The New Year is at the door, giving us an opportunity to look back and consider the achievements of 2015. Youth Time carried out two major events this year. In June we held the annual Summer School in Hamburg, and in October we held the first Youth Time Global Forum in Barcelona. Now we are already busy organizing the first event of 2016, this time in China. We would like to thank all of you who joined us this year and look forward to seeing each of you again. We hope that you had a very successful year full of growth and joy, and we wish you all the best in 2016. Stay strong, stay positive, stay smart.
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.