Bad news travels fast throughout the internet, so when we see negative posts on our news feed, it might not come as a surprise. Besides, sad stories sell more, which is why most people tend to focus on publishing such stories. While it is important to read about the bad things happening around the world, it’s equally important to know about things that would restore our faith in humanity. Every day, there are kind hearted men and women who perform acts of kindness that proves that human kindness still exists. Here, we are listing some amazing stories that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, if you’re feeling down.
1. After his fishing buddy passed away, 75-year-old widower Ray Johnstone posted a classified ad looking for someone to go fishing with and offered to split costs with anyone who owns a boat. His ad got over 60k views, and he had offers from people around the world – including a guy who took him on an all-expense-paid, deep sea fishing getaway.
On January 19, 2017, Mr. Johnstone posted an ad on Gumtree to find a “fishing mate”, after his fishing mate passed away. The 75-year-old widower explained that he was looking for someone to spend some time with on a fishing trip and was ready to split the bills with anyone who owns a boat. After the ad was posted, it immediately went viral with more than 60,000 views. People from all over the world started contacting him but Mr. Batsinilas got in touch with Mr. Johnstone and offered to take him on an all-expenses-paid fishing trip at Stradbroke Island.
“I offered him a holiday away — and not just for fishing, but to get away and relax,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane’s Craig Zonca. “I said from the beginning to Ray that we would get there and that I would commit to it and do it”. Mr. Batsinilas, a keen fisherman himself, was happy to pay for the flights from South Australia to Brisbane, and even picked up Mr. Johnstone from the airport. ‘This is just something where I feel like I can help and I do it with passion. I want him to have the best experience of his life”. Apart from that, the 75-year-old widower was also given hundreds of dollars worth of fishing gear for free by Boating Camping Fishing, after they heard the heartwarming story. (source)
2. Brandon Chrostowski, a chef and veteran of elite restaurants in Chicago, New York and Paris, offers ex-offenders a new chance at life by employing them at his restaurants, training them and turning their lives around.
In the United States, once a person is incarcerated, it is virtually impossible to work with big employers since their criminal record will haunt them for the rest of their lives. One man however, wants to change how society views offenders, by giving them a new chance at life. Brandon Chrostowski, a chef and veteran of elite restaurants in Chicago, New York and Paris, owns an upscale restaurant that’s earned a reputation as one of Cleveland’s finest eateries. The Edwins Restaurant located in Cleveland Shaker Square employs ex-offenders and trains them during the day, turning them into chefs by night.
“After someone’s done their time, everyone deserves that fair and equal second chance,” said Chrostowski, 36. “At Edwins, you can come to us after you’ve served that time and start over”. Chrostowski’s non-profit program helps those who are incarcerated to keep a steady job by providing them with kitchen skills and secret recipes. All the employees are treated equally and are given a rotation shift so they don’t feel like they are being left out. So far, his program has had a massive success rate with 114 students graduating and 90% of them being employed, and none has returned to prison. (source)
3. A Japanese train firm went the extra mile by keeping a defunct train station open, just so that a student can commute to her school every day.
In 2013, Hokkaido Railway Co., a Japanese train firm, was about to shut down a defunct train station when they learned that a student was using the train to go to school and get back home. The student was Kana Harada, who was using the train’s service to go to school every day at 7:04 am and come back home at 5:08 pm. Hokkaido Railway Co. went the extra mile by choosing not to shut down the Kyu-shirataki train station because of one single passenger. Although the station was virtually unused by anyone else, the firm decided to not disrupt her education and allowed the service to continue until she graduated.
As promised, until Kana Harada turned 18 and graduated on March 25, 2016, the firm continued their service on the rural part of the town for the lone passenger then finally shut down. Many people praised the firm’s commitment to support the education of young people. (source)
4. On the day before he was supposed to start his first day on the job, Walter Carr’s car broke down. Determined to not be late, he started walking at midnight so he could reach there by 8 AM. His determination paid off when the world learned of the enlisted Marine’s determination. His new boss gifted him a new car so he doesn’t have to walk anymore.
Walter Carr and his mother moved to Birmingham after losing their home in New Orleans during Katrina. Carr, who is enlisted to become a Marine, started a new job at a moving company on July 17, 2018. However, the night before he was supposed to start, his 2003 Nissan Altima broke down. He requested his friends and girlfriend to give him a ride but they were all working. Since he had no change to ride the bus and no other options, but determined to not be late on his first day, Carr started walking around midnight so he could make it there by 8:00 AM. With the help of Google Maps, Carr started walking and after 14 miles, at around 4:00 AM, he was stopped by police officers who wanted to check on him.
“He was like, ‘Where are you going?’ and I was like, ‘It’s hard to believe, it’s going to sound real crazy, but I’m actually headed to work.'” Carr said. When they learned of his story, the officers decided to take him for breakfast, made sure he had something for lunch and then dropped him off until the furthest jurisdiction they could drive while on duty. They also assured him that they would have someone check on him. After resting for a while, Carr started walking again and as he was almost 4 miles away from the house he was supposed to be helping move, another officer drove up to check on him.
“He said, ‘Are you Walter Carr?’ and he was like, ‘Get in the car, I got you,'” Carr said. The officer dropped him off at the home of Jenny Hayden Lamey, who Carr was scheduled to help move that day. The officer also informed Lamey of Carr’s determination, who then posted the details on social media. Her post immediately went viral and Carr’s new boss was touched by his actions. So, to help the Marine, Luke Marklin, his boss, gave him his own 2014 Ford Escape. (source)
5. NASA reports that the world is literally a greener place than it was 20-years-ago, thanks to India and China.
Data obtained by the NASA satellites reveal that our planet is much greener than it was 20-years-ago. The study also links China and India to be the reason behind much of this new foliage. China and India are the world’s most populous countries but at the same time, the countries are dedicating themselves to planting more greenery and focusing on reducing plastic waste.
“China and India account for one-third of the greening, but contain only 9 percent of the planet’s land area covered in vegetation,” said lead author Chi Chen of Boston University. “That is a surprising finding, considering the general notion of land degradation in populous countries from overexploitation.”
The study was made possible thanks to a two-decade-long data record from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. The satellites have been capturing up to four images every day for the past 20 years. According to NASA, “Another 32 percent of the greening change in China, and 82 percent in India, comes from intensive cultivation of food crops. The land area used to grow crops in China and India has not changed much since the early 2000’s. Yet both countries have greatly increased both their annual total green leaf area and their food production in order to feed their large populations”. (source)
6. The UK became the first country to ban pet shops from selling puppies and kittens, unless they come from a shelter. California became the first state to adopt the rule and many other states are following the ban.
Pets are an important part of our lives. While most of us would rather adopt than go to pet shops, there are many who buy them as birthday or Christmas gifts. In some countries, buying pets as gifts is part of their tradition, but not everyone is prepared to provide them with the care they require; which results in the animal being abandoned. In 2018, Germany became the first country to place a ban on adopting pets during Christmas season to give them as gifts. In December of 2018, the UK became the first country to ban the sales of puppies and kittens, unless they are from a pre-approved shelter.
The same year, California became the first state in the US to adopt the ban. The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, which was signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017, went into effect in 2018. The law intends to promote the adoption of pets from shelters and to help stop supporting mass breeding facilities. (source)
7. A heartbroken widower spent nearly two decades creating a heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife.
Winston Howes, a farmer in South Gloucestershire, UK, was heartbroken when his 50-year-old wife Janet suddenly passed away from heart failure in 1995. Howes always made sure that his wife knew that he loved her and after she passed away, he wanted to create something special for her, that would last an eternity. The heartbroken farmer planted thousands of oak trees near his farmhouse and left a heart-spaced shape open in the middle, pointing towards Janet’s birthplace. The meadow remained a family secret until 2012, when a hot air balloon passed over the memorial and snapped a picture. The heart-shaped field is so big that it can be clearly seen on Google Maps. (source)
8. Every year, Jim Glaub and Dylan Parker, a New York couple, receive hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus. Since 2010, the couple have been working tirelessly with a team of volunteer elves to ensure that every letter gets a response as well as the wishes included in the letters are fulfilled.
In 2010, Jim Glaub and Dylan Parker moved into a new apartment together in Manhattan. Shortly after moving in, the couple started receiving hundreds of letters that were addressed to Santa Claus. At first, the couple thought it was someone playing jokes on them but as the letters kept piling up, they wanted to know why young ones all around the world were thinking that Santa Claus was living in Manhattan. The letters were heartbreaking but Jim and Dylan were not financially able to make all of the dreams come true.
So, the couple started an online group where they hand out Santa letters to friends, family, and volunteers who were willing to sponsor a letter. “The Miracle on 22nd Street” is a Facebook group where anyone can become volunteers and adopt a letter to sponsor a family. The volunteers have been spreading smiles for almost 10 years now and has even reached celebrities such as Tina Fey, who was so moved by this story that she is already working on a movie about it. (source)
9. On Feb. 18, 2019, a Canadian supermarket was intentionally left unlocked and unstaffed. There were no robberies and people who wanted groceries, paid for the items they took as well as left notes describing their situation.
Earlier this year on Feb. 18, on Family Day, a Canadian national holiday, Food Basics grocery store in Kingston, Ontario, was intentionally left unlocked and unstaffed. Shoppers walked in to find the store open but empty, but to the store’s surprise, no Canadian took anything that did not belong to them. Some shoppers did buy certain groceries that they urgently needed but left the money on the counter. When the police were called by several people who witnessed strangers walking inside the unlocked store, they were surprised to find people leaving money and notes. One elderly woman walked out empty handed but she did leave a note describing that she was in there for some flour and eggs to bake cake. Surprised by the public’s honesty, the manager of Food Basics gave the elderly woman free gift cards for groceries. (source)
10. An Indian businessman donated 90 homes to the homeless instead of buying his daughter a lavish wedding.
Indian weddings are known to be extremely lavish. For a country with more than 2 million homeless people and poverty which is rampant, the rich are known to spend as much as $100 million on a single wedding. Ajay Munot, a rich businessman in India, also had the same idea. He had moved aside close to 1 million for his daughters wedding in 2016, but at the last minute decided to spend it on helping those in need. Instead of spending such a big amount on just one wedding, Munot purchased two acres of land and built 90 small houses with electricity and running water.
He then found homeless people and gifted the houses for free with the condition that they use the opportunity to start a new life. Munot’s daughter was happy with her father’s gift and considered it to be the best wedding gift she could have received. The family was still able to have a beautiful wedding with just a fraction of the original budget. Today, he encourages other wealthy people in the country to do the same, instead of spending it all on weddings. (source)