Dropping every Sunday, The Good News Report brings you nothing but positive news about wonderful people, to uplift and inspire you.
If you were to simply scroll through your news app and take a glance at the front pages of the country’s newspapers, you wouldn’t be blamed for wanting to avoid the real world for the rest of the month: everything seems pretty bleak, to say the least.
But luckily enough, that’s not the full story. Because spread across the feeds of social media and the pages of local papers are the good stories you don’t hear so often: and they’re a truly valuable reminder that the world still has some positive, inspirational stories left in it.
The Good News Report is your weekly reminder of the most uplifting and heartwarming stories that went viral this week: so grab a cup of tea, curl up on the sofa and get ready to see some of the good in the world. Because it still exists, no matter what the headlines may lead you to think.
This woman’s viral Facebook post addressed to other mums is a truly heartwarming read
Shelby Beck from Wisconsin took to Facebook to share an interaction she shared with another mum – and the result was a reminder that asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of.
Another mother had approached Beck at the park to ask if she had any sun cream with her, and had repeatedly apologised for the request, assuming that asking for help was a shameful thing to do. Beck then went on to write an open message to fellow mothers who find themselves in a similar position.
“Dear fellow mamas, Please ask me if I have sunscreen,” her letter opened.
“Ask if I have baby wipes, diapers or even extra snacks,” she continued. “Ask me if your toddler can sit down and play with us while you find a shady bench to nurse your newborn. Hand me your phone and ask me to take a picture of you with your sweet babies — we all know mamas aren’t in enough photos.
“Ask for help. Ask for love. Ask for anything. Even though we are strangers, please ask me. It’s not easy being responsible for little humans but it’s easier if we help each other out.
“We’re all in this together.”
After a video of them cartwheeling and somersaulting down the street went viral, these two teenagers are set to receive official gymnastics training
A video of Jashika Khan, 11, and Mohammad Azajuddin, 12, cartwheeling on the streets of Kolkata went viral after Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Nadia Comaneci tweeted it, and now they’re set to go on to bigger and brighter things.
The children, who both come from a poor area of the city, have now been noticed by India’s Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, and are in the process of becoming full-time trainees at Sports Authority of India’s Eastern Centre, where they will not only receive food, lodging and a full-time education, but will also be trained under qualified gymnastics coaches with all the necessary equipment.
This six-year-old boy used money saved for a Disney World trip to help Hurricane Dorian evacuees
A six-year-old boy from South Carolina has used the money his family had saved for his birthday trip to Disney World to buy food and water to help Hurricane Dorian evacuees.
Jermaine Bell, who turns seven on 8 September, spent last weekend on the side of the highway near Charleston, South Carolina, with two handmade signs advertising his offering of hot dogs, crisps and water.
He ended up serving almost 100 different evacuees throughout the day.
This police officer went out of his way to help a little boy with autism on his journey home
Taylor Pomilla was forced to get off the metro train after her four-year-old autistic son Andrew began to have a meltdown – but what happened next made her day.
When Metro Transit Police officer Dominic Case came across the crying, overwhelmed mother, he decided to try and help.
The 27-year-old, who had previously taken autism-sensitivity classes, took the distressed boy’s hand and asked him to help him do his “police work” on the train. And the kindness didn’t end there – after Andrew had calmed down, Case rode the train all the way home with Pomilla and her son.
“I was overwhelmed,” Pomilla told TODAY Parents. “He restored my faith in humanity.”
This formerly abused rescue dog is now the star of Atlanta airport’s Homeland Security team
When Yvonne Petty rescued Murray the beagle from a shelter in north Georgia, he was in a pretty bad shape - he’d been picked up as a stray after someone cut part of his right ear and part of his tail off.
But even after all he had been through, Murray had a natural drive to hunt – and that was what made him perfect to join Homeland Security’s “Beagle Brigade” an 115-strong team of beagles that work in airports across the US to screen passengers luggage and sniff out illegal items.
“He’s a superstar now,” his handler Amabele Gella, told PEOPLE.
“It’s a big game of hide-and-seek for him,” she continued. “It’s fun – he’s so full of energy – he never wants to stop finding stuff – all day long he’s sniffing bags and he gets treats in return. He makes my job look easy.”