Looking at the news every day, especially lately, often makes us shake our heads—in sadness or disappointment or both.
But there are still reminders that people around the world can choose to be great to each other.
We found six videos that will brighten your day and remind you that not everything is as terrible as the news makes it seem.
This hairdresser gives haircuts to the homeless.
Josh Coombes, a 29-year-old hairdresser in London, gives homeless people free haircuts on the street—and he’s been doing it for more than a year. He knows that the haircuts he gives people aren’t going to solve all their problems, but he sees the difference it makes in their confidence and the dignity they feel. The haircuts are part of his bigger #DoSomethingForNothing campaign that he started with two other friends with the simple goal of changing the world.
This awesome dad surprises his son with a birthday gift.
This dad told his son, Braheim, that he had forgotten to get him a birthday gift for his 12th birthday before his baseball game and Braheim is noticeably upset. Once they’re in the car, and his dad tells him to grab something from the trunk and the brand new baseball bat Braheim wanted was there. Try not to cry as Braheim’s dad tells him, “Don’t cry! You’re about to make me cry!”
This girl who is deaf finds Disney characters who speak sign language.
Disney World is supposed to be the happiest place on earth and this video shows it was for Shaylee, a deaf girl, who was surprised to find out that Minnie Mouse and Tinkerbell both speak sign language. She met Tinkerbell for the first time three years ago and her reaction is priceless.
This human chain saves woman from a flood.
The value of teamwork is not lost on these people from Ellicott City who joined together—literally in a human chain—to save a woman trapped in her car during Maryland’s floods a couple weeks ago. In the video, Jason Barnes is the last link in the chain to save the woman in her car. He initially gets swept away by the floodwaters, but he manages to get up and try again. The woman is afraid to leave her car and get into the raging waters, but Jason lifts her out of her car and gets her to safety.
This 9-year-old builds care packages for homeless women.
At just 9 years old, Khloe Thompson has started her own charity initiative called “Khloe Kares.” As part of that, she’s started handing out care packages to homeless women after seeing them on the streets on her way to school everyday. She hand makes the bags out of fabric with her grandmother and fills them with necessities like soap, deodorant, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste and toothbrush.
This mother dog reunites with her puppies.
No list is complete without puppies and this one makes the list for the role the shelter worker played. The mother dog in the video, Cora, was given up by her owners after giving birth and she was separated from her puppies soon after. The Marin Humane Society in California reunited her with her puppies and you can see how she changed once she sniffed and realized they were hers.