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Five of My Favorite Feel-Good Stories of the Year

From industry reads to fun lifestyle posts on our favorite sites, we did a lot of reading in 2019! In this post, Cutline's Esther Hallmeyer shares her top five feel-good stories from the last year.

We all experience it — sometimes the weight of the world is overwhelming. With the mounting issues we are facing, from the climate crisis to water contamination to an increasingly divisive nation, it can all feel a bit too much. Thankfully, there are good acts and deeds happening every day—from world-changing inventions to random acts of kindness. Here are a few of my favorite feel-good stories from the past year. 

TeenVogue: Jaden Smith on Flint, Michigan, and How We Can All Change the World

The son of Will Smith could probably just rest on his laurels and coast through life as the child of an incredibly successful actor. But this year I was so inspired when I read about how Jaden Smith is helping the residents of Flint: “Jaden announced that he was installing a water-filtration system in Flint, Michigan (after sending cases of his JUST Water bottles for a time), that can clean up to 10 gallons of water at once for families. The process takes about 60 seconds and is free for public use. After years of waiting for officials to clean up the mess in Flint, including changing its drinking water supply from Detroit’s system to the Flint River in 2014, Jaden came up with his own small solution to a bigger issue of systemic racism.” 

Today.com: Watch teens pull off an incredible rescue of boy dangling from ski lift 

As a former teen, I can say with all certainty that teens can be jerks. But these heroic teens used their creativity to save a boy falling from a ski lift. 

CafeMom: 7 Strangers Just Showed the World What to Do When Another Mom's Kid Has a Public Meltdown

Speaking from personal experience, it can be very embarrassing when your kid melts down in public. I loved this story about how several women banded together to help a pregnant mom calm her son down: “As both mother and child were sobbing on the terminal floor, things turned from ugly to incredible. "... (I'm crying just writing this) ... the women in the terminal, there must have been six or seven of us, not women who knew each other, approached and surrounded her and the little boy and we knelt down and formed a circle around them," she wrote. These complete strangers independently knew what this mom needed and banded together to form an emergency mom tribe. Dunnington sang "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" to the little boy while another woman peeled an orange for him that she had, and another took a small toy out of her bag. One woman gave the mom a bottle of water and another helped the mom get the boy's sippy cup out of her bag to give to the child.”

The New York Times: Fyre Festival’s Organizers Didn’t Pay a Restaurant Owner, So GoFundMe Donors Stepped In

The Fyre Festival fiasco was many things: horrifying, cringe-worthy, and sometimes hilarious. But the bleakest part was the Bahamians who suffered the fallout, like MaryAnn Rolle—a chef who was never paid for her catering work and left in a major financial crisis as a result. Thankfully, generous people around the world who heard her story stepped in to donate via GoFundMe. To-date, $232,770 has been raised for MaryAnn and her husband.

Fortune: Missy Elliott Will Receive MTV's Video Vanguard Award

This is a feel-good story because this incredible woman was SO OVERDUE. She deserved this award years and years ago, from all the groundbreaking, awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind music videos she created as art. They are timeless yet futuristic and I could watch them over and over again. Her performance at the award show gave me chills, not just because of the music and the visuals, but the audience going bonkers for the hits. Missy forever!

Published by: Krista Gray in What They Read
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