This week I wrote a piece for the Guardian, about leaving random little notes around London to cheer people up. It was inspired by Hannah Brencher’s initiative called The World Needs More Love Letters, which is all about making the world a little bit of a better place by connecting strangers and, well, just encouraging people to say hello.
In the aftermath of that article, I have been alerted to a whole world of wonderful people doing wonderful things across London (and indeed beyond) and thought it might be nice to celebrate some of them here.
Cheryl blogs at MakeMeJoyful and she is determined to make Londoners smile. Somedays she hands out daffodils at the tube station; other days she surreptitiously hides book vouchers and cinema tickets in tantalising little envelopes labelled “Open Me” for someone to find. Cheryl left a nice comment below-the-line on my piece, and I was going to email to say thank you, and then I changed my mind and posted a card to her snail mail (one of her mantras is that happiness is handwritten). I quite like the idea of a potential pen pal in town!
The Phantom Florist is a curiously wonderful idea. This anonymous florist leaves little handtied posies of flowers in mundane places – on the tube, in the station, lying on street benches or atop letter boxes – to bring a raindrop of pleasure to the everyday routine.
Image from ThePhantomFlorist.Tumblr.Com
And finally, there’s the mysterious baker behind the, er, curiously monikered Wake Up To Muff, who bakes a batch of muffins and then bikes them, for free and for fun, to spread joy and sweet baked stuff, to Londoners on Sunday mornings. Just because.
Maybe I’m just in a good mood lately but I love all this stuff. Cynics mightn’t get it, think it all pointless, vacuous and meaningless but on the contrary; I think it’s just great, to show you care.
And with that, I wish you all an excellently golden weekend.