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):
October 22 to 27, 2015
1. Turkish fishermen save refugee Syrian toddler from drowning after boat capsizes
Fishermen rushed to the rescue after two separate boats full of refugees capsized in the waters of Turkey’s Aegean Sea. They spotted a toddler bobbing up and down in the water and they hurried over to save him but discovered that he was non-responsive. The rescue footage, which was caught on video, shows one of the fishermen attempting to clear water from they boy’s lungs. Suddenly, the man can be heard shouting “Brother he is alive; he is alive. My God he is alive.”
The toddler, whose name is Muhammad Hasan, is now recovering in hospital. Muhammad’s family met with the fishermen and thanked them for their heroic deed. The fishermen were also able to save 15 other people and brought them to safety on their boat.
- Read more on CNN
2. Texas police officers give dad car seats instead of ticket
A Texas police officer and his colleague are being commended for their kindness. Officer Justin Gower pulled over a man for an expired registration and malfunctioning light. While Gower was talking to the man, he saw his three young daughters in the backseat, without car seats. Gower called his fellow officer Cale Hawkins, who had stopped the man previously as well. The officers were aware that the man was going through some tough times and was living in a hotel with his daughters. Instead of the giving the man tickets for his driving violations, the officers decided to buy carseats for his daughters.
- Read more on GNN
3. Google grants wish of 97-year-old woman who always wanted to be an engineer
Olive Horrel always wanted to be an engineer. The 97-year-old senior was curious about the way things worked from a very young age. She was discouraged to go into the field by her father who told her that no engineering company would ever hire a woman.
Her love for technology never ceased and recently she had her long time wish granted and received a VIP tour of Google’s Mountain View campus in California. Horrel got to ride in the company’s self- driving car and she tested out a number of cool gadgets. Horrel’s trip to Google was made possible by her assisted living residence and a foundation called Wish for a Lifetime that grants wishes for seniors.
- Read more on CNET
4. Baby deer becomes friends with the human who saved her
Darius Sasnauskas recently found a wounded baby deer in his backyard and proceeded to help the injured animal by taking her in so he could treat her wounds. Sasnauskas managed to nurse the deer back to health and recently released her into the wild. However, the deer has not forgotten about her ‘adoptive’ family and she has come back to visit Sasnauskas and his pet dogs and cats. Watch the video to see how the baby deer has bonded with Sasnauskas and the other animals.
- Read more on Mashable
5. Woman throws birthday parties for homeless kids living in transitional homes and shelters
Paige Chenault is on a mission to make sure homeless children get to celebrate their birthdays. To make this possible, she started a non-profit organization called The Birthday Party Project. Every month, volunteers from the organization known as “birthday enthusiasts” go to different homeless shelters across the United States and throw giant birthday parties for kids who usually don’t get to celebrate their special day. “My goal is that each child feels something that lets them know how important they are and how much they matter,” Chenault told Today Parents.
- Read more on Today Parents
6. Community helps blind man reunite with his seeing eye dog
When Blake Hardin’s seeing eye dog, Beethoven, went missing last Sunday, he began to worry that his beloved friend was hurt. Luckily, Beethoven did not wander too far and a family took him in for the night when they spotted the dog on their front porch. The family saw reports going around on social media that a man was looking for his seeing eye dog. They managed to get in touch with Hardin and he was reunited with Beethoven. “I gave him a big doggie hug,” Hardin told KGW Portland. “I’m just glad he’s safe and nothing happened to him.”
- Read more on KGW Portland
7. Quadriplegic man dances with wife six years after car accident internally decapitated him
Six years ago, Joel Jackson was internally decapitated in a car accident and became a quadriplegic. Jackson was in a car with a drunk driver who ended up hitting a telephone pole. The impact of the crash ejected Jackson out of the vehicle and threw him nearly the length of a football field. Jackson was paralyzed from the neck down and doctors did not think he would survive. However, Jackson slowly regained his ability to speak (using a computer to assist him) and recently, Jackson danced with his wife, Lauren, to their wedding song. “I told him, ‘When you can talk, I want to renew our vows. And when you can walk, I want you to dance with me,” Lauren said, according to NBC. The beautiful moment was caught on video and has since gone viral.
- Read more on The Daily Mail
8. ‘Sesame Street’ introduces first character with autism
The iconic children’s show ‘Sesame Street’ announced that a new character will be appearing on the show. Big Bird, Elmo and the rest of the Muppets will be introducing Julia to viewers very soon. What makes Julia special is that she has autism. Her character will be used to teach young audiences about the spectrum disorder and how to interact and be friends with kids who are autistic.
- Read more on Today Parents
9. IKEA turns children’s drawings into plush toys and sells them for charity
IKEA is turning children’s drawings into their latest line of plush toys that will be sold for charity. Kids sent the furniture company their best drawings of imaginary creatures and the top 10 entries have been turned into plush stuffed animals. For every toy sold, IKEA will donate $1.46 CAD to Save the Children and Unicef.
- Read more on Fortune