Happy Sunday, dear friends! Today we get to share some Feel Good News, and I always look forward to this day the most! Sharing joy and happiness uplifts the spirit, and gives us a greater hope for our future. Sharing your smile with others can make happiness contagious, and we are here to spread it far and wide!
So get comfy and lets get ready for some good news!
A shy guardian angel rescues an elderly man from a house fire.
As neighbors scramble, when a neighborhood home in Fresno, CA burst into flames, a calm man enters the area, and brings an elderly gentleman on an oxygen tank. out of the blaze. The rescuer then quietly leaves. CNN tracked him down, and he told reporters that he left quietly because he wanted no fanfare, and would do the same thing again if anyone ever needed help.
After the ordeal, good Samaritan Thomas Artiaga reunited with Robert Wells, the man he rescued. Wells and his family, thanked him profusely and said more people should simply do the right thing.
A man in Saudi Arabia puts a refrigerator outside, to help the hungry.
A man, in the northern Saudi city of Hail, who did not wish to be identified, has placed a refrigerator outside his home and has asked area residents to help him stock it so that those who are hungry are spared the “shame” of begging. The act of charity has inspired praise from religious leaders and regular citizens on social media, saying others should be inspired to do the same thing for their less fortunate brothers and sisters. Helping those in need on a grass-roots level with no fanfare is a seed of compassion and generosity that will eventually bear much fruit.
Laughter is the best medicine.
Laughter is probably the only universal language. Over 70 organizations world wide are sharing laughter as a way to heal wounds and bring people together. Watch this amazing video of Care clowns and doctors visiting sick children all over the world. It made me so happy to see these kids who are suffering from illness or disability respond so positively to some awesome silliness!
If you are interested in becoming a Care Clown, or assisting them in spreading joy to children and seniors around the world, please visit their Red Nose Alliance website. The group is supported by the UPliftment Programme and seems to be named as a tip of the cap, to Dr. Patch Adams, who always believed that happiness heals.
A young teen receives empathy from a dog that can truly understand his situation.
Sam Sartain is 16 years old, and he lost his foot and lower leg in an ATV accident. As he healed, his parents decided to look for a rescue dog to help him get through the tough times. They found little Pooh on a Facebook page. He is a dachshund mix, who also lost his leg in a car accident. As soon as the two met, the family knew it was meant to be. There seems to be an empathy between them, that helps them both accept themselves as they are, and be the best they can be. Sam looks forward to getting back into sports with a new found courage, and a new best friend by his side! Go Sam and Pooh! What a wonderful story of friendship and healing!
A school principal joins a young teen in his quest to get his cat into the high school yearbook.
Draven Rodriguez of Schenectady High School, in New York, had a vision for his Senior class portrait. He wanted to include his rescue cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, in the picture to raise awareness for the plight of rescue animals. The school was hesitant to include a photo that was so different from the others, but when Diane Wilkinson, the principal of the school, heard about the situation, she decided to pose with Rodriguez and his cat, along with her rescue dog, Vivian. The portrait appeared on the principals page, and even inspired the photographers to begin work on a fundraiser for the ASPCA, to support rescue animals across the US. I love that this educator embraced the passion of a teen to create something wonderful!
This young boy proves you are never too young to embrace a cause.
Nine year old Ken, who lives in the Philippines, was very sad that most dogs in the local shelters were being euthanized. He loves animals and has been feeding strays for quite a while. His dream was to run a no-kill animal shelter, but his dad said that only adults could raise enough money to do that. Ken had a dream, and the adults in his life would not hold him back. He created a website, and the Happy Animals Club, to share his passion for saving animals. He started out small, by taking the strays off the street and housing them in his garage, but he has since raised enough money through donations to lease a space and build a bigger shelter. Go Ken! I love when kids are inspired by their passion to get things done that others believe to be impossible.
Have smart phone, will travel….virtually!
If you have a smart phone and an Instagram account, you too can visit the beautiful US National Parks for free, from the comfort of your own couch. There are many beautiful photographs of the parks posted on Instagram from park service personnel. Whenever you feel the need to experience the great outdoors, but can’t get out into the wild, these pictures will surely inspire you for a few minutes and make you thrill at nature’s majesty.
And finally, in honor of Halloween, something extraordinarily cute…
There is something so joy-filled about an animal that is extremely happy. They are not in the least self-conscious about sharing their excitement, and I hope we can all take a lesson from them. This rescue porcupine certainly knows how to enjoy life when he gets to eat pumpkins, his favorite food!
That’s the good news for today! I hope you have a relaxing day filled with good things, and come back to join me on Monday for more news!
Be Well. Be Joy. Be Love!