I just watched a heartening video clip from NBC’s Today Show that aired on January 8th, 2013. In a world that seems to focus on tragedy and bad news, I was happy to see this news byte about a teenager in Iowa who came up with his own way of combating cyber-bullying. Jeremiah Anthony, 17, began tweeting daily compliments to students and staff at Iowa City West High. He and two of his friends, dismayed at hurtful comments sent to teens through social media, decided to spread a little happiness to their peers everyday.
As the encouraging tweets were read by the teenage recipients (who are randomly chosen by the three friends), the practice caught on and students began to “pay it forward” by tweeting positive messages to others.
We can all learn from Jeremiah’s actions and use our words and actions to uplift each other by noticing and acknowledging the good in our family, friends, neighbours and co-workers. Just imagine what could happen in this world if our encouragement went “viral” in real life!
Watch the news clip here:
Today, I am thankful for the kindness in this world shown by people like Jeremiah Anthony.