5 good news stories from around the world to brighten your day

Apr 24 2020, 4:00 pm

Sometimes catching up on daily news can be a daunting task; with a multitude of fear-inducing headlines, it’s enough to make anyone feel discouraged.

While staying informed on both local and international news is necessary, it’s essential to remind ourselves that it’s not all bad in this world.

To assure you that all is not doom and gloom, we’ve rounded up a few good news stories from around the world that are sure to put a smile on your face.

David Attenborough is helping teach geography to children from home


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English broadcaster and natural historian, as well as the owner of one of the most soothing voices in the world, David Attenborough will be teaching geography to children as part of new educational programming in the UK. The series, “Bitesize Daily,” is targeted towards children who are currently at home due to the ongoing global situation. It features designated 20-minute lessons for young learners ages five to 16+ across a variety of academic subjects, including math, history, English, science and music. Attenborough will be helping children learn about oceans as well as why animals look the way they do.

A UK campaign is encouraging people to “Adopt a Grandparent” to combat loneliness in seniors


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CHD Living, an “an award-winning, family-owned group of care services” located in Surrey and South London in the UK, has taken their “Adopt a Grandparent” initiative digital to combat the very real issue of loneliness and social isolation in seniors. The program was created to bring comfort to young people who may not have grandparents as well as elderly folks who may not have grandchildren. Upon signing up, virtual volunteers are asked to provide information regarding their personal interests and write about why they would like to participate in order to create the best possible matches. Volunteers will make regular video calls with their new grandparent and can even send them handwritten letters, drawings, or cheerful photographs.

A group of women in Italy is using gondolas to deliver groceries during lockdown


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Venice, Italy, is renowned for its beautiful canals that wind throughout the city. Now, a group of women is utilizing them, and the gondolas that travel atop them, to deliver groceries to homebound Venetians directly to their doors. The initiative is being performed through Row Venice, a non-profit organization that serves to keep the Venetian Voga tradition alive while also teaching rowing classes and providing tours to others. Since they are currently unable to operate due to lockdowns and travel restrictions, the operators have shifted their focus to a more philanthropic initiative.

Two flower farms in the Netherlands issued a hopeful message to visitors


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Thousands of people typically flock to the Netherlands during this time of year to see the spectacular fields of flowers in bloom. Since people are unable to travel right now, Dutch Daffodils and Tulips in Holland joined forces to issue a hopeful message to those that were meant to visit this year. In an image posted to both farms’ Instagram pages, a message created in a flower field reads “See You Next Year.” In the posts, the farms explain that “you may miss The Netherlands, but we miss you too!” and that they hope this gesture will brighten the readers’ day and encourage them to visit next year.

A Florida police department honoured healthcare workers with touching tribute

A police department in Fort Myers, Florida, issued a heartfelt (get it?) tribute to frontline healthcare workers outside Lee Memorial Hospital. In what a post published to the Department’s Facebook describes as a “simple Thank You,” viewers can see an assortment of police patrol cars coordinated to resemble a heart with all their lights flashing. At the same time, officers stood in the middle with letter signs that read “FMPD Thanks You.” The gesture was the force’s way of expressing their immense gratitude towards the hard-working medical personnel serving to keep the community safe as well as their pride in working side by side with the hospital.

Do you know a local Good Samaritan? Send in your stories, photos, or videos of positive things you see in your community to [email protected]

Emily RumballEmily Rumball

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