I’m not claiming to be the merriest person alive nor do I smile 24/7 —but I like happy things. Maybe a bit more than others because I look for them online and I like to share them through images, timeless words, uplifting news that tug at heartstrings, trigger fond memories, and touch your soul. Because I like smiling. And I LOVE making people smile. I know that I cannot force people to think positively. It’s not something you can buy off the shelf or download on your phone, but positivity can be shared through good vibes from one person to another. And as my fortune cookie message reminded me, if we’re willing to spend the energy, we all have the power to make ourselves and the people we love smile. Sometimes, that’s all we need to turn a day around. Blog Archive
One of my favorite things about studying literature in college was seeing the passion emanate from my professors. Some are so fiercely flamboyant in their deep love, while some have a quiet reverence that is almost transcendent. In both situations, when they read a passage, you feel it in your soul. Sir Patrick Steward reminds me of them and he does Shakespearean sonnets justice. Watch him read his sonnets @ https://www.instagram.com/sirpatstew/
Sometimes, I find mildly amusing things in my Twitter rabbithole excursions. On other times, I stumble upon videos that make me laugh out loud, think, and get me inspired all at the same time. Shawn Anchor’s TED talk is one of those videos. Set aside 12 minutes to watch this, I guarantee it will be worth it. :)
How many times have you left a restaurant with a to-go box, only to toss it in the trash a few days later? In Kochi, India, you can share your leftovers with the homeless population by leaving it in an outdoor fridge! Minu Pauline, restaurant owner of Pappadavada, came up with this solution to help the less fortunate folks in her city: She covers the cost of the fridge and electricity while she, along with the community, do their part to donate excess food that they are going to throw out anyway. I just love this. When I first arrived in the United States, one of the first things I noticed were the large portions, so there is always an abundance of wasted food. I know some companies are already donating their unsold goods to food banks, but, as Minu shows, you don’t have to be a giant corporation to make a difference in people’s lives. What an inspiration! Source: BetterIndia.com
When an elderly lady noticed a young man struggling to tie his tie in a subway, she asked her husband to help and teach him. Her husband then taught him how, step by step, and even asked the young man to demo it back to show that he can now do it himself. It’s a simple story from last year that stuck with me. Perhaps it’s the photo of these two generations interacting or it’s the simple act of taking the time to help a random stranger that resonates with me. Either way, I had to share today. :) Source: Redd Thomas, Facebook
I found this college student through Tumblr and I just love her outlook, talent, and dedication. Her cute drawings and encouraging messages never fail to brighten up my day, too! Check her out…
This is one of my favorite videos from last year. It shows a whole town in Turkey learning sign language so they can surprise Muharrem, their deaf neighbor. Seeing his face light up when he slowly realized that he was able to communicate with everyone that morning, makes me smile so much. Though this video was created as part of a company’s promotion, it does not take away from the fact that the neighborhood took the time to participate and learn for this event. To me, this is also a sign of hope: Hope for raised awareness of the barriers many people have to overcome in order to live “normally.” Hope for more technology that can bring us closer as a human race. And finally, hope for people to realize the tremendous impact that a simple kind gesture can bring to a person’s life.
Happy New Year! Here is something to think about as we start the year…
Drones have been getting a bad rep recently, but here’s a bit of news showing how we can use this technology for good! Led by Lauren Fletcher (an ex-NASA engineer), BioCarbon Engineering plans to counter deforestation with large-scale reforestation through drones. By automating the process with aerial planters using a fraction of the cost, the company is aiming to seed 1 billion trees a year. It is currently just in its prototype phase, but I really like where this is going nonetheless! With so much technological advancement happening a mile a minute, let’s hope that this recent news not only helps rebuild our forests, but also inspire other inventors and entrepreneurs to use their talents for improving our world. Read the full article here.