9 good things that happened around the world last week

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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. Mother dog becomes overjoyed when she is reunited with her lost puppies

 

Cora the dog was a nervous wreck after her puppies were taken away from her. But that all changed when she was reunited with them at the Marin Human Society in Novato, California, on Saturday. Cora’s heartwarming reaction was caught on camera.

2. This 92-year-old senior gets rewarded for being a regular at the gym

Image:ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ

Image:ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ

John Williams is a 92-year-old who spends more time in the gym than most of us. Williams has suffered from a heart attack and a stroke but that has not gotten in the way of him going to his local gym in Nelson, New Zealand, three times a week for the past eight years. Recently, Williams was going to swipe his membership card at the gym’s reception desk when he realized he needed to add more money on the card.

That’s when a gym staff member told him that it had all been taken care of and the fitness centre had agreed to give him a free lifetime membership for being the oldest member. “I thought it was absolutely fab… Coming to the gym for me is a relief because otherwise I wouldn’t meet people. You can’t go out in the street and start talking to people but coming here I can and do. I’ve got a big mouth,” Williams told Stuff New Zealand.

3. Bears play with balloon

“Beren maken kennis met een ballon!” Wilde deze video graag delen omdat je de beren maar weinig op deze manier ziet ???? (we hebben in de gaten gehouden dat de beren en apen de ballon niet op aten). Groeten Xaviera Simons

Posted by Xaviera Simons on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

These bears were fascinated by these pink balloons, and it’s probably the cutest thing you have seen all week.

If the above video doesn’t load, click here to watch it on YouTube

4. Nine-year-old sells off baseball cards to help raise funds for friend with cancer

When nine-year-old Brady Kahle of Springfield, Massachusetts, found out that Laden, one of his best friends from little league, was diagnosed with cancer, he wanted to do something to help. So he decided to sell off his prized baseball card collection to help pay for Laden’s cancer treatment. So far, Kahle has raised over $7,000 for Laden. “I have so many baseball cards but I wanted them to go to a good cause,” Kahle told Today.

5. U.K. supermarket chain to donate all unsold food to charity

U.K. supermarket giant TESCO will be donating all unsold food from its stores to charity. TESCO announced that it would partner with 5,000 local charities in the U.K. in order to stop food waste by 2017. TESCO estimates that nearly 55,400 tonnes of food waste were thrown away by its stores in 2015, but the chain hopes that will soon end with its newest initiative.

6. Girl teased for her weight, called a ‘fat whale,’ gets back at bullies

Sixteen-year-old Dannie McMillan was sitting in study hall when someone sent her a screen shot of a Twitter page created by a fellow student that was dedicated to making fun of her weight. The Twitter page called ‘Dee’s a fat whale’ featured a picture of McMillan with a whale photoshopped over her face.

McMillan was devastated and embarrassed but she wanted to get back at her body shamers. She decided to design t-shirts that featured the slogan “Dee the Fat Whale Saves the Whales.” It was a way for her to take back the joke and support a good cause. She is selling the shirts online and all proceeds go the California non-profit called Save the Whales. Talk about getting back at your haters with kindness.

7. Teen overcome by surprise when he finds out he will finally get a heart transplant

Thirteen-year-old Albert Jefferies IV was born with a dilated cardiomyopathy, meaning his heart was not functioning properly. He has spent the last 99 days in hospital waiting for a heart transplant. When his mom found out Albert was finally going to receive a new heart, she was overjoyed to tell her son. Albert’s reaction was caught on camera and he was shocked and that he was going to get a second chance at life.

8. Woman raises money for homeless man after he helped her to safety

Image: Facebook/ Nichole Sedgebeer

Image: Facebook/ Nichole Sedgebeer

Nicole Sedgebeer missed the last train home in London. The station was locked and she had nowhere to stay and wait until the morning. A homeless man named Mark approached her and said that he would walk her to a 24 hour coffee shop nearby. He also offered to walk Sedgebeer to the shop so she would not have to go there alone in the dark. Mark returned in the morning to escprt Sedgebeer back to the station.

Sedgebeer was so touched by Mark’s kindness that she decided to set up a crowdfunding account to help get Mark off the streets. So far she has raised over $18,000. “This man who I probably would of avoided eye contact with if he asked for spare change, completely changed such a negative event into the most eye opening event in my life,” Sedgebeer wrote in a Facebook post, dedicated to her new friend. 

9. Children in Aleppo are making a change in their city with brooms

Image: Aj+/Screenshot

Image: Aj+/Screenshot

Kids are taking to the streets with brooms in Aleppo, Syria, in order to start a clean up campaign. Nearly 40 school aged kids gathered to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Syrian revolution by sweeping the streets in efforts to clean the city.

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