Sneaky Cards – Play It Forward

sneaky cards playig it forward

Sneaky Cards – Play It Forward

Looking for a little nudge (or 55 little nudges) that will motivate you to learn new things, get out of your comfort zone and do more random acts of kindness?

Enter Sneaky Cards. Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

  • Take a selfie with a complete stranger
  • Try new food
  • Write a haiku
  • And 52 other tasks

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that I stumbled on Sneaky Cards way back in April and bought it immediately – and I’m so in love with it, I bought a few more sets today to give to gifts.

I’ve tried (and failed) to work out when and where the game originated – some say it was made in Australia, some that it was created for a competition and others that it was initially a hand-made project of a high school kid in 2009 – but in 2016, it’s a professionally printed deck of cards with over 4,500 fans on Facebook, and lots of spin-off groups, clubs and communities across the world.

Cards are categorised under six different “Mission Objectives” – Care, Create, Engage, Connect, Surprise and Grow – with the aim to make you “become a secret agent of joy, spreading art and intrigue to an unsuspecting public.” In working your way through the deck, you’ll do anything from delivering a spontaneous speech in an elevator  and learning a new language to simply slipping a card into your favourite book or saying thanks to someone who makes you smile – all to get you engaging with the people and world around you.

Admittedly I’m a more casual player than others – I’ve heard of some people who set themselves the challenge of completing 10 per week until they’ve run out, or who race their friends to see who can get rid of all their cards first, but I just keep a couple in my wallet and complete the challenges when opportunities present themselves. So far I’ve hidden cards in sugar bowls and coat pockets, started a game of tag, done jagerbombs with a guy dressed as a superhero and left a few missions on the community noticeboard in my apartment complex.

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sneaky cards missions

One of my favourite things about it is that each card has an individual tracking code, letting you directly see the ripple effect your card is having. When someone receives or picks up your card, they can visit, enter the card number and their location (by GPS if they want to be specific, or manually e.g. a city if they’re privacy-conscious) – it will  then show them a map of where the card has been tracked previously, and if you’ve registered your deck, you’ll get an email letting you know that one of your cards has changed hands. People love this feature so much that there’s rumoured to be a travel edition in the making!

You can click here to buy Sneaky Cards now, or if you’re a little short on cash (or just really want eight copies of your favourite card) there’s a free to download version on the Sneaky Cards website.

If you were creating a Sneaky Cards deck, what challenges would you include?

And if you get on board, please tweet me at @fullofliving with your action shots!

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  1. Oh my gosh, I’ve never heard of Sneaky Cards before – what an awesome idea! I have anxiety, and I feel like these would be a great way for me to get out of my comfort zone and try some new things! Thanks for the info, I’m definitely going to check these out 🙂

    1. I’ve heard that they’re great for people with anxiety! I’ve already realised they act as a bit of an icebreaker – even if people are initially confused when you approach them, the card instantly explains everything and they have a laugh along with you. It’s also a great combination of really easy things, mixed in with a few that will really push you.

      If you end up getting into it, I’d love to hear what you think!

      x Jessi

    1. Haha I don’t know how people do it either! I just keep a couple in my hand bag and do them when the opportunity presents itself – sometimes I’ll go a week or more without getting rid of one.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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