As much as we love the internet for giving us an endless supply of knowledge and inspiration, it can sometimes be a pretty grim place. Every time we go online, we seem to face an onslaught of alarming headlines, rude comments, and heated controversial debates. If you can relate, then you're in great need of some positivity to show you that it’s not all bad.

Fortunately, today’s post is all about balancing out the scales by injecting some wholesomeness into our lives. Enter the 'Now That's The Stuff' Instagram account, full of the most soul-soothing and cheerful stories people share online in hopes of lifting others’ spirits. From hilarious coincidences to the most heartwarming acts of kindness, their posts remind us how selfless, thoughtful, and generous people can be.

With 173K followers and counting, this page serves as a breath of fresh air for anyone who might be feeling a bit down. So get ready to be showered in positivity because we at Bored Panda have collected some of the best posts from the page. Continue scrolling and upvote the ones you enjoyed most!

If you feel a slight concern for humanity right now, you might find comfort in knowing you’re definitely not the only one. News that we see on screens and in the media tends to focus on more negative occurrences. Unfortunately, such information can affect how we feel, and we all know how hard it may be to disperse those dark clouds that start looming over our heads.

Moreover, being bombarded with the worst scenarios every day eventually leads to getting tired of it, and that could be a sign it's time to take a short break or try to balance everything out with some positive content. We’re lucky to have cheerful outlets like the 'Now That's The Stuff' Instagram account that provides us with a quick distraction from the bleak headlines and adds a dash of happiness in challenging times.

Reading about wholesome encounters and incidents can make us feel slightly better about our world and remind us there are plenty of wonderful things that should be celebrated and applauded by as many people as possible. After all, creating joy is a major part of moving past the fear and anxiety we might be feeling today and may help us fight the uncertainty over the future.

#4

Rip Good Boy (@hannahstonehousehudson)

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Wendy
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

again the onion ghosts

Alias Delfs
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah those damm onion ghosts forcing out our weakness

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Beth S
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is genuine love and compassion. What a wonderful human.

Brian Michael
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing, also should be noted (I live on Lake Superior) that water is cold...all year round. For him to be up to his neck near the evening...a true human right there.

MRSS
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

True man right there. This brought tears to my eyes and memories of my late baby boy.

glowworm2
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, not crying at how beautiful this is. The screen just got damp for some reason.

TonyTee
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My pillow is a little wet, gotta fix that damn leak coming from the ceiling...

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Debb
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Most people don't deserve dogs but John does.

Anna Taylor
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a prime example of a good human.

Lisboa50
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Crying at how beautiful this is

Amanita Virosa
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember this guy. As I recall he received a lot of monetary donations for his dog Schoep, that prolonged his life.

GoddessOdd
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, I remember this photo, and the look of love and peace on faces... this photo inspired me to volunteer to provide end of life care for my rescue group...this is true love.

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Spikey boi
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those damn onion ninjas...

Mia C
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal

Kay Woodpecker
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Beck Latta
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is what true love between a human and their animal companion <3

Mike Rodrick
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always say that dogs are too cool for people. This one proves me wrong.

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

Gosh, can vets prescribe some good painkillers for our pets for their final days?

Francois Winter
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, vets can put an animal down in a few seconds without pain. My vet does this for free for his customers

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

Aww..this is beautiful. Now we need to get people being treated with the same love that this dog is..

Ally Joy
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My faith in humanity is restored

Davo gifman
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks eyes! This is what I needed to do; tear up while reading small print.

Eucritta
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That was why it helped. Cold can temporarily relieve joint inflammation.

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Evelyn Haskins
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish I could do this for Ironbark -- Big German shepherds with a bad back :-(

Ted Rivera
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He's secured his spot in Heaven.

Anthony Parisi
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Uplifting, yet so sad:-((

Sue Sanders
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have no words. Or maybe - the sweetest, kindest show of love.

Vicki Hardy
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful man, and Schoep was a very much loved dog. John now has a rather handsome black Labrador.

Susan Williams
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My little mixed pup, Angus, has a misshapen bones. He comes to me for help in getting onto the bed. We can communicate just by a look. I adore the little guy.

Paul Curtiss
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So touching and the best of Humanness !!

Sharon Heim
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is so sweet, touching, loving...

MAKtheknife
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lake Superior is very cold. I wonder where he went?

Susanne B
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How satisfied his dog looks

Laura Johnston
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's Shep. He died not long after that photo was taken.

Jeff Bunn
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember this!!! I cried then and I’m crying now!!

Vanessa Bakic
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dude! I lost it on this one🥲

Sandy D
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That'd a guy who loved his dog. Even in the hottest summer, Lake Superior is really cold, even just going in knee deep. To go all the way in like that...brrrr. Dogs are worth it tho!

Salma Hernández
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remembered when this went viral. There was a few videos of this pair in water. Doggo really looks happy.

DAISY
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

HOW SWEET AND SAD AT THE SAME TIME!!! ❤

Crystal Kelley
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my gosh 😭😭😭💜💜💜

Jo Ellen Washburn
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen this story many times and tear up every time.

Trash Panda
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can imagine a conversation in heaven probably going like this: Dog: I’m happy you healed my bones, thank You. God: You miss him? Dog: Yes, but I’m not worried. He’s in Your hands. God: Well, the door is always open if he wants in.

Smilodon, a Bad Cat
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All dogs go to heaven. Most people, however, will never have to worry about being cold again once they pass. This guy? Free pass to hang with Jesus & all.

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InfectedVoice
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never fails to bring a lump to my throat, I would do the same in a heartbeat.

TonyTee
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Touched my heart-strings

O.M.Miki
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that totally filled my eyes...awww

Beachbum
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Completely Awesome! I would do the exact same thing!

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

This made me cry. Rest in peace John Unger’s dog ❤️

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

What one friend does for another

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

Was very sad when he died. The owner, John was absolutely shattered.

Starwolf54509
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I swear these onion ninjas might actually be trying to kill me...

sharron lynn parsons
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Of course this is fantastic, however, if possible, would warm water be more soothing, for the pain, or, the procedure with needles, unable to spell it, or cold lazer ? whatever. Just thinking of pain in cold water, you must have a reason. !!!

Petra Biedermann
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry, but I believe it would have been kinder to put him to sleep. Fortunately we have the option for our animals....which the same will come eventually for us humans. So many times we keep animals we love alive for us, which isn't fair to the animals which are in pain. Once a friend said to me that it is better to let them go one day too early than one day too late.

Gwenn Kuhns
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember watching the segment on this a while ago.

Princess Tootie
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awww. So sweet and sad at the same time.

Matt
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7 months ago

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And then the dog died of hyperthermia before the arthritis got to him.

TonyTee
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While there's a possibility you were just trying to pass a wisecrack, it's not the time or place for it, ESPECIALLY if you're just trying to be bitter altogether. Whether you truly feel like that, or were just trying to be funny, the comment wasn't called for as it not only ruined the mood but showed disrespect as well. This post touched my heart. Me and everyone else here. I didn't downvote your comment. But I definitely don't like it, or agree with it. It's sad the dog even had to die altogether... 😔

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#5

Good Man (@wics20)

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Dave Harris
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now that is the kind of leader you want running your country! Bravo Sir!

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#6

Hero (@depheruk)

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

Got to love people that do things like this. When my mother first battled cancer we had an issue with the boiler, the local plumber knew my mother since he was a boy. After the second call out he took 13yo me with him to teach me how to do the relatively easy and safe fix for the issue to save us having to get him out to do it (not that he charged anyhow but we would be without heating until he could come round).

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While uplifting stories make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, they inspire us to do good as well. When we look at examples of how people lend a helping hand to their families, friends, communities, or total strangers, we want to contribute as well. And it probably won’t come as a surprise to hear that when we help others, we help ourselves as well.

There’s an abundance of research that says showing kindness fills our lives with happiness, improves our well-being, and can even lengthen the time we have on this beautiful planet. To find out what an expert had to say about this, we previously reached out to Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., a medical school professor, opinion leader, and author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People.

The professor explained there is a well-known psychological tendency for our actions to affect emotion. Like when we smile, even if we are not especially happy, the action itself will elevate our mood. "There is an emotional 'shift effect' that does not take long, really about one hour in adolescents, perhaps two hours in adults," he said. 

#9

It’s The Frkn Weekend.

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Post added that helping also diverts attention from the self and its problems. "[It] engages the mesolimbic pathway, which releases one of the happiness chemicals dopamine. When engaged, this tends to shut down pathways associated with destructive emotions like rumination, hostility, and anxiety."

He provided an example of how volunteering improves our well-being: a survey of 5K American adults indicated 41 percent of them volunteered about 100 hours per year or an estimated couple of hours a week. The vast majority of the participants, 70 to 90 percent, said they felt happier, more resilient, and physically healthier. Moreover, they had better friendships and found more meaning in their everyday life, Post told us. 

"Studies indicate it is good to get together with fellow helpers to debrief and process the experience," Post added. It appears that when we are forming fulfilling and enduring relationships with other people, it adds a lot. Creating small circles of trust is good for reflection and can bring value to our lives.

"Our friends are no longer just the folks we hang out with or part with. Helpers report deeper relationships formed in the community of fellow helpers," Post said and noted it’s always good to celebrate giving.

#13

Hero 🙏 (@redcrossau)

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Beth S
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This man is a literal legend. Such a selfless person.

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#14

Did They Bring Their Own Snacks? (T:todd_spence)

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The incredible part came immediately after the show ended, when all the dogs gave a standing ovation. No word yet on how they managed that...

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"As one who has managed several large volunteer programs, it is best to let helpers self-select the activity or venue they prefer." Sometimes they only want to do the things they are good at, other times they want to try something entirely new. "Some report a flow state of deep immersion and satisfaction, even a loss of a sense of time," Post said.  

#17

Happy Happy Joy Joy 🤩

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

I think he may like his new family, just a hunch.

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If you feel that volunteering or making grand gestures is not your cup of tea, there are small steps you can take every day to make people around you just a bit happier. Dr. Stephen Post would like to remind you that it’s "not the amount of helping others that matters, but helping from the heart." He advises starting with small things done with kindness. "I like to Stop, Look and Listen mindfully to people around me so I can notice their needs better," he explained, adding that chronological rush can keep us from observing or hearing others’ needs. 

#19

Not All Heroes Wear Capes (@abcnews)

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#20

Life Hack (@advil)

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Caro Caro
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haahaha, his face. That grin is beaut !

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#21

Word (@lcmikevan)

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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can people be so cruel? Teach love and inclusiveness.

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However, we’re well aware that life can sometimes be difficult. Even when we’re driven by the best of intentions, we may get affected by unexpected situations and adversities in our personal lives that can make it hard to support others. Post mentioned there is a side of "human nature that humiliates and de-dignifies others. It is widely expressed."

But the good news is that we are all wired for altruism and kindness. "So we must always remember that everyone has that wonderful generous kindly flip side of the coin. The negative is just a part of the story," he concluded.