In a world that can often feel bleak and overwhelming, it can be helpful to seek out stories that lift our spirits and remind us of the goodness and kindness that exists in the world. From heartwarming tales of human connection to uplifting news about social progress, these stories can offer us a much-needed respite from the constant stream of negative news and help us cultivate a more positive outlook.
In addition to these heartwarming stories, there are countless examples of people coming together to make a positive difference in their communities. From volunteers who spend their weekends cleaning up parks and beaches to neighbors who organize block parties and potlucks, there are countless ways that people can work together to create a sense of belonging and connection. And as we continue to grapple with the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, these acts of kindness and generosity can be especially meaningful, helping us to feel less alone and more supported in our daily lives.
Ultimately, these stories remind us that even in the darkest of times, there is always reason to hope and to believe in the power of human kindness and resilience. Whether it’s a little girl celebrating her adoption with her friends or a group of volunteers cleaning up a local park, these moments of connection and positivity can make all the difference in our lives. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by the news or the stresses of daily life, seek out these stories of hope and love, and let them inspire you to keep moving forward with a sense of purpose and optimism.
#1 A few months ago, an older woman asked me to walk her home because she was afraid of slipping on the ice. We’ve become friends, and now I almost always walk her home.
#2 Anthony Borges is 15 years old. He used his body to hold a classroom door shut, protecting 20 other students inside as the gunman shot through the door and hit him five times. May he get better quickly.
#21 Over the past year, a 22-year-old man from Harlem became friends with an 81-year-old woman he met while playing Words with Friends. He then went to Florida to meet her for the first time in person.