Positive Pranking


The Vlogbrothers, my latest favorite YouTubers, are the dynamic duo of best-selling author John Green and his brother Hank.  They’re both marvelously nerdy, side-splittingly funny, and endlessly creative, and when I stumbled on this video, one of their many suggestions for decreasing world-suck, I knew right away that I needed to post it here.  Basically, the idea is that people take classic pranks, like TPing houses, forking lawns, ding-dong ditching, or making prank calls, and they put a positive twist on them so that instead of getting pleasure from someone else’s discomfort they are getting pleasure by brightening someone else’s day.  Both John’s idea (his own version of TPing) and Hank’s idea (positive prank calls), as well as the idea that inspired them in the first place (Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Hostess Ding-Dong ditching), are fantastic ways to perform some random acts of slightly silly kindness for other people, and I hope to try all of them at some point in the near future.  Who knows, maybe after you see John, Hank, and Amy’s successes you’ll be inspired to try a few positive pranks of your own, too.  Go ahead, watch the videos below to see some positive pranking in action, leave a comment telling about the best prank you’ve ever seen, heard of, or participated in, and don’t forget to be awesome!

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