In our day and age, wars, conflict and political strife is all too common. Because of this, sometimes it is hard to feel goodwill and offer help to those who need it. However, even the smallest acts of kindness can make us feel more positive emotions than anything else in the world.
In this article, Bright Side compiled some of the most touching acts of kindness we heard about this year. These are the stories that have won the hearts of millions of people around the world — and they can make your today a little bit better.
The life-saving rescue
Seventeen years ago, firefighter Mike Hughes rescued nine-month-old Danielle Davison from a fire that engulfed her house. When the girl was graduating from high school, she asked her saviour to come to the ceremony. In a moving speech, she said: “The fact that Mike is here today, at this ceremony, is very important for me. I don’t know really how to describe it, these are happy tears in my eyes which come from realising how things could have gone wrong. I would not be here if not for you.”
The birthday gift
A six-year-old autistic boy, Glenn Buratti, wanted to celebrate his birthday, but not a single person showed up to the party. His mom wrote about it on Facebook, and in a few hours dozens of policeman and firefighters came to congratulate the boy.
The guy who asked everybody to help an old man
Railroad track inspector Josh Cyganik overheard two teens making fun of 75-year-old Leonard Bullock’s house and could not just sit by and listen. Josh used Facebook to find volunteers who would be willing to help paint the outside of the old man’s house. More than 95 people replied to Josh’s call for help!
The woman who adopted a dying dog to make his last days happier
Nicole Elliott from Columbus, Georgia saw an ad seeking somebody who could adopt a sick dog named Chester. She took the dog in right away in order to make his last days a little happier. Among the great experiences Chester has already had are a ride in a car, a meal made up of a world-famous hot-dog, and even taking a bath at a spa.
The photo that changed this little homeless boy’s life
Joyce Gilos Torrefranca of Mandaue, the Philippines saw this little boy and took a picture of him. He was doing his homework outside by the light of a McDonald’s restaurant. The young woman posted the picture on social media and soon people started sending contributions to help the boy out. He has even received a scholarship and the support of Filipino politicians.
The prom that came to him
This guy couldn’t go to his prom, so the prom came to him.
The boy who rescued a drowning baby deer
During a flood in the Noakhali area in Bangladesh, a boy named Belal saw a drowning baby deer that was left behind by its family. Risking his life by crossing the surging river, Belal rescued the animal and reunited it with its family.
The woman who bought toys to donate them to children
Carol Suchman from New York bought a toy shop that was about to go bankrupt. She took all the goods from the store and donated them to children living in foster care.
The whole country stood up to protect a ticket inspector
Victor Lukyanov collects bus tickets from passengers in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He became famous because of his nice manners and actions. He would say “Thank you” to riders in 79 different languages and even paid for those who gave up their seats to elderly riders. However, the nastiness of some people on the bus eventually became unbearable and he decided to quit. Many people supported him and did not want him to leave; even his boss asked him to stay.
This elderly woman carried her disabled granddaughter on her back for almost 5 years
For almost five years, this sixty-six-year-old woman from Szechuan province, China carried her fourteen-year-old granddaughter to school and back, often walking over three miles of mountainous terrain. The media learned about this story and wanted to improve the family’s situation. Not long ago, the family moved into a new house closer to the girl’s school, and the girl received a wheel chair so she can get around on her own.
This Japanese man stayed in a dangerous zone to feed animals
Naoto Matsumura is the only person who’s not afraid to stay in the prohibited zone around the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. He originally left the city with other Japanese citizens, but has since returned to take care of the local animals.
The homeless dog who found a home
Konstantin Khabensky, a popular Russian actor, adopted this poor, homeless dog. He took care of its wounds, cleaned it up, and fell in love with it. He makes sure to leave a night light on every night since the pup is afraid of the dark.