9 good things that happened around the world this 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. Boy with Autism overjoyed at Coldplay concert

This young boy was overjoyed to the point of tears when he got to see his favourite band, Coldplay, perform in Mexico City. Luis Vazquez took his son, who has autism, to the concert. Vazquez captured a video of his son tearing up while the band played their hit “Fix You.” The video has gone viral and has inspired many with autism to reach out to Vazquez and thank him for sharing the footage. “I have autism myself I was diagnosed at age 7 and I am also a mega Coldplay fan, this made me tear up, thank you so much for sharing this video,” one person wrote on Facebook. The video is touching that even Coldplay shared it on their official page.

2. Six-year-old saves family of ducklings

Six-year-old Mia Rabii sprung into action when she saw a family of ducklings stuck in a storm drain on the side of the street. Her arms were skinny enough to fit in the drain and she grabbed all of the baby ducks out of the hole and returned them to their mother.

3. Boy sells lemonade to pay for adoption

Nine-year-old Tristin Jacobson from Springfield, Missouri, has opened up a lemonade stand to raise money for his own adoption. Jacobson’s biological mother abandoned him and left him on the doorstep of a shelter. A woman named Donnie Davis took the boy in but she could not afford the legal fees to adopt him. Jacobson has decided to use the money from his lemonade sales to pay for the adoption. His story went viral and he has managed to raise over $14,000. Any leftover money will be put into Jacobson’s college fund.

4. Women living in Toronto shelters get treated to spa day

A group of 30 Toronto women who have spent years living in shelters got pampered with makeovers and massages for free on Monday. The event was put together by an organization called Project Beautiful.

“We let them know they really are beautiful. And that in spite of the situation and circumstances they have been through, there are a group of people that will love them unconditionally,” organizer Judith Meikle told CBC. 

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5. 12-year-old finishes half marathon by accident

Twelve-year-old LeeAdianez Rodriguez-Espada, who goes by Lee, was ready to run a 5 km race on Sunday morning in Rochester, New York. She thought she was late for the race so she rushed to the starting line. After a few kilometres, Lee felt like the 5 km race was way longer than it was supposed to be. It turns out that Lee was running the wrong race and she soon realized that she was participating in a half-marathon. But that did not stop Lee and she ended up finishing the race in 2 hours and 43 minutes. 

6. Bear jumps for joy after being rescued from bile farm

Tuffy the bear was caught on camera literally jumping for joy after being freed from a bile farm. Tuffy had spent several years in a small cage on the farm where his bile was extracted through catheters and holes in his body. Bear bile is often used in Asia as an ailment to treat various illness. Tuffy was rescued by a Hong Kong-based group called Animals Asia. He is now living at a bear sanctuary in Vietnam and he is clearly very happy about being free.

7. Former homeless man buys house after selling papers for five years

After five long years, Mario Martinez is finally able to call a place his home. The Nashville man has been living in a broken down trailer without heat or water for several years and to make ends meet he sold newspapers. He saved up the money from the newspaper job and earned enough to put a down payment on his very own home. “I’m just so grateful. There are so many people who believed in me,” Martinez told WKRN.

8. Dog rescues kids from burning home

A German Shepard named Maxx is being hailed as a hero for saving a four-year-old boy, two-year-old girl, and their father from their burning home in Florida. According to the Seminole County Sherriff’s Office, Maxx ran back into the house to save his owner and the children after the blaze broke out. The pup was able to guide firefighters to their whereabouts and they were evacuated from the home. The family is now recovering at the hospital.

9. Waiter feeds man with no hands

When waiter Alex Ruiz noticed a customer without hands ordering a meal, he immediately wanted to help him. The customer came into the Georgia restaurant where Ruiz works and asked someone to assistant him with eating. Ruiz didn’t even think twice and went over to feed the man. A heartwarming picture of Ruiz helping the man was captured by another customer who posted it on to social media where it has gone viral. “I saw a man who needed help. I did what I thought was right,” Ruiz said.

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