Welcome to Cup of Sugar

A blog about people, trust, and exploration

Not too long ago, people turned to their neighbors for cups of sugar, a helping hand during the harvest, and their company. Now we just turn our backs and build privacy fences.

Cup of Sugar is dedicated to rebuilding an interdependent society where giving and asking for help, even from strangers, is a common practice.

The way that I work towards this goal are through Daily Deeds. This is what I do once a day (or more, if possible) by approaching a stranger and either giving help or asking for help. Follow these stories every day through the photos below or learn more about Daily Deeds here.

Despite popular wisdom, sometimes a picture isn’t worth as much as 1,000 words. Check out Storytime if you’d like more inspiration to start your own Daily Deeds.

Feel free to share your stories of giving and receiving in the comments. Or e-mail it to me if you’d like to see it featured.


Please Sleep Inside Tonight

Sometimes you get more than you need AND more than you want. That’s how it goes often goes with hitchhiking. Snacks and going out of the way for me are the most common things that I receive. I can’t give enough praise to all of my hitchhosts for these... read more

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

Former PM of UK

The commonsense rules of the “real world” are a fragile collection of socially reinforced illusions.

Timothy Ferriss

Creator of show, Tim Ferriss Experiment

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

Albert Schweitzer

Nobel Peace Prize, 1952

Hello friend, my name is Laura and I'm a caregiver in "early retirement," hitchhiking around the world. I made this blog to keep me on track of my goal, to give and ask for help everyday--and to inspire others to do the same. As the sort of person who used to refuse even the simplest of help, this is a trying task. But the rewards are greater than you could imagine. Click here to learn more or contact me at Laura.Shiley@Gmail.Com

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