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Facebook: More Tales of Chicken Soup for the Social Soul

"...more than 987 messages for my birthday wishes today "

More evidence of chicken soup for the social, and I'd have to add spiritual, soul. This message was posted today by by Nitin Naresh of the Global Concern Foundation. On April 13, it was his birthday. He lives in New Delhi, India. He wrote:

I really feel out of this world today, I never knew that I am so lucky to have such wonderful well wishers and friends who love me so much.

I got more than 987 messages for my birthday wishes today from all my group members & Friends.

I Today feel one of the richest person of this world, even richer than Bill Gates to have such lovely and dear friends and well wishers around me.

with warm regards

Nitin Naresh

I met Nitin, if the word "met" even applies, on Facebook. I quote him a lot, repost his ideas. He's smart, and he's obviously a good guy--a philanthropist and activist in his early twenties. Many of his generation--the Millennials--are like that. Historians who study "turnings,"--generational swaths of time--look for patterns that repeat themselves with each new cohort. Many compare Millennials with the civic-minded G.I. Generation, today's great-grandparents. But the G. I. generation didn't have the Internet, and its members didn't perceive themselves to be citizens of the world. Nitin lives in New Delhi, but he can "converse" with anyone anywhere. I'm not surprised that he was flooded with good wishes. He gives. What goes around comes around.

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The Millennials are inheriting a tough world. People like Nitin are rising to meet the challenge. They don't need a book about consequential strangers. They talk to anyone and everyone and realize that every conversation counts. They believe in sharing. It gives me hope.

 

Journalist Melinda Blau, author of Consequential Strangers: The Power of People Who Don't Seem to Matter, researches and writes about relationships and trends.

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