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. Girl finds discarded winning lottery scratch ticket, spends on a good cause
— KFOR (@kfor) November 23, 2016
Seven-year-old Pheobe Brown of Missouri was shopping with her mother at the local grocery store when she found a lottery scratch ticket on the ground. When she looked at it, she discovered that it was a $100 dollar winner. But instead of spending the money on herself, Brown decided that she was going to use to money to buy $100 worth of groceries and donate them to help those in need.
- Read more on Fox
2. J.K. Rowling grants young Syrian girl’s wish by sending her Harry Potter Book
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 23, 2016
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has made a Syrian girl’s wish come true by sending her a copy of her best selling books. Seven-year-old Bana lives in eastern Aleppo, which has been at the centre of the ongoing war in Syria. Bana’s mother manages her Twitter account and sent a message to Rowling asking her if it was possible to send over a copy of some of the Harry Potter books. Bana had seen the movies but desperately wanted to read the books. Rowling saw the message and her team arranged for an e-book copy to be sent to Bana.
- Read more on TIME
3. Grandpa learns to knit at 86, makes hats for preemies
Ed Moseley is an 86-year-old grandfather who lives in Georgia. He loves learning new things and he has recently taken up knitting, all for a good cause. Moseley is knitting the hats for premature babies at a local hospital. So far he has knitted over 50 caps and does not plan on stopping. “I mean, I can read, and I can follow directions. There was a little trial and error there at the beginning, but eventually, I got the hang of it,” he told Today.
- Read more on Today
4. Puppy sees snow for the first time ever and freaks out
This puppy recently saw snow fall for the first time ever and freaked out with excitement. It was all caught on camera, and we promise it will make you smile.
- Read more on The Dodo
5. Repo man raises money to save elderly couple’s car
Jim Ford of Illinois was sent to repossess an elderly couple’s car last week but when he met them, he had a change of heart. Ford learned that the couple had fallen behind on the car payments because they were struggling to pay for the husband’s dementia medication. Ford decided that instead of repossessing their car, he would raise enough money to help the couple pay it off. He started a GoFundMe and has raised over $12,000 of his $20,000 goal.
- Read more on Today
6. Baby corgi getting tickled will make your day
There is no such thing as too many adorable puppy videos. This little Corgi loves getting tickled and it’s the cutest thing ever.
- Read more on The DoDo
7. Care home teams up with animal shelter to rescue orphaned kittens
— Happy Joy Joy (@HappyJoyJoy_com) November 20, 2016
An Arizona Care senior’s centre has teamed up with a local animal shelter for a good cause. They have established a new kitten-care program so seniors can care for kittens that have been abandoned. The program is especially great for the seniors who have Alzheimer’s and Dementia because the kittens keep them company and cheer them up.
- Read more on Metro UK
8. Newborn has priceless reaction while receiving first bath
Taveon Glenn of Ohio recently became a father to his baby girl Admira. When it was time for the infant to get her first bath, she had a priceless reaction to the shampoo and scrub. Glenn caught the whole thing on camera and it has since gone viral.
- Read more on 9 News
9. Stranger buys $200 in groceries for mother who forgets wallet
— Happy Joy Joy (@HappyJoyJoy_com) November 24, 2016
Danielle Vinson was grabbing some groceries at her local store in Iowa. The cashier scanned half of Vinson’s groceries when she noticed that she forgot her wallet at home. She started to panic, asking the cashier if she could call her husband to bring her wallet over. But the woman standing behind her in line offered to pay for the entire purchase worth nearly $200. “I just welled up with tears in my eyes and she kind of looked at me like I was crazy and I was like I have to give you a hug and she’s like ‘no, no, no you don’t need to’ and I just ran over to her and gave her a big hug and I was like thank you so much,” Vinson told reporters.
- Read more on 9 ABC