There’s a whole lot of war, disagreement, anger, and hatred in this big, old world of ours. But you know what? There’s also a whole bunch of love, kindness, respect, understanding, compassion and humility. People are naturally good and desire to do good for others. Here’s some evidence of that: 17 photos that will make you feel better about the world.
1. Happy birthday to you
During a protest in Brazil, a general kindly asked protesters not to fight on his birthday. So, instead, they brought him a birthday cake and to tears with their kindness.
2. This bookshop owner who knows the value of reading
Everyone should be able to read for pleasure and this owner makes sure that everyone can.
3. Risking their lives
These two boys risk falling into a ravine in order to save a dog.
4. Saving even the littlest ones
A firefighter gives oxygen to a kitten after saving it from a house fire
5. “I’m sorry…”
Christians bring signs of peace and apology to a pride parade…and are received with open arms
6. Pay it forward
A young family found this written on their bill after going out to eat
7. Bring out the brooms
Riots cause innumerable damage to London in 2011, but people showed up with brooms to clean up their city after hearing about a clean-up on social media.
8. Winning the race that matters
17-year-old Meghan Vogel decides to help competitor Arden McMath – whose body had just about given up – cross the line rather than running past her and making up another place.
9. Save the animals
Two young men risk their lives in order to save a sheep that has fallen into the sea
10. People can be thoughtful
When Peter Shankman jokingly tweeted a restaurant asking them to meet him from his flight with a steak, this was the last thing he expected…
11. Giving away all he has
A man gives away his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio
12. Helping out the homeless
Subway trying to help out people who are down on their luck
13. Saving the dog
After this woman’s dog was blown off a pier in Melbourne she feared the worst, until a young passer-by (who was there to scatter a relative’s ashes) risked it all to help.
14. Meeting new friends
A young girl in Guatemala shyly presents a flower to a new friend she’s just met.
15. A stranger returns a wallet with a favor to ask
There is goodness in the world after all.
16. Dry cleaners with compassion and good customer service
If that person gets a job, where do you think they will take all their dry cleaning for the rest of their life? That place.
17. A firefighter gives some much-needed water to a koala who has survived Australia’s devastating bush fires of 2009.
‘It was amazing; he turned around, sat on his bum and sort of looked at me … like, put me out of my misery. I yelled out for a bottle of water. I unscrewed the bottle, tipped it up on his lips and he just took it naturally. He kept reaching for the bottle, almost like a baby.’