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10 Stories From This Week Guaranteed to Make You Smile
We all have moments we want to cherish and moments we don't want to relive. It's part of the complex reality of being human—the ups and downs, the good with the bad. But what we focus on matters. When we celebrate the good, we nurture a mindset of optimism that can spill over into all parts of our lives. This week's roundup of joy includes a mom who gets an unexpected expression of love from her sweet son, a baby who tries pho for the first time, and Kevin Bacon gifted us with the Christmas song of the season.
These Tech-Savvy Teens are Helping Seniors and Making New Friends Along the Way
The residents at Brookdale Senior Living have lots of wisdom, but tech skills? Not so much. Until a group of computer-savvy Gen-Zs from Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Florida came to the rescue! Led by Aaron Smolyar and his friends Christian Laquis and Derrick Hueniken, the teens created CLEO (Computer Literacy Education Outreach). Now they visit once a week, teaching seniors how to send pictures and emails and even clear out one resident's inbox with 122,000 emails! When the iPads eventually turn off, the teens ensure the conversations keep on going.
From War to Peace: This Man Turns Bullet Casings into Artwork
Thoeun Chantha is a champion of peace - using the symbols of violence to tell the world that what we really want is harmony. For more than 25 years, he has been taking brass casings from AK-47s and M16s to turn then into beautiful works of art – jewellery! The 42-year-old said he wanted to show the world "doesn't want war … we all want peace" through his creations, which he has been making for more than two decades.
Meet the 106-Year-Old Making History on the Vogue Cover
Vogue Philippines has made history by featuring 106-year-old tattoo artist Apo Whang-Od on its April cover, making her the oldest person ever to grace the front of Vogue. Whang-Od has been perfecting the art of hand-tapping tattoos since she was a teenager, learning under her father's guidance. Her traditional Kalinga tattoos, created using a bamboo stick, a thorn from a pomelo tree, water and coal, symbolize strength, bravery and beauty.
This Rainforest Could be the World's Most Important Carbon Sink
The Congo rainforest is an amazing ‘lung’ for our planet! New data shows it is even more important than the Amazon in terms of its CO2 absorption. The 57 metre ‘climate tower’ located in the Yangambi river basin has shown massive levels of CO2 absorption - almost twice as much as in a Belgian forest.This special rainforest not only helps regulate global temperatures and oxygen levels, but also provides habitat to so many wonderful species that live only here on Earth!
These Therapy Dogs are Supporting Families Following a Shooting in Nashville
Dogs and their heroic handlers from across America are on the road to Nashville. The "Crisis Response Canines" group is providing emotional support in the wake of a school shooting. "The interaction is very calming and very soothing," says dog handler R.A. “Bear” Berman. "Most people really like dogs and when they look at them, they just smile." These brave pups will be there for children and families until Monday, offering smiles and snuggles that can bring warmth during tough times.
Watch: This Retiring Therapy Dog Was Given a Special Farewell
In Australia, a beloved therapy dog named Norman has retired after seven years of supporting patients at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. To celebrate his final walk through the hospital, Norman was met with an honor guard of applause, cheers, and bubbles. Despite his retirement, Norman’s compassionate contributions will not be forgotten, as his visits have been a highlight for both patients and staff. Hospital staff and patients remember Norman for the happiness and comfort he brought to those he visited.
This Heroic Passerby Saved a Grandmother From a Burning Home
In West Linn, Oregon, a heroic man named Ronnie Coulam saved a grandmother from a burning home. Kai Brown was the first to spot the fire and called 911, but when he tried to help his grandmother down the stairs, she fell and was unable to get back up. Fortunately, Coulam happened to see the smoke and rushed into the burning home to carry the injured grandmother to safety. Thanks to Coulam's bravery, the grandmother was rescued and made a full recovery!
Solar Meadows: Inside the Pollinator-Friendly Solar Projects Doing it All
Amid blooms of black-eyed Susans and purple wildflowers nestled in between rows of gleaming solar panels, it's a pollinator paradise! At Connexus Energy's headquarters in Ramsey, Minnesota, you'll spot bustling bees and bumbling butterflies amongst the buzzing industry. More than 55 sites across Minnesota have attained "pollinator friendly" status with this initiative aiming to produce honey as well as carbon-free energy. A delightful dual use that brings smiles to people and critters alike!
This Family Just Took a Special Step to Help Their Son Through Cancer Treatment
Jasper O’Briant, a 16-year-old boy from Jal, New Mexico, has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer,. To show their love and support, Jasper’s father and older brother got tattoos that match one of Jasper’s scars from surgery. The tattoo, which runs along their left shoulder like Jasper’s scar, serves as a reminder of everything Jasper and his family have collectively gone through. By sharing their story, Jasper and his family hope to raise awareness and encourage more funding for osteosarcoma research.
50 Years Later, Lolita the Whale is Finally Going Home to Free Waters
Exciting news for animal lovers! Lolita, one of the oldest killer whales in captivity, will finally be returning to her home waters in the Pacific after more than 50 years. The Miami Seaquarium, where Lolita was being held, has signed an agreement with the non-profit group Friends of Lolita to relocate the orca to an ocean sanctuary in Washington state. The move is set to take place in the next 18 to 24 months with assistance from philanthropist Jim Irsay.