15 Stories Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face –
The world we live in is an amazing place filled with good people. In these days, when numerous headlines are flooded with negative news, there is some good news which can bring a smile to our faces. These individuals and the communities as a whole have gone that extra mile to put a smile on a person’s face. Gestures like these keep humanity alive and ensure that good deeds are passed forward. Here is a list of 15 random acts of kindness by strangers that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
1. The Ice Bucket Challenge helped the research community by funding the project that led to the discovery of a gene linked to A.L.S.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, also known as the A.L.S. Ice Bucket Challenge, was a viral hit on social media in 2014. The activity involved a person having a bucket of ice and water dumped over their head by another person or by themselves. The activity was undertaken to promote awareness of the disease trophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The participants also donated money to the A.L.S. association to help fund their research. The challenge took the Internet by storm, and supporters were able to raise a whopping $115 million for the A.L.S. Association.
The money was instrumental in funding research and development of new drugs to help people affected by the disease. The people affected by this disease undergo a rapid breakdown in their ability to control their muscle movement. The scientists have discovered NEK1, the gene responsible for causing this disease. The discovery was a result of a global, gene-sequencing effort involving 11 countries and 80 researchers called “Project MinE.” The challenge allowed the researchers to invest around $1 million in Project MinE. (1, 2)
2. A nearly defunct train station in Japan had plans to close but noticed a student was the only one using it. They decided to close once the student graduated from high school.
The Hokkaido Railway Co. decided to keep a defunct railway station open for a lone passenger, a teenage girl. The train would stop two times at Kyu-shirataki Station to help the teenage girl commute to her school located about 35 minutes away from the station. It would stop each morning to pick her up and drop her off at home in the evening. The Japanese train firm had decided to shut down its operation in the city owing to low ridership.
However, the company decided to keep this station open until the teenage girl graduated from school. The dedication of the company was immensely appreciated by the general public and netizens. Finally, on March 25, 2016, this journey came to a bittersweet end when the teenage girl graduated from school. The local residents and reporters gathered around the station to watch the train pull in for the last time. It received a warm adieu, and the staff members were thanked for their service. (1, 2)
3. NASA happily reported that the Earth is much greener with more trees than 20 years ago. The change was attributed to extensive tree plantation drives thanks to China and India.
NASA had recently reported that the Earth is much greener than it used to be 20 years ago. The green change has been attributed to India and China, the two emerging economies with a large population. The two nations have increasingly stressed the importance of tree planting that has led to this effect. China has garnered much attention with its ambitious tree-planting program to curb air pollution. In 2017, India broke its own record after volunteers planted a staggering 66 million saplings in just 12 hours.
The greenling phenomenon was first observed by researchers using satellite data. The satellite images that were taken 20 years ago were compared with recent images. NASA researchers observed that China and India account for one-third of the greening with only 9% of the planet’s land area covered in vegetation. Furthermore, the greening in both nations has also been attributed to intensive crop cultivation as well. (1, 2)
4. The automobile giant Volvo created a three-point seatbelt but specifically gave away the patent and information so that it could be used to save as many lives as possible.
Car manufacturing giant Volvo is considered to be a pioneer in creating safe cars. The company has built its reputation by selling safer cars, and they are credited with giving away their most important safety device. The three-point safety belt was a universal modern seat belt designed by Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin in 1959. The company’s engineer invented a seat belt that fit over a driver’s torso as well as their lap. Prior to its discovery, many companies used a simple, two-point waist restraint that did more harm than good in the event of a collision.
This safe invention could have fetched the company a fortune if it had been patented. However, as a noble gesture, the company refrained from patenting the essential discovery as it was considered to be a free life-saving tool rather than a profit device. Nils Bohlin continued to redefine safety in cars by working on side-impact protection and rear seat belts. For his outstanding contribution, he was awarded a gold medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science and inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. (source)
5. A grocery store in Canada was unintentionally left unlocked and unattended on a national holiday. The only things taken were two packages of cherry tomatoes for which the person left $5 at the checkout, and the person had actually overpaid.
An unmanned store can be a looter’s paradise, however, a Canadian grocery store begs to differ. The Food Basics, a grocery store in Kingston, Ontario, was left unlocked on a Family Day. Family Day is a Canadian national holiday celebrated in February each year. Many customers who walked into the store were surprised to find the store open but without any employees.
A customer had shopped for two packages of cherry tomatoes and left $5 cash on the counter. A few customers alerted the local police who arrived at the spot. The cops contacted the store manager who found nothing was missing from the store. The store manager was astonished to find the products intact. They also found cash and an IOU note. It was later found that the customer had, in fact, paid extra for his packages of tomatoes. (1, 2)
6. An Iranian weightlifting champion auctioned off his Olympic gold medal to help raise money for earthquake victims. He specified that the medal belonged to his people.
In a heart-moving gesture, an Olympic gold medallist auctioned his medal to raise funds for earthquake victims. Kianoush Rostami, an Iranian Olympic weightlifter, bagged the gold medal by setting a new world record at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. In 2017, Iran was hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that caused widespread damage and loss of lives.
The Iranian weightlifter came forward and auctioned off his Rio 2016 Olympics gold medal. He also announced that the proceeds from the auction will be used to help people affected by the earthquake. The weightlifter further announced that the medal belonged to his people. The announcement from the weightlifter received a lot of praise from the country’s citizens and from the global community as well. (1, 2)
7. A Cleveland fine-dining restaurant that hires ex-convicts has given over 165 former criminals a second chance in life. So far, 90% of them are employed, and none have re-offended.
A spark of a good deed can bring about a major transformation in the world has been proved true by a fine dining restaurant. The Edwins Restaurant located in Cleveland Shaker Square is well-known for its fine French cuisine. The most important and fascinating fact about this restaurant is that it is entirely run by ex-offenders. The trainees are part of the restaurant’s six-month “Restaurant and Leadership Training Program.”
The program was conceived by Brandon Chrostowski, a chef, and veteran of elite restaurants in Chicago in 2004. He spent nearly six years perfecting the pedagogy since its opening in 2013. The ex-offenders are provided training on cooking, knife skills, and white-tablecloth service. The program has been crafted to equip them with the skills and confidence to rediscover their life. To this date, over 165 ex-offenders have graduated from this program since its conception. Chrostowski proudly states that more than 90% of them are employed, and none of them have returned to prison. (1, 2)
8. A growing number of restaurants across the U.S donated meals to federal workers and their families whose lives have been impacted by the government shutdown.
On December 22, 2018, key parts of the United States government shut down. It shut down owing to an impasse over the American president’s request for $5 billion funding for constructing a wall on the United States/Mexico border that was refused by Democrats. The shutdown affected over 800,000 federal workers since they are deemed to work without pay because they have been classified as “essential services.”
Many of the federal workers were forced to work without pay, and some were placed on temporary leave during the holiday season. The nation’s restaurateurs joined hands to avert this crisis by donating meals to workers impacted by the shutdown. Numerous food banks and restaurants offered free meals to federal workers and their extended families to keep the holiday spirit alive. This public wave of community spirit was appreciated by the global community who like to see people helping neighbors in need. (1, 2)
9. Britain banned pet shops from selling puppies and kittens from breeders. They can sell only animals sourced from shelters, pounds, and licensed foster caretakers.
Britain has set an example for other countries by banning third-party sales of puppies and kittens to prevent exploitation. The new rules are crucial in cracking down notorious “puppy farms” and their dealers who exploit these poor animals for acquiring money.
People willing to adopt a puppy or a kitten can directly adopt from breeders or shelter homes rather than pet shops. The rule makes it impossible for breeders to sell illegally smuggled puppies since they will be held accountable. This ban is also expected to push more people to adopt shelter animals rather than buy new ones. (source)
10. An Alabama college student running short of cash walked 20 miles to reach his first day of work. Moved by his dedication, his new boss gifted him his own car.
Walter Carr, an Alabama college student was faced with an unprecedented situation when his car broke down on the first day of his new job. The teenager was a full 20 miles away from his work when his car broke down. The teenager pleaded with his friends to help, but everyone was occupied with personal business. Rather than sulking about his predicament, the teenager walked the 20 miles to his workplace.
The student was running short of cash and started walking the entire stretch of his journey with the help of Google maps. A kind police officer stopped the student to check whether he was okay. The students told about the incident and the officer bought him breakfast. Another policeman offered to drop him covering the last four miles to his job. The student’s boss, Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin, surprised him by gifting him his Ford Escape car. The CEO had mentioned that the car was better in Carr’s hand rather than with him. (source)
11. A classic car is auctioned to pay for the care of two orphans. The car was sold three times and was able to raise $100,000. Finally, the car was donated back to the family in memory of their deceased son.
A couple residing in Alberta were forced to sell their late son’s car to raise money for their orphaned grandchildren’s medical expenses. The couple’s son and daughter-in-law were killed in a motorcycle crash leaving behind a six-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son. Both grandchildren required expensive hearing aids and additional speech therapy. In order to meet the medical expenses of their orphaned grandchildren, the grandparents made a painful decision to sell their son’s favorite car.
When the car was put on auction at the Electric Garage Auctions, the auctioneers shared the heart-warming story of the car before commencing the auction. The classic 1973 Pontiac Parisienne car initially sold for $29,000 but was donated back to be sold again. The car was auctioned for a second time and was donated back two more times during the auction. They were able to raise $100,000 from the auction, and moreover, the car was gifted back to the bereaved family. (source)
12. A 4-month-old Iranian infant was allowed entry into the U.S. for vital heart surgery in NYC despite an executive travel ban.
A 4-month-old Iranian baby with a fatal heart condition was denied entry into the U.S due to President Trump’s travel ban. The family was scheduled to visit Portland for a critical surgery when they were denied entry due to the travel ban. The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, took notice of their plight. The Governor together with US Senator Jeff Merkley and immigration attorneys were instrumental in granting a waiver for the baby’s family.
Citing the waiver, a Seattle judge issued a temporary restraining order on the ban halting the President’s executive order. This order allowed the baby’s family to travel into the U.S. for crucial heart surgery free of cost. Moreover, the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, and Wharton & Garrison came forward to bear the family’s expenses and legal costs. The baby underwent crucial heart surgery and is reportedly recovering well. (source)
13. A 75-year-old widower posted an ad looking for someone to fish with, and hundreds offered to drop a line with him.
An avid fisherman and a 75-year-old widower, Ray Johnstone, posted an ad looking for a fishing companion. He further specified that his previous fishing mate has passed away and he was looking for someone to drop a line with him. Soon the ad went viral with numerous responses pouring in from all over the country.
A 22-year-old Mati Batsinilas came across the viral ad on Facebook and got in touch with Johnstone. The young man offered to take the widower on all-expenses-paid fishing including a holiday trip to Stradbroke Island. The 75-year-old was also gifted hundreds of dollars’ worth of free fishing gear from the Boating Camping Fishing outlet. (source)
14. A Chicago Police Officer rather than arresting a teen who kept sneaking into a gym surprised him by buying a $150 gym membership.
A Chicago teen, Vincent Gonzales, was repeatedly warned several times by a fitness center he kept sneaking into. The 15-year-old teen had previously held a membership but failed to renew it after his mother was not able to afford it. The teen repeatedly kept sneaking into the facility to play basketball. Staying true to their warnings, the workers at the fitness called in the police to report the teen.
When officer Mario Valenti arrived at the facility and heard of the teen’s plight, he did the unexpected. Rather than arresting the teen, the officer surprised him by gifting him a $150 club membership to help him play basketball. The fitness center was overwhelmed by the cop’s gesture, and they extended the teen’s membership to two years by absorbing the additional cost. (source)
15. An Arizona man finds a little girl’s Christmas wish list attached to a balloon all the way from Mexico. He tracks her down and delivered her toys.
Christmas is a season of love and happiness. An Arizona man went an extra mile to fulfill the Christmas wish of a little girl. The eight-year-old girl had written a letter to Santa Claus and tied to a balloon hoping it would reach him. Randy Heiss, a man hiking in Patagonia, Arizona, came across the letter. He retrieved the letter that was written in Spanish and enlisted the help of his wife to translate it. The little girl who was identified as “Dayami” had asked Santa for art supplies, slime, a doll, and a doll house.
The couple had lost their only son nine years ago and were moved by the innocent gesture of the child. They shared the letter on Facebook and enlisted the help of a radio station to trace the little girl. The little girl was traced within an hour, and arrangements were made to help Heiss and his wife to meet the little girl and her family. The family lived in Nogales, a city located in the northern border of the Mexican state of Sonora. They delivered the toys to the ecstatic little girl and her younger sister. The man’s thoughtful gesture proves that love indeed has no borders. (source)