Wouldn’t you agree that it’s nearly impossible looking at the bright side of things during final exams? It’s definitely an exhausting and stressful week! With that in mind, we decided to compile a list of feel-good stories you can read through on your study break. Not only are they great pick-me-ups for your otherwise difficult week, but they also have a way of putting your stress into perspective (Which, honestly, we all need from time to time).
1. A former Make-A-Wish kid is now a doctor at the hospital that treated her.
At just 11 years old, Jen Pratt was diagnosed and treated for bone cancer at Children’s St. Paul in Minnesota. The former cancer patient recalls excitedly counting down her chemo treatments until she could finally enjoy an uplifting Make-A-Wish trip to Disney. This experience inspired Pratt to get into the medical field when she was older. Now, 20 years later, Dr. Pratt is currently caring for patients at the very same hospital where she was treated as a child. Read the full story here.
2. San Francisco 49ers Don Jones takes teen with Down syndrome to prom.
The football player described it as a blessing when he had the opportunity to return to his home county for prom night with 18-year-old Lindsey Preston. If that’s not sweet enough, Preston’s mom said that Jones made sure to dance with all the students, making everyone feel special. Read the full story here.
3. An Atlanta couple gives us all hope that love is possible at any age.
Back in October 2017, a retirment community held a speed dating event where men and women between 75 and 96 years old could pair up and chat for four minutes each. Those few minutes proved not to be enough for two elders in particular — Renee Weiss (80 years old) and Miles Miller (92 years old). The couple is still going strong to this day (they just got back from a cruise!), proving it is never too late to fall in love. Read the full story here.
4. Motor Neurone Disease charity website crashes following Stephen Hawking’s death.
The world is certainly missing physicist Stephen Hawking, and this was evident when MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Association’s website crashed shortly after his death. The reason? The site became so flooded with people trying to make donations to the cause, the website just couldn’t handle the traffic! Due to the overwhelming amount of people wishing to donate, the organization ended up releasing an alternative link where you could contribute. This is definitely a great problem for a charity to have, don’t you think? Read the full story here.
Thank you all for your support.
— MND Association (@mndassoc) March 14, 2018
5. Adidas sold 1 million shoes made out of ocean plastic last year.
In partnership with Parley for the Oceans, Adidas launched three versions of their UltraBoost shoe made out of recycled plastic found in the ocean — each shoe reusing 11 plastic bottles. Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted reported that in 2017, they sold a whopping one million pairs of these shoes! This is a great effort in the fight for our environment. Read the full story here.
6. A viral tweet inspires women to donate prom dresses to those in need.
In a tweet that has since gone viral, Maryland teenager Mika Riddick offered to lend her prom dress to someone in need. She even went as far as hooking them up with shoes and makeup, too! This resonated with many, as we all know how costly prom night can get, and these students also need to keep future college costs in mind. This act proved that kindess is contagious, as the tweet ended up inspiring multiple other women to follow suit and offer up their dresses as well. Read the full story here.
HI💖 i’m willing to let a girl in *need* use my prom dress. USE FOR THE NIGHT. I need you to be in MD, specifically glen burnie or close to. I have shoes for you as well as a makeup artist if you need that as well. IM NOT CHARGING YOU ANYTHING, JUST HAVE A GREAT NIGHT!!!!! https://t.co/HRofpgELQg
— celeria (@CHIC4MASDULCE) March 13, 2018
7. A 93-year-old holocaust survivor finally recieves his bar mitzvah.
World War II erupted just one month before Samuel Heider was to celebrate his bar mitzvah. Sadly, Heider ended up losing his brothers, sisters and his parents when Nazis invaded his hometown in Poland. Now Heider is finally getting the happy ending he deserves. In March of 2018, just before his 94th birthday, he finally got to celebrate this emotional milestone at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Dayton, Ohio. We think his parents certainly would be proud — Agreed? Read the full story here.
Looking for more feel-good stories? We curated this list with the help of @TanksGoodNews on Instagram, so give them a follow!