Some of the friendliest people in the world, a multi ethnic society, inactive volcanoes, rain forests close-by, seaside promenades, museums, Polynesian villages and much more. You are in Auckland, New Zealand.
Life is not a never-ending party that always brings joy and elation. Even the most successful people have experienced streaks of bad luck which have resulted in moral breakdown and emotional exhaustion verging on frustration.
I like compliments and very likely you do too. In the influential book of the 20th century How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie names "giving honest and sincere appreciation" a time- and psychology-tested approach for someone to become a bit more benevolent and open to you. This article is not about making friends but a very personal story of how in 2020, this very need for love and acceptance is exploited to take advantage of people online.