We need hope in our lives. It's what keeps people going when the going gets tough. And since the world is currently literally on fire (and seems like it has been for an entire year – if it's not one part of the world, it's another), some people might need a fresh injection of hope to keep them going.
A recent Pew Research poll found that 56% of Americans are somewhat or very optimistic about the what the country will be like in 2050. And the other 44% now might have something that will lift their spirits.
Scott Hechinger, a public defender in Brooklyn, asked Twitter to share stories that give people hope. "A positive question for this Saturday night," he wrote on Twitter. What, if anything, gives you hope?"
A positive question for this Saturday night: What, if anything, gives you hope?— Scott Hechinger (@Scott Hechinger)1578796293.0
Twitter came through, weaving a thread full of stories of strangers being nice to strangers and humans changing for the better. It's what we all need to hear right about now.
@ScottHech Children asking questions & the bright looks on their faces, like the answer- no matter what it is- coul… https://t.co/BcWiabHvnz— Sadie 🧸 (@Sadie 🧸)1578796474.0
@ScottHech Random acts of kindness. More and more I see people covering groceries or gas when a stranger falls sho… https://t.co/j4vCQEnpFU— Mike Bilan (@Mike Bilan)1578797168.0
@ScottHech The first law of physics. I find comfort and opportunity in the fact that everything that is is everythi… https://t.co/TCMh2hbZgT— Nathan (@Nathan)1578796535.0
@ScottHech The fact that every generation had thought it was living at the end times. We’re programmed to believed… https://t.co/zpuNSl9uMB— Armando Nava (@Armando Nava)1578797209.0
As humans, our natural kindness towards each other. I know ppl disagree but in such a fucked up system, we keep our… https://t.co/HnszLMMHpM— Kai (@Kai)1578797091.0
@ScottHech Good deeds. Kindness. We may lose battles but there is good in the world and we have to keep trying.— alyson (@alyson)1578796521.0
@ScottHech The indomitable spirit of the patients with cancer under my care as an oncologist— Mark Lewis (@Mark Lewis)1578799786.0
@ScottHech The gentle glow of human resilience in the shadows of tragic experiences. Those who've gone through hell… https://t.co/qp82q0RgGs— Shea Rossomando (@Shea Rossomando)1578801702.0
@ScottHech The optimism of Gen Z who have little reason to have it.— David Mongan (@David Mongan)1578796424.0
@ScottHech I bought a couple of sweet potatoes and they are sprouting. They have no earth or water, and the leaves… https://t.co/feDPn52kWZ— Dushka Zapata (@Dushka Zapata)1578862819.0
@ScottHech There are 12 sets of footprints on the surface of the moon that says we can do anything we put our mind to.— Glen Beeby (@Glen Beeby)1578801102.0
Hechinger shared what gives him hope, too. Like many other people who shared what gives them hope, it's children. Children are our future, and knowing that they've already got good heads on their shoulders gives people hope that our future isn't f-ed.
Am feeling more hopeful already because of these responses. For me hope is this group of 5th Graders I brought to… https://t.co/FRBIcFq0id— Scott Hechinger (@Scott Hechinger)1578797524.0
In some ways, the fact that people have hope and are willing to share their hope so broadly is something that also gives hope. It's important to remember that there are positive things going on in the world, and the more we share what's right on this Earth, the easier it will be to find hope when we need it.
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