With the upcoming 2016 presidential election and the aftermath of Hurricane Mathew dominating recent headlines, it can sometimes be disheartening to read or watch the news. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, however, let’s visit five recent events that are worth being thankful for.
Canada Likes the United States…a Lot!
Perhaps one of the coolest headlining events recently was the Twitter campaign that took Americans by surprise. Using the hashtag #TellAmericaItsGreat, Canadians took to the platform to say how much they appreciate the United States and offer uplifting words of encouragement. Some of the most touching tweets include “Your arts & culture, your optimism & hope, your diversity & ideas – all brilliant,” “Don’t let anyone tell you you aren’t great,” and “Your declaration of independence is one of the most beautiful documents ever written.” Anyone paying attention to trending hashtags undoubtedly saw this campaign, making it a fantastic reason to sit back, reflect, and give thanks for the amazing opportunity to live in America.
Wedding Party Gives Shelter Pups a Fantastic Day
There are few events more eagerly awaited than weddings and even fewer things cuter than puppies. Recently, a couple decided to mix the two for one unforgettable day. Instead of using flowers in their wedding photos, Sarah and Matt Crain opted to use adorable Boxer-Coonhound puppies from the rescue and rehabilitation center, Pitties Love Peace. Not only did this make for cute pictures, but it highlighted a great cause. It’s also a great reminder to be thankful for the animals in your life; make sure to give your own pet a big hug to show your appreciation for their unconditional love.
Hero Cop Saves Newborn Baby and is Named her Godfather
In September, veteran police officer Kenneth Knox was dispatched to a 911 call in response to a newborn baby choking on a piece of cereal. The child, Ma’Yavi, was “fading fast,” according to Knox. He quickly administered reverse CPR and was able to suck the cereal out of her mouth. To show their appreciation, Ma’Yavi’s parents asked that Knox be named the baby’s godfather. With all the negative press surrounding police officers lately, it’s more important than ever to remember and be thankful for these brave men and women who save lives.
Kids Beating Cancer Ring Their Bell
Cancer is an extremely difficult disease for individuals and their families. It’s even harder when it’s children who are diagnosed. The Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta helps patients deal with the disease, as well as celebrate overcoming it. The center established an “end-of-treatment bell” for patients to ring after the completion of their chemo treatments. Watch this video as children of all ages celebrate this incredibly emotional milestone and be thankful for their continued fight against cancer.
Winning Soccer Team Consoles Opposing Team After Loss
In a recent championship soccer match, Barcelona’s under-12 team won a hard-fought game against a Japanese club team. Losing is never easier, but it quickly became apparent that the Japanese team was taking it exceptionally hard. Barcelona’s team was deeply moved and took it upon themselves to comfort and console their opposition. They shared handshakes, hugs, and words of encouragement. Watch these short clips from after the game and see first-hand the compassion that lives inside of each and every one of us.
While popular media often bombards us with negativity, there are actually so many examples of true goodness in our world too. As we enter this holiday season, take a moment to consider the good in your life and the lives of your loved ones. Hug your family, spend an extra minute with your friends, and be thankful for humankind’s capacity to love.
Contributed by Amanda Vosloh Bowyer