If you depend on social media for trending news, it can be overwhelmingly depressive. But great things happen every day, and they often get buried in the landslide of other news.
Fear not; here's an aggregate of some of the best and most uplifting stories we've heard from the last 10 days.
Women (and a lot of men) got together and made the largest peaceful protest march in US history
There's a lot of women who were worried about Donald Trump's election, but women in the US - and around the world - got together and said something about it. Peacefully. A lot of women. And a lot of men showed up to help support women's rights too, showing us chivalry (and feminism) isn't dead yet.
It's an exhausting job trying to tally the figures for sure, but experts forecast that around 500,000 people showed up to protest in D.C. alone. Around the world, there were 673 marches with an estimate of nearly 4.8 million people. People as far away as Iceland, Chile, and Thailand got involved. So if you're worried about what Trump's policies might mean for women, you definitely don't need to worry that you're alone.
The Bell Let's Talk event smashed previous records and raised more than 6.5 million dollars for mental health this year
From CTV: A total of 131,705,010 interactions were calculated from across the world by 8:00 a.m. ET. That figure included every tweet and Instagram post with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and every text message sent from a Bell mobile device. It smashes last year's record of 125,915,295 interactions.
This paralyzed man regained use of his arms and hands after a new experimental stem cell treatment
From USC News: A team of doctors became the first in California to inject its patient with an experimental treatment made from stem cells as part of a multi-center clinical trial. ... “As of 90 days post-treatment, Kris has gained significant improvement in his motor function, up to two spinal cord levels,” Liu said. “In Kris’ case, two spinal cord levels mean the difference between using your hands to brush your teeth, operate a computer or do other things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do, so having this level of functional independence cannot be overstated.”
These elephants are getting handmade gifts of love
In more crazy but good vibe news, these rescued elephants in Northern India are getting specially knit sweaters to protect them from the cold winters, help with their arthritis, and keep them healthy. And they're super colourful, too!
Actor Chris Salvatore asked his 89 year old neighbor to move in with him so she'd have 24 hour care
From Today.com: For years the pair lived across the hall from each other in the same apartment complex in West Hollywood, California, but after Cook's hospital stay, doctors told her she couldn't return home to her apartment unless she had 24-hour care, which wasn't covered by her insurance. "She couldn't be happier that I asked," he said. "I was over there visiting most days anyway. The only other option was for her to go into a facility," he continued. "I just couldn't do that to someone who is like my own grandmother."
Chris Salvatore has been posting pics and videos on social media for months with #myneighbornorma.
Manchester has decided to become a city of trees
From the BBC: A project aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years. "We felt there needed to be a bit more TLC given to existing habitats, but also to... create more woodlands and natural areas. The reason for that is all the benefits trees and woodlands provide to society," said City of Trees director Tony Hothersall.
A lonely widower looking for a fishing buddy got over 100 offers to his Gumtree ad
This makes the organization a lot more welcoming to the transgendered.
This First Nations school is getting ready to graduate its first Grade 12 class
From CBC: There will be nine potential graduates from the Coast Tsimshian Academy, in the isolated northwestern B.C. village of Lax Kw'alaams, this June. The village, just north of Prince Rupert, B.C. is home to just over 700 people and is surrounded by beautiful scenery of the Pacific coast.
A new study finds that dogs prefer reggae and soft rock
From the BBC: Prof Neil Evans said the most positive behaviour changes were seen when the dogs were played reggae and soft rock. Although these genres stood out, he said the study suggested each dog had its own music tastes.
Anne is one of those people who usually speaks to others in memes, pop culture references, and SAT words. On those occasions she can be understood at all, she likes to entertain others with a sense of humour usually described by friends as “hilarious—once you get to know her.”