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March 2012 Key Club magazine

Trends: High-tech happiness

Use online skills to help others—and yourself

story by Sarah Moreland

Blogs are everywhere. Tumblr alone claims 44 million blogs, and that doesn’t include other sites such as Blogger, WordPress and Posterous. Teens create blogs for different reasons: to remember trips abroad, follow bands, post memes and photos or let out frustrations. But what about creating a blog to make yourself and others smile? Try using your blog space for the global good. 

Ideas for positive blogs: 

  • Daily dose of kindness: Perform one small act of kindness every day for a year and post about it on your blog. Inspire others to think of easy ways they can help their communities on a small scale. 
  • Happy news source: Link to uplifting news stories and posts from other bloggers. If it seems like so much of the news on TV is sad, your blog’s readers can be reminded that happy events are happening around the world too. 
  • Gifts of gratitude: Write a daily or weekly shout-out to someone who’s helped you—a parent, sibling, friend, teacher or even a stranger. You could also find something every day or week to be thankful for. 

As you focus on the positive things in your life, the people you thank might in turn express gratitude to someone else. Keep it going! 

TIP: Don’t have enough time to keep up with a blog by yourself? Grab some friends to help you, or ask your Key Club to run a site with you. 

Are you social media-savvy? Use your Facebook, Twitter or YouTube account to make a local or global impact. According to a study in January 2012 by Harris Interactive, 55 percent of teens say that sites such as Facebook and Twitter have helped them become more aware of people’s needs. 

So, what does this mean? Well, you have the power to raise awareness about something you care about and engage others in it. Tweet or post about your favorite cause, and there’s a good chance it will be retweeted or posted by someone else, then someone else, and so on. One thought could reach hundreds of people you don’t even know and start something good for their communities. 

How far can you reach?