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. Entire class gets A on chemistry test thanks to winning shot
Chemistry professor Dr. Christopher Callem promised his entire class an A on their upcoming test if a student could land a faraway shot into a trash can at the front of the lecture hall. Vinney Forte took Callem up on the offer and scored this impossible shot. The class went wild and they all ended up with As thanks to Forte’s Steph Curry-like skills.
- Read more on The Good News Network
2. Firefighters rescue tiny puppy
— ABC7News (@ABC7News) September 6, 2016
A very tiny puppy is safe after firefighters rescued it from a house fire. Firefighters were called to the scene at a Fort Lauderdale home and did a search. They found the puppy at the back of a room and safely got him out of the burning room. The puppy is doing well and is expected to fully recover.
- Read more on CBS 12
3. Boy wins humanity award after learning sign language to help deaf classmate
Schoolboy learns sign language to help his deaf friend, wins humanity award https://t.co/dpDV1u3GLL
— The Independent (@Independent) September 3, 2016
Ross Kelly is a sixth-grader in Australia who recently won a humanity award for simply being a good friend. Kelly learned sign language to communicate with his pal Isam Gurung, who transferred from a school for the hearing impaired. At first, the friends passed notes to communicate with each other, but eventually Kelly decided to learn Auslan (Australian sign language) so he could he could translate for Gurung.
- Read more on The Independent
4. Man stops traffic to rescue kitten
Dashcam footage shot in Austin, Texas caught a kindhearted motorist stopping on the freeway to save a kitten stuck on the road.
- Read more on The Telegraph
5. Teen and grandfather go to college together
— BRANDEN JAMES (@BrandenJMusic) September 7, 2016
Eighteen-year-old Melanie Salazar will be starting university with her 82-year-old best friend. That is because Salazar and her grandfather Rene Neira will be taking classes together. Neira has been enrolled in economics at Palo Alto College in San Antonio for several years and this semester he will be receiving his associate’s degree.
“It really inspires me and keeps me determined,” said Salazar. “I want to be like my grandpa and be determined to find what I love and get a degree.”
- Read more on 10TV
6. Police help clean up elderly woman’s yard
— AL.com Mobile (@ALcomMobile) September 5, 2016
Alabama’s Birmingham Police Department is going above and beyond to help citizens. Three Birmingham police officers were on patrol when they spotted an elderly woman struggling to mow her front lawn. Officers Erik Henderson, Robert Lewis, and Ivy Nicole Jackson decided to help the woman out by cutting her grass for her. “A lot of people don’t like us but we’re here to help,” Henderson said.
- Read more on Al.com
7. Dog rescued from earthquake rubble
Rescue workers were able to save a dog trapped under the rubble from Italy’s 6.2 magnitude earthquake. The rescuers heard barking coming from the wreckage of a destroyed home. Romeo the golden retriever was freed after being stuck for nine days. His owners cheered with joy after they were reunited with their beloved pet.
- Read more on CNN
8. Football player joins boy with autism for lunch after seeing him sit alone
The Florida State University football team was paying a visit to a local middle school last week when a player named Travis Rudolph noticed a boy sitting alone at the cafeteria lunch table. Rudolph decided to join the boy whose name is Bo. What Rudolph didn’t know is that Bo is autistic and usually sits alone at lunch.
Rudolph says he did not even know Bo had autism and just wanted to keep him company. “It’s just heartbreaking that he’s in that situation, but I’m praying for him. He’s a great kid overall. I would love to hang out with him anytime,” he said.
A photo of Rudolph and Bo sitting together has been shared thousands of times on social media. According to Bo’s mother Leah Paske, he no longer sits alone at lunch.
- Read more on TIME
9. Puppy pretends not to be guilty
This little guy is too cute to get mad at.