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 Good Samaritan in China’s Fujian Province is being recognized for his kindness. When the unknown man spotted an elderly woman struggling to cross the street, he picked her up and carried her to the other side. The footage was caught on video and has since gone viral.
Whitney Develle is a tattoo artist from Brisbane, Australia who is using her talent to help others. Develle took to social media to offer free tattoos to anyone who wanted to cover up their self-harm scars. The response to Develle’s post has been so overwhelming that she had to adjust her original offer. She is now providing 50 free tattoo sittings and discounts for everyone else.
Develle said she was inspired to reach out to survivors of self-harm after a close friend revealed their scars to her. “Society looks [down at people with self-harm scars] and immediately thinks they are unstable or unfit to be amongst the rest of us. I want to change that stigma,” Develle told 9 News.
This young girl is donating all her birthday gifts to a children’s hospital. Such a great story. -Amberli https://t.co/tmQCgujkd1
— 94.3 CKSY (@943CKSY) March 8, 2016
For her eighth birthday, Nicoline Perrin wanted to do something to help others. So she decided to donate all of her presents to the local children’s cancer hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. Perrin said she wanted to give the gifts away in memory of her grandmother who recently passed away from cancer.
In last week’s roundup, we told you about a baby elephant named Amanzi that was recused from a drainage well in South Africa. After the rescue, Amanzi was sent to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center where he has formed a loving bond with a lamb named Lammie and a baby rhino. Lammie the lamb acts as an adoptive mom to Amanzi and the rhino and the trio is inseparable.
A few weeks ago, Keith Burkitt was chatting with a customer at the restaurant he was managing at the time. Burkitt was telling the stranger about how his car was in need of some serious repairs and the man responded with an incredible act of kindness. He told Burkitt to take his car to a nearby mechanic shop and not to worry about the bill.
Burkitt was surprised and initially hesitant to take the offer. But the stranger insisted and asked Burkitt to “just pay it forward someday.” The next day, Burkitt took the car to the shop and the mechanic told him the $2,000 repairs had already been paid for. Turns out the man Burkitt met in the restaurant had covered the costs. “This guy just took $2,000 off my shoulders. And for no reason other than just wanting to be a decent human being. It just restored my faith in humanity again,” Burkitt told ABC.
Luke Nuttall is lucky to be alive. The seven-year-old suffers from Type 1 diabetes and was sleeping one night when his blood sugar drastically dropped. His family was fast asleep and did not notice. Luckily, Luke’s Labrador “Jedi” was close by and was able to smell the little boy’s low blood sugar. Jedi is a diabetic alert dog (DAD) and is trained to warn Luke’s parents when something is off with his glucose levels. When Jedi sensed Luke’s blood sugar had dropped, he immediately ran to Luke’s mother’s room and woke her up. She rushed to help Luke but she couldn’t have done it without Jedi.
Hasaan Hawthorne named most Valuable Wrestler for Class 6A pic.twitter.com/hFj86x8Kde
— Daniel Boyette (@danielboyette) February 20, 2016
Hasaan Hawthorne was born with clubbed feet and no tibias. As a result, he had to get both of his lower legs amputated. But he never let that stop him from pursuing his dream of wrestling. Hawthorne’s determination has landed him on his high school wrestling team. Hawthorne also has a perfect record of 37-0. “If everybody gave their heart and desire into doing what they want to do like he does, there [would be] a lot more athletes out there that are phenomenal,” Hawthorne’s former coach, Scott Verner, told AL.com.
University is a time when many young adults leave their parents behind to start a new chapter in their lives. But that is not the case for Zhao Delong. He is a university student in Henan, China. When he was younger, he suffered from polio and his parents were determined to get him the proper treatment. Zhao has always been grateful to his parents and now he is repaying them with his unconditional love.
His father recently fell ill and became paralyzed. So Zhao decided to take his father with him to university. Every day he helps his dad get dressed, eat, and do exercises. Zhao’s university has given his father a special room that accommodates his wheelchair. “My dad took care of me. Now that he’s ill, I can’t just leave him behind,” Zhao said, according to Shanghaiist.
Maëlle the seal pup was rescued off the coast of Nanaimo, B.C. after being found underweight with a fishing net pierced into her neck. She was sent to the Vancouver Aquarium to receive treatment. On Tuesday, she was released back into the ocean at Cates Park in North Vancouver.