Have you ever found yourself SOL while traveling? I definitely have, and my saving grace has always been the kindness of strangers. Like that time in Argentina when I got lost right before dark and a friendly Australian couple drove me back to my hostel or when a stranger gave me $40 after my debit card went missing in Nicaragua. Those strangers were my hero at the time and will never know how much I appreciated their help.
I likely won’t have the chance to repay those kind strangers, but I can pay it forward. When I later met another backpacker who also lost their debit card, I paid for their hostel bunk and treated them to lunch. I’ll never know whether or not this stranger paid the act forward, but imagine if I could? Well, a cool new social enterprise has finally made this possible!
How Does it Work?
The Good Cards is a real-life game that takes good-doers through various missions and levels of kindness. Thanks to this breakthrough game and app, people around the world are now able to track their random acts of kindness and urge others to keep the good vibes going. All players start with a physical, biodegradable Good Card, which you can either receive from someone else or receive after donating as little as $2 to Better World. Once you have the card, scan its QR code using The Good Card Game app. The user will then receive a mission to pay it forward.
As the card travels from hand to hand, the app guides users through various missions to do something good for strangers while remaining as anonymous as possible. A domino effect of kindness is the game’s ultimate goal. Everybody involved is able to track and read kindness stories stemming from the exact card shared with others. There are 4 levels and 12 missions. Every time a mission is completed, a new mission is unlocked. Remember how addicting and popular Pokemon Go was? Imagine if that same fervor were applied to a game that promotes kindness and building a kinder world.
The app is all about kindness, including being kind to yourself. After all, in order to be there for others, you need to take care of yourself first! An example of a mission prompted by the app is to treat yourself! Options include things like signing up for a fitness class, planning an exciting weekend, or creating something from scratch. Other missions include things like paying for a stranger’s coffee or sending someone a care package.
As much as we all love treating ourselves, nothing feels as good as knowing you helped someone out – even if you know they will never be able to repay you. Seeing a chain reaction would be even more satisfying, though! The game’s goal is to create a way to track the ripple effect of these acts and hopefully inspire others to keep the chain going.
The Good Cards has opened up my eyes to just how powerful kindness can be. We all have the power to create a better world or simply make someone else’s day. Remember how addicting and popular Pokemon Go was? Imagine if that same fervor were applied to a game that promotes kindness and building a kinder world.
So, how am I going to use my good card? I’m not sure yet, but I’ll keep you guys posted! I would really like to use it on my next trip to see how many countries my random act of kindness can ripple across!
The app and game used to only be available in beta mode, but it is now available to all the dreamers and good doers out there! So, if you want to get in on the fun, make others smile, and contribute to a better world, check out their Kickstarter campaign.