Every time we try to catch up on the news, negative stories constantly seem to dominate the headlines. There’s a reason why we say some things “restore our faith in humanity” – it’s because we rarely get exposed to the wealth of good things happening around us everyday.
That’s why every week, we bring you a roundup of some of the biggest news stories about good things that happened around the world to help brighten your day.
Here are nine positive things that happened last week that you should know about (in no particular order):
A puppy found starving on the streets of Spain has made a full recovery. Little Barilla was left for death by her previous owner. She was discovered with her bones sticking out of her body and she was so weak she could barely stand. Little Barilla was taken to an animal rescue center where she has been nursed back to health. The owner of the center has decided to adopt the pup and provide her with the loving home she deserves.
This woman went on a mission to see the Seven Wonders of the World after being diagnosed with cancer https://t.co/EQiMcY65U2
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 20, 2016
In 2015, Megan Sullivan experienced continuous bad luck. She fell 50-feet while rock climbing, got hit by a car, and then was diagnosed with skin cancer. But instead of letting these events impact her negatively, Sullivan decided to do something positive. She packed her suitcase and set off to see the Seven Wonders of the World and finished her trip in 13 days. Sullivan is now cancer free and is continuing her travels.
— Reuters Science News (@ReutersScience) April 19, 2016
A Chinese billionare is giving away $2 billion to educational, medical, and environmental causes. Ma Huateng announced on Monday that he will be donating 100 million company shares to a new charity fund he is creating. His donation will be one of the biggest charitable contributions in Chinese history.
Alexey Romanov was born without fingers. But that has not stopped the Russian teen from becoming an incredible piano player. He has performed with Russia’s top orchestras and appears on popular TV shows in the country. Check out his amazing skills in the video above.
A 101-year-old Florida woman is getting a second chance at prom https://t.co/SvZe1pEbSL
— New York Post (@nypost) April 16, 2016
At 101-years-old, Eleanor Bessin is getting to go to prom. Bessin had attended her own high school prom back in the day with her boyfriend. They were planning to get married but he had to serve in World War II. When he returned home he was diagnosed with cancer and died. Bessin was heartbroken and she still carries his picture in her pocket. Now, she is getting a second chance at prom thanks to student government leaders from TERRA High School in Florida. They decided to set up a dance for 75 seniors, including Bessin, living at a local care home center.
— Smile TV (@SmileTVGroup) April 15, 2016
Katherine Spicer turned 10-years-old last week. But instead of birthday gifts, she is asked for donations to raise $10,000 for the local animal shelter in her city. Katherine’s mom helped her create a GoFundMe page and she is still collecting money for the animals.
“It’s just because I really love the animals so it doesn’t really matter if I raise the $10,000. It just matters that I give them something,” Katherine told reporters.
13-year-old Jagger Lavely was looking forward to performing Frozen‘s “Let It Go” at his school talent show. The teen with autism was so excited and even dressed up as the character Olaf. But when his time to sing came, Lavely began to stumble over the words and forgot some of the lyrics. But the audience helped Lavely make it through the rest of his performance because they joined in and started to sing with him. “It was just that magical moment where it just felt like the entire community rallied around him,” said Jagger’s mother Stacey Lavely.
Rodney the guinea pig is safe and sound thanks to the Polk County Fire Rescue in Mulberry, Florida. A fire broke out in the kitchen of Rodney’s owner Kristi Waller. Firefighters made sure Rodney was not left behind. They safely removed Rodney from the house and used a dog oxygen mask to make sure his breathing was ok. “‘I have the utmost respect for firefighters in the first place, but to see them care so much for something so small because of what he meant to our family was truly moving,” Waller said.
Phillip the duck is getting new feet thanks to a 3D printer. Phillip’s owner Vicki Harrison took the duck in after finding him abandoned. He was in rough condition and his feet had frozen off. So Harrison decided to get in touch with Jason Jischke, a teacher at the local middle school who had a 3D printer in his classroom. At first, Jischke was unsure about Harrison’s request but ended up figuring out how to make the perfect feet for Phillip using the printer. Phillip is now living happily at an animal sanctuary center and his new feet work great.