These four positive news stories will bring a smile to your face and a tear of joy to your eye!
In a world with what seems like a never ending news cycle of political slam pieces and awful events taking place all over the world, its easily forgotten that not everything worthy of the front page news necessarily needs to be some cataclysmic-shakespearean level tragedy. In fact, some of the best news stories happening right now are stories that will put a smile on your face or a tear in your eye (and really most of the time both occur simultaneously).
Luckily for all of us who feel like they can’t seem to get away from the rainstorm of negative news stories circulating the media today -here are 4 news stories that will bring a grin to your face and maybe even a happy tear stroll down the side of your cheek!
1. Good Boy! Rescued Pit Bull Elected Town Mayor
Last week the town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky home to a population of 300 residents had elected a rescued pit bull named Brynn to fulfill it’s mayoral duties on behalf of the people. The town holds an fundraising-election every year where they run animals as their candidates and charge $1 per vote to raise money for town improvements.
Accompanied by his favorite chew toys Brynn will fulfill duties of the office such as making public appearances, showing up at fundraisers, and “tasting” the food at the town’s new restaurants to ensure the quality is up to standard (and not for a sneaky canine plot to eat human food of course).
Overall, Brynn’s new job sounds like it’s not too ruff of a gig!
2. A Unique Grind: North Carolina Coffee Shop Owner Employs 40 People With Disabilities
Sometimes we forget that there are so many truly exceptional and awe-inspiring people on this big blue marble we call home. But Amy Wright of Wilmington, North Carolina is someone who reminds us of this sometimes forgetful fact. Amy is the proud owner of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee shop, where 40 “adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities” greet you with smiling faces as you walk in the door for your morning cup of joe.
Amy’s inspiration to employee adults with disabilities came from a personal side of her life. Amy’s children Beau & Betty, who Amy named her business after, both have down syndrome. In an interview with CNN Amy said when she began to brain storm ideas for her new business “it hit me like a lighting bolt: a coffee shop!”
She continued, “I realized it would be a perfect environment for bringing people together.“
Not only has Amy given 40 people work who may not have been able to find a good paying job without some difficulty, her giving nature goes even further in donating the shop’s profits to the non-profit Able To Work USA. If you don’t live in North Carolina you may not be able to stop in at Beau’s coffee shop for your morning latte, but there is no doubt that you can equally use her journey as your morning boost of inspiration!
3. Random Act of Kindness: A Woman’s Kind Gesture To Help A Blind Man Call A Cab Goes Viral
If you want to add another name to the list of good-hearted people in this world, then save a spot way high up on the list for Casey Spelman. Casey was in Chicago with friends when she noticed a man in a Cub’s jersey was having difficulty getting a cab. Without a single thread of hesitation Ms. Spelan walked over to lend a helping hand. Casey then realized this sweet hearted Cub’s fan having trouble getting a cab was blind, so she asked him if he wanted her assistance getting him a cab.
According to Casey, the blind man in the Cub’s jersey told her “Yeah! You sound pretty so cabs will probably stop for you before me” the man said jokingly.
*Tears Start Uncontrollably Running Down Face*
Little did Casey know at the time that a man named Ryan Hamilton was watching with friends from a bar across the street, who had decided to take photos of this act of kindness. Understandably, the pictures of Casey’s selfless actions had gone viral in a very short period of time. CBS News reached out to Casey to get a comment on the incident, where Casey had mentioned she did not realize someone had photographed the event or that it would have such an wide spread effect on so many others.
Nonetheless, she was glad that people shared the story and hoped that it would inspire others to step outside the norm and assist someone they don’t know that is in need of help.
“It’s okay if you are unsure of how to interact with someone, but do your best, be brave, and just be willing to help,” she said “I think if you treat someone with respect it will always be appreciated” – Casey Spelman on CBS News
I know you all probably want to tell Casey how great it was of her to lend a helping hand to someone in need. But its safe to say that she would probably tell us the same piece of advice above, and that if you see someone in need of assistance don’t be afraid to lend a hand!
4. Dublin Woman Moves Into Studio Apartment So Family In-Need Can Live In Her Home
All over the globe families sometimes are subject to making sacrifices due to the financial difficulties they face from time to time. However when it comes to 70 year old Ann Uzell of Dublin, Ireland a local family was not going to make any of these sacrifices on her watch. A local family who was facing some financial troubles of their own was subject to sacrificing living in a home big enough to give the children and the parents their own rooms.
But instead of having to squeeze into a house or apartment not adequate enough to fit the whole family, Ann came along as this family’s guardian angel by giving up her home of 40 years so that this family would be able to have their own space to call their own. While this family moved into their new home Ann moved into her new small studio apartment she was given the keys to last week.
Ann told The Journal that “I think it’s nice to be able to give a young family a start in life” she continued “I don’t think I should have a big house if you are on your own. I kind of felt guilty living in a big house on my own”. While I think we all would like to think that if it came to it we would give the shirt off our backs so that someone in need will have a shirt on their own. But if anything we can use Ann’s story to remember that life is not all about material possessions, and that if anything we should feel appreciated for everything we do have since others may not be as lucky as ourselves!
Understandably we all would miss our homes that we were leaving behind when moving into a new place. So while Ann will miss the place she has called home for almost half of her life, she says she is excited to make new memories in her new apartment.
“Everyone’s been telling me “don’t give it back” but I just kept saying it’s only a house at the end of the day!”