Good things are always happening all around us. Most media agencies however, focus on negative stories since they sell more than the good ones. That does not mean that the world is becoming darker and darker every second. There are plenty of good samaritans on our planet, who are making a difference to prove that humanity still exists among us. So, we have gathered some stories of some amazing people, who did some pretty amazing things. These 10 stories are sure to brighten your day.
1. On Feb. 18, 2019, a grocery store in Canada known as Food Basics was left open. Not one item was stolen and in fact, those who opted to shop without any employees present, left the money near the cash register as well as notes explaining their situation.
Earlier this year, Food Basics, a grocery chain in Canada, was meant to be closed for a national holiday. With every store closed for the holiday, people struggled to find a place to make last minute purchases, but soon discovered that Food Basics was open. Upon entering the premises, the customers realized that there were no employees present and the store had been accidentally left open. Members of the community decided to continue with their shopping, and when they were finished, they left money including taxes next to the register. Some customers were so polite that they even left details regarding the situation. (source)
2. For years, Paige Hunter, 18, has been writing motivating notes and leaving them on a bridge. So, far, the Northumbria Police have credited her with saving six lives.
Sometimes a simple note with a positive message is all it takes to turn someone’s life around. 18-year-old Paige Hunter has realized this and has been making a difference in Sunderland for the past few years. According to the BBC, Hunter has written more than 40 notes and tied them to Sunderland’s Wearmouth Bridge. Some of the notes read, “Even though things are difficult, your life matters; you’re a shining light in a dark world, so just hold on”, “You’re not alone,” “Your life is valuable” and so on.
The Northumbria Police credits her with saving at least 6 lives by using an “innovative way to reach out to those in a dark place”. In order to thank her for her outstanding maturity at a young age and for understanding that there are people in need, they provided her with an award. Hunter continues to write and stick positive messages on the bridge, hoping to change many more lives. (source)
3. In order to tackle plastic pollution in our oceans, Adidas is using recycled ocean plastic to make eco-friendly shoes. So far, they have sold more than one million pairs and reduced tons of garbage from our oceans.
Scientists estimate that 14 billion pounds of trash ends up in our planets oceans every year. A three-year study published in Scientific reports that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is about 1.6 million square kilometers (or 6.1 million sq. miles) in size — up to 16 times bigger than previous estimates; which is three times the size of France. The swirling pile of trash is continuing to grow since we are only recycling about 1% of the plastic produced every year.
Adidas however, has come up with a unique solution to save our planet. In an effort to tackle the growing concern of plastic pollution, the company is manufacturing their latest shoes using recycled plastic bottles. It is estimated that around 11 plastic bottles are used to produce a pair of futuristic-looking UltraBoots. The company also hopes to only sell products made from recyclable materials by 2024. (source 1, 2)
4. A company called SaltWater Brewery is making edible six-pack rings that feed marine-life instead of trapping them.
For more than four decades, plastic six-pack rings have been ending up in our oceans and causing the marine life to suffer. In 1987 alone, as many as one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals were affected by the plastic rings. These non-biodegradable rings take thousands of years to fully decompose. In order to eliminate the harm caused by these rings and to protect our marine life, a company known as SaltWater Brewery is creating edible six-pack rings. These rings, made from barley and wheat, do not trap animals but instead act as a food source. (source)
5. LEGO is starting to make some of its toys from sugarcane. The company hopes to make most of their products from sustainable sugarcane by 2030.
Without a doubt, LEGO’s are the most popular toys all around the world. An estimated 75 billion bricks are sold annually in over 140 countries. In 2017, the company realized that they have been producing too many bricks, so, they decided to make an eco-friendly change. On August 1, 2018, LEGO launched their first sustainable building bricks. The sustainable blocks were made with plant-based materials, and the company hopes to make a complete switch to plant-based products by 2030. The new blocks are 98% polyethylene, made from sugarcane. (source)
6. Last Winter, during a dangerous Polar Vortex, a woman named Candice Payne rented 80 hotel rooms for the homeless in Chicago.
When the Polar Vortex approached Chicago and caused sub-zero temperatures, many homeless people had no other choice than to stay their ground. In order to save their lives, Candice Payne, a Chicago resident, didn’t think of anything else other than using her credit card to book 20 hotel rooms. By doing so, Candice managed to save the lives of 80 strangers, according to CBS Chicago. When a hotel employee made the story public, many volunteers came forward with clothes, food and propane tanks for those in need. Candice’s story just shows that there are good people on our planet and sometimes all they need is to see that there are others like them who are making a difference. (source)
7. Since 1999, a Brazilian family has been planting millions of tree saplings with the help of 24 volunteers. As a result, the site today has 293 plant species, 172 bird species and 33 animal species, some of which were on the verge of extinction. It took them 18 years to transform the barren land into a paradise.
In 1994, Sebastião Salgado, celebrated Brazilian photographer, visited Aimorés, Brazil, where he spent most of his childhood. Upon reaching there, he was saddened to see that what was once a thriving tropical paradise was now a barren desert. With only about 0.5% of the land covered in trees, Salgado was devastated. Instead of forgetting about the land, Salgado and his family setup the the Instituto Terra. With the help of 24 volunteers, the family has planted more than 2 million trees and within a period of 18 years, managed to transform the land into a paradise. Today, the site has 293 plant species, 172 bird species and 33 animal species, some of which were on the verge of extinction. (source)
8. In order to combat stress, increase quality of life and make employees more efficient, companies are rolling out a four day work week.
While it sounds too good to be true, companies around the world are taking a new approach to encourage their employees to become more efficient. Instead of the traditional 5 day work week, many companies are reducing the time to 4 days, or a 32-hour week to reduce stress among employees and to improve the quality of their lives. By doing so, the participating companies have seen a major increase in employee turn-up rate and productivity. (source)
9. Last week, when 13-year-old Daylin Campbell, a leukemia patient, was recovering, his bike was stolen. When a family friend pleaded for anyone to come forward with information, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and several deputies chipped in to buy Campbell a new bike, helmet and lock.
Last week, Daylin Campbell, a leukemia patient, was recovering when he received the news that his bike, which was a Christmas present, was stolen. Campbell was too weak to ride his new bike and was looking forward to his first ride. One of his family members pleaded to the community, asking for anyone with information to come forward. When the news reached the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the deputies decided to surprise him by chipping in and buying him a new bike, helmet and lock. The officers surprised Campbell, who is now in remission. According to ABC13, Campbell is looking forward to riding his new bike. (source)
10. When cyclone Idai devastated Africa last month, a 71-year-old grandmother named Plaxedes Dilon walked more than 10 miles carrying a bag with supplies for the cyclone survivors. Her kindness reached Zimbabwe’s richest man, who pledged to build a house for her, anywhere in Zimbabwe, as well as provide her with a $1,000 monthly allowance for life.
When cyclone Idai devastated parts of Africa, Plaxedes Dilon, a 71-year-old grandmother, had only one thing on her mind; to help those in need. So, she took a huge bag, filled it with supplies and clothes, and headed towards the disaster relief center at the Highlands Presbyterian Church. The only problem was that the relief center was more than 10 miles away and Dilon was so poor, that she couldn’t even afford a bus ticket. Determined to reach those in need, she walked an entire day with the heavy bag on her head.
Her efforts did not go unnoticed and in fact, reached the richest man in Zimbabwe. After hearing of her kindness and determination, Zimbabwe’s richest man pledged to build her a house anywhere she wants. He also promised her a monthly allowance of $1,000, so she doesn’t have to lift a finger for the remainder of her life. (source)