In a chaotic and uncertain world, it helps to remember that good things are happening around us all the time. We think it’s important to pay attention to the good stuff. Here’s a roundup of uplifting stories to cheer your heart.
Son tweets about no one coming to his dad’s new donut shop; goes viral
Billy By’s father, Satharith, was disappointed that his new donut shop, Billy’s Donuts in Missouri City, Texas, had failed to attract many customers in its first week of business. He was getting up at 2 a.m. to make fresh donuts every day, but no one was coming. So, Billy took to Twitter.
My dad is sad cause no one is coming to his new donut shop 😭 pic.twitter.com/y5aGB1Acrc
— Billy’s Donuts (@BillysDonuts) March 9, 2019
Within just a few hours, his tweet had been shared over 300,000 times! Including from high profile accounts such as actor James Woods and film maker Casey Neistat, and even the official Twitter account. Said Billy, “I was just trying to help my dad gain more business through my friends, but eventually, other people saw it too.” The tweet garnered well over half a million likes. By the next day, they’d sold out. Satharith By immigrated from Cambodia 20 years ago as a refugee, opening his first donut shop in Southern California. The family ended up selling the shop to a relative when Billy’s mother became ill a few years ago, and upon her recovery, started up a new shop in Texas. Talk about a sweet ending!
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Police officer comforts elderly woman who calls 911 when her cat dies
Screenshot via Cheryl Preheim/Facebook
“I’m 61 years old. I don’t have any family at all, except these two cats, and I really don’t know what happened to this one. But I don’t know who to call. I’m sorry. You guys don’t have to come and check on me. I’m OK.” The call came in to the police dispatcher’s office. The apologetic woman, grieving the loss of her pet, lived alone and had no one. Officer Dylan Wright of the Rome, Georgia police department, responded to the call, and upon seeing the woman’s situation, decided to stay and help her. He bought a shovel at a nearby Walmart with his own money and returned to the woman’s home to bury her beloved cat. The city of Rome posted on their Facebook page: “His actions speak volumes to his character; having enough compassion and commitment to help ease the burden of someone he just met! Thank you Dylan Wright for your commitment to public service!“
Viral #TrashTag challenge inspires people to clean up the environment
The trash tag challenge was actually started in 2015 by an outdoor gear company called UCO. But when Byron Román of Arizona shared a set of pictures on his Facebook page featuring activist Drici Tani Younes captioned: “Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens. Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance, then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it” the movement was reignited. People all over the world began posting before and after photos of their cleanups.
— Megan (@bacon_N_megs) March 10, 2019
— Bipashna Chitrakar (@BipashnaC) March 14, 2019
Saw the #trashtag and wanted to be apart of it. I honesty don’t think I’ve thought about picking up trash since I was little and was collecting cans to get the 5 cents. If you have 5 minutes today, grab a bag and pick up a handful of trash in your neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/g0ZKRIZp75
— Zach King (@FinalCutKing) March 14, 2019
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) March 16, 2019
Now this is a social media trend we can get behind!
Chris Hemsworth befriends a quokka
This last one isn’t exactly news, but it’s so adorable we just CAN’T EVEN. Chris Hemsworth recently visited Rottnest Island in Western Australia where he befriended a large rodent called a quokka. And, well. This picture is very important. Enjoy.