The world can seem like a messed up place. Especially if we look at it through the mainstream media. But it can also be beautiful. We just need to remind ourselves of that every once in a while.

Enter the Instagram account 'Good News Dog.' It regularly fetches uplifting moments from around the globe for the 1.4 million people that follow it, giving them one reason to smile after another.

Think of it as a good boy who gets up early in the morning to bring you the newspaper. Only instead of your coffee table, the fella leaves it on your social media feed. And instead of the fearmongering articles, there's a picture of a woman who just knit a bag of hats for a shelter. Or another one showing thousands of Berliners greeting Ukrainian refugees with signs, offering a place to stay.

Continue scrolling to explore this wholesome corner of the internet through Bored Panda's hand-picked selection of its best posts.

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KJ
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Small acts of kindness can go a long way, we never know when someone could use a wee boost.

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Today a lady and her husband came into our Home Depot and told us that the insurance company might not pay for their little boy’s walker, so they went on the internet and found plans to make one out of PVC pipe. My store manager heard about this and went over to them and said, "We got this."

We started putting it together and told the family to go and enjoy ice cream and come back in an hour. Other associates started jumping in and when the family came back it was done. Everyone was crying to see Logan walk around with the biggest smile on his face.

When the family tried to pay us, we said "No way, this one is on us." 

What a wonderful act of kindness! 

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Fat Harry
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a world we live in where someone in the wealthiest country on Earth can't get a piece of medical equipment for their child because insurance won't cover it. Healthcare should be a right.

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Pages like 'Good News Dog' are needed more than you might think. "Unfortunately, a lot of the news we consume today isn’t so much reporting as it is a way of keeping people addicted to the news cycle," said licensed psychologist Logan Jones, PsyD.

Since sensational headlines get more attention, Jones says media outlets often end up focusing on disaster reporting—and rarely any positive news.

"Consuming too much of this kind of news, whether actively or passively, can be very toxic, and what you hear has an impact on your mood."

Annie Miller, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, explains the process like this: when we experience a threat, our brain activates the fight or flight response, and the systems in our body react accordingly.

Consuming the news can activate the sympathetic nervous system, which causes our body to release stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Then, when a crisis is happening, and we are experiencing this stress response more frequently, Miller says physical symptoms may arise.

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Sherilynne DeMaio
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And I see you are an LCSW. You have used your hardship to grow compassion instead of bitterness. All the best to you, good sir.

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Lakota Wolf
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is a beautiful bride now and I know she was in 1952 as well!

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This emotional toll and negative effect on the psyche was demonstrated in a study that found people who watched negative material, as compared to those who watched positive or neutral material, showed an increase in both anxious and sad moods after just 14 minutes of viewing television news bulletins and programs.

In addition to an increase in anxious and sad moods, the researchers also found the results to be consistent with the theories of worry that implicate a negative mood as a causal factor in facilitating worrisome thoughts.

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Droid Mania
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Polish people are doing a great job in welcoming people from the Ukraine. It’s heartwarming!

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There's even a word for the act of obsessively reading bad news despite the onset of anxiety It's called doomscrolling and even thought it's quite new, research stretching back for decades has long warned that consuming too much negative news can take its toll.

Studies have linked poor mental health to news exposure during negative and traumatic events; the more news a person consumes during and after these events, the more likely they are to suffer from depression, stress and anxiety. For example, there's a study that surveyed 4,675 Americans in the weeks following the Boston Marathon bombings and collected data on how much media they consumed. Participants who engaged with more than six hours of media coverage per day were nine times more likely to also experience symptoms of high acute stress than those who only watched a minimal amount of news.

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Lakota Wolf
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OP and his child are the truly beautiful things here :)

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Monday
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope he got tons of business as a result

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KJ
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Scumbag parents having an issue with someone getting an education, good on the president.

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2020 was exceptionally bad. "We've had so much news from COVID-19 and the economic breakdown to the reckoning with racial injustice combined with hurricanes and firestorms," said Roxane Cohen Silver, a research psychologist at the University of California, Irvine. "It's clear the stress of the election has added to all this."

"So much of it is open-ended and uncertain at the moment," Graham Davey, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom added. "That alone is something that people find extraordinarily stressful."

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Friday
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope that they kept in touch (the owners) to arrange future pup play dates ❤️

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Deux
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If only there were more 14 year olds doing this than getting hooked into a life of crime. Create bowties, not heartache and trauma.

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Psychologists refer to it as an "intolerance of uncertainty," and, unfortunately, it's a vicious cycle. You find listening to the news stressful and anxiety-provoking but can't stop doing it because you feel the need to find out what on earth is going on.

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I’ve Seen Things
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

An open and honest conversation happened here…

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But there are things that people can do to protect their mental health from the potentially damaging effects of obsessively consuming news. "It's important to be informed but we don't want you to be doomscrolling," said Judith Andersen, a health psychologist at the University of Toronto in Canada.

"Check the news just once a day, and I don't think it's best to check in the morning because it clouds the rest of your day." She also recommends confining yourself to well-established and credible news sources to avoid the risk of over-hyped or even misleading content.

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Mozzarella
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never let our elderly feel lonely. They are treasures and need to be treated like so

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Monday
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Would be quite the plot twist if everyone else skipped the hike on purpose as an attempt at matchmaking because web dev guy liked her.

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But those times that you do sit down to get up to speed with the world around you, Davey recommends that you actually read articles in full, rather than simply checking out the headlines. "Headlines are usually dramatized, and you need more context than that," he explained.

Or simply fire up 'Good News Dog!'

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Lakota Wolf
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This hits home. Hopefully my kitten with FIP will be declared cured of this normally-fatal disease in two weeks (treatment is 84 days of medication injections) - and he’s definitely getting some delish foods and a party :D I’m so glad this pupper made it too!

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Friday
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can anyone abandon their senior baby? Congratulations on your promotion, have a happy life sweetheart ❤️

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Friday
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This beautiful gesture will likely become his most valued possession ❤️

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Andy Acceber
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope along the way, he found what makes him happy.

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Sherilynne DeMaio
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Americans should take a lesson from this example. This is how to offer comfort to strangers in peril.

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Mozzarella
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Woohooooooooooooooo. If we saw things the way that 6 year olds did, the world would be a better place.

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Lakota Wolf
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My grandmas are both long gone :( I will help protecc OP’s grandma, as both of mine would want me to XD

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Brendan Roberts
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your boy may be small, but he walks taller than the rest of us.

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Brendan Roberts
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It doesn't matter if they're biological or not, a good mama will take in any infants.

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Mettaton
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, they also scare people with ptsd, some mental disorders, and plus they are bad for the environment

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LNB87
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The video to this is actually very sad. There is a breakdown by an animal body language expert... The dog is cowering from it's owner when being returned.

TKA
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wondered about that. It doesn’t look like a happy reunion.

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Lori-anne Hershberg
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please highlight and visit the link below. Please take a few mins to read this and then sign the petition to stop people's beloved pets being lost, hurt, scared, KILLED because of fireworks! This dog just died after being spooked. https://chng.it/QDcx5dNL

Daniel Mattock
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aren’t we all fed up of fireworks by now? It’s colours and bangs in the sky.

Falcon
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember my grandmother had a dog who, even when hearing thunder, panicked and desperately looked for shelter under the bathtub. All it took for a lifetime of fear was one firework going off next to her as a puppy.

Snowfoxrox
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the number one reason why I highly recommend desensitization training for dogs and cats.. heck any pet really. You start with fireworks on youtube playing very quietly and give top shelf/ bestest treats as they are able to relax and be calm with the sound. As they progress you can up the volume until such time as they look to you for num-nums when they hear fireworks. I have seen this training work for fire works, gun fire, loud vehicles etc.. you just have to start off with it low enough to not startle and build on that. My present service dog enjoys watching firework displays and gives zero issues with any other loud noise. It works best if you start young, but pretty much any doggo can be helped. just go slow.

Fraxinus excelsior
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or, maybe fireworks manufacturers could create them without the terrifying loud bangs that scare the c**p out of creatures and people?

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Cold Contagious
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor fur baby, he looks like he's had a very hard time on his own. Glad he'll be back home soon.

madbakes
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Several months ago someone in my town lost their dog, and people kept spotting him around but could never catch him. NYE a couple was trying to catch him; they were in a parking lot. Fireworks started and good boi jumped right in the car. Probably the only time fireworks worked well for a dog.

El Dee
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aww..Poor doggo must've been terrified..

somnomania
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i just had to put down a dog who, in his older age, was absolutely terrified of fireworks/thunderstorms/pretty much any loud bang. we got him a thundershirt, we tried cbd oil and calming treats, none of it really worked. often, in an attempt to get him to stop pacing and going up and down the stairs repeatedly with his arthritic legs, i'd end up sitting on the floor with him sitting on my lap (solid lab mix, not a small dog) and my arms wrapped tight around his chest while he panted and slobbered. it was a blessing when he started going deaf. i'm honestly relieved at this point for this upcoming july 4th season, that i won't have to worry about it anymore and can just continue to be mad at the assholes shooting off airborne fireworks when 1) they're illegal in this state and 2) i live about a mile and a half down the road from a state police station. fireworks suck.

Jane Alexander
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's a wrap you can do that helps; a strip of cloth over the back of the neck, cross on the chest, cross on the shoulders, cross under the ribs and tie on his lower back.

clairelise@pacific.net
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's a picture that always gives me the feels, of a cat comforting a dog on July 4th because of fireworks.

big chungus inc.
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

7 months bc of some forking fireworks

viv
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6 months ago

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one firework?

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kristina law
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While this is an awesome little story, I have seen it on BP probably over 10 times now lol

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