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Artist Leaves Positive Notes Around London To Improve Commuters' Mental Wellbeing

'The best place to live is in the moment.'

21/10/2016 14:11 | Updated 21 October 2016

An artist is making commuters smile by leaving positive and humorous messages around London.

Andy Leek was inspired to start his project, Notes For Strangers, after a period of suffering from poor mental health

“It was caused by working too hard, commuting for too long and not looking after my mental wellbeing. Something that I feel is far too common in modern society,” he told The Huffington Post UK.

“There is no place more miserable than a packed commuter train, so I thought this would be a great place to inject a bit of positivity.” 

Leek started the project by leaving small notes in free newspapers on trains around the capital, but now he’s upped his game to connect with more people.

He now posts the feel-good messages as posters around the city.

“It’s a lot of fun to make street art in the middle if the night,” he said.

“The slightly illegal nature of the project just added to the fun and sense of adventure. 

“I am always careful not to paste them where I might damage anyone’s direct property, always using electrical boxes or the back of phone boxes.” 

Leek actively encourages people to photograph the posters and post them online by putting his Instagram on each one.

“The idea being that I will repost pictures of the posters and credit the photographer, making every post a collaboration between me and strangers,” he explained.

“I have had an outpouring of messages from people saying that my notes struck a chord with them and that it made a difference to their day. It is this that keeps me going with the project.”

Check out some of the images below or visit Andy Leek’s website to see more of his work. 

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