There Is Hope For Us After All!

We don’t know about you all, but lately, we feel like everything we hear about is bad news.It is hard to stay optimistic about the world around you when turning on the nightly news is enough to make you want to take to your bed.

Is it really all so bad out there? Is there anything good left in the world?

We decided to find out.

It turns out that, YES, there is hope for us after all!

Hearing the stories we are about share, we felt uplifted and blown away by the kindness of the human spirit.

People are out there, every single day, doing amazing things for other people. Not for the glory or for the name recognition, but because they are just good. These are everyday people just trying to make the world around them a better place. After learning about these people, we feel better. We feel better than better! We feel optimistic about the future and hopeful about humanity!

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Folger’s agrees with us. They want to encourage everyone to share stories of optimism and hope in order to brighten all of our days with the launch of their new social media platform called The Best Part.

On it, you will find stories exactly like the ones we are about to share with you.

An Incredible Act Of Bravery

You honestly have to see this one to believe it.

To see someone take that kind of personal risk to help a stranger and *literally* save his life was absolutely awe-inspiring.


A True Act Of Pure Generosity

To celebrate his 58th birthday, Bob Blackley withdrew $750 in $5 bills from his credit union account. He then stood on a busy street corner holding a sign that said, “I HAVE A HOME, I HAVE A JOB, COULD YOU USE AN EXTRA $5.00?” It took a little over 3 hours for him to give away all $750. His dream, he says is to win the lottery so he can travel around the state giving away $100 bills. That is a dream we would love to see come true!

The Ultimate Lesson In Doing The Right Thing

When homeless man Glen James found a backpack filled with $42,000 in cash and traveler’s checks outside a Best Buy, he immediately turned it in to police.

Another man named Ethan Whittington was so inspired by the honesty of Mr. James that he started a fund to attempt to help the homeless man. To date it has raised $140,537 for his living expenses and medical care. That is truly a testament to the ripple effect of doing good.

We’re tired of only hearing about doom and gloom. We want to be uplifted and inspired! We have decided to spend more of our time seeking out hopeful stories of humanity at its best.

We agree with Anne Frank:

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The Best Part is an online community that’s dedicated to brightening your day—every day. How? By spreading optimism, one share at a time. The Best Part posts inspirational stories, encouraging quotes, good news and other upbeat items on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—and encourages fans and followers to share that optimism with their friends. Because when optimism is shared, it grows, making an even more positive impact on our world. Check out what others are sharing on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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There Is Hope For Us After All! — 100 Comments

  1. What a great way to start my day! This is a gift. All of the stories are incredible and inspiring!!! I love that a company is starting a campaign like this. I’ve never been a Folger’s drinker but you bet I will think twice nice when I see their brand! Just awesome.

    • We are so excited that Folger’s is doing it, too. We are already big fans of their coffee, but now get to be excited about their spreading happiness, too! :)

  2. What heartwarming stories and a great way to start the day! What a wonderful campaign to be involved in — kudos to you, Folgers, and BlogHer! If we can all pay it forward and help our friends, neighbors, and complete strangers just a little, the world will be a better place!

  3. I loved all these stories I saw the one with the man giving away 5 bucks it was so inspiring. I find that the people who have the least want to give the most sometimes. Great post

  4. Seriously this was a great way to start a Monday morning and I too want to believe Anne Frank about people being good at heart and these stories do definitely prove there is some good left out there. Thank you for sharing and making Monday a little more tolerable!

  5. What a great campaign and a great way to start my Monday. I love that quote by Anne Frank and think of it often, especially these days when the news is filled with so much sadness.

    These stories are such a great reminder that there is so much good in the world. Thanks!!! xo I can’t think of two people better suited for this campaign!!

  6. What an awesome way to start the week! Love ‘The Best Part’ campaign. There are so many examples of people giving back, helping others, and showing the world the human spirit will always rise up in the face of tragedy or difficulty. There’s no better message to teach our children!

  7. I agree with Anne Frank — thanks for the wonderful quote.

    I work hard to find and share happy stories. My news feed on facebook is so often filled with griping and moaning about anything and everything. And, honestly, I gripe, too. But sometimes the negativity starts to really get me down. That’s when I make an extra effort to find and share wonderful stories of all the people who are touching lives one moment at a time. I’m glad to see I’m not alone in this. Thanks for spreading some sunshine!

    • We definitely feel like we want to share more good things, and we really appreciate Folger’s for giving us the opportunity to share their new platform. :)

    • So glad you enjoyed it Amy! :) We had so much fun putting it together and feel so good about Folger’s doing this new platform.

  8. As a wife to a 15 yr volunteer firefighter and surrounded by people in our community who do it every day I know of the mindset of people like that. There are stories all over, but we are so programmed through media and news to see the worst in everything. When we stop to find beauty it is there. God doesn’t always shout, sometimes he is in the tiniest of whispers..

  9. This is an AWESOME Monday morning post! I love hearing stories like this because it fills me up and makes me want to get out there and make someone’s day. I love that quote by Anne Frank. It’s even more powerful coming from her.

    • Totally agree with you. When I think of the fact that Anne Frank said that and believed it, I am inspired. And I totally agree with you about wanting to do good things when I read about other people doing them. :)

  10. I totally believe we all have a deep capacity for compassion & kindness. Stories like this just reinforce my belief that there are some really, really good people in the world. We need so much more of this. . .take care of each other instead of hurting each other. Thanks for sharing this!

    • You are so welcome Tracie, and we could not agree more that we need more stories like this. To keep us all feeling uplifted and hopeful about the world. :)

  11. I believe in Anne Frank’s words as well. I don’t watch the news. The only things I know about the world are the reports I get from CNN in my e-mail. Most are sad, some are uplifting, like the woman swimmer who made it from Cuba to Key West. I have to keep myself away from the news and the weather (especially living in Florida during Hurricane Season) because it would trigger panic attacks and anxiety attacks in me. I’d rather stay oblivious and trust that my husband will let me know when it’s time to prepare for a hurricane or whatever. I trust in my loving God to protect me and my family. Thanks for the uplifting post. Followed you from SITS. Have a blessed day!

  12. What a great post for a Monday morning!! I don’t read or watch much news because it tends to be so depressing – so nice to hear of great stories like these!!

  13. Thanks for this. Anne Frank was my first “hero” — for her writing and her vision for all of humanity. Coincidentally, I saw a photo exhibit at a museum last week about Anne Frank’s life. What Anne went through is heart-breaking, and it was a time of unbelievable evil and loss throughout the world. I think the lesson from Anne Frank is that humanity is resilient and that goodness always shines through even during the most trying times.

    • So interesting, as she was my first hero as well. I remember just being blown away by her ability to remain positive under the most horrific of circumstances. And you are so right about the lesson from her.

  14. I believe it too. I think there are many more great things in this world than bad, but they just don’t make the news as often. Loved the rescue video. Love the story of Bob Blackley! I hope he fulfills his dreams!

  15. Oh my goodness that Anne Frank quote tore me to pieces. Yes, I still believe in the good, despite the constant bad. I love this concept. I am totally in to the whole Social Good movement, much like my friend Jennifer, and I love to see you all promoting this as well! Truthfully, I feel best when I am doing for others. Oh, and did you hear the story recently about the homeless man who found the missing diamond engagement ring and turned it in?

    • I did not hear that story but it sounds amazing! What an incredible man to do that. :) Am so glad this post affected you. Thank you.

  16. What wonderful stories! I would love to be able to hand out $5 to people. That would be so cool. But many of us don’t appreciate what we have. Myself included. It certainly makes you feel differently when you hear stories of hope like this.

    • I totally agree with you…I tend to complain a lot about what I don’t have, but this reminded to think more about what I do have. :)

  17. What an awe – inspiring post. I always believe that there’s hope…even moreso than despair. Sometime you just gotta look for it. If you can’t find it, create it. Amazing post.

  18. This is the best thing to read on a Monday! Reading about the man giving away money on his birthday, and then the homeless man who did the right thing and is getting rewarded above and beyond just about brought tears to my eyes! I’m so glad there are still GOOD people out there.

    • The homeless man story immediately made us cry, too. The fact that his honesty is giving him now more than three times the original amount just makes me so overwhelmed. :)

  19. YAY FOR MONDAYS!! 😀

  20. Whew! It sure is dusty in here!! My eyes are watering like crazy. These stories are great. I’m actually in the middle of writing our one of my own about helping each other out. If I can get it focused and making sense, I’m hoping to post it this week.

    • That totally happened to us, too when we were writing this Rabia! Complete watery eyes! Can’t wait to read your post when it goes up! :)

  21. Each story made me a little teary, but the quote by Anne Frank did me in. I believe there is hope for us after all too – thanks for spreading the message, ladies!

  22. How I love to hear good news stories! We need more of them so we can remember the good out there. This put a smile on my face!

  23. yes, thank you!!!! every morning i read the news and i just want to crawl back into my bed, it’s so sad. but there is so much good to share in the world. thank you for these stories. i was so touched when i read about the homeless man returning all that money. but we also have to remember it’s not just about magnificent acts like that, it’s also about the little things in how we treat each other, how we care for a pet… there is so much joy in the world!

    • It is definitely the little things Catherine…all of those little things add up to be big things over time! Well said! :)

    • The flood footage was gut-wrenching Stephanie. We think of you all out there often and hope that things are getting better!

  24. I agree with you and Anne Frank.

    Here’s another one:

    My son climbed into his sister’s crib this morning to give her a hug before I came in to pick her up.

  25. I wish the news was more like this. You would think the world is a horrible place just watching it in the morning (and it’s probably the reason I have stopped watching it). There are so many wonderful stories of humanity out there (I’d like to think for the most part people are good!), and we need to focus on those more. Thanks for sharing, ladies!

  26. The quote by Anne Frank…gives you some perpective, huh? My husband and I always drink Folgers, now we can feel good about doing it. Love the stories, love knowing there is good out there. We don’t watch the news, it’s too depressing so I will be checking out this new platform.

  27. This is so uplifting. I’m glad that you shared this with us. It definitely put a good end to a great productive day for me. I tried to visit your site earlier today and was blocked for some unknown reason. However, I believe it was so that I would see this post.

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