Not everything is terrible. Sometimes we let ourselves forget how beautiful the world is. It doesn’t mean that the issues we face every day are not important. Sometimes we just need… a little break. A reminder of what it all could be more like. What we could be more like.
The pictures on this list will surely put a smile on your face, maybe make you cry a little. But happy tears only. Most importantly, we hope that they will inspire you to see more good in the world, and do more good.
Check out the wholesome stories collected by Bored Panda down below and don’t forget to vote for your favourites!
#1 This Is Anthony Borges, 15. He Used His Body To Hold A Classroom Door Shut During The Florida Shooting, Protecting 20 Other Students Inside As The Gunman Fired Through The Door, Hitting Him Five Times. May He Have A Speedy Recovery
#2 Every Day This Man Drives Hours In Drought To Provide Water To Thirsty Wild Animals In Kenya
#3 Brian The Retired Dublin Gentleman Spent His Evening Making 50 Tubs Of Curry For The Homeless, Every Single Night. Living On A Pension And Paying For This Himself
#5 A Stranger Helping Out Another Stranger Struggling With His Tie
#6 Comedian Josh Johnson
#7 When You Reach 100 Years Old In Barbados, You Get A Stamp In Your Honour. Lovely
#8 A Middle School Started A “Breakfast With Dads” Program But Many Dads Couldn’t Make It And Several Students Didn't Have Father Figures. The School Posted A Facebook Request For 50 Volunteer Fathers... 600 Fathers From All Backgrounds Showed Up
#9 Every Morning My Father Places Bird Food In The Yard For My Mother To Wake Up On This View
#10 A Nurse Bends Down And Gets Ready To Hug Her Former Patient, Who Was Paralyzed From The Waist Down
#11 This Old Lady Goes To The Supermarket To Read Books All The Time So The Manager Put A Little Bench For Her
#12 The Bride's Father Died Ten Years Ago And His Heart Was Donated. The Man Who Received The Transplant Walked Her Down The Aisle
#13 Garbagemen Taking A Break
#14 "Life Gave Me The Gift Of You" - Marine's 4 Year Old Son Cries Tears Of Joy After Hearing New Step-Mom's Vows For Him
#15 The Moment She Gets The News That Her Adoption Went Through
#16 I Saw This Beautiful Man Holding A Phone With Both Hands Looking At The Screen, Smiling. I Was Drawn By His Joy & Asked For A Photo. He Agreed, Telling Me He Was Talking To His Wife Back Home. I Asked If It Was A Video Call. He Said “No, But I See Her Name On The Screen
#18 Thought They Were Going To Make A Noise Complaint
#19 Was Reading At A Coffee Shop And Saw This Guy Looking Up Vet Services For An Injured Sparrow He Had Just Found
#22 This Janitor At My Friend's School Is A Huge Red Hot Chili Peppers Fan. Since The Prices Were Extremely High And He Was Devastated About Not Going, All Of The Students Came Together And Bought Him The Tickets
#23 Babysitter Is Wholesome
#24 Ballerina Aesha Ash Is Wandering Around Inner City Rochester In A Tutu To Change Stereotypes About Women Of Color And Inspire Young Kids
#25 An Elderly Man In My Neighborhood Had A Heart Attack While Shoveling His Driveway. Paramedics Took Him To The Hospital, Then Returned To Finish Shoveling His Driveway For Him
#26 Retired Firefighter Invited To The Graduation Of A Girl He Rescued 17 Years Ago From Her Crib During A House Fire
#27 Seen At A Restaurant's Front Window. Faith In Humanity Restored
#28 Syrian Refugee Hands Out Food To Homeless In Germany To "Give Something Back"
#30 A Mariachi Musician Let My Hard Of Hearing Son Put His Head On The Guitarron So He Could Hear It. He Was Amazed!
#31 My BF Grew Up Incredibly Poor. When He Was A Child, He Wanted A Charizard Lunchbox – He Felt If He Had It At School, He’d Feel Normal, Like Everyone Else. I Found The Lunchbox On Ebay, 18 Years Later
My boyfriend and i were at Walmart recently, and he recounted a story to me from his childhood. He grew up incredibly poor, his mother being a single mom raising two kids on her own, his father abandoning them when he was very young. He and his mom would “window shop” at stores, just to pass the time and look at stuff they knew they couldn’t buy. When he was little, when pokemon was really big, Walmart had a Charizard lunch box. He thought it was the coolest thing; Charizard was his favorite pokemon, and how often did you see things with just Charizard? The lunchbox wasn’t necessarily expensive, but with the threat of no power or running water, it might has well have been a billion dollars. His mom put the lunchbox on layaway and said he’d get it for his birthday, but my boyfriend knew that it wasn’t going to happen and it was definitely more of a gesture. It was so much more than a lunchbox. He felt if he had this lunchbox at school, he’d feel normal, he’d feel like everyone else. His birthday is in December, and after much eBay stalking I found the lunchbox he yearned for, 18 years ago. It was in amazing condition. This was the moment it really started to sink in. He cried for a LONG time. He finally got his lunchbox he could never have.
#32 This Is Caleb. Caleb Has A Degree In Zoology And Asks His Customers What Their Favorite Animal Is. He Gives Them Facts While Completing Their Orders!
#33 Partizan Belgrade Goalkeeper Comforts His Teammate After He Is Barraged By Racist Chants For 90 Minutes
#34 This Man Looks So Happy To Have A New Kitten
#35 I Thought I Was Calling My Mom But I Had The Wrong Number And...
#36 First Place Runner Collapses 50m Shy Of Finish Line, Helped Across By Second Place Runner
#37 Najih Al-Baldawi Hugged A Suicide Bomber Attempting To Blow Up A Shrine In Iraq's Balad Area. His Action Cost Him His Own Life As The Suicide Bomber Detonated, But It Saved The Lives Of Dozens Of Others
#38 Thought Homie Was Tryna Hide Some Loud Or Somethin In His Hands But...
#40 Man Allows Special Needs Person He Doesn't Know To Hold His Hand On A Crowded Bus In Hamilton, Canada
#41 This Promposal
#42 What A Great Dad
#43 5-Year-Old Shon Dresses Up To Help Street Cats Because "It Makes Him Feel Like A Superhero For Animals"
#44 Why I Am Proud To Be Canadian
So, some a**hole did this. But then this happened... People rallied around to clean up the graffiti. And to post supporting messages. Including our Canadian Forces members, who know that the Muslim population isn't to blame for one insane a**hole. All clean.