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July 16, 2014
I discovered a new web site where people can spread a little love for just the price of a post card and stamp. I hope someone here will check it out and maybe do a little love-spreading too.
It's called "The Postcard Happiness Project," which was created by a woman in South Africa who describes herself as having a "passion for postcards and travel." The idea is to explore the potential of postcard exchanges in various forms, sending kindness & encouragement where its needed most.
Encouraging the world to focus their positive energy onto a small rectangular piece of postcard and sending it to people who could physically and emotionally benefit from a little encouragement or acknowledgement in the form of kind, written words from strangers and friends.
I've never seen a project quite like this and I hope that it takes root because it seems such a simple way to spread love and happiness around the planet.
I heard of it from the profile of a Swap Bot person, who wrote:
EDIT -- 5/18/15: I received a note from the father of the girl in the story, who asked that I remove her photo and identifying information about her, so I have kept the story, but removed identifying information.
I went to the site and checked out the girl's story. The photo was taken "in better days" and her mother's comments tell about how she is in constant pain and can hardly walk, but how the cards, especially from other children, boost her spirit.
Naturally, I sent her a card. I didn't think I had any fairy cards, but I did have one of Glinda, the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz and thought she might like that.
I'm not sure when the site actually started and how long it has been going, but the organizer writes about her goals:
There is a whole list of people who have requested post cards to be sent to lift someone's spirit for all sorts of reasons. Someone wrote that a 55 year old woman in Belgium must, of necessity, celebrate her birthday without her daughters around and is very depressed. They thought she would enjoy some good wishes from strangers.
Amber, who lives in the USA, frequently suffers from debilitating pain in her back and legs. She also recently lost her job and the family is looking for a new place to live. They both do the best they can to take great care of their three-year old autistic daughter. A smile sent on a post card might lift her spirits.
Prabhakar, in India, is 83 years old and recently broke both hips, in separate falls. His friend writes that he is isolated in his recovery and postcards might help him feel connected to the outside world.
Melissa in Australia is fighting cancer. Two and a half year old Harry in Botswana has just been through open heart surgery and postcards cheer him. Regine in South Africa just lost her husband. Ann in the US is suffering from depression, feeling very alone. Melody, in the US, is fighting colorectal cancer. She loves daschunds. Liana, in South Africa, is a 55 year old Italian woman who sells ice cream and was recently violently assaulted.
The list goes on and on, all requests submitted by relatives or friends of the people they thought would appreciate a post card. I don't know how often new requests are posted, but I am going to check back every few weeks or so. The most recent request is dated July 10. A postcard costs so little, a stamp is 37 cents for the United States and $1.15 for international.
It seems a small thing to do to bring a little cheer to someone who
could desperately need it. And the nice thing is that you can be as anonymous as you
want. (Of course the downside is that you never know if or how your card was
received.) The Swap Bot person started writing to Estee regularly and receives
letters back, but just a cheer up card with your name on it is all that is necessary.
100 HAPPY DAYS
Day 16 -- Happiness having lunch at Panera with a friend.
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