Sometimes it can feel as if the news is an endless stream of negativity, so it’s good to have a reminder that there are plenty of positive stories out there too.
To reassure readers that there are plenty of heartwarming tales amid the negativity, Bored Panda has collected a selection of feel-good stories that won’t fail to warm your heart.
Twitter user Jake from Utah revealed how his little sister would secretly slip a dollar into his pocket every time he was feeling down, while another post shows a policeman proposing to his boyfriend, a fellow officer, at London’s Pride festival.
From a man who adopted a severely disabled dog because nobody else would want him… to the grandfather who left a loving note for his wife in his will, these tales are guaranteed to warm your heart:
Steve, from New York, owns seven dogs and a pig named Bikini – all of which are rescue animals. He picked up Engelbert, pictured, from a rescue centre when he went to inquire about another dog who had already been adopted. He chose Engelbert, who had a number of health problems, because he was worried nobody else would want to take him
Twitter user Jake from Utah, who uses the handle @squidslippers, shared a sweet story about his little sister who would hide a dollar in his pocket every time he appeared down. He only found out the truth about the mysterious money after he mentioned the story to his parents
Rhys O’Neill, from Vermont, knew that his girlfriend Lindsy was the one way back in college. The then 21-year-old bought a peach tree from a local nursery and told her ‘someday we will eat peaches from it years from now, because we will still be together’. Now 30, Rhys shared this sweet snap of their 19-month-old son eating peaches from the tree on Reddit last month. Rhys told the BBC: ‘I loved her very quickly, so the peach tree was appropriate. We just knew we were right for each other’
In August, an unnamed Redditor from the US, shared a picture of a note his grandfather left for his grandmother before he died. The loving note was attached to his will so that she would only find it after he passed away
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Last year Amanda Diesen and her husband Todd Kreig from Ohio took a tongue in cheek photo for their pregnancy announcement to declare ‘it still works’. They then posted the photo on Reddit with the caption ‘I hear Reddit likes seeing paraplegics defy the odds…’
Last month Redditor Steph from the US shared these two pictures of her 90-year-old neighbour’s pet dog Buddy. The poor pooch was left severely overweight as the pensioner was unable to walk him. But after she volunteered, the dog was able to slim down and looked far happier
Earlier this year another Redditor from the US shared a story about his best friend who was left homeless after his father lost his job. He didn’t want his friend to find out that he knew he was homeless, but told his mother he had seen him eating from a garbage can. She bought lunch cards so he and his sisters could have at least one good meal a day, and disguised the good deed by convincing the school dinner lady to tell them they won them in a raffle
In August 2018 Walmart cashier Ebony Harris, from Burton, Michigan, skipped her break when she spotted the in-store nail salon refuse to serve a customer because her hands shake due to her cerebral palsy in August. She helped the woman pick out some nail polish, then settled down in the Subway across the mall where she painted her nails. Ms Harris told Abc12: ‘I just wanted to make her day special. I didn’t really want her day to be ruined. That’s why I did it. And plus she’s a sweetie’
Out of desperation, this truck driver wrote on the back of his truck to say that their daughter needed a kidney. When a kind soul named Willie stepped in, they quickly paid tribute to him, saying ‘thank you Willie! For your selfless gift of life’ for all the world (or at least anybody driving behind them) to see. The picture was taken earlier this month in an unknown location before being posted on Reddit
Justin Gallegos, from Eugene, Oregon, became the first athlete with cerebral palsy to be signed by Nike. He was surprised with the endorsement deal on Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day on October 7. Writing about the achievement on Instagram, he said: ‘Growing up with a disability, the thought of becoming a professional athlete is as I have said before like the thought of climbing Mt. Everest! It is definitely possible, but the odds are most definitely not in your favor!’
In Athens, Georgia, there is a tree that cannot be cut down because it has its own legal rights. The tree was given legal rights in the 1800s by Colonel William Jackson who had many wonderful childhood memories from there and wanted to protect it. The original tree was knocked over in 1942 but an acorn from the original tree was replanted, and has the same legal rights as the offspring of the original. It is called the Son of the Tree That Owns Itself
In 2016, PC Sam Philpot (left) proposed to his boyfriend Martin Coughlan at London Pride . It was the second of two proposals by Met Police officers on the day and went viral with one clip of the happy moment being viewed 14 million times
Celeste Ayala was pictured breastfeeding a malnourished baby at the Sor Maria Ludovica children’s hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in August. Hospital staff allegedly called the baby ‘dirty’ but Ms Ayala stepped up anyway when she saw the infant was hungry
Last month a doctor in Belém, Brazil, created a special prescription sheet for a patient who can’t read. The medic used tape in different patterns and colours to explain what time each pill should be taken
A group of six gamers met up for the first time last month after discovering Joe had terminal cancer. David Miller, from New Brunswick, Canada, shared the snap of the group meeting on Reddit. He told the BBC: ‘We always had an idea we would eventually meet up, but after finding out that our time was limited we knew we had to do it sooner rather than later’
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