As 2013 quickly comes to a close, I wanted to take a look back at the most feel good moments of the year, the stories that brought happy tears to my eyes and left me with a smile on my face.
Take a break today for some inspiration and if you are anything like me, don’t forget the tissues.
1. Dance Party
When Deborah Cohan was going in for a bilateral mastectomy, her pre-op routine was like no other Ė it was a dance party! Breaking out her best moves in the OR, Cohan and a slew of other hospital doctors and nurses danced to Beyonce. Cohan called on her family and friends to join her virtually and dance wherever they were at 7:30 am the morning of her surgery.
“Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance, move, be in their bodies,” says Cohan.
Take that, breast cancer!
2. Bat Kid
Five-year-old Miles Scott loves Batman. And for one day the young leukemia patient got to live his dream of being Batman for the day when the citizens of San Francisco transformed their city into Gotham.
From saving a damsel in distress to stopping a bank robbery to being presented with a key to the city from the mayor himself, Scott’s dream was made possible thanks to the 13,000 people who turned out to make it all happen. He even got a message from President Obama.
Photo credit: Shelly Provost
3. A Home Depot Proposal
Give me five minutes and I can convince you that Home Depot can be the most romantic place in the world.
Don’t believe me? Watch the video below.
4. Football Team Good Deed
At Olivet Middle School in Michigan, the school’s football team had a secret play up their sleeves, a play they even kept hidden from their coaches. The play centered solely around getting their teammate Keith Orr to score his first-ever touchdown. Orr is learning disabled and his teammates wanted to prove to him that he was a crucial part of the team and meant a lot to them.
Of the experience, one of the players said, “I kind of went from being somebody who mostly cared about myself and my friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone’s day and everyone’s life.”
Take a look at the whole secret play below:
5. An Honest Man
When Glen James, a homeless man in Boston, found a backpack with more than $40,000 he didn’t even†think of keeping the money. Instead he flagged down the police and handed over the bag which was soon returned to its rightful owner, a student visiting from China.
“Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny of the money found,” said James.
The Boston police held a ceremony to honor James for his “extraordinary show of character and honesty.”†Inspired by his story, Ethan Whittington, a 27-year-old from Virginia, has launched a fund for James which has raised more than $150,000 to date.
Photo Credit: Matthew J. Lee, Boston Globe
6. Thank You, Moms
Being a mom is probably one of the hardest and often most thankless jobs in the world. Luckily it is also one of the most rewarding.
Take a look at the video below to see what kids think about their moms:
I hope one day my kids think Iím “totally awesome, fun to snuggle with, pretty, funny, unique, and their hero.”
7. Shrinking Women
This poetry slam by Lily Myers is one of the best videos I have seen all year, maybe ever. It might not make you cry, but it made me nod my head in agreement, clap, and even cheer.
8. A Fight for Education
Asean Johnson is 9 years old and he does not want his school to close. At a rally in Chicago, his speech left hundreds cheering. I see a successful political future for this passionate young man.
“Education is a right, that is why we have to fight!”
9. Heavenís Waiting Room
Sarah Nelson is a 9-year-old business owner and philanthropist. She started her own bakery called Sarah Bugs Sweet Treats and donates 50% of all her profits to her community’s local hospice center, which she calls “heaven’s waiting room.” She has already donated about $8,000.
Check out Sarahís story below:
10. A Homecoming Surprise
At a Giants game this November, the military family of the game got the surprise of a lifetime. The wife and daughter of Air Force Technical Sergeant David H. Brenhuber were given an early holiday gift when Sgt. Brenhuber ran out onto the field! The video is so touching! Gets me every time!
Watch the video here.
Photo Credit: Giants.com
What are your favorite feel good moments from the year? Please share in the comments below.
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