing to it. Also, watch for the turtle.

Click here to go to The Nicest Place On The Internet

Continue Reading

Trust In Humanity Tuesday: ‘Unsung Hero’

#trustinhumanityTuesday is a new series which brings you the best feel-good moments to be found across the internet. Want to find out the back story (and why it happens on Tuesday)? Click here.

This is just a short and (super) sweet one. Below is one of the videos that I originally wanted to include when I introduced Trust In Humanity Tuesdays – I searched for ages but couldn’t remember enough to find it, and included Kid President’s Pep Talk instead (still an excellent video).

Although ‘Unsung Hero’ is an advertisement (for a Thai life insurance company) it’s super heartwarming and gives me goosebumps every time. Watch, learn, and follow suit – we might not get riches from it, but we’ll get emotions.

Continue Reading

Trust In Humanity Tuesday: Ireland Says Yes

#trustinhumanityTuesday is a new series which brings you the best feel-good moments to be found across the internet. Want to find out the back story (and why it happens on Tuesday)? Click here._83190213_83190212

This week, the people of Ireland voted a resounding “yes” for marriage equality – once the paperwork goes through, they’ll be the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.

As to why this is apt for #TrustInHumanityTuesday – enough said. Come on Australia, lets be next.

Continue Reading

Trust in Humanity Tuesday: More Love Letters

#trustinhumanityTuesday is a new series which brings you the best feel-good moments to be found across the internet. Want to find out the back story (and why it happens on Tuesday)? Click here.

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 9.09.00 pm

More Love Letters first blipped onto my radar around halfway through my final year at uni. People were taking to the largest student Facebook group with photos of letters they found around campus in the lead-up to exams – nice little notes of encouragement tied together with the hashtag #moreloveletters.

More Love Letters is the baby of Hannah Brencher, who once asked a very simple question on her blog ( “do you need someone to write you a love letter today?”) after realising so many people were going through tough times alone. It’s a movement dedicated to spreading love around the world to those who need it most, using old-fashioned letters – who said kindness (or handwriting) was dead?

You can join in on and help spread love in one of three ways:

  1. Submit a ‘letter request‘ on behalf of a friend who needs some love, encouragement and belief
    Write in to More Love Letters and you could see them become swamped with care and understanding from people across the world.
  2. Check out the letter requests and write a response
    At the time of writing, recipients in need of love are a soon-to-be mum, a couple who just lost a child, a young man with Aspergers and a women going through a divorce. Find a story that speaks to you, then put pen to paper and tell them why. Whether you can sympathise or empathise, sometimes it takes a stranger to say the right thing.
  3. Scatter love letters around your city
    More Love Letters’ early stages consisted of Hannah leaving journal pages and letters around New York. Write notes of positivity and encouragement – whether universal or something you wish someone had said to you once upon a time – and leave them in books, on buses, or pop them into your neighbours’ mailboxes. If you hope they’ll pay it forward, write #moreloveletters in the corner so they can find the movement. Click here for inspiration.
Sample letters that have been left and found around the world - click the picture for more.
Sample letters that have been left and found around the world – click the picture for more.

I love the everyday, anonymous, pure kindness of the movement, and that it’s also promoting the more personal tradition of letter-writing. I’m also hooked on doing the final option.

I’d love to know if you’ve ever found (or left) a note like this in your area, and challenge you to do one of the above in the next week. Let me know how you go!

Check out More Love Letters here

Jessi sig

 

Continue Reading

#TrustInHumanityTuesday: Matt & Bro Orange

#trustinhumanityTuesday is a new series which brings you the best feel-good moments to be found across the internet. Want to find out the back story (and why it happens on Tuesday)? Click here.

enhanced-21339-1427633352-3

The story of Buzzfeed staffer Matt and “Bro Orange” is my favourite heart-warming find from last week.

If you haven’t come across it yet I won’t ruin the plot (because this truly reads like a ridiculous short story) but basically, Matt got his phone stolen, he became famous in China, and made a lifelong friend with a father-of-four he could barely understand.

Continue Reading

Introducing: #trustinhumanityTuesday

faith in humanity tuesday

Monday mornings are easy – you’ve had two days of rest, all of Sunday to prepare, and you can pep yourself up with some “new week, new me” mantras and all of the #motivationMonday posts in your feed.

So let’s be honest, Tuesday is the worst day of the week. Like Monday, you’ve still got more than half the week stretched out in front of you, except now you’ve got some unfinished business from the day before, you didn’t get enough sleep, and some jerk has probably cut you off in traffic (I hope that means the same thing everywhere else as it does in Australia).

So I’m here to introduce Trust in Humanity Tuesday*.

Every Tuesday, I’ll be bringing you a story, video or picture that I’ve found throughout the week – something that will make you stop thinking about the guy who took your park or the unfriendly receptionist, and remember that humans are actually pretty amazing/funny/helpful/caring.

I’ll be bringing you the first one next week – in the meantime sit tight with the video below (it should be mandatory to watch Kid President’s ‘Pep Talk’ once every 12 weeks), and don’t hesitate to tip me off if you’ve got a feel-good story for the coming weeks.

Jessi sig

*I know it’s usually “faith in humanity”, but I’m a sucker for alliteration.

Continue Reading