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):
1. High school recreates graduation for student who woke up from a coma
Grade 12 student Scott Dunn awoke from a medically-induced coma after being involved in a car accident. Dunn was upset to learn that he missed his high school graduation while he was in the hospital. But the principal of Dunn’s highschool arranged another graduation ceremony so the teen could walk across the stage. Over half of Dunn’s classmates showed up for the do-over grad. “I don’t know how to even explain it. I’m speechless to know that this many people are behind me,” Dunn said.
- Read more on ABC News
2. Dad gets tattoo to match son’s cancer scar
Seeing a loved one suffer from a serious illness is never easy, especially if that person is your own child. Josh Marshall wanted to find a way to comfort his son, Gabriel, who has been battling brain cancer. The little boy has been left with a giant scar on his head after multiple surgeries. So, Marshall decided to get a tattoo of the scar on his own head to support his son. A photo of father and son with their scars has gone viral. Marshall says he wanted to get the tattoo to boost Gabriel’s self-confidence.
- Read more on CNN
3. Three Good Samaritans jump onto Manhattan subway tracks to save unconscious man
Three men were waiting for their train to arrive at a New York subway station when they noticed another man faint and fall onto the train tracks. The trio immediately sprang into action and jumped on the tracks to save the man. The oncoming train was only two stations away. The amazing moment was all caught on camera.
- Read more on The New York Times
4. Student saves up all year to give teachers a ‘thank you’ dinner
Eleven-year-old Cody Dortch of Edmond, Oklahoma, wanted to do something special for the teachers at his school before he moved on to middle school next year. Dortch set up a fancy dinner for all of his teachers and spent one year saving up for the event so he could pay for it himself. Dortch says that his teachers showed him so much dedication that he was motivated to do something nice for them in return.
Dortch says that his teachers showed him so much dedication that he was motivated to do something nice for them in return. “I wanted to take them out to dinner because my dad’s a teacher and I know how much he works and how much he does for other kids so I wanted to say they’re good for what they do,” he told Inside Edition.
- Read more on Inside Edition
5. Gas station employee breaks out into dance with customer
“Really special moment.” Senior citizen dancing with a gas station employee in Nova Scotia caught on camera. https://t.co/o21H2m5e2r
— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) June 23, 2016
A gas station attendant from New Milnes, Nova Scotia, was caught on camera waltzing around the store with an elderly customer, and it is possibly the cutest moment of the week. The elderly woman is a regular patron at the station and according to the attendant, Sean, she asked him for a dance. He agreed and they waltzed around the store without a care in mind. The video was caught by the shop’s surveillance camera and, of course, it has gone viral.
- Read more on Global
6. Three friends celebrate their 100th birthdays together
Best friends for nearly a century, three D.C. women celebrate their 100th birthdays https://t.co/HUmAe78KrC
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 18, 2016
Three best friends from Washington, D.C., celebrated a milestone last week. Ruth Chatman Hammett, Gladys Ware Butler and Bernice Grimes Underwood were joined by family and friends as they all rang in their 100th birthdays. The women were born in either June or July of 1916. Their birthday party was held at their local church, where they met as little girls.
- Read more on The Washington Post
7. Policeman rescues exhausted fawn sleeping on the side of the road
— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) June 13, 2016
A baby fawn chasing after its mother got a little too tired and fell asleep on the side of a busy road. Luckily, Officer Matthew Mitchell of the Columbus City Police Department spotted the little guy taking a snooze and carried him to safety.
- Read more on Today
8.Formerly homeless prom queen completes high school in 2 years, gets scholarship to college
— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2016
Destyni Tyree is an accomplished grade 12 student. She was prom queen, head cheerleader, and managed to graduate high school two years early. Tyree is now off to college on a full ride scholarship. But things were not always easy for the teen. A few years ago she was homeless, living in shelters after her mom lost her job and was no longer able to afford rent. But Tyree changed her life around for the better.
“Quite frankly, I’m just ready to go and live life. I know there’s a better life out there for me. It gets better. If you work hard enough, if you have that drive, if you have that motivation, it gets a lot better. I just time managed. I just wake up and do what I gotta do,” she told The Daily Mail.
- Read more on The Daily Mail
9. Woman does not let wheelchair stop her from dancing
— HuffPostCulture (@HuffPostArts) June 23, 2016
Chelsie Hill always wanted to be a professional dancer. In 2010, she was left paralyzed in a car accident after a drunk driver hit her. But she did not let her injuries stop her from dancing. Instead, she was inspired to dance in her wheelchair. She wanted to encourage others to never give up hope on their dreams, so she started teaching others how to wheelchair dance as well.
- Read more on The Huffington Post