14 Nov 2015 40 comments

5 Things That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity.

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I know I’m not alone in feeling entirely helpless today; the sinking feeling and tremors of panic that come with another heinous news story are something we’ll all be familiar with after waking up this morning. Sadly, this feels almost like a regular occurrence – though not any less painful or shocking, it feels like I am forever reading and hearing about only these sad updates day after day.

I thought I’d do something completely different today – like, totally unheard of on these pages different. I wanted to inject a little positivity in to the weekend, as I’m certain we’re all consumed by last nights events. If you’re feeling heavy-hearted about humanity right now, perhaps some of these news stories can help you regain some faith in the world…

01. If you’re an active Twitter user, no doubt you saw a lot of tweets with the hashtag #PorteOuverte; This was used by Parisians who were offering a safe place for anyone in need of shelter. #PorteOuverte, meaning ‘open door’, was soon trending, with compassionate Parisians tweeting their location.
This morning I also saw that #TerrorismHasNoReligion was trending, which is so comforting to see during a time like this. Sometimes I get so sick of social media, but things like this really make it worthwhile.

02. So, if we’re going to do  uplifting stories, please can they involve dogs? I saw this story on Reddit this week, Greg Mahle is an American man who has saved 30,000 stray dogs in the last ten years, by driving almost 4000 miles a week. Since there’s such a large amount of strays in the Southern parts, where often the stray dogs are euthanised to make space, Greg has worked with shelters in the area to take doggy road trips north to New York and Ohio, where the pups will find their forever homes. His non-profit is called Rescue Road Trips, and it’s incredible – such a lovely thing to dedicate your life to.

03. One of the most touching stories I came across this week happened in Manchester, when Police Constable Stu Ockwell was called to the house of an elderly couple after responding to their 999 call. After arriving, he realised that they weren’t hurt, but rather they were lonely and needed some comfort. The couple, Fred and Doris Thomson, are both 95 years old. Fred had recently gone blind and Doris was struggling to care for him. Realising they were phoning out of desperation, the officer made them a cup of tea and had a chat with them. Stories like this break my heart, as I wonder how many other people are out there feeling alone. Uplifting, inspiring but also SO upsetting! Here’s some information on how you can help combat loneliness.

04. Another viral find I was introduced to this week was this documentary by Freewheel Stories, a production duo that cycle around the world to find undiscovered stories the world has to offer. I came across A Syrian Story About The Future, which records conversations the pair had with Syrian Refugees whilst in Istanbul earlier this year. The short film really tells the story of the Syrian people – detailing them as real humans in the face of something so big. It’s humbling, they are so unsure of their future but so full of hope. It’s one of the most inspiring and moving thing I’ve discovered this year.

05. This story was in the news this week, it follows the work of GoBeKind, an organisation that helps to encourage acts of kindness. While touring the US, they came across single dad James Moss and his young son Zhi – both homeless after their plans to move to New York for James’ new job had fallen through. The man behind GoBeKind, Leon, talks to James about his situation – uploading the exchange to his YouTube channel. After the video went live, someone thought to set up a GoFundMe page for James and Zhi, which is sitting at over $50,000! Humans are awesome.
You can read more about GoBeKind here.

Hopefully this has inspired you a little – anyone else seen any uplifting stories lately?

  • I’ve also seen a quote that has been shared on social media a few times since last night, although it will never change the terrors and horrendous actions that took place last night – it does in a small way bring a little comfort:

    “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Fred Rodgers.

    Thank heavens for all the French police officers, army, paramedics and news correspondents, plus the Parisians that opened their homes up to help people last night – their committed bravery saved and protected lives last night <3 x

  • poppytailsandtrails

    Kate thank you for this post. It was exactly what I needed to read this morning after last nights horrific events in Paris. Thank you x

  • Lena

    Thank you

  • Thank you for this great post! In moments like this I really sometimes lose my faith in humanity, so it’s comforting to see that it can be found in so many places. The documentary about the Syrian couple sounds very interesting, I will definitely watch it!
    Patti
    http://www.shiftingtales.com

  • tiffanytales

    This is such a lovely post to read this morning. It would seem that the whole world is finally pulling together over this horrific incident. x

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Kelly glen

    These stories you have highlighted just goes to show that there are a lot of good things and good people about in this world. Their acts of kindness need to be brought to people’s attention so thank you for posting about them. It gives you some hope that not everybody in this world is bad and that a lot of people will think of others before they think about themselves.

  • Rachel Sunee

    beautiful stories and the perfect post for this terrible day.

    Rachel // Style Soup

  • This is the perfect post for a day like today. Kindness still reigns in people’s hearts and it’s wonderful to see evidence of that. There is a lot of good in the world and stories like this should be shared. Thanks so much for uplifting us!

    prettyneutral.com

  • What a lovely post <3

    Lauren x | http://www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  • Love this post, still heartbroken from the news in Paris! 🙁 x

    The Girl From the North | An Amazing Giveaway Here!!

  • Lucy

    great post 🙂

  • Ashley Christabelle

    I needed this. I’ve thought about what happened for the whole day and hated humanity for a while. So thanks for this! Truly touching stories

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

  • Clara_Rach

    I love you. Although I blame you for my tears when watching that Freewheel Stories’ video. Sorry if I’m being cheesy.

  • I totally agree that sometimes there are stories that are uplifting but at the same time, upsetting. We’re all humans and what we do to each other makes me really sad. This is a lovely post though <3
    Pia

    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

  • This is such a lovely post to read after such heartbreaking news x

    http://emmaboughtwhat.blogspot.co.uk/

  • This has made me smile! I was in my city today complimenting strangers to try and cheer a few people up. The attacks are truly awful x

    becca | beccagiveslove

  • What a lovely, fitting post. Has put a smile on my face considering the awful news in the world at the moment! x

    http://www.beckieeschle.com

  • Rachael Schauer

    Thank you for the post! I think a lot of people need this type of thing right now.

    Cheers,
    Rae
    Mindful Rambles

  • What a beautiful post!

    Lou – http://www.thelittlethingsinlife.me.uk

  • Beautiful post x

  • Ifigenia16

    I love you so much for this! <3 I'm half Syrian and part of the minority of Christian Syrians and this whole post, especially #4 kind of restore my hopes that people won't generalize and ostracize the already ravaged people of Syria. We should all remain positive and united!

  • Lovely post. Can’t get over the horrific attacks, my heart is breaking. All my love goes out to anyone who has been affected. xxx
    http://www.missamyguest.blogspot.co.uk

  • I love this post and it’s really heartwarming to read. I think we all needed some positivity today, and everyday really, since every time I turn on the news something heinous is happening somewhere in the world.
    xx

  • disabledmabel

    Amazing post, thanks for sharing the positivity and the faith in humanity.
    We are all good people, its the 1% that ruin it for the rest of us. Such a heartbreaking day.
    Another positive story is that there were people queuing up outside blood banks in Paris to donate blood to those who lost a lot in the attacks – absolutely amazing.

    May x
    http://www.DropsofBrandy.blogspot.co.uk

  • The Sunday Mode

    After all the sad events lately and especially what just happened in Paris this was a nice uplifting post to read. One of the inspiring things that comes out of these tragedies is how people band together and help one another; it restores my faith in humanity.

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

  • Love posts like these. So much negativity in the world but there are shining lights of hope everywhere.

  • Eleanor W-A

    I’ve never commented before but this was such a beautiful post, thank you for bringing tears to my eyes this morning (in a good way), Ellie

  • Thank you, Kate! Your post was very touching.

    I couldn’t sleep that Friday night, staying close to the TV and hearing the sirens. One question in my head: “How people can kill people?”. Although I was safe at home in Paris, the horror scene was happening just a few kilometres away.

    And there was no this part in this whole event where we heaved a sigh of relief. Nonetheless, I feel like everyone here did their best to react and help each other be it morally or with an act of kindness #PorteOuverte.

    Thank you and take care x

  • Thank you for this uplifting post!

  • Sarah

    A beautiful post – thank you! Still feeling shell-shocked after Friday night but things like #porteouverte really help restoring my faith in humanity. It’s the small acts of kindness and empathy which give me hope. Another lovely story from Friday night is that of the French football team who decided to stay in the Stade de France even though they were being free to go home because the German team was forced to spend the night there not being able to go back to their hotel. The French players and staff decided that they would stay as long as the Germans had to so no one left until 6 am.

  • Wow definitely super inspiring. Thanks so much for the uplift x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • Haddy Jeng

    Lovely post. It is something I really needed to read 🙂

  • Lucy Birchall

    This was so lovely! Every single one of these things made me feel a bit warmer inside and smile. I think times like these where everyone comes together to support one another just shows that, although it feels like the evil outweighs the good sometimes simply because of the effect it causes, there is actually a lot of good out there in the world.

    Best post I’ve read in a long, LONG time.

    She’s So Lucy

  • Oh this is such a lovely post and has definitely restored a little of my faith in humanity. Some wonderful organisations here that i’ll definitely be checking out and seeing if I can help support!

    Fii | little miss fii

  • Sheridan Grady

    This was such a lovely post to read after recent events! x

  • What a beautiful and poignant post. Thank you so much for this!

  • Thank you so much for these little tidbits of positivity. This is such a beautiful post, especially in this time of uncertainty, confusion, and despair, and it really touched my heart. Paris is in my prayers.

  • Leanne

    beautiful stories and it’s comforting that things like this happen all the time, all over the world, even when such tragic things are happening elsewhere. friday is still heavy on everyone’s heart but focusing on the good humanity can do is a wonderful, powerful thing! lovely post idea x

    http://www.thedressdiaries.co.uk

  • Such a beautiful post, we need some good deeds in light of recent events.

    Sara – She Who Is Short

  • dear Kate, this post is amazing, and comforting, and beautiful, and just so relevant…. i am finding myself struggling these days, well, since the evening and night of the 13th to write the truth. we shouldn’t give up on humanity, never. there are so many, no, the majority of the people in this world are good. they help each other, they want to live freely, loving, caring, equal… those disgusting ‘ulcers’ of human kind should never get us down!