You are a good person. Very good.
How can I say this with such conviction when most of my readers are strangers? Because I read the statistics, I follow the studies and I know in my bones. You and I are so much more than the world at large leads us to believe.
We are humans that struggle each day to do the right thing. We show up for jury duty when we have no time for it. We feed the pets before we feed ourselves. We stop for the old woman in the crosswalk. We kiss our children goodnight. We cry during the SPCA commercials. We care and we act.
If your waking hours are tethered to the mainstream media, you might doubt the goodness of humanity. You may think we are coming undone as a society. Read this and I dare you to tell me that is the truth.
We believe in God
The most recent Gallup poll says that 92% of Americans believe in God.
We are selfless
There was a 700% increase in volunteer organ donors the day after a Facebook campaign, according to Donate Life America.
We are generous with our money
65% of Americans contribute to charity each year.
We are generous with our time
Nearly a third of us volunteer each year.
We smash stereotypes
Teens, YOU have the second highest volunteer rate in America at 27.4%. You are amazing teens!
We invest in the care and keeping of our planet
In Seattle, 53% of the waste produced is taken out of the waste system and recycled.
We give at record rates in spite of a recession
Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation has received a record amount of corporate donations this year.
So, my friend, you are made of the good stuff. I want you to be the headline today because your life matters, your actions count, your kindness is profound.
And I love you.