The Friday 5: Your Uplifting Stories of the Week

Sometimes the news can be, well, not so inspiring. When headlines get you down, it’s important to remember that positive things are still happening all around us. Here are five hopeful and encouraging stories to pay attention to this week:

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Golden Retrievers that have been specially trained to console came from all over the country to Orlando this week to offer comfort to those affected by Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub. Puppy love for the win!

Kids Send Sweet Father’s Day Messages to Their NFL Dads

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and an adorable ad from Courtyard hotel is tugging on the heartstrings of people everywhere. In the video, the children of NFL athletes Drew Brees, Vince Wilforlk, Antonio Brown and Ryan Kalil talk about their favorite things about their fathers. Get the tissues ready for this one… the dads are watching all along!

Solidarity Through Song

On Monday, hundreds of people gathered in the streets of London as the London Gay Men’s Chorus honored the victims of the Orlando shooting by singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Tributes like this one remind us that in times of darkness, the global community unites to show its love and support. Like the song says,

When darkness comes

And pain is all around

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down”

A Magical Adoption Surprise

Adoption day was truly a day fit for a princess for 5-year-old Sarah Koning. A Grand Rapids, Michigan, courtroom turned into a magical fairyland as princesses (plus Prince Charming!) filed in to celebrate Koning’s adoption becoming final. Caseworkers donned wands, tiaras, and princess dresses, and even the judge played along, dressing as Snow White for the unforgettable surprise.

Handmade Cards Help a Hurting Orlando

What does a 6-year-old do when she hears about the tragedy in Orlando? She reaches for her markers and crayons and creates more than 50 cards for the victims’ families, police officers, and allies who are trying to make sense of this devastating loss of life. Never underestimate the impact a small act of kindness can have on the world.

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