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Good News: Things to smile about this week, January 31, 2021

By Nanci Dixon
In the midst of an abundance of bad news – rising COVID numbers, unemployment, evictions, homelessness and hunger – some good news stories still bubble to the surface.

We find ourselves mostly posting bad, sad or frustrating news in our Sunday newsletter. It’s not our fault, of course, but we want to make sure you come here and smile too. That’s why we’re bringing you this “Good News” column.

“LIVE AS IF YOU WERE TO DIE TOMORROW. LEARN AS IF YOU WERE TO LIVE FOREVER.” —Mahatma Gandhi

 
It’s never too late to reach for your dream. Giuseppe Paternò did just that when, at 96, he received first-class honors from the University of Palermo in Sicily, Italy. He didn’t start working toward his degree until 2017. He was prevented from attending university by war and poverty when he was a young boy. While his neighbors and friends didn’t understand why he was doing all this at his advanced age, he said graduating was “One of the happiest days of his entire life.”

“JUST TRY NEW THINGS. DON’T BE AFRAID. STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONES AND SOAR, ALL RIGHT?” —Michelle Obama

Dreaming of trying something new too? This woman just needed some support.

Two young skaters help an older woman skateboard for the first time and she’s stoked from aww

“BEING DISABLED SHOULD NOT MEAN BEING DISQUALIFIED FROM HAVING ACCESS TO EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE.” —Emma Thompson

A 62-year-old wheelchair-bound grandmother in Hanau, Germany, was frustrated by the number of shops and cafes in her town that were inaccessible to wheelchairs. Rita Ebel and her husband started building ramps out of Legos, of all things! She wanted to bring attention to barrier-free travel and her brightly colored ramps now color the doorsteps around the town. Shop owner Malika El Harti says that you can easily see the ramps and now can get into her hair salon without an issue.

“NO ONE IS USELESS IN THIS WORLD WHO LIGHTENS THE BURDENS OF ANOTHER.” —Charles Dickens

When these two groups of rockhopper penguins on the Falkland Islands got together, one little penguin left with the wrong group and didn’t know what to do. His penguin pal stepped in, hopping over to help bring him back.

 

“KEEP SMILING, BECAUSE LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING AND THERE’S SO MUCH TO SMILE ABOUT.” —Marilyn Monroe

Humans aren’t the only ones excited about a new arrival…

Two storks celebrating their first egg! from aww

This is what’s known as a New Zealand bottle opener from funny

 EVER FEEL JUST TOO, TOO TIRED?

when a warm hand is spotted from aww

Too tired to eat from aww

Derping is exhausting… from AnimalsBeingDerps

ENDING THIS WEEK’S GOOD NEWS WITH A LITTLE BLISS

Wishing you a relaxing, blissful week.

Nothing but bliss from aww

 

Read last week’s Good News here.

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Neal Davis
4 months ago

Thank you for brightening my day!

Tracy
4 months ago

Thanks for sharing pleasant news it brightened my day!

Glen Cowgill
4 months ago

Wow! and I thought I was old getting my Masters Degree at 74. I knew I would never use it to make money but when my oldest son got his masters I could not let him out do his father. I told him afterwards, “if he goes for his doctorate, I will not go for mine”. It is nice being retired with the only commitments is the upcoming doctor appointments.

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4 months ago
Reply to  Glen Cowgill

Congratulations on getting your Masters Degree at 74, Glen! That’s very impressive! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

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