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Here is a shot of your good news today! Positive news stories on heroic individuals, scientific breakthroughs, environment, business, economy, and more.

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102-year-old goes skydiving to tick the final thing off her bucket list

Happiness Shot from Maryland|October 23, 2020

A 102-year-old WWII veteran wanted to experience the thrill of one last item remaining on her bucket list- Skydiving! In a life that has already been pretty eventful, this veteran pursued the dream inspired by President George Bush, who also went skydiving at the ages of 75, 80, 85 and 90. Skydive Baltimore celebrated this milestone and stated on their social media that they were delighted to help this veteran complete an adventurous dream! 

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5-year-old girl battling cancer creates magic in a princess photoshoot

Happiness Shot from the USA |October 23, 2020

A 5-year-old girl, battling a very rare type of kidney cancer, had a few moments of relief when she posed as her favourite princess ‘Snow White’ for a photoshoot. Her mother was delighted to see her daughter glowing as Snow White and said she looked like she could star in her own movie. This photoshoot was a gift from the photographer who has been donating themed photo shoots to children with cancer since 2018.Happiness Shot...

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Pope Francis makes statement supporting same-sex civil union

Happiness Shot from Rome|October 23, 2020

Pope Francis made a statement supporting the need to have same-sex civil unions in a recently released documentary. With his open stand, he has proven to be far more progressive than his predecessors. Many same-sex supporters within and outside the Church have welcomed this statement that can potentially impact policy. But many critics have claimed that his support is in direct opposition with the teachings of the Church. 

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Tri-Faith campus promotes celebration and understanding of different faiths

Happiness Shot from Nebraska|October 22, 2020

The Tri-Faith campus has a mosque, church, and synagogue and now an interfaith center to help people get a better understanding of the three faiths. This center is built on the belief that more clarity on a different religion helps to dispel fears around it and finally celebrate it. The aim is not to create a new faith but simply to promote better understanding of other faiths while practicing one’s own religious beliefs and values.

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Morning exercise may prevent cancer

Happiness Shot from Vienna|October 22, 2020

According to research, one of the potential causes of cancer is circadian disruption, which is the disorderliness of environmental cues like diet, light, and the biological, internal, and circadian rhythms. Exercising between 8am and 10am in the morning can help reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer based on research conducted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health and the Medical University of Vienna with 3000 participants. 

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10-year-old hikes for 3 months to get a hug from granny

Happiness Shot from Italy|October 22, 2020

Romeo Cox, who lives in Italy, pitched the idea of taking a 3-month hike to get a hug from his granny who lives in London. Accompanied by his father, they woke up at 4.30am each day, walked 12 miles, fought wild dogs, slept under the stars, and finally reached the beaming granny in London. Cox said the hug he shared with his granny was long, warm, and worth every mile! 

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51-year-old man’s vulnerable tweet garners overwhelming response

Happiness Shot from Around the World|October 21, 2020

Edmund O’Leary, who has been unemployed for over 18 months, posted ‘I am not okay’ on Twitter, requesting people to drop a hello if their schedules permitted. Since then, Edmund has been inundated with inspiring messages, heartwarming pictures, offers to grab coffee together, support on polishing his CV, and more from different parts of the world. His tweet garnered 100,000 responses and over 300,000 likes for his ability to show such vulnerability online! 

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Cardiff University introduces unique way to get students to socialize under lockdown

Happiness Shot from Wales |October 21, 2020

Students have been experiencing stress and emotional isolation, staying away from their families, and even each other on campus. To alleviate this sense of isolation, the Chaplains at Cardiff University have organized a weekly dog walk and talk event for students where they can walk the dogs while talking to fellow students. The initiative has been very well-received by students who feel that the opportunity for human interaction has been such a welcome change. 

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Singapore plans massive reforestation to reverse the impact of mangrove losses

Happiness Shot from Singapore|October 21, 2020

In Aug 2020, Singapore Government announced the launch of a 990-acre park that will be a refueling site for migratory birds and is home to oriental hornbills, otters, saltwater crocodiles, and many other species. This initiative is part of a wider project that aims to plant 1 million trees over the next 10 years as the government tries to improve habitat quality for the city-state's wildlife while improving living conditions for its human residents. 

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A 4-year old is preparing 200 care packages for Christmas

Happiness Shot from the UK|October 20, 2020

Pippa Jackson had a nightmare where she saw some underprivileged kids had no gifts to open for Christmas. This heartbreaking dream spurred her into action, wherein she aims to prepare Christmas care packages for 200 kids. Each box has a present, coloring pencils, scarf, and gloves to ensure the kids can keep warm. She is preparing these packages with the help of donations and also through funds raised from sales of handmade decorations.

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An act of kindness leaves Today co-anchor surprised

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 20, 2020

Today co-anchor, Hoda Kotb, returned home after an eventful time with her kids at the park only to realize that her cellphone was missing. Her friend dialed the number, and Stan  Levine answered the phone, reassuring her that he found the phone by the roadside and will wait in the park until she comes to get the same. Hoda was so touched that she mentioned that Stan Levine is exactly what goodness looks like! 

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Customers rescue a lone chef running a restaurant

Happiness Shot from New Zealand|October 20, 2020

At a packed Thai restaurant, customers were losing patience as they waited to receive their orders. When a customer investigated the reason for delay, he saw a stressed chef running the restaurant alone. He immediately jumped in to help. A few other customers followed suit, and in no time, a team of volunteers was taking orders, collecting money, doing dishes. The chef stated it felt wonderful to be a part of such a supportive community. 

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12-year-old boy discovers 69-million-year-old fossil

Happiness Shot from Canada|October 18, 2020

A 12-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a paleontologist made a life-altering discovery on a hike with his dad. They stumbled upon the bones of a 69-million-year old fossil, which was confirmed by the Royal Tyrrell Museum. The experts stated that the bones belong to a dinosaur aged 3-4 years and will be instrumental in bridging the gap in the understanding of the evolution of dinosaurs. 

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Dad starts an NGO in response to child getting bullied for dancing

Happiness Shot from Chicago|October 18, 2020

Jimmy Long was dancing competitively since he was 6 but faced bullying for dancing when he hit 14. In response to the same, his father started an NGO, ‘Dance On,’ which provides emotional support and financial aid to dancers in need. He designed t-shirts captioned, ‘Hey, we're just going to dance on. We're just going to move past this.’ They have sold thousands such shirts and provided scholarships to dancers in need.   

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First chicken nugget goes successfully into space

Happiness Shot from Space|October 18, 2020

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Tim Peake have been joined by another name that will go down in history for its pioneering launch into space- A Chicken Nugget! Images show the chicken nugget traveling up to 11,000 feet above the Earth. Experts in stratospheric exploration created the perfect vessel in the form of a  meteorological weather balloon for the nugget to travel in.

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12-year-old genius gets admission into elite aerospace engineering school

Happiness Shot from Georgia|October 17, 2020

12-year-old genius, Caleb Anderson, had been studying aerospace engineering when he was sought out by the elite School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology to complete the program with them. Caleb started showing signs of genius when he could read and write by 11-months of age, gained admission into MENSA, and gained fluency in four languages. The University mentioned he was the perfect candidate to come into the program and become very successful! 

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Robot arm performs successful colonoscopy

Happiness Shot from the UK|October 17, 2020

A robotic arm performed colonoscopy successfully in a way that was faster, cheaper, and much less painful. The robotic arm uses machine intelligence and image analysis to navigate within the body. This is incredibly positive since colonoscopy is considered the gold standard in cancer detection and diagnosis, with demand estimated to increase by 16% over the next decade. 

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Homeless people leave researchers surprised

Happiness Shot from Canada|October 17, 2020

Foundation for Social Change tied up with the University of British Columbia for a social project called ‘The New Leaf.’ As part of the program, they distributed 75,000 Canadian dollars to 50 people who recently became homeless. They were surprised to find that instead of spending money on alcohol and drugs, they spent money on moving into stable housing, food, housing, and gaining financial security. 

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Differently-abled girl designs glitter shooting prosthetic arm

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 16, 2020

Jordan Reeves, a 14-year-old girl, was born with a left arm that stopped developing after the elbow. After attending a STEM workshop that encouraged kids with disabilities to view their citation creatively, she created a prosthetic arm that shoots glitter. The project became massively successful, leading to Jordan featuring on Tedx, Shark Tank, and The Rachel Ray Show. She has turned the venture into an NGO which promotes the cause of inclusivity.   

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Irish girls give an interesting spin to wheelchairs

Happiness Shot from Ireland|October 16, 2020

Izzy Keane was born with spina bifida, which meant she was paralyzed from the waist down and has used wheelchairs all through her life. Never having found ways to customize her wheelchair, she and her elder sister, Ailbhe Keane, launched Izzy Wheels that allows wheelchair users multitudes of options to express their individuality through beautifully designed wheelchair covers. They have aptly taglined their venture, ‘If you can’t stand up, stand out.’ 

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Pets for Elderly eyes aggressive expansion

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 16, 2020

Pets for Elderly is a non-profit organization that pays a portion of the pet adoption fees for senior citizens adopting pets. They have supported nearly 100,000 seniors aged 60 and above in almost 34 states. Pets for Elderly genuinely believes that pets form wonderful companions for elderly citizens, offering them emotional support and reasons to stay physically active. They plan to affiliate with at least 1 shelter in all states by 2021. 

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UAE community offers free online fitness classes

Happiness Shot from the UAE|October 14, 2020

Giving back to a community can come in any size and form. A local initiative, Daman Heroes, has been offering free online fitness classes, thanks to the community members who are willing to guide the virtual audience through a variety of fitness routines from Zumba to Pilates. The idea is to drive physical movement among people, which aligns with the Dubai Fitness Challenge. 

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Astronaut steps down from space test flight for daughter’s wedding

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 14, 2020

The commander of Boeing’s first astronaut flight decided to step away from going into space so he could attend his daughter’s wedding right here on earth. Chris Ferguson, former NASA astronaut who has been into space three times earlier, stated that he cannot risk missing on his crucial family commitments. He stressed that he is still deeply involved in the program and ensuring its success, but he will not travel to space.   

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UN World Food Programme bags Nobel Peace Prize

Happiness Shot from Sweden|October 14, 2020

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its path breaking efforts to combat hunger. The 101st awardee of this prestigious prize worth $1.1 million was humbled to receive the same. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the WFP won for its contribution to promoting peace in conflict-affected areas and for being a driving force to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war. 

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Seniors knit beautiful scarves and more for the community in need

Happiness Shot from Wangaratta |October 9, 2020

Rural City of Wangaratta's aged and community care planned a wonderful initiative reimagining this year’s Seniors Festival. They distributed 120 wool care packages to isolated seniors so they could knit thoughtful gifts for those in need in the community. Each care package included three balls of wool and either a knitting needle or a crochet hook and a simple pattern. 

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Viral video draws help for an 80-year-old street vendor couple

Happiness Shot from Delhi|October 9, 2020

The pandemic has impacted many people’s ability to earn a livelihood, and among the worst affected are street vendors. A food blogger recently uploaded a video on Instagram, showing an 80-year-old street vendor couple who serves the best matar paneer. He urged the followers to visit ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ and also make donations if possible. Actor Randeep Hooda also tweeted the same, generating a generous response. 

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22-year old is helping people fight depression

Happiness Shot from India|October 9, 2020

Kairavi was diagnosed with depression when she was a 17-year old girl. Since then, she tried various therapies and multiple medicines but what helped her most was knowing that others like her are also battling depression. Hence, she decided to write a book, ‘C for Cat, D for Depression’ in verses with illustrations to explain what depression feels like to reach out to others like her and help them.

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Dancing is officially declared the best medicine for a mood lift

Happiness Shot from the UK|October 8, 2020

In a study commissioned by Zumba, of 2000 British respondents, 75% said that they felt happy within minutes of shimmying around in their homes. Although 67% expressed the desire to have more opportunities to dance. This aligns with psychological research that shows that dancing helps in breaking the set patterns and therefore helps in decreasing stress and enhancing the state of happiness. So bring out the dancing shoes and dance your worries away! 

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Firefighters arrive before ambulance and assist in delivering a baby

Happiness Shot from Australia|October 8, 2020

When Tegan Izzard went into labour, little did she realize that her delivery would be full of plot twists and turns, keeping her anxious husband on his toes. When they called an ambulance, a team of firefighters was also called in to assist them. However, as fate would have had it, the team of firefighters reached before the ambulance and ended up assisting Tegan in delivering a beautiful, healthy baby at home. 

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Couple ties the knot outside the supermarket store where they first met

Happiness Shot from Australia|October 8, 2020

It’s not every day that you expect to hear, ‘Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband?’ outside a supermarket. Rose and Rob, who first met at the supermarket store nearly three years ago, tied the knot in a surprise wedding planned by Rose. Rose worked as a cleaner at the supermarket, and Rob often dropped in for a coffee and a chat. They are now excited to start their life as...

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Scientists discover a super enzyme that can break down plastic in hours

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 7, 2020

Some kinds of enzymes found in bacteria have been combined by scientists to create one super enzyme that can break down plastic in hours. The new discovery will triple the speed at which plastic polymers are undone, providing a serious opportunity to win the fight against plastic pollution in the coming decades. This will also mean that scientists will be able to create synthetic enzymes targeted explicitly for specific types of plastic.

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Disney fans raise funds to distribute meals to laid-off employees

Happiness Shot from Florida|October 7, 2020

Like many businesses that depend on tourism, Disney Theme Parks have borne a severe brunt of the pandemic with the parks staying shut for four months leading to job losses of 28,000 employees. When a fan-couple heard about the pink slips, they started an online food drive with Second Harvest. They raised over $47,000 through which 188,000 meals will be delivered to the families of laid-off employees.

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Qatar Airways gives away 21,000 free tickets to teachers worldwide

Happiness Shot from Qatar |October 7, 2020

To honor and celebrate the contribution that teachers have made, especially in the turbulent pandemic times, Qatar Airways has decided to give away 21,000 economy round-trip free tickets across the 75+ countries it operates in! They will also receive a 50% off voucher for 1 future return ticket that they can use for themselves, a family member, or a friend. Teachers can participate by fling out a form on the official promotion website. 

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Aetna Foundation ranks the healthiest communities in America

Happiness Shot from the USA |October 6, 2020

Aetna Foundation recently published its annual Healthiest Community Rankings after examining 3000 locations across 84 metrics. The parameters include drinking water quality, affordable housing availability, park access, number of college-educated citizens, and more. This study serves as a tool for community leaders to gain insights into the most effective policies that allow citizens the maximum chance of living a healthy, productive, and happy life. 

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Vietnam Veteran continues to serve through a unique bond with school kids

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 6, 2020

‘Grandpa Ron’, as fondly referred to by students, has been volunteering thousands of hours to local school students. It was only when the classes moved online that repeated petitions from students forced the authorities to list his number in the school directory. He has been flooded with calls and emails from students who also visit his home. He has been honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for #Stillserving America in a unique way.

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A 71-year old marriage and a 71-year toaster take the internet by storm

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 6, 2020

When Frank and Gloria Witts’ daughter posted an image of them posing with a 71-year toaster they were gifted at their wedding, the photo took the internet by a storm. The Witts couldn’t fathom the fuss around the photo, but it gradually sunk in. They don’t make such toasters and 71-year old marriages anymore! Their only advice was you need to take care of things and people so they last! 

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Toddler reunites with father due to vigil neighbor

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 5, 2020

A neighbor, who was walking her own dogs, spotted a little boy in his pajamas walking down the street. She observed there was a pit bull walking by the child, never leaving his side. The neighbor accompanied the child, knocked on all doors along the street until she found the toddler’s family. The neighbor said that extending such basic courtesy is the least that can be expected in a community.

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Studies indicate that Vit D reduces impact of COVID-19 on patients

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 5, 2020

Boston University of Medicine studied the blood samples of 235 hospitalized COVID-19 patients to discover that those with sufficient levels of Vitamin D were less prone to suffering the severe impact of COVID-19. They also discovered they have higher blood levels of immune cells that help in fighting the infection. One can get adequate Vit D from regular exposure to sunlight between 10am and 3pm. 

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UAE announces new citizenship law

Happiness Shot from the UAE |October 5, 2020

UAE has proposed a new citizenship law that would allow expats to become citizens of the UAE, provided they fulfill certain conditions. Some of the requirements include giving up their existing citizenship and being proficient in Arabic. Becoming an Emirati will automatically make a person eligible for the tax breaks and all government-provided benefits. Earlier, citizenship was possible if one was born to Emirati parents or through marriage to an Emirati. 

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Expat Women Crafted Pairs of Prostheses for Breast Cancer Survivors in India

Happiness Shot from the UAE |October 4, 2020

A group of spirited young women in the UAE have knitted and crocheted a total of 517 pairs of  prostheses for breast cancer survivors in India. Handmade with love, the items are distributed free of cost to survivors who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures in India to treat their cancer.

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A Christiansburg Mom and Daughter Work Together to Spread Positivity

Happiness Shot from Christiansburg|October 4, 2020

A Christiansburg mom and her daughter are working to spread art and positivity across the New River Valley. Katie and Abby Mallory are a part of the Kindness Rock Project. It is a trend on social media where people paint rocks and leave them for others to find and collect. Photos of the painted rocks and hints of where to find them are shared on Facebook groups. Katie said she enjoys spreading this time with...

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Dad Cycled from Scotland to England for Charity-Riding his Daughter’s Pink Bike

Happiness Shot from England|October 4, 2020

Wesley Hamnett pedaled from Glasgow, Scotland to Manchester, England on a $26 bike with 12-inch wheels for over six days. The dad of two had wanted to raise funds for various charities and hospitals which were close to his heart after he lost his granddad to cancer last year. He’d originally planned to cycle 1,250 miles from Russia to his home in Lancashire but due to the pandemic, he was forced to backpedal and turn...

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80-year old pianist plays the piano with bionic gloves after two decades

Happiness shot from Brazil|October 3, 2020

An internationally renowned pianist, João Carlos Martins, lost dexterity in his fingers two decades ago, leaving him unable to play his beloved piano. However, recently he was fitted with bionic gloves that allow him to move his fingers and play the piano! He played a beautiful piece by Bach after two decades that left him in tears. The video he uploaded of this miraculous feat has been winning the hearts of netizens worldwide.

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15,000 kids’ homes surprised with free WiFi connection

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 3, 2020

With the pandemic, students have had to switch to online education modules without any transitory period. Over an estimated, 50 million children are studying remotely, of which 15-16 million children struggle with connectivity issues. Thanks to T-Mobile’s Project 10million, over 15,000 kids’ homes in 5 districts will now enjoy free WiFi for 5 years so they can study without any connectivity concerns. T-Mobile plans to make connectivity accessible to 10 million students’ homes.

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Mark Cuban checks former NBA player Delonte West into rehab

Happiness Shot from the USA|October 3, 2020

Former Dallas Maverick player Delonte West has been battling bipolar disorder, financial woes, and drug addiction. He last played for Mavericks in 2012, but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was spotted picking up West from a gas station and checking him into a rehab center. Many NBA players are known to have gone broke within a few years of retirement, but it is generous of Cuban to assist one of his former players. 

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Australia set to plant 25 million trees by 2025

Happiness Shot from Australia|October 2, 2020

To combat the impact of the bushfires, global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, EverGreening Alliance, and Greening Australia have collaborated to plant 25 million trees by 2025. In what is being considered as Australia’s most extensive restoration projects, this will cover over 20,000 hectares of land and generate habitats for dozens of threatened and endangered animals.

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Lonely otter finds love through a dating site

Happiness Shot from the UK|October 2, 2020

A 10-year old otter, Harris, had been feeling lonely since his partner of four years passed away. So his owners at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary created a dating site with his profile mentioning ‘Looking to find my significant otter.’ The news traveled, and they were contacted by Scarborough Sea Life, mentioning that a female otter called Pumpkin is looking for love after her elderly partner passed away! If only people could find love that easily!

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Employee surprised with lifetime savings cash by employer

Happiness Shot from the UAE|October 2, 2020

Avelina has been working as a PA to social media star Supercar Blondie for the last 2.5 years. She works in another country to save up enough money to send her son to college back home in the Philippines. To appreciate her commitment, her incredible energy, and her immaculate reliability, the employer surprised her with adequate cash that would allow Avelina to send her son to a college of his choice.

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Company innovates carbon-negative cutlery from methane

Happiness Shot from California|October 1, 2020

A California-based company, Newlight, has been able to harness a method that employs microorganisms converting methane into a physical substance to create single-use forks and cutlery. Newlight hopes that this innovation will significantly reduce the dependence on the use of plastic and other takeout food materials which are not sustainable. This has been termed as the innovation of the year by Popular Science.

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Scientists find the presence of salty water bodies under Mars

Happiness Shot from Italy |October 1, 2020

Mars was wet and warm, like the Earth, at one point but it gradually cooled off with a temperature of 113 degrees Celsius at the South Pole as we know it today. However, scientists in Italy have confirmed the presence of salty water bodies and a lake near the South Pole of Mars, indicating the potential for microbial life in the future. 

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Artisan returns a pouch of diamonds despite financial woes

Happiness Shot from Surat|October 1, 2020

Diamond polisher, Rajesh Rathod, stumbled upon an abandoned pouch of diamonds worth INR 9 lakhs lying on the roadside. Having had his wages slashed by INR 6000 due to the pandemic, he could have liquidated the diamonds to end his financial woes and support his family better. However, he decided against it and returned the diamonds to the rightful owner within four days, reiterating that the network of diamond merchants and artisans works on trust.

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Tesla to launch a car that will cost $25,000

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 30, 2020

The eccentric CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, announced that they will be manufacturing their own battery packs to drive down costs and launch a car at the competitive price point of $25,000 only. He announced that the vehicle will be tentatively launched in three years, and it will be fully autonomous in nature. Car lovers have been thrilled at the prospect of driving this cost-effective car from the house of Tesla.

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Mother-Daughter duo reunite lost ring with the owner

Happiness Shot from the UK|September 30, 2020

Matt Eastley lost his wedding ring on the beach when he was “splashing around in the water.” After a failed attempt at looking for the ring, he requested a cafe owner by the beach to watch out for it. The next day a mother-daughter duo spotted a ring in the sand, played detectives, and ensured that they leverage the network of people working on the beach to return the lost ring to its rightful owner.

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Diamond merchants come forward as stem cell donors

Happiness Shot from Surat|September 30, 2020

Diamond merchants in Surat are not only sparkling rough stones but also putting a new sparkle to lives by driving the cause of stem cell donation. Of the top 10 Gujarat companies, who have encouraged their employees to register as stem cell donors, four Surat-based diamond firms feature among the first six with as many as 9389 artisans and employees voluntarily registering for stem cell donation.

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Hydrogen-powered passenger flight completes maiden journey

Happiness Shot from the UK|September 29, 2020

In a giant step towards creating zero-emission travel, a hydrogen-powered aircraft capable of carrying passengers completed its first taxi, take-off, and landing in the UK. The aircraft is retrofitted with a device that combines hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity. The size of this commercially available aircraft demonstrates that paying passengers could be boarding a truly zero-emission plane real soon!

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COVID patients dance to cheer up a bride who missed her own nikah

Happiness Shot from Kerala|September 29, 2020

The pandemic has derailed many wedding plans, and in one such scenario, a bride who was tested positive for COVID-19 was unable to attend her own wedding in Kerala. However, to cheer up the bride, the patients at the COVID recovery center danced around the bride on a popular Malayali song and ended with clicking a selfie capturing a happy bride and toothy smiles. The video took the internet by a storm!

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The secret to long-lasting friendships is out!

Happiness Shot from Australia|September 29, 2020

A Melbourne radio show invited its listeners to share the secret of friendships that have weathered all storms and stayed intact for decades. Listeners shared that the biggest ingredient of a great friendship is simply having shared history—the ability to just sit with each other, especially in heartbreaking situations. When you know, you cannot fix things but be by their side as they process grief and loss creates an unbreakable bond.

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ABC readers extend a generous act of kindness to an international student

Happiness Shot from Australia|September 28, 2020

Raiyan Chowdhury is an international student who lost his job at the pub owing to the pandemic. He covered bills by making food deliveries for UberEats until his rented bike was stolen, and he couldn’t do that anymore. He shared his story with ABC, and one generous listener felt so compelled that she mobilized resources to give him an electric bike leaving him overwhelmed with her kindness and empathy.

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Australia is all set to create a dementia-friendly trail in a park

Happiness Shot from Australia|September 28, 2020

Anne Tudor and Edie Mayhew are a same-sex couple that has inspired the first dementia-friendly trail in Australia. Edie was diagnosed with dementia at 58, and the couple felt there was so much negativity and isolation around the disorder. When the State Government sought suggestions on how to restore Woowookarung Park, they suggested creating a trail for all stages of dementia to make an inclusive space for all.

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All-female fire crew make history

Happiness Shot from Florida|September 28, 2020

The first-ever all-female fire crew in Florida comprises a female captain, driver, firefighter rescue lieutenant, and medic in the Palm Beach Gardens Fire Department. The women feel the stars aligned for them, and it happened to coincide with the day that Justice Ruth Ginsburg passed away, making it even more special. The crew believes that women can achieve anything and must never allow anyone to make them feel otherwise. 

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Giant rat receives medal for detecting landmines

Happiness Shot from Cambodia|September 27, 2020

Magawa is a giant rat who has detected over 39 landmines and 28 pieces of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, saving the lives of men, women, and children with his bravery, skill, and intelligence. UK-based charity ‘People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals’ has bestowed a gold medal to Magawa for his incredible work that directly impacts human lives. Magawa is the first rat to receive the honor celebrating his ‘ life-saving bravery and dedication to duty.’

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Boss gives up £10 million to staff as his farewell gift

Happiness Shot from the UK |September 27, 2020

Usually, the person who retires is on the receiving end of farewell gifts, but the CEO of UK-based insurance company Admiral turned the tradition on its head. To express his gratitude to his 7500 employees, he gave away £1000 to full-time staff and £500 to part-time employees. He said he has had an incredible journey growing the organization and working with an incredible set of people.

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Disney Downtown unveils a mural honoring Chadwick Boseman

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 27, 2020

Disney Downtown recently unveiled a mural showing King T’Challa giving the Wakanda salute to a young child in hospital attire wearing the Black Panther mask. The artist Nikkolas Smith said that this artwork was a perfect tribute to Chadwick, who visited kids with cancer while waging a private battle with the disease himself. Smith mentioned being grateful to be able to represent Chadwick’s life and purpose in a meaningful way.   

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Researchers have found transparent solar cells that can power skyscrapers

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 26, 2020

Researchers have developed transparent solar panels that can be fitted into the glass panes of the building to convert sunlight into energy and power the entire skyscraper. The new material and the structure to support it balances multiple trade-offs to provide good sunlight absorption, high voltage, high current, low resistance and color-neutral transparency all at the same time. This exciting breakthrough can have a far-reaching impact on sustainable energy.

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Strangers who met in balconies during the lockdown are engaged

Happiness Shot from Italy|September 26, 2020

Agnelli and D’Alpaos met on their balconies during the lockdown when they would step out to listen to the music being played by their neighbours. Feeling instant attraction, they connected on Instagram and then later on WhatsApp! On ensued night-long chats, which finally ended in a meeting when Italy allowed workers to resume work in May. The couple is now engaged and all set to tie the knot soon!

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89-year old pizza delivery man receives $12k as a surprise

Happiness Shot from Utah|September 26, 2020

Derlin Newey took up the 30-hour a week gig delivering pizza to make extra cash since his social security wasn’t adequate to cover his bills. One of his customers started recording and posting the deliveries to their home on his TikTok account, which has 53,000 followers. Endeared by Newey, the followers all contributed money, amounting to $12k, which left Newey completely overwhelmed.

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Couple lights up 60th-anniversary photoshoot in original wedding attire

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 25, 2020

Lucille and Marvin Stone celebrated their 60th anniversary with a photoshoot that left netizens teary-eyed. They both wore attires from the day that they said ‘I do’ for the first time! The couple was surprised at the amount of love their photos received online as they didn't expect people to be interested in them. They also shared the secret to a long-lasting happy marriage: work hard and be kind to each other.

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Scientists find perfectly preserved remains of ice-age cave bear

Happiness Shot from Russia |September 25, 2020

Scientists have unearthed an ice-age cave bear with all soft tissues intact, including the teeth and nose in the arctic region of Russia. Scientists at the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk stated that this discovery was groundbreaking. Preliminary study suggested that this bear lived about 22,000 to 39,500 years ago. Scientists believe that the findings from the study of this bear will have far-reaching effects on study of evolution for the entire world.

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2-year-old dog gets an emotional support pup to deal with anxiety

Happiness Shot from Australia|September 25, 2020

2-year-old Arnold is a Weimaraner who suffered from exceptional separation anxiety when separated from his guardians. His anxiety peaked, especially when his guardians resumed work. He often expressed it by barking, growling, and chewing incessantly on cushions. As a solution, a family friend introduced a right-sized dachshund who was up for adoption. Ever since then, the Instagram page of Arnold has been flooded with cute images and videos of both together.

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High school program trains youth in agriculture

Happiness Shot from Australia|September 24, 2020

10 students from different schools in New South Wales have been trained in primary industries through farm placements. The teachers of the agricultural program were surprised to see that many of the students who enrolled did not come from traditional farming families. Students believe that early hands-on training will help open new avenues of meaningful employment in the future.

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Dad with Tourette syndrome uses TikTok to spread awareness

Happiness Shot from the UK|September 24, 2020

Tourette syndrome is when a person performs unwanted repetitive movements or sounds called tics. 40-year-old dad of three kids, Glen Clooney, uploads videos of him baking cookies with his kids which end in a twist with him throwing an egg abruptly or rubbing custard in the kid's hair involuntarily. He has been using the platform to destigmatize the Tourette syndrome and has raked over millions of views in a short time.

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5-year-old boy gifts Baby Yoda doll to firefighters

Happiness Shot from Oregon|September 24, 2020

5-year-old boy, Carver gifted a Baby Yoda doll to firefighters to thank them for putting out wildfires on the West coast. Since many of them are away from their families, Carver wanted to ensure they have a buddy if they got lonely. The doll has been traveling to various fire camps as a source of ‘light and force’ documented on a FB page called ‘Baby Yoda fights fires’ that has 3400 followers.

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Lonely widower receives thousands of emails to his plea for a friend

Happiness Shot from the UK|September 23, 2020

A 75-year man lost his wife to pancreatic cancer in May 2020 and has been socially isolated since. In a signboard outside his house, he said, ‘I have my wife. I find the unremitting silence 24 hours a day unbearable torture. Can no one help me?’ Ever since his phone’s ringing non-stop. He has been flooded with emails from people worldwide, inviting him for meals, road trips, conversations, and more.

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Athlete displays outstanding sportsmanship in a now-viral video

Happiness Shot from the UK|September 23, 2020

A Spanish athlete stopped dead in his tracks when he saw that his competitor, a British athlete, had taken a wrong turn just 100 meters before the finish line. He waited for him so his competitor could win the 3rd position in the race. The Spanish athlete believed that his competitor was ahead of him all through the race, and he deserved to win. His incredible sportsmanship has been winning the hearts of netizens worldwide. 

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Neighbour extends an unexpected kind gesture towards a couple

Happiness Shot from Australia|September 23, 2020

A couple decided to spruce up the garden space outside their new home with bright flowers and plants. They were exceptionally saddened when their beloved plants were robbed overnight. Many neighbors pacified the couple, sharing that the robbery wasn’t a reflection of the community as a whole, but one neighbor showed up with three plants similar to what they had planted to gift to the couple, leaving them entirely shocked and overwhelmed.

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Woman feeds Bruny Island with organically cultivated vegetables in her garden

Happiness Shot from Bruny Island|September 22, 2020

Jo Smith went through postnatal depression after giving birth to her twins. To deal with the same, she started an outdoor garden to cultivate vegetables, which helped her healing process. Three years later, she has been absolutely fine and has converted the small garden into a commercial one. Through the lockdown, she has been supplying vegetables to islanders, accommodations, and hotels, which has given her a great sense of pride.

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Girl Scout wins a Gold Award for fighting against stress

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 22, 2020

Winning a Gold Award is the highest honour a Girl Scout can receive for making a difference in the community through 80 hours of service. Lucy Stimson chose to address the growing stress in her community through a FB page where she shared tips to combat stress, fun videos, pep talks, and more. The most visible impact was on her ability to talk about stress and anxiety to her parents, gain perspective, and seek help.

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Three Dubai boys grow their hair for a cause

Happiness Shot from Dubai|September 22, 2020

Three Dubai boys have been investing time and tedious effort in growing, conditioning, and maintaining a long mane. Attached to their hair for strong emotional reasons, having a man bun has been a massive part of their identity. But they have decided to let go of their locks so that they can be used to make wigs for cancer patients who suffer extreme hair loss.

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Sand artist creates art depicting the right way to wear masks impressing netizens

Happiness Shot from India|September 21, 2020

The importance of wearing masks to stay protected and safe in these perilous times can never be stated enough! Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik recently created a stunning piece of sand art depicting the correct way to wear a mask and uploaded an image of the same on social media. This creative message received over 2100 likes over 2 days and many appreciative comments along with reposts.

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Miller beer is bringing back the dive bar culture with this contest

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 21, 2020

The lockdown has made most of us nostalgic for the no-fuss dive bar where we could have good times with friends and beer. Miller is running a great contest where they will give away a dive bar worth $10,000 to one lucky fun through a contest that ends on Sep 22, 2020. The bar will have Miller tap handles, quirky bar stools, popcorn machine, wood paneling, quirky artwork, and more. 

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UAE health minister receives first round of COVID-19 vaccine

Happiness Shot from the UAE |September 21, 2020

After encouraging results from the third phase of clinical trials, UAE gave the nod to administering the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline workers to minimise the risk to them owing to the nature of their work. The trial conducted on 31,000 individuals from 125 nationalities in six weeks demonstrated that the vaccine was safe and effective. In line with this, the health minister received the first round of vaccination to commence the process. 

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Pope makes the most accepting statement towards LGBT community

Happiness Shot from Rome|September 20, 2020

The Pope has always shared kind words towards the LGBT community, but recently, he made a sweeping statement saying that “God loves your children as they are” and “the church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.” The statement made to the  40 parents of LGBT kids gave them a new perspective and strength to accept and even celebrate their kids.

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Ex-veteran helps other veterans transition to the civilian life with video gaming

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 20, 2020

A medically retired veteran learned that 22 veterans die by suicide every day in the USA owing to isolation and depression. He set up his own YouTube channel, Bayonet X-Ray, where he plays video games live for 22 minutes at sunrise each morning—representing the 22 veterans that die by suicide each day. He also shares strategies to combat PTSD, shares tips on healthy eating and breathing.

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Uber driver uses fares and tips to serve sandwiches to homeless people

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 20, 2020

Kerry Wiles is a scientist on the weekdays and works as a Lyft/Uber driver over the weekends. She discovered that she had breast cancer in 2018 and decided to drive cabs as a way of getting to know people and their stories. She also started using the fares and tips to make sandwiches for the homeless people and has been serving over 100 people every weekend. 

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Teacher builds an outdoor classroom for students

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 19, 2020

As students start resuming school for in-person classes, a 4th Grade teacher decided to get creative and built an outdoor classroom for her batch of 13 students. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that outdoor spaces are less risky for the spread of COVID-19. In that context, she built a 12-sided figure on the school premises with a tented roof, a chalkboard, and canvas chairs with desktops made from outdoor signboards.

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Designers may create the first prosthetic limb for differently-abled koala

Happiness Shot from Australia|September 19, 2020

Triumph is a koala who was rescued in 2017 since he was missing a leg and wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild. He would have perished as he wouldn’t climb mountains and more, which is essential for survival. Prosthetic limb makers in the USA have been trying out unique designs for the koala. Triumph may become the first koala in the world to receive a prosthetic limb.

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Indian teen gets selected for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Happiness Shot from India|September 19, 2020

18-year-old Udit Singhal has been named to the 2020 Class of 17 Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN. He is the founder of Glass2Sand, a zero-waste ecosystem that ensures glass waste is crushed into commercially usable sand instead of being dumped into the landfills of Delhi. He is thrilled that he will influence communities to develop more sustainable lifestyles as a UN representative.

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UN efforts have helped save 48 species from extinction

Happiness Shot from Around the World |September 18, 2020

The planet has been on a downward spiral as far as ecological diversity is concerned since the 1970s. However, focused efforts on the UN's BioDiversity program have helped save 48 different species from extinction. These species would have vanished without a trace had it not been for the systematic reintroduction programs, zoo-based conservation, and formal legal protections taking shape since 1993.

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Billionaire Charles Feeney achieves his goal of donating all his wealth

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 18, 2020

The founder of Duty-Free Shoppers, Charles Feeney, had the singular goal of donating all his wealth to uplift people and living ‘broke’. At the age of 89, he has donated over USD 8 billion to education, human rights, social change, and many more causes through his foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies. After achieving his goal, he finally shut down the foundation this week while giving out a message that ‘Give while you Live.’

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Kate Middleton chooses 100 photos that depict life in lockdown

Happiness Shot from the UK|September 18, 2020

Kate Middleton launched a campaign in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, inviting photos from all over the UK depicting life under lockdown. This attracted 31,000 entries in six weeks, of which she selected 100 with the help of a panel of seasoned veterans. The photos will be exhibited in the gallery and serve as a record of the roller coaster of emotions people have experienced in these extraordinary times.

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The USA to withdraw half its forces from Iraq

Happiness Shot from the USA |September 17, 2020

The USA has announced that it will reduce its troop presence from 5200 to 3000 in Iraq in September. While they have communicated a continued commitment to rooting out ISIS forces, the decision comes in the wake of having increased faith in the Iraq Security Forces’ ability to operate independently. With this move, the Central Command will continue to guide their Iraqi partners while reducing their presence.Happiness Shot from the USA

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Daughter makes a Twitter plea to support dad’s business

Happiness Shot from Houston|September 17, 2020

Giselle Aviles was heartbroken to learn that her dad’s taco truck business was so deeply impacted by the pandemic that on one particular day, he just did business worth $6. She posted an image of the food truck on Twitter and requested people to retweet the photo to drive new customers to her dad. The photo was retweeted 2000 times, and her father was greeted with a queue of new customers at the food truck.

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UAE will provide full scholarships to kids of frontline health workers

Happiness Shot from the UAE|September 17, 2020

In another gesture to express gratitude to frontline health workers, the Ministry of Education has collaborated with the Frontline Heroes Office to provide full scholarship to children of frontline health workers. This initiative will cover doctors, nurses, hospital cleaning staff of all nationalities and will provide scholarships to public schools only. The intention is to ensure kids get access to quality education while alleviating the financial stress for parents.

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Australia releases the world’s first Donation Dollar

Happiness SHot from Australia|September 16, 2020

Australia introduced the world’s first donation dollar that is designed to appeal to the generosity of Australians. This move comes in the wake of many charities reporting how they have been severely impacted during the pandemic. It is estimated that if every Australian donates a donation dollar just once a month, it will raise $300 million every year, which can be redirected for the benefit of the community!

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UAE approves COVID-19 vaccine for frontline workers

Happiness Shot from the UAE|September 16, 2020

UAE has given approval for the usage of the COVID-19 vaccine for frontline workers after encouraging results from Phase III of the trial. The vaccine was tested on 31,000 people from 125 different countries, including a group of 1000 volunteers with chronic health challenges. The vaccine proved effective in forming antibodies against the virus without resulting in any significant side effects.

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Canada reports zero COVID-19 death since March 2020

Happiness Shot from Canada|September 16, 2020

Canada reported zero instances of COVID-19 death as the death toll stood at 9163 for 24 hours. As provinces gear up to reopen gradually with schools opening up their doors for in-person classes, Canada has reported only a mild increase in the instances of infections. The authorities are on high alert to observe and respond to a sudden spike in cases.

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Institute starts a nursery to create new job opportunities for specially-abled students

Happiness Shot from Bhopal |September 15, 2020

A Bhopal-based institute for specially-abled youngsters has started a beautiful nursery on their premises being managed by their students. The nursery, which has over 2000 saplings, has been attracting tremendous attention from students who are getting trained in all aspects of gardening. Currently, in its initial phase, they believe the nursery will expand and help students create fresh avenues of income by leveraging gardening skills.   

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Angelina Jolie makes a generous contribution to a lemon-aid stand raising funds for Yemen

Happiness Shot from London|September 15, 2020

Two 6-year-old boys have been running a lemon-aid stand in east London to raise funds for kids in Yemen. The boys believe that the kids have no access to basics like food, water, and electricity. It’s their responsibility as privileged kids to reach out and support their less fortunate brothers and sisters. Angelina Jolie, known for her philanthropy, has made a generous contribution creating even more awareness and visibility for the noble gesture. 

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A small girl received a surprise letter from a ‘do do fairy’

Happiness Shot from the UK|September 15, 2020

When a mom wanted her daughter to give her dummy, she suggested they post it to the ‘do do fairy’. They packaged it beautifully and also left their address on the mail in case the delivery goes awry. The duo received a surprise card from Royal Mail stating, ‘You are so kind and courageous to give your dummy to the fairies.’ The little girl hasn’t stopped smiling and has been carrying the card ever since!

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Man finds first family car after for decades of search

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 14, 2020

A man bought his first family car, a honey-colored Volkswagen Beetle, in the 1970's and had the fondest memories attached to the car. After trading the car for a bigger one, he would often wonder what happened to the car until he spotted one nearly after four decades on Bruny Island. Even though the car was in a dilapidated condition, he was overjoyed to see the car that brought back joyful memories. 

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Oldest WWII veteran celebrates 111th birthday

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 14, 2020

The oldest US veteran from the second world war turned 111, and the National WWII Museum didn’t leave any stone unturned to celebrate this unbelievable milestone. They put together a socially distant celebration where the museum’s musical trio sung many numbers while Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and the Big Easy Wing performed a military flyover. They also organised a card drive for Brooks and received over 10000 cards against their expectation of 500-1000.

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Landscaping pros manicure lawns of health workers for free

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 14, 2020

Project Evergreen has been an initiative where leading landscaping companies have volunteered to manicure the lawns of health workers for no cost. This is to ensure that health workers do not have to worry about this chore and can instead spend time with their families. This is also a way to show their heartfelt appreciation for the hard work health care workers have been putting in to keep the communities safe. 

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Zimbabwe bans mining in national parks

Happiness Shot from Zimbabwe|September 13, 2020

Campaigners protested the government's decision to allow Chinese firms to mine in the national parks that are home to 40,000 elephants, various other species, including the endangered black rhino. The Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association (ZELA) warned that the park would turn into a "site for drilling, land clearance, road building, and geological surveys" if coal exploration went ahead. Considering the potential ecological degradation, the government reversed the decision.

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Terminally ill Emirati patient gets her last wish fulfilled

Happiness Shot from Dubai|September 13, 2020

72-year old Fatma Khamis had just one last wish- to visit the beach and listen to the soothing sound of crashing waves, feel the crisp salty air and get one last view of a majestic sunrise. Her wish was granted when a team of nurses, doctors, and paramedics accompanied her safely tethered to a stretcher on Jumeirah beach while maintaining all social distancing norms. Being on the beach after five years made Fatima incredibly happy.

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Electrician repairs a senior citizen’s house for free

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 13, 2020

When 72-year old Gloria Scott called John Kinney to repair her ceiling light, she wasn’t expecting to be showered with the grace and kindness of a thousand strangers. John realised that her house was in disrepair and she would be too proud to ask for help. He started repairing her home for free and put up a Facebook post inviting volunteer tradesmen to join the cause leading to a complete complimentary renovation of the house. ...

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5-year old raises $1000 with his lemonade stand

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 12, 2020

5-year old, Cayden Cummings wanted to raise money for Fairfield North Elementary School so the proceeds could help kids in need with necessary school supplies. He put up a lemonade stand, got a huge green inflatable dinosaur to get attention, and distributed lemonade for free accepting only voluntary donations in return. Within a day, he raised over $1000 and made his parents and the principal proud of his model citizen behavior.

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Ryan Reynolds response to a burn victim dressed as Deadpool is winning hearts

Happiness Shot from Canada|September 12, 2020

A burn victim, Jadiant, posted an image of himself dressed as Deadpool minus the mask performing a split and tagged his hero, Ryan Reynolds, on the post. Jadiant mentioned that Deadpool inspired him to be his most authentic self without any shame! Ryan Reynolds responded, saying how speechless he felt about Deadpool’s impact on Jadiant and added with a dash of humour that he could do the split only in the lobby of a hospital! 

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The UK to open the first facility center that converts plastic waste to hydrogen fuel

Happiness Shot from the UK|September 12, 2020

The UK's first project to convert plastic waste into hydrogen fuel for buses and trains will commence construction soon, given that the assessment is now complete. The facility will be located between the cities of Manchester and Liverpool and is estimated to cost a whopping £20 million. This center is first among 11 such centers that are planned in the UK with the intent to find innovative solutions to plastic waste disposal. 

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Freelancers find new income streams in the pandemic

Happiness Shot from Singapore|September 11, 2020

Pandemic spurred a loss of over 9000 gigs and nearly $21 million in income for freelance workers in Singapore. To support this population, the government introduced a $6,500 payout to freelance workers. Along with it, singers and performers started monetizing virtual events, online performances, and streaming donations to raise money. Hawkers started partnering with government agencies to provide contact-free food delivery with digitised payments, thereby creating new opportunities.   

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Hungarian researcher wins award for procedure to cure blindness

Happiness Shot from Hungar|September 11, 2020

Botond Roska had discovered a gene therapy that reprograms cells in the human eye so that they can perform the work of the light-sensitive receptors needed for human vision. The procedure will likely help reactivate the retinas of visually impaired people. For the discovery of this widely-impacting procedure, Roska won the prestigious Korber Prize that also won him €1 million.

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Man designs unique mountain bike for people with disabilities

Happiness Shot from Canada|September 11, 2020

Christian Bagg met with a snowboarding accident that led to a spinal injury restricting his ability to pursue outdoor sports. Determined as he was, he wanted to ensure he could engage in outdoor activities without his buddies having to wait on him or getting too worried. This resulted in him creating a line of purpose-built bikes that offer more versatility and support for differently-abled people to enjoy outdoorsy sports! 

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Astronomers discover the biggest bang since the Big Bang

Happiness Shot from Space|September 10, 2020

If you’re a lover of stars, blackhole, and interstellar, you will thoroughly enjoy this news! Astronomers recently discovered that two black holes had a violent collision creating another black hole, which is 142 times the mass of the sun! It is unusual because so far, recorded black holes have either been small (size of cities) or supermassive (million times more massive than the sun), making this intermediary sized black hole unique!

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Woman finds her wedding ring she lost decades ago just before her 40th anniversary

Happiness Shot from Devon|September 10, 2020

Paula Walter lost her 18-carat gold wedding ring while she played catch with her son in her home garden. Despite extensively searching the space with a metal detector, the ring was never recovered, leaving Paula heartbroken. Just before her 40th anniversary, they hired a company to landscape their garden, who chanced upon the ring at the very spot she played with her son leaving her absolutely delighted!

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Montreal boasts of the world’s biggest rooftop greenhouse

Happiness Shot from Canada|September 10, 2020

A rooftop garden in Montreal is nearly the size of three football fields, the largest of its kind in the world, and can feed up to 2% of the city’s population even in winters. Lufa Farms has popularised rooftop gardening to get high-quality produce into the hearts of the world’s biggest cities. It serves the dual purpose of cutting back on tailpipe emissions and spoilage from the otherwise necessary transportation of food. 

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Bloomberg pledges $100 million to historically black medical schools

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 9, 2020

Bloomberg has committed $100 million to four historically black medical schools intending to reduce the debt burden on black students, many of whom have been severely impacted by the COVID 19 situation.  The grants are part of a broader push by the company’s CSR foundation to address historic underinvestment in Black communities and help close the racial wealth gap. The universities are thrilled that they will be able to invest in developing cultural competence.

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New York converts its biggest dumping ground into world’s largest rewilding project

Happiness Shot from New York|September 9, 2020

Freshkills was once the largest dumping ground in New York, emanating obnoxious odor and waste mounting up to 20 stories high. Once the landfill shut down, New York State Officials decided to transform it into a park thrice the size of Central Park, which resulted in a decade-long project. The conversion required the use of goats, landfill fumes to methane-power homes, and plenty of manpower, and phase one will open for the public next spring.

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2-year old boy finds perfect companion in a pup with a cleft lip

Happiness Shot from Michigan |September 9, 2020

A 2-year old with a cleft lip found a perfect companion in a puppy who also has a cleft lip! The boy’s father, Brandon visited an animal shelter to get two chickens when he spotted a special puppy with the same disability as his son! Encouraged by his wife, he immediately decided to adopt the puppy and get him home so his boy could have a friend that he identifies with. Needless to say, the...

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UAE gives a go-ahead for second experimental crop cultivation

Happiness Shot from UAE|September 8, 2020

UAE ran the first experiment to locally cultivate japonica and indica rice from Nov 2019 to May 2020. The experiment was successful as both crops were able to stand the extreme weather conditions of the UAE and its local soil conditions. The harvest yielded 736 kg per 1000 square meters of land. UAE has given the go-ahead for the next round of crop cultivation to achieve its goal of reducing food insecurity in the UAE.

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Real estate company turns defunct hotels into low-cost housing

Happiness Shot from Missouri|September 8, 2020

A Los Angeles based real estate company has purchased a Missouri hotel that has been defunct for over 8 years to convert it into a low-cost housing solution. The need for low-cost housing is rapidly increasing as the number of people who may not be poor enough to get subsidized housing rises. However, low-cost housing doesn’t imply barren as this one will be replete with a gym, laundry, basketball court etc. 

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Man donates brain-dead wife’s organs

Happiness Shot from India|September 8, 2020

When a lady admitted for intracranial bleeding was declared brain dead, her husband pledged her organs for donation, including her liver and heart. This thoughtful gesture resulted in giving a new lease of life to new patients. What was truly surprising was that despite such a huge personal loss, the man immediately signed a consent form pledging his organs for donation.   

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Lorne citizen gets 10,000 daffodils delivered to community

Happiness Shot from Australia|September 7, 2020

A small town in Australia, Lorne, has seen an obvious drop in tourist population and cancellation of their marquee music festival dampening the spirits. To bring a little cheer, resident Naomi Daly planned a grand gesture of getting 10,000 daffodils delivered to all occupied homes and businesses. Her effort was widely appreciated as it brought much-needed joy to citizens at the onset of the beautiful season of spring! 

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Father recreates Toy Story 3 moment for son on his first day of school

Happiness Shot from the UK|September 7, 2020

As Sean’s 4-year old son, Vinny, headed for school after 5 months of lockdown, Sean wanted to see him off on a positive note. Since Vinny is a huge Toy Story 3 fan, Sean took all his toys and lined them on the doorway to wave Vinny goodbye recreating the iconic ‘university see-ff’ scene. Vinny’s joy knew no bounds, and he seemed more comfortable with the idea of leaving his mum’s side and attending school.

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Adam Trent plays trivia with a delivery man that changed his life

Happiness Shot from the USA |September 7, 2020

Adam Trent received delivery and put forth an unusual request to wait around to engage in a fun trivia game. Adam explained that the delivery man would have to answer the question mentioned on each envelope. If answered correctly, the contents of the envelope would be his to keep. It turned out that the delivery man received enough cash in envelopes for correctly answered questions to pay his rent. 

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Unilever initiates research for eco-friendly ingredients in its cleaning products

Happiness Shot from the UK|September 6, 2020

As part of the ‘clean future’ initiative, Unilever aims to develop renewable or recycled alternatives to chemicals derived from the oil industry as part of its pledge to eliminate carbon emissions from its products by 2039. Since nearly half of the carbon footprint of Unilever’s cleaning products comes from oil-based ingredients, they have invested  €1bn in eliminating fossil fuel-based ingredients from its cleaning products by 2030.

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Ice bucket challenge leads to breakthrough in ALS treatment

Happiness Shot from Around The World|September 6, 2020

The ice bucket challenge started trending on social media with individuals and celebrities enduring showers of ice on video in exchange for donations. The trend created serious skepticism on its ability to thoughtfully contribute to the cause of ALS. But in recent developments, this challenge raised over $200 million for medical research and has led to a potential breakthrough medication — sodium phenylbutyrate–taurursodiol — for ALS.

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Farmer dedicates half his farmland to cultivate food for birds

Happiness Shot from Coimbatore|September 6, 2020

M Muthumurugan is a 62-year old organic farmer in Coimbatore who has dedicated nearly half of his agricultural farmland to cultivate pearl millet and sorghum crops as feed to the birds. He observed that the bird population had been consistently declining, and the shift in preference to growing vegetables could accelerate the decline further. So he decided to take this corrective step to ensure that bird species can coexist and thrive. 

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First happiness museum opens in Copenhagen

Happiness Shot from Denmark|September 5, 2020

The second happiest country in the world, Denmark, inaugurated the worlds’ first Happiness Museum in the capital city of Copenhagen. The Happiness museum is devoted to the idea of happiness and how it has been treated over the centuries. The Happiness Research Institute, which has been instrumental in opening the museum, is an organisation that is devoted to studying why some societies are happier than others.   

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Man receives $1000 for his act of kindness

Happiness Shot from San Antonio |September 5, 2020

When 75-year old Delmaretta Stipp fell short of $13 at the checkout counter in a grocery store, a young man named Robert Navarro came to her rescue and offered the pay the difference on her behalf. She was overwhelmed by this gesture of empathy and grateful for the embarrassment that he saved her. He got nominated for the Cash For Kindness program and received a reward of $1000 for his thoughtful act. 

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Delhi experiences its longest stretch of clean air

Happiness Shot from India |September 5, 2020

Due to the lockdown, the industrial activity, traffic, and pollution have considerably reduced, giving Delhi its clearest and bluest skies in a long time. The capital of India is enjoying a long spell of clean air, its best in the last 5 years. It had an average air quality index of 41 on 500, which is considered ‘good’ and is undoubtedly a pleasant change for the city that is notorious for its air quality. 

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Body neutrality trends on social media

Happiness Shot from Around the World|September 4, 2020

Reynn Chambers discovered body neutrality a few years ago and has been practicing the same ever since. She spoke about it in a recent video on TikTok, which went viral with over 52,000 likes! It’s a state where you neither like nor dislike your body for its appearance. Instead, you observe and be grateful for what the body can achieve. Therapists are also recommending body neutrality to patients with body image issues. 

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Police officer gifts bike to a man who walks to work

Happiness Shot from Georgia|September 4, 2020

Officer Rowe learned that a citizen was forced to walk to and fro from work in the Georgia heat as his bike was stolen. Rowe decided to do more than filing a report. Having bought a brand new bike recently, he decided to give it to the man to enjoy a more comfortable mode of transportation. The man was grateful to God for having answered his prayers in the form of Rowe and his generosity. ...

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Abandoned dog travels 10,000 miles to reunite with his family

Happiness Shot from Australia|September 4, 2020

Pip was left behind in South Carolina after her owners were forced to abandon their world sailing trip and return to Australia owing to the pandemic. The owners were aware that they wouldn’t be able to fly Pip with them due to the strict pet import rules of Australia. They left their beloved pet in the caring home of their friends who fought bureaucracy and indefinite delays to eventually reunite the pet with his family. 

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Lecturers pool resources to pay fees for 50 students

Happiness Shot from Karnatak|September 3, 2020

Many families have lost their income source due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown. In this scenario, many students from agricultural backgrounds or daily wage laborers’ families didn’t secure admission in college for further studies. To ensure the impacted children do not miss out on their education, 11 professors pooled in resources and paid up the fees of 50 students. Inspired by this magnanimous gesture, the college also raised money to pay fees of impacted students. 

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Man mows lawns for senior citizens for free

Happiness Shot from New Jersey|September 3, 2020

Brian Schwartz was a VP at a digital marketing agency in New York when he was asked to leave mid-June owing to the COVID-19 crisis. Brian decided that he wanted to utilize his free time to do something good and kind for his neighborhood. He set a link iwanttomowyourlawn.com to receive service requests to mow lawns at no charge! He especially finds great joy in doing this good deed for senior citizens and veterans.

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19 black families purchase 97 acres of land to create a new city

Happiness Shot from Georgia|September 3, 2020

When a black man was killed by a group of white men while the former was out on a jog, Ashley Scott felt the need to have a safe city for the black community. He and his friends have purchased a vast resource-rich 97-acre land and intend to build an innovative community for environmentally sustainable-living, health & wellness, agricultural & economic development, arts & culture for generations to come.

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Lahiti residents can win exciting perks by reducing their carbon emissions

Happiness Shot from Finland|September 2, 2020

In an initiative titled ‘Citicap,’ residents of Lahiti will receive rewards in exchange for reducing their personal carbon emissions. Every citizen is given a weekly carbon allowance based on their circumstance through an app, and their carbon emissions are tracked based on their mobility. Users with less than their allocated carbon allowance are rewarded with ‘virtual euros’, which can be used to redeem coffee, cakes, free bus rides, access to pools, and more. 

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Kids hold heartwarming memorial ceremonies to honour Chadwick Boseman

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 2, 2020

The untimely passing of Chadwick Boseman was met with immense shock and sadness from fans worldwide. King Westbrook took to social media to share a photograph of his 7-year old paying homage to his Black Panther action figure on a box surrounded by flowers and other Avengers action figures. He mentioned that the actor’s death left his son devastated because Chadwick made him believe that a black boy could grow up to become a superhero! ...

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School transforms part of its playground into an organic farm

Happiness Shot from Tamil Nadu|September 2, 2020

Since the lockdown, school spaces have been lying unutilized. In this scenario, a school in Tamil Nadu decided to convert a part of its playground into an organic vegetable farm, which is being taken care of by four teachers on rotation. The school has been promoting the concept of cultivating vegetables in grow bags since 2016. They harvested over 2500 kgs of vegetables in 2019-20, which was sold, and profits were shared among the teachers. ...

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Rescue dog becomes mother to kittens

Happiness Shot from the USA|September 1, 2020

Georgia is a rescued dog who lost her puppies during delivery and has been at the Sunshine Dog Rescue ever since. When the owner of Sunshine Dog Rescue learned about 4 orphaned kittens, she decided to bring them to the center as she had hard instances of species taking care of another. Her decision was proven right when Georgia immediately took to the kittens and have been licking them and keeping them safe ever since. 

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Telus pledges monetary support to Black Health Alliance

Happiness Shot from Canada|September 1, 2020

Vancouver-based telecommunications giant Telus has pledged video-on-demand proceeds from ‘Black Panther’ and more than 60 other films by Black creators to Canada’s Black Health Alliance. The estimated funds raised will be around $20,000. The rollout is part of a broader effort to join others in speaking out against racial injustice and the ignorance, negativity, and hate that underpins any form of discrimination against the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour) community.

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2 boys devise signal system to clear routes for ambulance

Happiness Shot from Tamil Nadu|September 1, 2020

Twin brothers lost their father in an accident when he could have been saved had the ambulance reached the hospital faster. This triggered their desire to ensure no family loses a loved one owing to ambulance speed and efficiency. They have invented a signal system that operates on circuit boards, GPS, and sensors that signal the arrival of an ambulance from 2 km away to create a clearing for faster passage.

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Girl with cerebral palsy goes on to become a poet and performer

Happiness Shot from the UK|August 31, 2020

When Kuli was born in a small Indian village with cerebral palsy, her parents decided to move to the UK to pursue a better life for their daughter. Even though Kuli found difficulty in communicating, she started finding solace in writing poetry. Decades later, she shared her work with the literature development officer at her workplace, who was floored by the quality of writing. Ever since, she has performed poetry across stages in the UK. ...

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Ecuadorian couple breaks the record for being the oldest married couple

Happiness Shot from Ecuador|August 31, 2020

An Ecuadorian couple, Julio and Waldramina, aged 110 and 104 respectively, have achieved a Guinness World Record for having the longest marriage at the moment. They eloped one afternoon in February since both their families disapproved, and seventy-nine years later, they are still happily married. They are both lucid and in good health but have been feeling a little low since they haven’t been able to experience large family gatherings owing to the pandemic. 

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Holocaust survivor receives honorary high school diploma

Happiness Shot from Hartford|August 31, 2020

Miriam Schreiber would have started first grade in 1939 when the second World War broke out and changed her life forever. In a life fraught with the struggle to survive, she never has the opportunity to pursue formal education. But due to her dogged determination, she taught herself 6 languages and continues to read day and night. To honour her life, New England Jewish Academy decided to present her with an honorary high school diploma. 

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Boy scout creates tool kit to save people from drowning

Happiness Shot from Florida |August 30, 2020

When Kaial Hajik found out about people drowning in the Gulf of Mexico near his hometown of Panama City Beach, Florida, he felt like he could do something to help. He created a prototype of a device called LifeBokx, which can be installed along the beach. Each box contains life vests, a lifesaver, and CPR instructions. Each box would also have a location number to help first responders find people sooner.

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Russel Crowe donates £2,700 to help aspiring actor secure place in drama school

Happiness Shot from London|August 30, 2020

Harry Pritchard was accepted at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) but feared he wouldn't be able to pay the £13,799 fee. He created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his dream. He was surprised when actor Russel Crowe donated  £2,700 and tweeted further to raise additional money. Russel’s plea has quickly snowballed into raising funds worth £10,600 towards the LAMDA admission fee.   

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Man learns robotics on YouTube and uses it for a philanthropic cause

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 30, 2020

Easton LaChappelle was always interested in robotics, which led him to explore prosthetic engineering on YouTube. He mastered everything from the core fundamentals of electronics to software interfaces and reading sensors. He is applying this new-found knowledge to create low-cost prosthetics, so 40 million amputees worldwide can have access to affordable prosthetic solutions. He is thrilled that he has transformed his passion into a tangible product that impacts people positively. 

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Dubai plans skylanes for flying taxis

Happiness Shot from Dubai |August 29, 2020

According to a deal signed by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS), Dubai will map out sky lanes for flying taxis and drones. This translates into creating sky lanes and air corridors where autonomous aerial vehicles can fly. This is in alignment to enhance the integration of mass transit means and add happiness to people by deploying smooth, fast, and innovative transit means.   

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11-year old boy distributes hygiene products to poor neighbourhood

Happiness Shot from Brazil |August 29, 2020

As COVID cases rise in Brazil, an 11-year-old boy Gabriel organized a project to help the families living in the poorer neighborhoods of Sao Paulo. He discovered a homemade, cost-effective solution that would help combat the novel virus and through crowdfunding, raised adequate money to create hygiene kits for over 500 families living in poor neighborhoods. While distributing, he also ensured that the families were educated on how to use the product.   

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US-based NRI donates money to the civil hospital in his hometown

Happiness Shot from India and USA |August 29, 2020

Ravishankar Bhooplapur, a USA-based NRI, learned that the civil hospital in his hometown of Dharwad was facing a severe shortage of beds in the ICU where critical COVID patients are treated. He decided to donate INR 10 lakhs to the hospital so he could contribute to the city he has grown up in. Inspired by him, his friends in the Rotary Club of Dhraward also contributed to the cause. 

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Visually impaired mother sees her unborn child with 3D print out of ultrasound

Happiness Shot from the USA |August 28, 2020

When 26-year-old Taylor could not see her unborn daughter’s face on a normal ultrasound owing to visual impairment, she was pretty disappointed. However, her doctor’s employed special technology to create a 3D print out of the ultrasound and sent it over to Taylor’s house so the couple could feel the face of their daughter. This kind gesture left the couple, both of whom are visually challenged, squealing with joy!   

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25-year-old boy creates new world record in solving maximum Rubik’s Cubes underwater

Happiness Shot from Chennai |August 28, 2020

A 25-year-old boy solved 6 Rubik’s Cubes underwater while sitting in a transparent tun of water with independent witnesses overseeing the process. He took a total of 2 minutes and 17 seconds to achieve this feat, beating the earlier Guinness record of solving 5 Rubik’s Cubes underwater. He used yoga meditation and breathing techniques to achieve this remarkable milestone underwater.   

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Teacher donates kidney to student’s mother

Happiness Shot from Missouri |August 28, 2020

When art teacher Misty Byrd learned that one of her student’s mother needed a kidney, she didn’t think twice before offering her own. Belonging to the same blood group of O negative, the transplant was successful and helped the parent gain a new lease of life. Both women are seeking a kidney donor for a local father on the waiting list for the transplant. 

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Kayaker returns message in a bottle written 35 years ago to author

Happiness Shot from Delaware|August 27, 2020

Brad Wachsmuth found a bottle bobbing in the Delaware River with a note inside of it. He discovered that it was written 35 years ago by a pair of girls. With the help of Milton Historical Society and experienced curators, he tracked the women down and returned the letter to them. The women were surprised and wondered if the bottle never left the Delaware waters, or it traveled the world and came back to them. 

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Woman spreads kindness and love through baking

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 27, 2020

Baking sourdough has become a popular activity during the pandemic but LeeAnn Turner has transformed this act of baking into hundreds of acts of kindness. By her own admission, she orders 30 pounds of flour every month from Amazon, bakes sourdough, and distributes it for no cost to friends, family, neighbours and even complete strangers. She recently gave away her 100th loaf of bread and expressed the satisfaction that comes from speaking kindness.   

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8-year old boy creates record for being the youngest person to fly hot air balloon solo

Happiness Shot from Georgia|August 27, 2020

8-year old, J.T Head, piloted a hot air balloon for 20 minutes and flew 400 feet over Sautee Valley in Georgia. With this feat, he became the youngest person to fly solo, beating the record earlier held by a 9-year old boy. Eyeing the record since he was 4-years old, Head was obviously thrilled about his achievement but also mentioned how he enjoyed the gorgeous view of the sunset by himself during the flight!

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Employee input propels Walmart to open breastfeeding pods across stores

Happiness Shot from the USA |August 26, 2020

Inspired by nursing pods placed at airports, Tennille Webb suggested to employer Walmart that their stores must host private spaces where nursing mothers can pump milk or breastfeed their babies. Walmart is all geared to open up nursing pods in over 100 stores and hopes to have them at all stores in the coming years. Tennille is thrilled at how leaders immediately championed this idea that will have a significant impact on employees and customers. 

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20-year old boy earns the title of fastest human calculator in the world

Happiness Shot from India |August 26, 2020

Neelakanta Prakash from Hyderabad bagged the gold for India at the Mental Calculation World Championship at Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) held in London recently. A student of Mathematics (Hons.) at Delhi University’s St Stephen College holds world records and 50 Limca records for being the fastest human calculator in the world. Having broken the records earlier set by geniuses like Shakuntaladevi, he feels he has contributed to placing India on the global level of mathematics. ...

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Shopper finds a surprise note in her Woolworths delivery package

Happiness Shot from Australia|August 26, 2020

When Jo placed a home delivery order for some groceries from Woolworths, she wasn’t expecting a surprise note that would bring abundant joy to her family. On opening the delivery, she found a note stating ‘Happy Birthday, Love Your Shopper’ with a few birthday treats. It was her 6-year old daughter’s birthday the following day, and the family was elated at this unexpected gesture of love from the shoppers at Woolworths.   

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Library stays connected to 8000 senior citizen members throughout lockdown

Happiness Shot from Melbourne|August 25, 2020

When the lockdown was announced, the Yarra Plenty regional libraries in Australia made a list of all their members who were 70+ of age, and each employee went back home with a clear agenda of staying connected with them. The employees called over 8000 members regularly to check on them and ensure they were assisted if they required any service. They ensured that their senior members were taken care of during these trying times.   

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Man returns 100-year old pocket watch back to owners

Happiness Shot from Australia|August 25, 2020

Giac Asco recently discovered a 100-year old pocket watch. The engraving on the back of the watch, stating ‘FC Block 500 Red Cliffs’ held clues about the owner of the watch. Asco immediately referred to soldier settlements owing to the specific block mention. With the help of the Red Cliffs Historical Society, he tracked down the family and contacted them. The family, who was unaware of the watch’s existence, was thrilled to receive this heirloom. ...

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Man reunites with his lost cat under the most unusual circumstances

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 25, 2020

Theron walked into an animal shelter looking for a new feline friend after his old kitty, ‘Cutie Pie’ disappeared for more than a week, leaving him lonely. He spotted a familiar cat in the shelter and on careful observation, he realised it was none other than Cutie Pie! A million images of Cutie Pie on his phone and the cat’s eagerness to return to the owner reassured the authorities of this reunion!   

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Honey can treat cough better than antibiotics, according to latest research

Happiness Shot from England|August 24, 2020

Honey has been used as a home remedy to treat cough, cold, and other upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) since times immemorial, especially in eastern countries. In the latest research conducted by scientists from the University of Oxford, they officially claim that honey is more effective than antibiotics in URTI treatments, even in adults. Honey is freely available, cheap, and virtually has no side effects and avoids causing harm through antimicrobial resistance.

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Iowa restaurant owner distributes 400 free meals every day to storm victims

Happiness Shot from Iowa|August 24, 2020

Iowa faced a series of devastating storms uprooting buildings and affecting power supplies throughout the city. Amidst this dire scenario, Willie Fairley, owner of Willie Ray’s Q Shack, has been firing up his grill to prepare as many as 400 hot meals for neighbors at no cost. Locals have nominated this hero for the Discover Eat It Forward program, a contest awarding $25,000 to Black-owned restaurants.  

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Agronomist catalog 31,000 edible native plants that can address malnutrition

Happiness Shot from Around the World|August 24, 2020

Agricultural scientist, Bruce French, has documented over 31,000 native edible plants from nearly every country in the world in the last five decades. He observed that the nutritional quotient of locally available plants can be leveraged to address malnutrition among kids worldwide. His database that focuses on 5 key nutrients- Protein, iron, Vitamin A and C and zinc- is available for free to eradicate hunger among kids. 

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Woman receives an unexpected gesture of kindness

Happiness Shot from Farmington|August 23, 2020

Briana Corriveau was pulled over for speeding when she busted a tire. The police officer immediately ripped up the ticket, called a tow truck, and dropped Briana back to work. But the real surprise was when Briana came back to pick up the car, she realised that the officer had paid for the tire and repair. As a single mom struggling to make ends meet, she was overwhelmed by this act of kindness. 

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11-year-old boy rescues toddler from drowning

Happiness Shot from North Yorkshire|August 23, 2020

When 11-year-old Eli Harrison spotted a toddler being washed away into the sea, he wasted no time in spring into action to rescue the toddler. Eli’s mother said she was stunned at her son’s response, who swam to the shore with the toddler hanging to a fishing net. Eli believes that he simply did what anyone else would. But rightly so, he is being hailed as a hero for his bravery and his selfless act. 

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A book is returned to the library 118 years after it was checked out

Happiness Shot from New Zealand|August 23, 2020

The Earl of Derby by George Saintsbury was borrowed from the Newtown Library in Wellington, on New Zealand’s North Island, in 1902 and somehow found its way to a second-hand store in Sydney. The bookbinder updated the book cover before returning it to the library. The librarians were shocked since they believe that the book must have been one of the original collections of the library. 

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Groom’s unique way of asking younger brother to be his best man goes viral

Happiness Shot from Minnesota|August 22, 2020

Will Claussen is all set to tie the know in 2021, and he popped a very important question by burying the message in the bottle. The question was for his younger brother, Henry, who has Down Syndrome. The message read, “Henry Joe, you are already the BEST bro, and my very BEST frand, so will you please say yes and be my BEST man?” Henry was thrilled, and the moment was captured on video, which...

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South Dakota girl’s letter to postal service has inspired a new book

Happiness Shot from South Dakota|August 22, 2020

In May, 11-year old Emerson Weber wrote a letter to her mailman thanking him for helping her stay connected with her friends through the pandemic. The thoughtful gesture went viral as it made the entire postal community feel seen and appreciated for their contribution in these tough times. This story is now being immortalized as a children’s book with HarperCollins that is a love letter to the United States Postal Service. 

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Man dressed as batman distributes hot meals to the homeless

Happiness Shot from Chile|August 22, 2020

Batman is among the most loved superheroes in the world despite not having a specific superpower. And he has made an appearance during the pandemic in Chile to support the homeless with a little food, a little shelter, and lots of words of encouragement. It’s not exactly batman, but a fan dressed in a complete batman suit has been distributing hot meals to the homeless population in the capital of Chile.   

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Boy leaves a thoughtful token of appreciation for mailman

Happiness Shot from Australia |August 21, 2020

Mailmen have played an instrumental role in helping loved ones stay in touch as social distancing rules became the norm worldwide. A young child in Australia stayed in touch with his dearest grandmother through the good old way of handwritten letters. To show his appreciation for the mailmen who facilitated this exchange, he left a thoughtful note and a pouch of lollies. This gesture left netizens praising the thoughtfulness demonstrated by the child.

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Customers surprise a waitress with a car as a gift

Happiness Shot from New Jersey |August 21, 2020

Lisa Mollet is a single mother to two kids who has been working at a diner for the past four years as a waitress. She faced a tough time being out of work from March till June owing to the global pandemic. Upon resuming, her car broke down, making the work commute risky. That’s when she received an unexpected gift of a car from a couple who were regulars at the diner, leaving her grateful. 

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Apple becomes the first US company to hit 2 trillion in market value

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 21, 2020

The pandemic has been an upswing time for tech giants like Apple. As an effect of the same, Apple has become the first company in the US to hit the 2 trillion mark in market value closely followed by other tech companies. A lot of this can be attributed to delivering strong sales of gadgetry, including wearables and tablets, along with new apps and services which have gained ground during the global health crisis.

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Scientists discover the soft side of sharks

Happiness Shot from Florida|August 20, 2020

Sharks are known to be ferocious nocturnal predators but a team of scientists in Florida has discovered a surprising soft side in the social skills of sharks. Scientists found that the social groups of the sharks were remarkably stable, with the same individuals remaining in their cliques of around 20 animals for years—while rarely ever switching associations. The associations resemble those of friendship and business partnerships among sharks. 

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TikTok influencer raises funds to help a boy looking to support his mum with rent

Happiness Shot from Nashville|August 20, 2020

Lexy Kadey is an unusual TikTok influencer who asks her 820,000 followers to donate their spare change so she can give it away to someone in need of cash. In her 36th week of this unusual donation drive, she spotted a busker who wanted to support his mum with rent. She ended up giving him nearly $5000 in cash, leaving him stunned and utterly grateful. 

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Japan installs innovative transparent toilets

Happiness Shot from Tokyo|August 20, 2020

Japan has installed innovative transparent toilets in the parks, which turn opaque when in use. Some of the common concerns that people would have about using public restrooms would be hygiene and safety (if anyone was hiding inside the toilet). The transparent toilets help in addressing both these concerns. These transparent toilets also double up as interesting lanterns to light up parks at night. 

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Farmer plans 10,000 rainforest trees on his land

Happiness Shot from New South Wales |August 19, 2020

A farmer in the northern part of New South Wales had a massive goal of planting 10,000 rainforest trees on his property in 2020. And while the world struggled with the novel COVID-19 pandemic, it did not deter him from meeting this goal. He recently planted the last tree into the ground, thanks to hundreds of volunteers who gave up their weekends to contribute to this ecologically sensitive project! 

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6-year old boy stuns netizens with his drumming skills

Happiness Shot from Kerala|August 19, 2020

A video showing a 6-year old boy playing drums with nothing more than two sticks and marbles has gone viral on the internet, capturing netizens' attention and hearts. His drumming rhythm has stunned netizens with the video receiving more than 119.1K views, 1.5K retweets and comments, and nearly 7K likes. Netizens have been dropping generous comments stating that he’s a prodigy and wishing him well for the future.   

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Boy receives 5000 adoption applications after his TV interview goes viral

Happiness Shot from Oklahoma|August 19, 2020

9-year old Jordan spoke to FOX 59 in an interview sharing how much he would love to find a family he can call his own. He opened up about feeling intense loneliness and how having a family would mean having someone to talk to whenever he wants. His interview went viral, and his permanency counselor claims to have received over 5000 applications of families who are willing to open their homes and hearts to Jordan.

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A generous act of kindness stuns man struggling to fit an oversized purchase in his car

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 18, 2020

A man purchased a new propane grill but soon realized it was too big to fit in his car. A masked couple in their huge pickup truck offered to load the purchase in their vehicle and drop off at the man’s house, which was a 15-mile drive away. The man was overwhelmed with the gestures and even offered a monetary token of appreciation for this goodness, but the couple flatly refused the same.   

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Private bus line to reserve two seats for transgender community

Happiness Shot from Bengal|August 18, 2020

In an unprecedented move, private bus line operators in West Bengal have decided to reserve two seats in all buses associated with them for the transgender community. In over 35,000-40,000 buses affiliated with the association, two seats will be marked ‘Tridhara’ to create awareness to treat the transgender community as equals. The aim is to sensitise bus staff and passengers to treat people from this community with respect and kindness.   

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Sharjah Airport becomes the first carbon-neutral airport in the Gulf

Happiness Shot from Sharjah|August 18, 2020

Sharjah International airport became the first airport in the Gulf to receive 'Level 3+ Neutrality' accreditation. It essentially means that the net carbon emissions over a full year were zero. The attainment of the highest carbon neutrality level demonstrates the airport’s commitment to environmental sustainability in line with the UAE’s vision to reduce carbon emissions. The total number of airports around the world to have received this honour stands at 320.   

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Gardener cultivates a sunflower with 27 heads

Happiness Shot from the UK|August 17, 2020

Barry was pleasantly surprised to find that the sunflower seeds he planted were growing 27 heads on a single stem. Though sunflowers can have several heads on just one stem, experts have revealed that the maximum is usually 20. However, despite attaining this high number of heads from a sunflower, Barry has a long way to go to threaten the world record that generated 837 heads.

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Warsaw displays mural that purifies air equivalent to 720 trees

Happiness Shot from Poland|August 17, 2020

Warsaw has displayed a beautiful mural painted using photocatalytic paint with titanium dioxide that attracts airborne pollutants before converting them into harmless nitrates through a chemical process involving sunlight. The mural displays a beautiful message ‘Create Together For Tomorrow’ to inspire positivity and change. Warsaw represents the second city to finish a mural, among 13 set to erect the City-Forests murals—Bangkok, Belgrade, Lima, Sydney, Jakarta, Manila, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Bogota, and Panama City.

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Locals win campaign against turning Maldives islands into luxury resorts

Happiness Shot from the Maldives|August 17, 2020

Two islands in the Maldives were to be converted into luxury resorts by the government and the developers. However, locals on a nearby island started a powerful social media campaign protesting against the same. They argued that increasing the tourist population was impacting the ecosystem and the coral reefs and the livelihood of locals. Eventually, the locals won the campaign retaining islands as ‘picnic islands’ only. 

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Wildlife park announces baby elephant boom

Happiness Shot from Kenya|August 16, 2020

A wildlife park in Kenya has seen a record 140 newborn pachyderms welcomed into the world since the start of the pandemic earlier this year. The authorities stated that the high numbers can be attributed to the lack of tourist interruptions and abundant rains that have left rich vegetation, which serves as food for the grey giants. While this has been a positive announcement, authorities have requested help from the government to sustain wildlife parks. 

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Australia is creating record amounts of renewable energy from unsold beer

Happiness Shot from Australia |August 16, 2020

After clubs shut shop following the lockdown restrictions, gallons of beer went stale but wasn't wasted. Nearly 40,000 gallons of expired beer was donated every week to a local water treatment plant near South Australia. It converted the beer into biogas, which was then used as electricity to power the plants. Considering the high calories of beer, Australia has produced a record amount of biogas sufficient to power 1200 homes in a month! 

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Considered extinct earlier, large blue butterflies make a comeback in the UK

Happiness Shot from the UK|August 16, 2020

Conservationists have confirmed over 750 large blue butterflies in the UK after releasing 1100 larvae to a designated site last year. These rare blue butterflies distinctly identifiable from their large black spots on the upper wings have been spotted for the first time in 150 years in the country. Conservationists had to control the ant population and ensure that other conditions were favorably maintained to get the desired outcomes.   

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UAE-based firm invests $42m in Indian learning app Toppr

Happiness Shot from India|August 15, 2020

COVID-19 has disrupted traditional learning and led to the rapid adoption of digital learning platforms to impart education. Given this scenario, UAE-based holdings company has decided to invest in Indian-based ed-tech platform Toppr Technologies. Toppr provides a K-12 syllabus with thousands of course combinations and has over 10.3 million learners. The platform integrates artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data to study student behaviours and create adaptive learning paths with various combinations.  

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Nutrical launches in the UAE

Happiness Shot from the UAE|August 15, 2020

Nutrical is a food data intelligence app that provides nutritional information on food in alignment with FDA guidelines, thereby helping customers make more intelligent food choices. The platform contains over 25,000 ingredients from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other international databases. NutriCal can be adopted by restaurants, food delivery companies, food manufacturers, brands. The vision with Nutrical is to support UAE’s vision of achieving health, happiness and sustainability. 

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A couple in Alabama run a restaurant with no cash registers and a huge heart

Happiness Shot from Alabama|August 15, 2020

Freddie and Lisa run a generous restaurant seeped in Southern hospitality. The menu changes every day with wholesome southern dishes, but one thing remains constant that there are no prices mentioned alongside the recipes. When done with a hearty meal, customers can leave an amount out of their own will in a private booth or merely a thank you note. All donations are directed back to serving people and spreading joy in the process. 

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Visually impaired girl clears UPSC exam

Happiness shot from India|August 14, 2020

Clearing the UPSC exam is no small feat. But what a 25-year old Purana Suntahri from Tamil Nadu has achieved has left millions inspired. Despite being visually impaired, she cleared the UPSC exam with 286th rank. Having prepared for over five years for the exam, she has credited her success to the incredible support she received from her parents. Famous cricketer Mohammad Kaif was so inspired that he left a tweet mentioning her story. 

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Elephants to be freed after living 35 years in captivity

Happiness Shot from Pakistan|August 14, 2020

Kaavan, an elephant, has been in captivity for nearly 35 years in a zoo in Pakistan. Having been mistreated, animal activists started campaigning over five years ago for his freedom. The campaign gained momentum with over 400,000 signatures that ultimately led to the Pakistan Court approving the elephant’s relocation to Lek’s sanctuary in Cambodia. The court's ruling also ordered dozens of other animals to be relocated temporarily while the zoo improves its standards.

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New app shares historical tidbits for road travelers

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 14, 2020

A road trip is a popular form of vacation in the USA. An iPhone app ‘HearHere’ co-founded by Hollywood star Kevin Costner is all set to make road trips more enjoyable by sharing information of historical significance on the concerned places. The stories cover points of interest, a region, native tribes, the local history of war, art, culinary tradition, etc. HearHere has been launched with stories of California, Oregon, and Washington.

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Lifelike robotics pets rescue older citizens from loneliness

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 13, 2020

With the pandemic and the safety guidelines, senior citizens living in old-age homes have been feeling increasingly lonely with no visitors to cheer them up. Many agencies for the elderly have been innovating ways to keep their residents happy. The latest one being the introduction of lifelike robotic pets developed by Ageless Innovation, which have proven to successfully decrease loneliness among 70% of senior citizens involved in the pilot testing. 

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This 4-year old won over a new friend with her compassionate comment

Happiness Shot from Colorado|August 13, 2020

When Sherri Gonzales walked into Home Depot, she heard a little voice defiantly cry out, ‘Black Lives Matter.’ On turning around, she saw this unexpected comment coming from a 4-year old white girl named Cam. Sherri was touched by Cam’s genuine acknowledgment that her life matters. She went over to the little girl, chatted with her, posed for a photo, and even exchanged numbers with Cam’s mother sparking a beautiful friendship.

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103-year old Grandma gets tattooed to tick it off her bucket list

Happiness Shot from Michigan|August 13, 2020

While the world may be coping with the restrictions of the pandemic but that hasn’t stopped a 103-year grandmother in Michigan from getting her first tattoo and checking it off her precious bucket list. She got green-frog tattooed, designed for free by the tattoo parlor for their oldest ever customer. Her grand-daughter posted images of her feisty grandmother getting the tattoo and then riding off on a Harley Davidson bike.   

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Dubai welcomes travelers from Lebanon with white roses

Happiness Shot from Dubai |August 12, 2020

UAE  has demonstrated great solidarity with Lebanon after the horrific Beirut blasts. To offer their deepest support and empathy, government officials at the Dubai airport offered travelers from Lebanon white roses. Each rose had a message from UAE’s beloved founding father, stating, “The development of Lebanon is development for the UAE.” Other than this, UAE dispatched 30 tonnes of medical supplies to Beirut and lit up iconic buildings with colors of the Lebanese flag. 

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Walmart transforms parking spaces to drive-in movie theatres

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 12, 2020

The world has been living with quarantine restrictions for over 4 months now, and people have started itching for ways to safely socialize. Walmart has come to rescue as they gear up to convert their parking lots into drive-in movie theatres in collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival. In two months, they will play iconic family entertainers like Wonder Woman, Back to the Future for a single night across towns in the USA.   

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New Zealand achieves 100 days without a single case of coronavirus

Happiness Shot from New Zealand|August 12, 2020

New Zealand has led the way in dealing with the pandemic since the outbreak of coronavirus across the globe. From promptly closing their borders to ensuring adequate testing measures, they recorded among the lowest number of infections and deaths attributed to COVID-19. Now they have achieved the feat of going 100 days without registering a single case of domestically transmitted coronavirus. Despite this, the health minister has encouraged severe caution. 

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Philadelphia arranges free internet for 35,000 families to bring in digital equity

Happiness Shot from Philadelphia|August 11, 2020

As schools gear up to open soon, city officials announced a plan to provide free internet access for 35,000 low-income families that currently lack it. Estimated to cost around $17 million, some households will be wired for free broadband access via Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, and other families will receive at no charge wireless hotspots purchased by the city from T-Mobile. The intent is to make a powerful impact on lessening the digital divide.   

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Small boutique owner finds unique way to thrive in business despite pandemic

Happiness Shot from Georgia|August 11, 2020

When the mandatory stay-in orders rolled out following the escalating pandemic, Virginia Sharp knew she would have to get creative to manage finances despite locking down her boutique store. She leveraged social media by organizing weekly themed fashion shows every Friday. Starting with the ‘White Party’ nearly three months ago, she has covered appealing themes like Girl’s Trip, Yacht Party.  She is now busy shipping orders from new customers based in as far as Alaska. 

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Gates Foundation Donates $150 Million To Distribute Covid-19 Vaccine To Developing Nations

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 11, 2020

COVID-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate in developing countries like Brazil, India, South Africa, Mexico, Peru and more. The $150 million donation was made through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, an organization that negotiates and finances vaccines for low-income and middle-income countries. The Gates Foundation has now given a total of $350 million to speed up the development of treatments, vaccines, and public health measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic.   

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8-year old boy starts business to support single mom

Happiness Shot from Los Angeles|August 10, 2020

When his mother lost her job due to the pandemic, 8-year old Aaron Romero decided to take matters into his own hands to support his mother financially. He invested $12 in buying succulents and started ‘Aaron’s Garden’ to sell plants, especially aloe vera, which is known for its healing properties. People have been generous in their plant purchases from this unique business, and they have also raised more than $25,000 from the Go Fund Me...

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Couple demonstrates generous act of kindness towards their neighbours

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 10, 2020

Mick and Jill were going to grab a take-out meal when they asked their neighbour if they could bring her something. Having been in a wheelchair with no access to the car, the neighbour agreed. The couple refused to accept any money and continued bringing her meals for nearly a month. The neighbour who was suffering from tendinitis with energy to put together a meal was extremely touched by the thoughtful gesture. 

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Germany proposes dimming lights after dusk to save dwindling insect population

Happiness Shot from Germany|August 10, 2020

Insects play a crucial role in the ecosystem, but Germany has seen a steady decline in the population and the diversity of insects. In a bid to protect this endangered species, the country's environment ministry has drawn up several new measures ranging from partially outlawing spotlights to increased natural habitats protection. The changes put forward in the law include stricter controls on both lighting and the use of insecticides. 

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17-year old girl wins $25,000 at the prestigious STEM fair

Happiness Shot from New Mexico|August 9, 2020

Lillian Kay Petersen, a 17-year old girl, invented a simple tool for predicting harvests early in the growing season, which helps to improve food distribution planning and offers a promising resource to aid groups working on global food insecurity. For her exceptional problem-solving and leadership abilities, she bagged the top position at the nation’s oldest and most prestigious STEM competition for high school seniors.   

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10-year old boy sets up a foundation to help those in need

Happiness Shot from California|August 9, 2020

Parker Olaerts is proof that one can always make a difference. Moved by the suffering of homeless people, he has started an organization called Little Advocates to support people with all sorts of help. For his 11th birthday, he has raised $7500 to help a boy diagnosed with a severe medical condition. His kindness has attracted a lot of volunteers who are inspired by his dream to uplift others.   

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Grandfather comes out of the closet at 90

Happiness Shot from Colorado |August 9, 2020

Kenneth Felts realized he was gay in 1942 when he was just 12-years old. But being from a thoroughly religious family, he never expressed his sexual orientation. Even though he fell in love with a man named Philip, he married a woman and fathered a daughter out of society’s intolerance for the gay community. However, at 90, when he declared is gay via Facebook, he was met with a lot of warmth and acceptance. 

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Parishioners mobilize home-made meals to help the impacted

Happiness Shot from Pennsylvania|August 8, 2020

St. Andrew’s parishioners have been assembling meals for elderly and shut-in residents for 37 years, but the coronavirus put a halt to this thoughtful gesture. But Caring for Friends, the organization that distributes the meals, came up with the idea for the parishioners to make meals in their homes. They enlisted neighbors to help, and pretty soon, the volunteers were cranking out 1,000 meals and 400 containers of soup each week. 

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14-year old raises $7000 to help senior dogs find permanent homes

Happiness Shot from San Jose|August 8, 2020

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue is an organization that rescues thousands of senior dogs and helps them find permanent homes. Meena Kumar was a 12-year old empathetic girl who was touched by the cause but was too young to volunteer at Muttville. She, therefore, started petting service at her own home at the rate of $35 an hour and has raised over $7000 over the last 2 years, which has been donated to support Muttville.   

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Coronavirus tests to now show results in 90 minutes

Happiness Shot from the UK |August 8, 2020

New coronavirus tests that promise to deliver results in as little as 90 minutes will soon be rolled out in labs and hospitals. These tests that can detect coronavirus and flu in the same sample outside a specialized lab are being touted as a big step forward in combating this pandemic. About half a million tests will be made available mid-August with millions more expected in the latter part of the year.  

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Rare bird returns to the island of birth after 23 years

Happiness Shot from Australia |August 7, 2020

One of the world's oldest and most elusive seabirds has been found on an island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The 23-year-old red-tailed tropicbird was discovered as part of a larger research project looking at the significance of the island as a refuge from the impacts of climate change. Tagged on the island in 1997, the bird returned to the same island after 23 years, leaving researchers in awe.

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First Black-Owned Stock Exchange to open in Chicago

Happiness Shot from Chicago |August 7, 2020

Investor Bill Ellison has partnered with lawyer Joe Cecala to create The Dream Exchange, the nation’s first Black-owned stock exchange. The Chicago-based exchange aims to list smaller companies that want to go public, particularly if they are minority-owned. Since announcing the venture earlier this month, Ellison said about 6,000 Black-owned companies have already reached out about listing on The Dream Exchange. It’s a venture to offer opportunities tor imaginative companies in a diverse community.  

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Macy’s donates 1674 dresses for free dress prom event

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 7, 2020

Loveland resident Alma Blanco started a program to make sure every girl could go to prom by offering free formal dresses. Macy’s stores in Loveland and Littleton recently donated all of their prom dresses — formal gowns that remained on the racks when the retailer closed in March because of the coronavirus — along with their unsold children’s Easter attire, 1,674 total dresses for this heartfelt causing making a thousand dreams come true!   

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Local Tanzanian miner digs 3rd rare gemstone and upscales his fortunes

Happiness Shot from Tanzania|August 6, 2020

A local Tanzanian miner, who became an overnight millionaire in June for unearthing two tanzanite gemstones has upscaled his fortune after finding the third large gemstone on Aug 3. Saniniu Laizer dug a 6.3kg gemstone and collected a $2million cheque this time. He had been awarded $3.4 million earlier for the two rare big sized purple gemstones that he had found in the northern region of East Africa.   

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Daughter pens a heartfelt letter for Dad’s 50th birthday

Happiness Shot from the Philippines |August 6, 2020

Richie Anne Castillo grew up with a father who has Down’s Syndrome, and on the occasion of his 50th birthday, she wrote a letter via Facebook that left netizens teary-eyed. In the letter, she expressed how beautiful he has been inside and out; despite a life punctuated with constant hospital visits, he has seldom complained and how he deserves far more love, patience, and understanding that she has been able to give as an “absent-daughter.” 

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Dubai plants 140,000 trees over two years

Happiness Shot from Dubai |August 6, 2020

In the last two years, Dubai has planted over 140,000 trees at the rate of 6,000 new trees every year. According to Dubai Municipality director-general Dawood Al Hajiri, this extensive plantation project is directed to achieving agricultural sustainability, which is part of the broader strategy to establish more green spaces in the city. Known for its progressive adoption of technology, Dubai authorities have beautifully leveraged AI to achieve this ambitious goal. 

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Construction commences on the world’s longest electricity cable

Happiness Shot from the UK & Denmark|August 5, 2020

Construction work has begun on the world’s longest electricity interconnector, which will allow clean energy to travel between the UK and Denmark. The £1.8bn project is a high-voltage direct-current link that will connect the two countries and represents a “major milestone” in the UK’s efforts to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, according to the National Grid. The project, set to be completed in 2023, will run cables 475 miles (765km) under the sea.

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Ryan Reynolds invites people from BIPOC community to intern in his movie

Happiness Shot from Canada|August 5, 2020

Ryan Reynold is looking to hire 8-10 interns with no necessary experience for his upcoming movie with the intent to jumpstart their careers. He is particularly keen on hiring from the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) community along with other marginalised communities since they have been excluded from the exciting process of movie-making! He has also mentioned that age is no bar as long as artists are keen on contributing to the film. 

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Child prodigy raises £50000 through her incredible paintings

Happiness Shot from the UK |August 5, 2020

When 6-year old Daisy Watt painted a garden scene to cheer up her grandparents, who were diagnosed with cancer, her mother spotted how incredibly talented her daughter was with the paintbrush. Daisy, who loves nothing more than painting floral landscapes, has created many paintings and raised £50000 through their successful auction. All the funds have been directed to charities, which is making an incredible difference in people’s lives.

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UAE uses K9 police dogs to detect COVID-19 cases among travelers

Happiness Shot from Dubai |August 4, 2020

Dubai has become the first city in the world to use K9 police dogs to detect COVID-19 cases among travelers at the terminals. Samples are taken in collaboration with partners from Dubai Health Authority, and results are made available in less than a minute! The trained K9 dogs can sniff out the possibility of infection in just a few seconds. 

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Man’s incredible gesture of love leaves netizens in tears

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 4, 2020

Eva Barilaro grew her hair for the first time in 10 years amidst a fierce battle with alopecia. When she asked her boyfriend to shave her head, she wasn’t expecting that he would shave his too in the act of solidarity with her. She posted the video online, which went viral with over 11 million views. Many viewers shared similar stories of how the story reminded them of cancer struggles faced by their dear ones. 

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Filipino show holds benefit concert for drag queens

Happiness Shot from the Philippines|August 4, 2020

‘Iba Yan’, a public service show in the Philippines, has been mobilizing resources to help people who have been severely impacted by the pandemic by airing their compelling stories on television. They featured the struggles of drag queens whose earning has been affected by the COVID-19 scenario. They also held a benefit concert featuring dramatic performances by drag queens to raise money and awareness for the LGBTQ community. 

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Man reads three newspapers every day to spot the people in need of help

Happiness Shot from Chennai |August 3, 2020

Ajith Kumar reads three newspapers, one in English and two in Tamil, every day since the beginning of the lockdown to spot genuine stories of people who need help. Since March, he has helped many families, including a differently-abled artist who was running out of money and a generous donation to a barber’s family who dies by suicide due to poverty. His intent is to eliminate middlemen and directly route resources to families in need. 

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Granddaughter shares photos of a joyous reunion between her grandparents married for 70 years

Happiness Shot from Georgia|August 3, 2020

David and Loretta Bowen, both aged 90 years, have been married for seven decades. Recently Loretta was admitted to the hospital for colon surgery, and David was beside himself as he couldn’t visit her owing to the COVID-19 restrictions. However, when she was discharged, they reunited at their home with long-lasting hugs, which were captured and shared online by the granddaughter to show how their love is still going strong. 

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Saturn, Jupiter, and Moon align to create a spectacle to remember

Happiness Shot from the Night Skies|August 3, 2020

NASA recently made a Twitter announcement alerting citizens that a visual spectacle awaits them in the night skies on Aug 2, 2020. Saturn, Jupiter, and the moon were aligned in a way that both the former planets were clearly visible post-sunset in the skies. Many netizens captured breathtaking photos with special cameras and posted them on Twitter to share the beauty with the world. 

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New Zealand leads the way for equal-pay with new bill

Happiness Shot from New Zealand|August 2, 2020

New Zealand was the first country to allow women to vote in 1893 and the first country to have a world leader opt for maternity leave in 2018. It has now passed an Equal Pay Amendment Bill that ensures that women in female-dominated industries receive the same remuneration as men in different but equal-value work. The bill helps level the playing field and ensures men and women are valued equally for similar work.   

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Giuseppe Paterno completes graduation at 96!

Happiness Shot from Italy|August 2, 2020

Giuseppe Paterno was born just before the Great Depression and later joined the Naval Force during the second World War. Since the focus was on rebuilding nations, Giuseppe Paterno had to trade education for jobs to support his family. However, he managed to pursue his dream 70 years later when he walked up the stage to collect his degree in History and Philosophy at the University of Palermo, becoming Italy’s oldest and dearest graduate! 

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Couple adopts 20 senior and special need dogs

Happiness Shot from New York|August 2, 2020

When adopting dogs and pups, people often turn away from taking in senior and disabled dogs as they require much greater attention and concern. However, a couple in New York has come forward to adopt over 20 senior and special needs dogs so they can find a loving home. They have invested $55,000 to customize their home to the needs of their furry friends.   

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An elderly gentleman helps a young woman with a generous act of kindness

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 1, 2020

Daisy Dinero was working at her usual spot when Joseph walked up to her to ask for water and her most ardent prayer. Daisy mentioned that she needed to collect enough tips to get her car fixed since it had run out of battery, and she needed to jump it every time she wanted to use the vehicle. Joseph accompanied Daisy to an auto-repair shop and got her car fixed, leaving her utterly grateful. 

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Woman finally rescued after being lost for 2 weeks in the woods

Happiness Shot from New Brunswick|August 1, 2020

Jenny McLaughlin was reported missing on July 17, triggering an intensive search for her. She survived for two weeks in the woods by drinking puddle water and eating wild berries. Even though she saw signs of wild bread and coyotes, she kept her calm, and the idea of seeing her loved ones kept her going. Finally, a team rescued her, and she is now home and recovering from her injuries.   

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Girl finds her lost teddy bear with her mother’s last voice message

Happiness Shot from the USA|August 1, 2020

Ryan Reynolds put up a twitter post announcing a $5000 prize for anyone who would help Mara Soriano reunite with her lost teddy bear that also held the last voice note from her mother. A few days later, Mara posted an image on Twitter, smiling ear to ear squeezing her Teddy Bear, which was in plush condition with the voice message intact! Ryan retweeted the same calling Vancouver excellent for leading this reunion! 

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Syrian refugee family receives 2 laptops from a generous donor

Happiness Shot from Canada|July 31, 2020

Aya belongs to a Syrian refugee family whose education was derailed when war broke out in Syria in 2011. After years of fleeing to find safer shores, her education was just about getting back on track in Canada when COVID-19 interrupted routine life. As classes shifted online, Aya used borrowed computers to stay connected. But when her story was covered by Huffington Post, a donor came forward and gave two laptops to the family.

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Twitter user captures couple’s wedding on Brooklyn Bridge

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 31, 2020

Nikola Kovalenko and Stefan Ponova met in June last year while traveling and a year later tied the knot in a beautiful, intimate ceremony on the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. With just an officiant in attendance, they didn't even have a photographer, but a Twitter user captured the lovely wedding and posted images on Twitter to find the couple! The tweet went viral receiving 137,000 likes and heartwarming comments, which left the couple surprised. 

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Musician starts a unique Gun Exchange Program to combat gun violence

Happiness Shot from New Orleans|July 31, 2020

Shamarr Allen has invited the youth of New Orleans to receive a trumpet in exchange for a gun to help the youth pursue safer and better paths in life. Over 49% of the households in New Orleans own a gun, and the place ranks fourth highest in gun-related violence. Shamarr has raised $32,728 through the Go Fund Me page, which will be invested in the perusal of the ‘Trumpet Is My Weapon’ program.  

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Community raises funds for a dog in need of a wheelchair

Happiness Shot from the UK|July 30, 2020

When an 8-year old spaniel, called Max, fell off the bed, he lost the use of his hind legs and needed a wheelchair to walk around. The cost of getting a wheelchair fixed would be £400, which would be steep for his owners! But when the people of Stanton, where the family resides, heard of the same, they started an online fundraiser and donated generously, making Max a super happy chappy!   

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Red Lobster employee saves rare blue lobster from becoming dinner

Happiness Shot from California |July 30, 2020

Only one in 2 million lobsters are blue in colour which is caused due to a generic effect. So when an employee at Red Lobster restaurant came across a blue lobster, he ensured that it didn’t become dinner. He and the restaurant manager handed this rare find to Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. The lobster has been faring well, moving stones in her tank to create her cave and enjoying shrimp feats to the fullest!...

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New research suggests that oxytocin can help Alzheimer patients

Happiness Shot from Japan|July 30, 2020

Alzheimer's is a degenerative order that currently has no treatment or cure. However, a research team in Japan led by Professor Akiyoshi Saitoh suggests that the love hormone, oxytocin has the power to enhance the signaling abilities and can reverse Ab induced impairment of synaptic plasticity. Though in nascent stages, this study demonstrates the possibility of using oxytocin as a novel therapeutic modality for the treatment of memory loss.   

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Taylor Swift gifts the folklore signature cardigan to Kobe Bryant’s daughter

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 29, 2020

Taylor Swift’s latest album ‘Folklore’ has become a roaring success with sales equivalent to 1.3 million units in the first 24 hours. The merchandise released around the same time become an instant hit as well. Swift shared a great rapport with the Bryant family, with Kobe surprising her on stage at one of her concerts. She gifted the cardigan to Kobe Bryant’s elder daughter Natalia who was delighted at receiving this unexpected gift! 

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Indiana police officer helps 12-year old boy with his lemonade stand

Happiness Shot from Indiana|July 29, 2020

When 12-year old Jaelynn Wilson set up his lemonade stand, he didn’t expect to receive help from police officer Ron Glon. Glon spent the whole day manning the lemonade stand with Wilson, serving lemonade to people in parking lots, collecting money, and more. He also matched all the proceeds from the sale out of his own pocket. His intention was to restore the faith of people in the goodness of police officers.   

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UAE celebrates first successful bone marrow transplant

Happiness Shot from the UAE|July 29, 2020

Bone marrow transplant is a highly-sought-after treatment for patients with hematological and oncological illnesses. Through collaboration between Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Centre (ADSCC), a team of experts successfully conducted a bone marrow transplant on a patient with blood cancer. With cancer being the 3rd highest cause of deaths in the UAE, this operation will allow patients to seek treatment closer to home while staying with families. 

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Generous community ensures everyone is fed in Bronx

Happiness Shot from New York|July 28, 2020

The Bronx is home to 1.4 million people and is the most racially diverse place in the country united by its shared love for pizza. When the pandemic struck, Jewish communities started delivering pizzas free of cost to families in quarantine as well as medical staff in hospitals to ensure no one in the community goes hungry. They also started a community fridge where you take what you need and leave what you don’t. 

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Couple married for 46 years beats Cancer & COVID together

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 28, 2020

Robert and Janice Beecham have been married for 46 years, and this year they are happy to have survived multiple health scares to celebrate another year together. Robert tested positive for COVID 19 in March 2020, and Janice recovered from surgery after a relapse of breast cancer and new ovarian cancer. Despite the chemotherapy and the recovery battle being long, the couple is super grateful to have lived together to celebrate another anniversary. 

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The dying boy who wanted to bring world peace

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 28, 2020

Jeff was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1986 and was given 2 years to live. As his dying wish, he requested to meet Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia to discuss the future of nuclear weapons. He met the advisor to Gorbachev and shared how children in the USA and Russia had common dreams, none of which included a nuclear war. He received letters of support from Russians, which he only read 23 years later in 2008. 

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Random act of kindness creates familial bond among strangers

Happiness Shot from Canada|July 27, 2020

Joice Wolter has 8 kids, two of whom aged 9 and 11 started mowing neighbors’ lawns to buy their mother a personal water bottle as a birthday gift. Impressed with their hard work, the neighbors decided to give them an early Christmas gift and bought them a basketball hoop since the boys didn’t have one. This act of kindness has fostered a familial bond among the families who are continually looking out for each other. ...

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Viewer draws the reporter’s attention to cancerous lump in the neck

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 27, 2020

A viewer noticed a lump on the neck of a reporter that resembled the cancerous lump she had. She immediately emailed the reporter, drawing her attention to the lump and urging her to get the same checked at the earliest. On getting a medical report, the reporter realised that it was indeed a cancerous growth and profusely thanked the viewer for her vigilance and concern. 

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Guide dogs help visually impaired runners stay fit amidst pandemic

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 27, 2020

With gyms shutting down all across the country, Thomas Panek, a visually impaired marathon runner, has found a unique way to stay fit. Usually, he requires a volunteer tethered as a guide, but with social distancing rules, that wouldn’t be possible. A labrador retriever has now become his running guide who is helping him stay physically and emotionally fit. 

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Sneakers for Soldiers see a surge in donations amidst the pandemic

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 26, 2020

Sneakers for Soldiers is a not-for-profit organization that ships shoes to soldiers in need in war-torn areas like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, with the help of donations, received all across the USA. Each shoe is chosen specifically for the soldier, and a label is attached to each pair of sneakers with a message from the donor. In just 48 hours of airing on TV, they received a record donation amount of $113,000.

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Friends split $22 million in lottery winnings keeping a 30-year old promise

Happiness Shot from Wisconsin|July 26, 2020

Tom Cook won $22 million in Powerball Jackpot and immediately called his friend, Joseph Feeney, to share that they will be splitting this amount, keeping a promise they made to each other in 1992. Both friends are retired and plan to use the amount to enjoy greater comfort and more family time. The men chose the cash option of about $16.7 million, leaving each with nearly $5.7 million after taxes are paid.

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Himalayan peaks still have snow; courtesy travel restrictions due to lockdown

Happiness Shot from India|July 26, 2020

Rohtang pass attracts nearly 15 lakh tourists in May and June, which has an impact on the ecology of the place. However, this year due to little public and tourist movement since the lockdown in March, some higher peaks of the Himalayan region still have snow as late as July. Areas where snow would melt away in June still have snow, although this year’s snow accumulations were less than that of last year.   

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Japan introduces high-speed earthquake-resistant train

Happiness Shot from Japan|July 25, 2020

Despite the postponed Olympics, Japan has introduced a new high-speed train that can go 224 miles per hour but will be capped at “just” 177 for operation. The makers claim that the train is ‘earthquake-proof’ because of its onboard power source and different modes for tackling dangerous tracks. Although its speed and safety are the big story, the train also includes updates to its passenger comfort, storage capacity, and a new suspension.  

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Emirates offers to cover COVID-19 medical costs for passengers

Happiness Shot from Dubai|July 25, 2020

Dubai's Emirates airline will now cover medical expenses of up to 150,000 euros (Dh638,363) and quarantine costs of 100 euros (Dh425.5) per day for 14 days for passengers should they be diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travel while they are away from home. This service will be offered free of charge for any passenger regardless of their class of travel. The intent is to provide flexibility and assurance to travelers. 

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Mary’s Meals continues to feed school children amidst the pandemic

Happiness Shot from Around the World|July 25, 2020

Mary’s Meals, a not-for-profit organization, fed more than 1.6 million students every weekday in schools before the pandemic struck the world. As schools shut for safety reasons, they lost direct access to students at a time when it was needed the most. They eventually tied up with community leaders and government bodies to ensure distribution of food to kids. They are feeding millions of kids in 15 countries like Kenya, India, Ethiopia, and more.  

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Husband leaves an exception letter of gratitude to deceased wife’s hairdresser

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 24, 2020

A husband wrote a heartfelt letter to his wife’s hairdresser thanking her profusely for giving the wife what was possibly her last happiest memory. He thanked her for the kindness with which she treated his wife and gave her a haircut that left her beaming every time she looked in the mirror. He urged the hairdresser to never forget the power of her profession that can revitalise a woman’s sense of self and beauty! 

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Researches share blood test that can detect cancer four years before symptoms

Happiness Shot from China |July 24, 2020

A research team in China has shared that a blood test can detect cancer four years before symptoms develop in a person’s body. A huge step forward in early detection, this non-invasive blood test detected cancer in 95% of individuals who have no symptoms but later receive a diagnosis. The study has limitations like it’s based on a relatively small number of samples and that it cannot identify which type of cancer an individual has. ...

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12-year old boy’s act of kindness inspires netizens

Happiness Shot from Sydney|July 24, 2020

12-year old Macarthur Region decided to spend $63.80 of his pocket money to pack meals for people who are having it tough during the pandemic. His mom helped him pack 36 breakfast pouches, each containing a muesli bar, a single-serve cereal packet, a small milk box, a napkin, and a spoon. On receiving accolades from netizens, Macarthur was shocked as his only intention was to spread love and kindness. 

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Tennessee man pays it forward by leaving an exceptional tip for delivery guy

Happiness Shot from Tennessee|July 23, 2020

Doug Barlow is a grateful man who is paying it forward with generous acts of kindness as the world grapples with the pandemic. When he ordered pizza from Pizza Hut, he left a $100 tip for the delivery guy leaving the latter completely stunned. Doug believes that he has been lucky to have kept his job, and it’s his duty to continue paying forward in any way that he can! 

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Good samaritan’s act of kindness moves 94-year old street vendor

Happiness Shot from California|July 23, 2020

When 28-year old Kenia Barragan took a few minutes out to hear a 94-year old street vendor, she realized that he had to resort to selling tamales because no one would hire him due to his age. In a heartfelt Instagram note, she shared his story and urged people to support him, the way they would help their grandparents. She raised $84k in less than a week, leaving the old man teary-eyed.   

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Struggling single mom gives away lottery money to an officer in ICU

Happiness Shot from Kansas|July 23, 2020

Shetara Sims, a single mom, had $7 and pending bills after she lost her job due to the pandemic. She purchased a scratch-off ticket and won $100 as prize money. When her 12-year old daughter suggested that they use the money to support the family of a police officer who got shot in the line of duty, she didn’t hesitate. Her outstanding gesture of generosity has been widely appreciated on the internet. 

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Pakistan achieves SDG 13 goals a decade early

Happiness Shot from Pakistan|July 22, 2020

Even though nations will be evaluated on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2030, Pakistan has already achieved its criteria a decade early. Some initiatives that have spurred their eco-success are the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Project, which is a massive reforestation initiative as well as Clean Green Pakistan Index which ranks cities based on the quality of solid and liquid waste treatment and removal, sanitation and drinking water services, and parks and green spaces....

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Meet an 8-year old DJ who is taking Dubai by a storm

Happiness Shot from Dubai |July 22, 2020

Michelle is an 8-year old DJ who has created waves in Dubai owing to her incredible talent. This amazing prodigy already has a massive following of over 200,000 people on Facebook and Instagram. Her followers include prominent people such as DJ Snake, Chris Brown, Latoya Jackson, Maya Diab, Massari, Gashi, and Soulja Boy. She is also a blogger, influencer, and brand ambassador for Numark, one of the world’s leading DJ companies.

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The University of Oxford develops coronavirus vaccine that affairs safe and effective

Happiness Shot from the UK|July 22, 2020

The trials for the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford involving 1077 people showed that the injection led them to make antibodies and T-cells that can fight the virus. While the results are promising, it is still too soon to dispense to the public at large. In the next stage of the trial, more than 10,000 people in the UK will participate, along with participants from more severely affected countries USA, Brazil, and South Africa. 

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Google introduces high-altitude balloons that act like floating cell towers

Happiness Shot from Africa|July 21, 2020

Google launched a “fleet of high-altitude balloons” that are providing internet service to the remotest areas of Africa. The balloons began providing 4G LTE network connections last week across a nearly 31,000-square-mile area of central and western Kenya. The balloons are made of polyethylene that can last 100 days hovering about 12 miles up in the stratosphere. This innovation has been used in emergencies wherein hurricanes have destroyed local cell towers.   

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Dubai hospital waives off AED 762000 in bills for an Indian patient

Happiness Shot from Dubai |July 21, 2020

An Indian blue-collar worker contracted COVID-19 and had to be admitted to a hospital in Dubai. Taking over 80 days to recover before finally testing negative, his treatment raked up AED 762000 in hospital bills. The Indian consulate requested the hospital to waive off his bill, given that he came from an exceptionally humble background. The hospital accepted the request, discharged the patient without charging a single penny, and helped him reunite with his family. 

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Energy-efficient air conditioners can save years’ worth of carbon emissions

Happiness Shot from Around the World |July 21, 2020

United Nations (UN) and International Energy Agency (IEA) have shared a peer-reviewed analysis stating that the use of energy-efficient air conditioners could remove emissions equivalent to between 210bn and 460bn tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2060. More efficient air cooling will not only lead to direct removal of emissions but also lead to better access to life-saving cooling equipment for medicines and vaccines, improved air quality, and reduced food loss and waste.

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Sydney goes 100% renewable

Happiness Shot from Australia|July 20, 2020

Sydney, the biggest city in Australia, will power all of its operations like street lights, sports facilities, and more with 100% renewable energy from local sources starting this month. The clean energy transition is projected to save the city more than a half-million dollars on its electricity bills every year for the next ten years. This move is part of the larger city goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 70% by 2030.   

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Amazon delivery guy floors couple with kind gesture

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 20, 2020

An Amazon delivery guy, Antonio, read a note on the door of the delivery customer that the couple won’t be able to open the door. The husband has been diagnosed with blood cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. On reading this, Antonio dropped the delivery at the doorstep and returned with a bouquet and a card wishing them health and recovery. The couple was left surprised by this outpouring of kindness by a complete stranger. 

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Teen creates comics featuring superheroes with disabilities

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 20, 2020

When Trinity Jagdeo’s best friend, Alexus Dick, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2, she wished that Alexus had a hero she could relate to and draw inspiration from. She wrote to Disney to create superheroes with disabilities but did not get a response from them. So she started writing and illustrating books featuring local kids with special needs. She has published three books and organised innumerable fundraisers to support parents of special-needs children. ...

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Mother donates breast milk to the same hospital where her premature baby was born

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 19, 2020

Candy Quiróa’s first son was born at 24 weeks and survived on donor breast milk for 130 days before he was discharged. After three years, Candy has found her life coming to a full circle as she passionately donates breast milk to the same hospital. Her latest donation was 163 ounces, which will help a lot of premature babies and their moms who may not be producing milk due to stress or premature birth.

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Captain Tom Moore, aged 100, gets knighted by the Queen

Happiness Shot from the UK|July 19, 2020

Tom led a fundraising effort encouraging members of the public to donate tens of millions of pounds to NHS charities via a JustGiving page during the coronavirus lockdown, resulting in £32.7 million being raised. Even though he is outside the usual time scale for knighthoods, he was knighted by the Queen for his commendable fundraising efforts. During the ceremony, he joked that if he kneels, he may not be able to get back up.   

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Woman’s kind gesture towards man going through her bin goes viral

Happiness Shot from Australia|July 19, 2020

When a Canberra mum spotted a man going through her bin looking for cans, she served him with some leftover dinner. A few days later, he came back to return the container full of chocolates for her kids, which left her thoroughly surprised. The lady posted the episode on Facebook in an attempt to encourage others to be supremely kind and spread happiness! In Canberra, residents can claim 10 cents back for each recycled container. 

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Community spirit saves a dead tree from being removed

Happiness Shot from Brisbane|July 18, 2020

A dead tree in Brisbane, which was earmarked for removal, was saved due to the community spirit displayed to protect the same. The community started hanging bright handmade pompoms on the tree, especially during COVID-19, as a means to foster a sense of community. Since the tree doesn’t pose a threat to public safety, the authorities have decided to let it stay longer for the well-being of the community around it. 

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Calgary will create a floating cinema that uploads social distancing

Happiness Shot from Calgary|July 18, 2020

Calgary is creating a floating movie theatre that will comprise 12 to 24 boats in the week of September 16. This unique theatre will comply with all social distancing rules while screening a stunning mix of old classics and new movies that would appeal to a movie-lover. Free popcorn will be distributed to all those who attend. Ticket sales for this beautiful event will open soon! 

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Chris Evans gifts real Captain America shield to the boy who saved sister from dog attack

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 18, 2020

6-year old Bridger jumped in front of his sister to save her from a dog attack and ended up with 90 stitches on his cheek. This brave and selfless act went viral on the internet, attracting praise from reel-life superheroes like Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), and more. Chris gifted the real Captain America shield to this deserving young buy to applaud his heroism. 

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Teachers impart education to kids of migrant laborers under a bridge

Happiness Shot from Kerala|July 17, 2020

India saw a surge in the news concerning the plight of migrant laborers stuck in transition owing to stringent travel restrictions and severely lacking basic amenities. However, a heartening visual can be seen under the Bolgatty-Vallarpadam bridge in Kerala, which is currently home to ten children of migrant laborers. Teachers from St. John Bosco’s UP School have been teaching kids of all ages every day under the bridge, so their education is not impacted.   

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Genius dog uses soundboard to communicate with owners

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 17, 2020

Having a pet dog can be a source of joy and laughter in any family. But if the dog is trained to communicate over 45 different English phrases using a soundboard, then the fun quotient increases multifold. Owner Alexis Devine introduced Bunny to the soundboard as soon as he was adopted. They use it for engagement, inculcating discipline, and teaching tricks that strengthens their bond, bringing a new sense of wonder and joy.

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UAE announces the first day of no coronavirus deaths since April

Happiness Shot from the UAE|July 17, 2020

On July 15, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, took to Twitter to announce that UAE recorded no cases of coronavirus deaths in 24 hours since April. UAE has been leading the way for testing per capita in the world. It has successfully employed quarantines, curfews, and travel restrictions to control the spread of the pandemic.   

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Mom creates bubble-themed kids’ book to explain social distancing

Happiness Shot from the USA |July 16, 2020

Tara Travieso wanted to explain social distancing to her kids aged 2 and 3 in a way that was informative but not scary. She helped them imagine that each person was inside a big bubble that kept them safe from contracting outside germs. When she saw how positively her kids reacted to the concept, she created a book that would allow parents to explain social distancing to kids in a firm but fun manner.

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‘Millionaires of Humanity’ demand higher taxes on wealthiest people in the world

Happiness Shot from Around the World|July 16, 2020

83 millionaires across the globe have come together to create 'Millionaires of Humanity,' a group that is demanding national governments to increase taxes substantially and permanently on the wealthiest people in the world like them. They believe they have the resources that will aid the governments in fighting current and future pandemics. Some undersigned millionaires include Ben & Jerry's co-founder Jerry Greenfield, British film director Richard Curtis, two heirs to the Disney entertainment empire, Abigail...

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6-year old boy saves sister from a dog attack in a heroic act

Happiness Shot from Wyoming|July 16, 2020

When 6-year old Bridger Walker saw a dog charging towards his sister, he jumped in front of her in a heroic act to save her from injury. In the process, he got bit on his left cheek and ended up with over 90 stitches. With the intent to encourage the young boy, his aunt put up the story on Instagram, which has been liked over 200,000 times and gained over 11,00 positive comments. 

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Arizona resident creates record after placing 485 Jenga blocks on one vertical piece

Happiness Shot from Arizona|July 15, 2020

Tai Valianti used his quarantine time to create a physics-defying block tower after he placed 485 Jenga blocks on a single vertical piece. Requiring utmost precision, Tai completed this tower in just 2 hours. The most incredible part of the creation was how Tai expanded the tower outward, giving it the effect of an inverted pyramid. This unusual tower block stood for a full 9 minutes before his son knocked it down in a satisfying...

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Server stands up against racist Silicon Valley CEO

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 15, 2020

When Michael Lofthouse, CEO of Solid8, made racist remarks against two families dining at a restaurant, he didn’t expect that a waitress at the restaurant would make him leave for his unsavory comments. Server Gennica Cochran put her job on the line, especially in this uncertain economic environment, to fight back racism. The families created a GoFundMe page and raised $82,000 in tips for this brave waitress as a token of appreciation. 

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7-year old boy sends a ‘Happiness Word Search’ to the Queen

Happiness Shot from the UK|July 15, 2020

A 7-year old boy was moved by the suffering and loneliness of the senior citizens in his neighborhood during the quarantine. To cast away the blues, he created a unique ‘Happiness Word Search,’ which was filled with hidden positive words. With the help of his mother, he sent the same to the Queen of England as he worried she might be lonely too. He received a letter of gratitude from Windsor Castle for his thoughtfulness.

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U.S. Naval Academy celebrates its first black female fighter pilot

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 14, 2020

Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle has created history by becoming the first black female fighter pilot in the U.S. Naval Academy. She earned her wings as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and will receive her ‘Wings of Gold’ in late July. Congratulatory messages have been pouring in from all corners, including a message from athlete Billie Jean King, comedian Sen. Kamala Harris and former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.   

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Nigeria innovates solutions to promote distance learning amidst lockdown

Happiness Shot from Nigeria|July 14, 2020

Schools have been shut since March in Nigeria to arrest the progression of the pandemic. To ensure that the lockdown doesn’t hamper the learning process for students, free smartphones are being distributed in Lagos, while data plans and learning apps are being offered in other parts of Nigeria. Educational NGO Teach For All has also recorded lessons and broadcast them on government radio stations, which has become a successful learning plan. 

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Jeepney driver gifted a home by Filipino actress

Happiness Shot from the Philippines|July 14, 2020

Jimmy and his wife Emilia left their house unfinished in Morong Rizal to pursue a living in Manila. For two years, Jimmy drove a jeepney that also doubled up as their house until the lockdown, which severely affected their ability to earn any income. Known for her humanitarian work, Filipino actress Angel Locsin gifted a completely ready home in Morong Rizal to the couple and created a Sari-Sari store as a business package for them. 

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Elder brother surprises his sibling with down payment for home

Happiness Shot from Missouri |July 13, 2020

Todd Burkemper invited his younger brother to live with him after the latter’s graduation. After a 6-month rent-free stay, he started charging him rent. Little did his sibling know that Todd was stashing away the “rent” into a savings account. Adding some of his own money, he gifted the entire amount to his sibling towards a down payment on his house to save him the financial struggles that he had seen.

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Twitter CEO donates $3m to Universal Basic Income initiative

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 13, 2020

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, has pledged $3m towards the Universal Basic Income (UBI) initiative, which aims to eradicate income inequality in America by distributing monthly cash payments directly to eligible individuals. The premise of the effort rests on the fact that many citizens are not able to afford basic necessities despite working 2-3 jobs. The initiative plans to bridge wealth gaps, level systematic race and gender inequalities, and create economic security for families. 

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Ecosia: The green search engine plants its 100th million tree

Happiness Shot from Berlin|July 13, 2020

Berlin-based Ecosia, the green search engine, uses its advertising revenue to plant trees in areas affected by deforestation. Founded in 2009, they planted their 100th million trees in July 2020. The mission-driven company has restored approximately 35 thousand hectares of woodland and helped to protect biodiversity and natural beauty across all six inhabited continents. Ecosia has 15 million users worldwide, and even though revenues have been impacted, users have grown in the lockdown period.

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Researchers create an air filter that can kill COVID-19 virus

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 12, 2020

Researchers have created an air filter that kills 99.8 percent of the COVID-19 virus, with the use of commercially available nickel foam heated to 200 degrees Celsius. This air filter could have considerable applications in airplanes, office builders, schools, cruise ships to help in arresting the spread of this highly contagious virus. Researchers are also proposing a desktop-version of this filter that could purify the air in an office worker’s immediate environment.

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Refrigerators filled with free food pop up in New York to combat food insecurity

Happiness Shot from New York|July 12, 2020

New York is not new to food insecurity. Nearly 1 million citizens were estimated to be food insecure, but with the pandemic-triggered job losses, that number has shot up to 2 million people. To help people in these unprecedented times, citizens have been installing refrigerators on sidewalks across apartment buildings. They have been filling it up with the extra food from their own homes so anyone in need can get access to clean, healthy food. ...

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Twins conjoined at the skull successfully separated in Vatican Hospital

Happiness Shot from Italy|July 12, 2020

Conjoined twins, Ervina and Prefina, aged 2, were successfully separated after an 18-hour operation that involved 30 doctors and nurses. This was the first time that doctors in Italy successfully separated twins who were joined at the skull and shared the majority of their blood vessels. The twins are recovering well and will have normal cognitive and mental development. Success in this surgery brings hope for rare cases of conjoined twins around the world.

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Colorfully dressed wine fairies are leaving bottles of wine to neighbors to spread love and smiles

Happiness Shot from North Carolina |July 11, 2020

Cara Rindell started a Facebook Group, ‘Sisterhood of the Travelling Wine,’ to spread joy during the pandemic by leaving bottles of wine at the doorstep of strangers, friends, and neighbors. They collect the address and wine preferences of neighbors, dress up in magical outfits, tip-toe at the door to drop the gift basket, and then run for cover! 51,000+ members in the group are spreading happiness, one bottle at a time!  

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Southwest Airlines Captain becomes the first pilot in history with Type 1 diabetes to fly a commercial plane

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 11, 2020

Southwest Airlines Captain Bob Halicky was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2011, which made him medically unfit for flying. The Federal Aviation Administration allowed pilots with Type 1 diabetes to fly commercial planes owing to the advancement of medical technology in 2020. Halicky flew a plane from Las Vegas to Seattle on June 22, creating history and accomplishing a feat that will be a massive upliftment for the diabetic community! 

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12-year old girl wins $20,000 for her ‘Beat The Heat Car Seat’ invention

Happiness Shot from North Carolina|July 11, 2020

A 12-year old girl was moved after learning how babies were left in hot cars leading to horrific accidents. She created a device that sets off an alarm if the car temperature crosses a specific limit. It alerts the parents via SMS, and if they don’t respond within 60 seconds, a call is automatically made to 911. She is more thrilled at the possibility of saving lives than her whooping win of $20,000. 

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NGO employs 8 homeless people to clean up a river in Cape Town

Happiness Shot from South Africa |July 10, 2020

Help Us is an organization that employs people in need of employment to clean up polluted areas and pays them using funds that are raised through donations. Post the lockdown, they have hired 8 homeless people to clean the river mouth at a spot where the Black River meets the Atlantic Ocean. This opportunity has created gusto among the volunteers who will be able to earn a decent living while significantly contributing to their community. 

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An 8-year old dog has turned an essential worker in Columbia

Happiness Shot from Columbia|July 10, 2020

An 8-year old dog independently carries food supplies and other essentials in a wicker basket to deliver them safely to the customers of El Porvenir mini-market in Columbia. His service enables the citizens to maintain social distancing, and he is rewarded with treats and massages on his furry head for his heartwarming contribution. While he recognizes some customers by name, he usually remembers each house where he is rewarded with a treat.

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Boy who worked as a garbage collector gets accepted at Harvard Law School

Happiness Shot from Maryland|July 10, 2020

Rehan Staton had a turbulent upbringing with his mother abandoning him and his father struggling to make ends meet. To support his family, he took up a job as a garbage collector, where his colleagues and seniors spotted his potential and encouraged him to pursue higher studies. Staton joined the University of Maryland, scored 4.0 GPA, worked in political consulting, and finally received the much-awaited acceptance from Harvard Law School.

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Research shows that kids from dog-owned households are better behaved

Happiness Shot from Australia|July 9, 2020

A study from the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute shows that kids who come from dog-owned households reduced the likelihood of conduct and peer problems. They are also likely to demonstrate increased pro-social behaviors, such as sharing and cooperating. Walking the dog, actively playing with a dog, or even the mere presence of a dog results in positive behaviors and emotions in kids as young as two years old. 

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Woman gives birth to healthy triplets after beating COVID-19

Happiness Shot from the USA |July 9, 2020

Maggie Sillero had a pregnancy full of surprises! Finding out that she will be having triplets was unexpected since multiples don’t run in her side of the family. Due to pregnancy-related complications, she had to be admitted by her 28th week in the hospital, where she soon tested positive for COVID-19. She gave birth to premature babies who are now a month-old, have doubled their weight, and will soon be discharged to unite with family!

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NASA releases mesmerizing time-lapse video of sun’s surface to celebrate satellite anniversary

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 9, 2020

NASA launched a satellite that would study the sun’s surface and relay insights into our place in the solar system in the year 2010. On the occasion of the satellite’s 10th anniversary, NASA has created a 61-minute video called ‘A Decade of Sun’ by compiling nearly 87,000 high-resolution photographs wherein a minute compresses an entire day on earth. Needless to say, the stunning time-lapse video has been going viral online.

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A phone call from an estranged daughter of 16 years gives artist a new lease of life

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 8, 2020

Artist Matjames Metson lost his home, his possessions, and all of his artwork in Hurricane Katrina. He was left with his two beloved dogs and a dwindling will to live when he got a call from Tyler, his 16-year old daughter whom he had left behind on account of not being ready for familial duties. The connection sparked his desire to resume his artwork and his life so he could impress his artistically inclined daughter.

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Netflix donates £500,000 to support theatre artists in the UK

Happiness Shot from the UK|July 8, 2020

Netflix has donated £500,000 to initiate the Theatre Artist Fund, an initiative to support British artists who are severely impacted by the pandemic. £1000 grants will be made to freelance and unemployed theatre workers who are at a breaking point and find themselves unable to pay bills or put food on the table. The donation comes in line with the UK Government’s announcement of a £1.5 billion rescue package for the arts sector. 

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Skywatchers have a surprise comet to view this July

Happiness Shot from Around the World|July 8, 2020

Skywatchers are in for a spectacular treat as a rare comet named C/2020 is all set to be visible from earth on various days in July. The comet is said to be boomeranging back towards the earth after flying by the sun with an intense brightness that will make it visible even with the help of simple binoculars. Many skywatchers have already enjoyed a viewing of the comet and shared mesmerizing images online.

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MIT designed robot can disinfect a warehouse in flat 30 minutes

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 7, 2020

As a direct response to the pandemic, MIT researchers started working on a program to create a unique robot that can disinfect and neutralize aerosolized forms of coronavirus. Their relentless efforts have successfully resulted in the creation of a robot that uses custom UV-C light to disinfect a 4000-square foot warehouse in 30 minutes. This cleaning can be potentially applied to schools, grocery stores, restaurants, factories, and supermarkets. 

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Afghan translator celebrates July 4 as a US citizen

Happiness Shot from the USA |July 7, 2020

Janis Shinwari worked as a translator for the US forces for nine long years in his homeland of Afghanistan, putting himself and his family at great risk. He saved the lives of 5 American soldiers, one of them being Capt. Zeller, who lobbied for years to get the translator and his family to the safe shores of America. This year, Shinwari was welcomed as a US citizen and thanked for his service on July 4.

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There is now a new formula to prevent AI from making unethical decisions

Happiness Shot from London|July 7, 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly being deployed in commercial situations to make decisions without human intervention. However, since AI doesn’t have a moral sense, it may use customer data in a discriminatory manner that could harm a company in the long run. Researchers from the University of Warwick, Imperial College London, EPFL (Lausanne), and Sciteb Ltd have successfully found mathematical means to eliminate unethical strategies from the pool of possibilities to ensure ethical decision-making. 

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Security guard holds an umbrella over a dog to protect him from rains

Happiness Shot from Scotland|July 6, 2020

In a heartwarming photo, a security guard outside Morrison grocery store was seen holding an umbrella over a dog to protect him from the rains. The photo went viral with netizens hailing this heroic security guard for his immense kindness. On spotting the picture, the dog-owners too thanked the guard for taking such great care of their dog and mentioned that such gestures create a strong sense of community. 

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Surgeon braids his patient’s hair to minimize surgery-related hair loss

Happiness Shot from Charlotte|July 6, 2020

Dr. Greywoode, who specializes in cosmetic and functional facial plastic surgery, personally braided his patient’s hair to eliminate the need to cut some or all of her hair for the operation and also make recovery easier for her. This thoughtful gesture left the patient teary-eyed. Dr. Greywoode mentioned that growing up with a sister and raising two little girls made him sensitive to the importance of hair, especially for women. 

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Nurse stops to save a life on the way to her daughter’s wedding

Happiness Shot from the USA |July 6, 2020

Jodi Damrow, who has been an ER nurse for 35 long years, witnessed a car accident while she was on the way to her daughter’s wedding. She immediately stopped to call a lifeflight helicopter to the scene and kept an injured woman’s airway open as they waited for the medics. All the while, she was careful not to get blood on her dress so she could walk her daughter down the aisle.

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30-year old school-bus driver pursues his dream of becoming a history teacher

Happiness Shot from the USA |July 5, 2020

As 30-year old Clayton Ward drove school kids around on the bus, he often shared his deep love of history with them. The conversations would often end with kids wishing for him to be their history teacher. Thoroughly encouraged, within a year, Ward completed his Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts with High Honours, earned a spot on the Dean's List every semester, and received several awards for his 4.0 GPA.

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11-year old becomes the poster-girl for kindness and service

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 5, 2020

11-year old Lucy Blaylock learned to sew three years ago. Since then, she has put her skill to great use by sewing 500 blankets for kids in need and nearly 1100 masks for frontline workers during the pandemic outbreak. She believes her gestures make kids feel loved and cared for. She has received a volunteer service award from President Trump as well as Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her immense kindness and service.

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Italy and New York record single-digit COVID attributed fatalities

Happiness Shot from the USA and Italy|July 5, 2020

Italy and New York had become epicenters of the COVID-19 outbreak registering the highest number of cases and fatalities in the world. However, both places have reached single-digit daily numbers of deaths attributed to COVID-19 as well as declining hospitilization cases. In a world that is desperately hoping for recovery, this piece of positive news is being celebrated around the world! 

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Meet Ashanti- A valedictorian who has never missed a day of school since kindergarten

Happiness Shot from New York|July 4, 2020

Pandemics and snowstorms haven’t been able to stop the determined Ashanti Palmer from attending school, even if she was the only student sitting in class. This academic genius not only has a pristine attendance record but also has been a class valedictorian and has scholarships lined up to cover four years of expenses to study biomedical engineering. She is excited about the prospects of studying technology to make living an easier experience.

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Teen with Down Syndrome features in a Gucci ad

Happiness Shot from Italy|July 4, 2020

Amidst the much-needed conversations on diversity, Gucci has featured an 18-year old model with Down Syndrome in their beauty campaign. The ad promotes their latest mascara L’Obscur which means the balance of mystery and charm. The ad has been featured in Italian Vogue and is the most-liked image on Gucci’s Instagram page with over 59,000 likes! The model was shortlisted from 6000 applicants who participated in an Instagram scouting project themed around unconventional beauty! 

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Man distributes free coffee from his kitchen window to his community

Happiness Shot from San Francisco|July 4, 2020

A man hands out free coffee from his kitchen window from 8 am to noon, seven days a week, to keep the unique coffee culture alive in his community. It’s also his way of expressing gratitude to many of his neighbours who are doctors, nurses, and postal workers for their incredible service amidst this unprecedented pandemic. He believes that free coffees and chats are to promote a sense of community in these isolating times.

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7-year old launches project to bring multicultural crayons to California classrooms

Happiness Shot from California|July 3, 2020

When 7-year old Madison Wilson asked her mother about the lack of representation of brown people in books and movies, it spurred a donation project to fill up Californian classrooms with multicultural crayons and books. With nearly $7000 raised, Madison plans to donate Crayola’s ‘Colors of the World’ featuring 24 new crayon colors representing 40 global skin tones to 3 different schools. Even the Mayor of the city contributed $1000 towards Madison’s donation drive. 

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Meet the inspiring family that is trading the London life for revitalising the reefs in Seychelles

Happiness Shot from London|July 3, 2020

A family of four has sold all their worldly possessions to move from London to Moyenne island in Seychelles to launch a coral farm to save the depleting reef. The couple has teamed up with experts at the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles to achieve the aim of growing 10,000 corals a year. The family hopes to give back to the environment and nature, which has been taken for granted for too long. 

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Reserve a spot at the Bubble Hotel to enjoy a perfectly socially distanced vacation

Happiness Shot from Iceland|July 3, 2020

Whoever said that you cannot live in a bubble obviously hadn’t heard of Buubble.com! This travel agency in South Iceland offers you the opportunity to live in a glass bubble set in secluded parts of this dreamy country. You can live under a sky of sparkling stars, and if you’re lucky, you can witness the legendary aurora borealis. Needless to say that Buubble.com is making childhood dreams come true across the world!

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Meet Kupata- A stray dog who helps kids cross the street safely

Happiness Shot from Georgia|July 2, 2020

We have heard of emotional support dogs, but have you heard of a dog who guards children as they cross the street to sidewalk safety? Meet Kupata, who has been an unofficial crossover guard for years. Though a stray, the community around the street has adopted him, travelers have visited the city to get a photo with him, and he has been honored with a mural and a special dog-house for his immense service. 

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Discovery of home-base eye therapy that can improve declining eyesight

Happiness Shot from the UK|July 2, 2020

Decline in the ability to see clearly due to retinal aging is a common occurrence, especially in adults over 40 years of age. UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has successfully proved that shining a deep red light for three minutes a day into your eye, even through the eyelid, can significantly improve declining eyesight. This home-based therapy that seeks to reboot the retina’s aging cells with short bursts of longwave light could help millions of people. 

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Gene editing breakthrough could be new hope for treatment of Parkinson’s

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 2, 2020

There is a new ray of hope for over 10 million people who have Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases. Scientists have converted mice brain cells into functioning neurons, which is a breakthrough for the treatment of Parkinson’s, which is largely caused by loss of dopamine-emitting neurons. Scientists have cautioned that success is in a very preliminary stage and will have to be tested in larger animals before it can be applied to humans.

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Amazon pays tribute to frontline workers with $500 million package

Happiness Shot from the USA|July 1, 2020

Amazon is paying tribute to frontline workers who worked at Amazon in the month of June by distributing a ‘Thank You Bonus.’ The bonus will total over $500 million and will be given to workers such as delivery service partners, part-time employees, drivers, and frontline leaders. Amazon is hoping to help these essential workers with this one-time bonus as a reward for their commendable hard work and support.

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6-year-old raises INR 54,000 by painting and donates it to NGO

Happiness Shot from Mumbai|July 1, 2020

Six-year-old Kavir Mody has raised INR 54,000 through his artwork and has donated it to Shrimad Rajchandra Love Care (SRLC). SRLC is an organization that actively participates in COVID-19 relief work by providing supplies to hospitals, supporting frontline workers, and distributing ration to daily wagers. Kavir was inspired by his mother, who made theplas for the underprivileged and the stranded migrants throughout May. The young artist's heartwarming gesture has left netizens in awe.

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Barista receives $90k in tips after enforcing rules to protect customers

Happiness Shot from San Diego|July 1, 2020

Starbucks barista, Lenin Gutierrez, was publicly shamed by a customer after he encouraged the customer to wear a mask as a protective measure in the given circumstances. Matt Cowan decided to show his solidarity with Lenin by setting up a GoFundMe to collect tips for the barista. The campaign, whose original goal was $1,000, ending up raising nearly $80,000. Gutierrez plans to use some of the tips to give back to his community.

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Miner discovers rare large gemstones worth $3.3 million

Happiness Shot from Tanzania|June 30, 2020

Saniniu Laizer discovered the two largest tanzanite gemstones in history and was rewarded a whopping $3.35 million by the government for his incredible discovery. The first gemstone weighed 9.27 kg, and the second weight 5.103kgs. Laizer was featured on TV, where the President called to congratulate him and proudly stated that the discovery was proof that Tanzania is a rich land.

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Teens surprise deputy from Alabama

Happiness Shot from Alabama|June 30, 2020

Lee County Deputy Manuel Stone was surprised by three young ladies when they paid for his lunch and thanked him for his service to the community. The three kind-hearted girls passed a note to the deputy expressing their immense gratitude for keeping the community safe in such uncertain times. Left a little teary-eyed, Stone has saved the note as a souvenir for the tremendous kindness he received.

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Giant rainbow light to illuminate NYC’S West Village

Happiness Shot from New York City|June 30, 2020

NYC’s West Village will be illuminated with an enormous rainbow to celebrate Pride Month. To pay tribute to the LQBTQIA+ Rights Movement, Kind Healthy Snacks has partnered with Ali Forney Center to set up a vibrant light installation that will illuminate the night sky. The tribute will seek to keep the spirit and bravery of the LQBTQIA+ communiHappiness Shot from New York City alive.

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Family explores Virginia with love amid travel restrictions

Happiness Shot from Virginia|June 29, 2020

The Pittenger family decided to start the ‘For the Love’ project to explore their city and discover their state instead of traveling to the usual landmarks during the pandemic. The family has been hitting the road for five weekends and have joyfully visited over 15 of 200 love sign photo ops across Virginia. These “love adventures” are inspiring people to connect more to their cities and explore the beauty of them.

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Mother surprised with envelope of cash

Happiness Shot from Australia|June 29, 2020

Jen Willis was surprised with an envelope filled with cash from the sellers of a second-hand car she recently purchased. Jen, who had been struggling and was “dealing with a lot,” was brought to tears when the envelope fell into her lap from the sun visor. The envelope also had an accompanying note that told her to spoil her family and enjoy time with them amid her struggles.

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Tinder India and electronic artist Ritviz collaborate for India’s first LGBTQIA+ anthem

Happiness Shot from India|June 29, 2020

While the pandemic and lockdown may have disrupted the usual rainbow-colored show of support during the Pride month, Tinder India is all set to celebrate love while safely staging indoors. Tinder India will be releasing India’s first Pride Anthem along with a music video that will be produced by Indian electronic artist Ritviz. The intention is to show solidarity and support for each other through the love anthem.

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KeyArena in Seattle is being renamed to help raise awareness about climate change

Happiness Shot from Seattle|June 28, 2020

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has renamed the KeyArena in Seattle to Climate Pledge Arena to raise awareness of climate change. The arena will be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the entire world and will generate zero waste from operations and events. The arena will act as a reminder of the vital need for climate action to save our planet and will help Amazon’s goal to be completely carbon neutral by 2040.

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NASA is offering $35,000 in prizes to design a toilet that can work on the moon

Happiness Shot from NASA|June 28, 2020

NASA is distributing $35,000 in prizes to people who can design a space toilet. The space agency is aiming to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024 and is hoping to have a fully functioning toilet that can work in ‘zero-g.’ and will conserve water. The mission to send astronauts back will also include sending the first female astronaut to the moon.

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Pediatrician becomes mom after adopting patient and sister

Happiness Shot from Oklahoma|June 28, 2020

Paediatrician Dr.Arveitta Edge adopted 10-year-old D.J. and her younger sister Brianna after meeting her with her foster parents at her office. Edge, who had always hoped to adopt foster children, was contacted by D.J’s foster parents after two years with the hope of uniting Edge with D.J and Brianna. The adoption ceremony took place over zoom, and the trio officially became a family.

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School bus driver gifted $1,000

Happiness Shot from New York|June 27, 2020

Preston Bowman decided to nominate his school bus driver Val in a heartwarming video for the VING project that recognizes less privileged individuals whose income generation has been impacted by the pandemic. Of the many nominations received from the Generation Z, VING decided to award VAL for his kindness and ability to make the students feel cared for. Val was thoroughly surprised when Preston shared a $1,000 cheque with him.

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F1 chairman donates $1 million to increase diversity

Happiness Shot from USA|June 27, 2020

Chase Carey, the chairman of F1, has donated $1 million to create a new foundation that helps increase diversity in the sport. Formula One will be supporting under-represented groups by financing internships and apprenticeships for them. F1 partnered with The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) for this initiative that helps increase inclusivity and diversity to eradicate all kinds of discrimination in the sport.

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NASA names headquarters after first black female engineer

Happiness Shot from Washington D.C|June 27, 2020

NASA has announced that it will be naming the agency’s headquarters after Mary W. Jackson, who was the first African-American female engineer at NASA. Mary overcame barriers of racism to become a professional aerospace engineer and won the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal. Mary, a ‘Hidden Figure’ in NASA’s history, was given this incredible tribute by NASA to honour her outstanding contributions. Her magnificent legacy has lived on to inspire black women in science for decades.

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Elderly couple hugs for the first time in 102 days

Happiness Shot from Barcelona|June 26, 2020

Eighty-one-year-old Agustina Canamero and her 84-year-old husband Pascual Perez were finally able to reunite and hug after 102 days of separation. Agustina’s nursing home had restricted entry of visitors to protect residents from the pandemic. They finally eased restrictions and set up a plastic layer so that families could embrace each other. The couple had never spent so many months apart and emotionally embraced and kissed despite the plastic layer and face masks.

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Neighbors create signs of love and hope

Happiness Shot from Minnesota|June 26, 2020

Two kind-hearted neighbors in Rockford are sending messages of love and hope across their neighborhood using yard signs. Noel Nickel decided to create signs along with his next-door neighbor Melvin Stubblefield to spread messages of unity and support in their community and to ensure that no hate is welcomed. Soon the entire neighborhood started signing Noel and Melvin’s sign in support of uniting and strengthening bonds amid these isolated times.

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9-year-old donates birthday money to food bank

Happiness Shot from Atlanta|June 26, 2020

9-year-old, Rhys Stieglitz, requested his Youtube channel viewers to donate non-perishable items or money increments of $9 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank for his birthday. Rhys was aiming to collect 999 non-perishable products and $999 for the food bank by writing a song to help him achieve this generous act. Rhys’s birthday wishes successfully came true as he collected 1,500 food items and $4,200, along with bringing immense love in his community.

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European town turns town square into beach

Happiness Shot from Lithuania|June 25, 2020

Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, has transformed the town square into a beach. The largest square in Vilnius, Lukiškės Square, is now an ‘Open Beach’ after officials used sand, wooden paths, sun loungers, a lifeguard tower, and changing booths so that residents could still truly experience coastal life despite traveling restrictions. The coastal retreat will play relaxing wave visuals and sea sounds during the day and will play broadcast movies and concerts at night.

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76-year-old man donates blood for the 300th time

Happiness Shot from USA|June 25, 2020

76-year-old Air Force Veteran Robert Ashmore donated blood to the American Red Cross Association for the 300th time. Every eight weeks since 1973, Robert has been heroically donating a pint to save lives and is hoping to make it to 400 pints by the time he is 93-year-old. Robert has been continuing with this heartwarming gesture since he can help up to three people every time he donates and has supported up to 900 strangers.

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5-year-old with double-amputee raises over £1m

Happiness Shot from England|June 25, 2020

Tony Hudgell raised £1,014,348 in donations to support the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which saved his life when he was a baby. Tony needed critical surgery because of severe abuse by his birth parents. Inspired by Captain Tom Moore, he decided to walk 10km a month with his crutches to raise £500 to help babies just like him. As a collateral impact, his walking has severely improved since the challenge.

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Woman launches ‘Adopt-a-Senior’ initiative for local graduates

Happiness Shot from Texas|June 24, 2020

Michelle Wagner-Yeatts decided to honour high school seniors by creating a Facebook page called ‘Adopt A High School Senior Bryan-College Station TX Edition,’ which has amassed 5000+ members in a short time frame. The page promotes virtual celebration of local high school seniors where parents submit photos along with a short story about their graduated children. The community members

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Former CEO of Colors creates happiness quotient tool for companies

Happiness Shot from India|June 24, 2020

House of Cheer, the entertainment company of media industry veteran and former chief executive of Viacom 18, Raj Nayak, has launched a proprietary tool called Happyness.me to measure the happiness quotient of corporate companies and their employees. The tool uses behavioural psychology, neuroscience, and data-analytics, along with expert knowledge to help organisations come up with creative solutions to boost employee morale and empower leaders and employees during a two-year structured program.

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Dubai starts to welcome residency visa holders and will soon allow tourists

Happiness Shot from Dubai|June 24, 2020

Dubai has finally decided to open its doors and welcome residency visa holders and foreign nationals to the city. The famous city will allow residents to return from overseas starting June 23, 2020 and also allow citizens and residents of Dubai to travel overseas from the same day. Dubai will welcome tourists in the city beginning July 7, 2020. The city is taking all the necessary precautions to maintain safety.

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Tortoise returns home after saving his species from extinction

Happiness Shot from Ecuador|June 23, 2020

Diego, a 100-year-old tortoise, who saved his species has finally retired to an uninhabited island. Diego returned to his native island after breeding in captivity for decades to save their species, who were on the brink of extinction. Diego was welcomed home with open arms after he helped boost the population of his species from 14 to over 20,000 by producing around 800 offspring.

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5-year-old drummer leaves internet stunned

Happiness Shot from Los Angeles|June 23, 2020

A 5-year-old child prodigy, Justin Wilson, has impressed the internet after a viral video of him playing an incredible drum solo was released. Justin was seen playing with a band until the band stopped to admire his immense and unbelievable talent. The band members, along with netizens, were left bewildered at the musical genius’s raw talent and spectacular hand-eye coordination.

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Flying cars ready for race

Happiness Shot from South Australia|June 23, 2020

Airspeeder, an international start-up, will be hosting a flying car race before the end of this year. The innovative company has developed cars that use drone technology to move and hover. Engineers are now exploring solutions to create flying cars that can carry passengers. This puts Australia in the spotlight for autonomous vehicle development, positioning it as a world leader in the flying car industry. This impressive innovation is also expected to boost tourism.

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Couple wins million-dollar lottery

Happiness Shot from Perth|June 22, 2020

When a couple picked up Saturday Lotto tickets, they had no idea that they would become millionaires. The couple initially believed that they bagged a $750 Lotto prize but soon realized that they had all the winning numbers and were about to win $1.23 million. The couple is planning to use their winnings to aid vulnerable family members who are in between jobs.

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Dads participate in ballet with daughters

Happiness Shot from Philadelphia|June 22, 2020

In a viral dance video shared by E’Chappe Dance Arts (EDA), a dance studio, dads can be seen joining their daughters for ballet. The ‘dance dads’ joined the ballet session after EDA’S founder noticed them dedicatedly supporting their daughter’s love of dance when they picked them up and helped them get ready for dance recitals. The dads were jovial to be able to spend this meaningful time with their daughters and bond with them.

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Family dogs help find missing toddler with autism

Happiness Shot from Florida|June 22, 2020

3-year-old Marshal Butler was found safe and sound after wandering off from his house and leaving his family in extreme worry and distress. Marshal, who is a non-communicative autistic child, was guarded by his family’s pooches while his neighbours and officers searched for him. The dogs, Buckwheat, and Nala were found with Marshal near a river, keeping him safe and guiding him cautiously.

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UK footballer wins free school meals for students during the summer holidays

Happiness Shot from England|June 21, 2020

Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United striker, has convinced the government of UK to provide free school meals during the summer holidays for 1.3 million children. Rashford, who grew up in a single-parent family, received free school meals and realized that children would go hungry when vouchers were stopped at the end of the term. Rashford wrote an open letter to UK MPs to help the vulnerable children and protect them from a hunger crisis.

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Women quit IBM Jobs to save the planet

Happiness Shot from Bengaluru|June 21, 2020

Shaila Gurudutt and Lakshmi Bheemachar quit their IBM jobs to create EdiblePRO, a sustainable brand that manufactures eco-friendly and edible cutlery. The environmental-friendly brand creates the cutlery from millets, grains, pulses, and spices to make cutlery rich in fiber and protein. The cutlery acts as an exceptional substitute for plastic cutlery, which takes 500 years to decompose and uses ingredients that are 100% natural and verified.

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Father loses 129 pounds so he can run with his twins

Happiness Shot from Kentucky|June 21, 2020

To celebrate Father’s Day, Jacob Kiper wanted to go on an adventurous hike with his family but believed that it would be impossible since he weighed nearly 300 pounds. To give his twins a dad who could match their enthusiastic energy, Kiper lost 129 pounds over two and a half years. Kiper worked relentlessly so he could participate in all 'dad physical activities' and give his children the dad they deserve.

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Dramatic ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse to appear this weekend

Happiness Shot from Around the World|June 20, 2020

This weekend, The Middle East, Africa, Indian, and China are going to witness the annular and magnificent solar eclipse of 2020. This solar eclipse, which will be the shortest and the deepest one of 2020, will also display a glowing circle around the moon for about one minute. The eclipse might also allow an exclusive and rare sighting of the sun’s outer atmosphere, which is usually impossible to see.

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Google uses drones to help book readers stuck at home

Happiness Shot from Virginia|June 20, 2020

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, partnered with middle-school librarian Kelly Passek to use their drone services to deliver library books to students unable to visit the library due to coronavirus restrictions. The school district is the first one allowing over 600 passionate readers to avail of this innovative opportunity to continue reading. Students are allowed to choose from over 150,000 exciting titles. The drone service is also delivering essential supplies such as medicines and food.

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Foster mother helps biological family reunify

Happiness Shot from Florida|June 20, 2020

To commemorate National Reunification Month, July Arango, foster mother of Anastasia, and Anthony decided to work towards the twins’ best interest by uniting them with their biological mother, Maria Jiganu. The twins were sent to live in a foster home with July while Maria successfully battled drug addiction. July opened the doors of her heartwarming home to not only the children but also Maria to make sure that the family remains one.

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Dads adopt 6 siblings who spent years in foster care

Happiness Shot from Pittsburgh|June 19, 2020

Steve Anderson-McLean and Rob Anderson-McLean adopted a group of six brothers and sisters who spent 1640 days in foster care. The dads wanted to make sure that they didn't separate sibling groups and were jovial beyond words to be able to parent the entire family. The emotional adoption ceremony officially allowed the family to finally unite and form priceless emotional bonds filled with love and laughter.

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CEO of Netflix donates $120million to fight racial inequality

Happiness Shot from USA|June 19, 2020

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife Patty Quillin will be donating $120 million to legendary black colleges and universities as a valuable investment to America’s future. The couple is aiming to help more students of colour get quality education and have access to the opportunities they need to be able to achieve their dreams. The couple is hoping to gather more institutions to support the cause and ‘reverse generations of inequity.’

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Teen with terminal cancer marries high school sweetheart

Happiness Shot from Indiana|June 19, 2020

Chase Smith, a high school senior battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, was given 3-5 months to live. To truly make this limited-time memorable and precious, Chase wedded his high school sweetheart, Sadie Mills. In a heartwarming ceremony with the presence of their supportive family who put together the celebration in four days, the couple united. Local shops donated their services to give the sweethearts the most memorable and romantic ceremony possible.

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Thai entrepreneur recruits chefs to help the vulnerable

Happiness Shot from Thailand|June 18, 2020

When Natalie Bin Narkprasert was stranded in Thailand due to the lockdown, she decided to help the vulnerable. Natalie recruited a network of volunteers, which included Michelin-starred chefs to create care packages and freshly cooked food. The group, ‘COVID Thailand Aid’ has also donated essential items such as clothing, sanitizers, and masks and has helped over 30,000 people in over 100 locations amid these challenging and grim times.

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App helps transgender people track their journey through gender transition

Happiness Shot from Around the World|June 18, 2020

Entrepreneurs Robbi Katherine Anthony and Patrick McHugh have launched a phenomenal free app called Solace. This app guides people through the gender transition process using three categories: medical, legal, and lifestyle advice. The app aids people with issues such as the process of coming out and provides support for them. It also has a creative roadmap and progress bar to track their journey and cheer them as they experience this life-changing journey.

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5-year-old living with cerebellar atrophy takes his first independent steps

Happiness Shot from Atlanta|June 18, 2020

5-year-old Camden took his first independent steps across his living room while battling cerebellar atrophy, a brain condition that affects his ability to move. Camden’s mother, Mandy Hanson, was filled with joy and pride as she watched her courageous son achieve a milestone with great determination. Despite being physically-handicapped, Camden can do horseback-riding with the help of intensive robotics therapy and his unwavering dedication.

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Dads celebrate Pride Month with children

Happiness Shot from Seattle|June 17, 2020

Ricky Shankar and Nic Marcheso decided to commemorate Pride Month despite celebrations cancelling across the USA due to the pandemic. The dads paraded around their neighbourhood with their kids in a wagon decorated with LGBTQ+ symbols and colourful accessories. Neighbours cheered for the family and supported them as true allies. The couple also educated their children about important concepts such as racism and political issues and encouraged them to always speak their truth.

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New moms receive surprise ‘baby boxes’

Happiness Shot from London|June 17, 2020

PramDepot, a charity in London, has been supplying ‘baby boxes’ to pregnant women and new mothers. These boxes are filled with essentials for parents such as sterilisers, baby clothes, hygiene products for mothers, and more. The benevolent charity is funded by The National Lottery and recruits volunteers to deliver the boxes. From mothers in prison to abandoned pregnant women, the baby boxes are acting as a ray of hope and support for women across London.

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Barbra Streisand purchases Disney shares for Gianna Floyd

Happiness Shot from Minneapolis|June 17, 2020

Actor and singer Barbra Streisand gifted Gianna Floyd shares of Disney on behalf of her deceased father, George Floyd. The 6-year-old is the youngest child of George and is now officially a Disney stockholder. Gianna, who has been through a rollercoaster of emotions after the killing of her father, displayed gratitude towards Barbra and many other sororities and celebrities, who have come forward to secure her future and help her family with their hardships.

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Post office transforms into landmark

Happiness Shot from Queensland|June 16, 2020

Town Postie Glenn Paterson from Wyandra decided to transform his isolated town into a magnificent landmark for travelers. Glenn commemorated this innovative idea by purchasing the local Post Office. Glenn also set up a nostalgic picture theatre playing classic black and white movies. Glenn then dedicatedly built the first shops in the town and transformed the deserted town into a tourist facility offering serene and tranquil vibes from a bygone era with antique items.

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8th graders donate funds from class trip

Happiness Shot from New Mexico|June 16, 2020

Eighth-grade students of Santa Fe Waldorf decided to donate the $2800 they raised to Navajo Nation, a highly infected area when their annual class trip was canceled. Students used the funds to supply sanitary products, non-perishable food, thermometers, water, masks, and more essentials to help the vulnerable stay safe. Jess Falkenhagen, a parent of a student, decided

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Man spends INR 20,000 per month to help stray animals

Happiness Shot from Kerala|June 16, 2020

Pradeep Payyoor has transformed his home into a heartwarming animal shelter to aid stray dogs since 2001. Pradeep has also partnered with People For Animal Welfare Services to save struggling animals and has purchased a mini-taxi to transport the injured animals in special cages. In 20 years, he has rescued over 1000 animals and is currently sheltering 43 pets at home. He considers his adorable pets a non-negotiable part of his gratifying small family.

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Beggar donates INR. 800,000 to a temple

Happiness Shot from Andhra Pradesh|June 15, 2020

Yadi Reddy, who has been seeking alms near Sai Baba temple for years, has donated nearly INR 8 lakhs to the temple to encourage developmental activities. Yadi worked as a rickshaw puller for 30 years until he fell sick and started begging. During this time, he devotedly prayed for his recovery and vowed to donate Rs 100,000 after his recovery. The temple management was left astonished with his generous donation.

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New York invites people to experience the captivating state virtually

Happiness Shot from New York|June 15, 2020

New York is inviting travel-enthusiasts around the world to virtually experience the beauty of the state to boost tourism nationwide. The innovative campaign ‘I Love New York’ aims to share the rich culture and diverse landmarks of the great state in a four-part series, which will be hosted by New Yorkers starting June 16. Travelers can cook the iconic New York cheesecake and view their inner child at Rochester’s The Strong Museum of Play.

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90-year-old couple reunited after wife recovers from corona

Happiness Shot from Indianapolis|June 15, 2020

Joyce and Don Hoffman finally reunited after being separated for a month due to Joyce suffering from coronavirus. This was the longest the lovely couple has been apart during a 67-year marriage. After Joyce recovered from the minor symptoms, her assisted living staff gathered to celebrate her ‘graduation’ by surprising Don, who was unaware that he’d finally reunite with his loving wife. The couple lovingly held hands after an emotional and heartfelt embrace.

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American hero surprised for birthday

Happiness Shot from Austin|June 14, 2020

97-year-old World War II veteran, Ernie Reiver received a heartwarming surprise for his birthday. His family requested a few people to send birthday wishes since Ernie loves receiving mail. Instead, thousands of wholesome cards poured from across the world with heartfelt wishes to shower Ernie with love. He also received cookies, cakes, memorandums, and a heart-rendering quilt. Ernie plans to reply to all the thoughtful messages while hoping to celebrate every day to 120!

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Supermarket chain adopts penguins to save zoo

Happiness Shot from England|June 14, 2020

In a bid to save the beloved Chester Zoo from shutting down indefinitely, supermarket chain Iceland stepped in to adopt the zoo’s penguins. Chester Zoo which is home to over 35,000 critically endangered animals, earlier reached out to the public with a scheme to adopt their lovable animals. Fitting to their brand, Iceland supermarket adopted the adorable clan of Humboldt Penguins just after the Chester community united to raise over £2.3m to help the zoo.

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Female auto-driver drives 100km at night to help COVID-19 survivor

Happiness Shot from Manipur|June 14, 2020

Smt Laibi Oinam drove 100kms in her autorickshaw to drop a recovered COVID-19 patient from Imphal to Kamjog after he was discharged. She drove for 8 hours despite fog and rough terrain after ambulance services refused to drop the man who courageously fought coronavirus. Manipur’s Chief Minister was also left amazed with this generous act, and awarded Miss Oinam Rs.110,000.

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Hinge pays tribute to LGBTQ+ Community for Pride month

Happiness Shot from Around the World|June 13, 2020

Popular dating app, Hinge, is aiming to pay tribute to the LGBTQ+ Community by partnering with SAGE, the largest organization helping older LGBTQ+ citizens. Since LGBTQ+ elders are more likely to face isolation and discrimination, Hinge is donating $1 to SAGE for every digital date that takes place until June 30. Hinge has also donated $15,000 to commence the start of pride month to help the elderly remain strong, especially amid these grim times.

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Photographer couple turns black girls into Disney princesses

Happiness Shot from Atlanta|June 13, 2020

CreativeSoul, a photography studio, partnered with LaChanda Gatson to create a magnificent photo series of Disney princesses with young black girls as their muse. The project is aiming to redefine traditional princesses and add more culture and heritage to them. The thoughtful project is inspiring young black girls to see themselves as majestic princesses and be proud of their colour despite the lack of representation of black princesses in Disney movies.

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Mom celebrates son coming out of the closet with photoshoot

Happiness Shot from Louisville|June 13, 2020

Heather Green threw an ‘it’s a boy’ themed photoshoot for her son’s 20th birthday to honour him coming out as a transgender person. The celebration pictures have captured over 23,000 hearts across the world, which has led to Adrian making supportive friends. When Adrian first told his parents, Heather was taken by surprise. However, she made sure that she was supportive all the way and applauded Adrian's unwavering courage.

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Polite 2-year-old becomes a social media sensation

Happiness Shot from Washington|June 12, 2020

2-year-old Grey Meeker’s heartwarming responses to his mom, offering him food, are receiving immense love on TikTok. Linda Meeker recently shared a compilation of Grey politely saying, ‘thank you, mama’ each time he accepts a meal from her. The wholesome footage has enamored netizens across the world who have been admiring Grey's profound kindness and affection despite him being only a toddler.

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Teacher does wedding photoshoot with students

Happiness Shot from Arkansas|June 12, 2020

Kelsey Smith decided to do her ‘first look’ photoshoot with her kindergarten students after planning a wedding dress reveal for them. Photographer Angi Gibbons captured priceless reactions when the children saw Kelsey in her magnificent dress. The children saw the dress before the groom and Kelsey’s father. They also designed a beautiful hand-painted dress for Kelsey, along with hosting a bridal shower. Kelsey heartwarmingly arranged a special table honouring her students at her wedding.

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Animal lover donates full wealth to two elephants

Happiness Shot from Bihar|June 12, 2020

Mohammad Akhtar has bequeathed his land to his elephants, Moti and Rani, aged 20 and 15 years. The elephants came to Akhtar as family heritage but have become important members of his family. Moti even saved his life from a gunman at one point. Akhtar has donated his 6.25-acre land to the two beloved elephants, to make sure that the animals are well-fed and healthy in the event of Akhtar’s demise.

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Service dog helps veteran with hearing loss

Happiness Shot from Brunswick|June 11, 2020

A trained hearing service dog, Aura, has been guiding Gretchen, who lost her hearing in the 2006 rocket attack in Afghanistan. Aura is also the top dog in the Hero Dog Awards Broadcast and is one of the top 21 semi-finalists of American Humane Hero Dog Awards 2020. The award is one of the most honorable awards presented to furry friends for their dedicated hard work in supporting their human friends.

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Scientists discover doughnut-shaped galaxy

Happiness Shot from Australia|June 11, 2020

Australian scientists have discovered a galaxy similar to the Milky Way, which looks like a ‘cosmic ring of fire’ or a doughnut. The galaxy, which is called R5519 is 11 billion light-years away from our solar system and is making stars 50 times faster than the Milky Way. Scientists and researches have been left astonished with the discovery of this fascinating galaxy.

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Start-up saves over 55,000 liters of water and tonne of wood every day

Happiness Shot from Coorg|June 11, 2020

Entrepreneur Kavya Madappa wanted to change the paper production process to conserve our environment, which led to the creation of ‘Bluecat Paper.’ Bluecat Paper uses secondary agro and industrial waste such as cotton rags, banana stumps, and feces to produce eco-friendly paper. Bluecat Paper collects secondary waste from farmers and factories and pays stakeholders to create tree-free and environmentally-conscious paper.

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Taiwan becomes home to World’s First Urban Quiet Park

Happiness Shot from Taiwan|June 10, 2020

Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei has officially become the world’s first urban quiet park. An urban quiet park is a space in or close to a city that allows visitors to experience silence, stillness, and abundance of nature. The park entry is free and has stunning features such as hot springs, lush forests, mountains, and various varieties of exotic birds and butterfly species. The peaceful space allows visitors to experience extreme relaxation and serendipity.

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Elderly coolie helps migrants for free

Happiness Shot from India|June 10, 2020

80-year-old Muhjibullah, working at Lucknow Railway Station, has been helping migrants by carrying their luggage free of charge. Not only has Mujibullah been working for over 8 hours daily carrying 50kgs of weight, but he has also been providing food and water to passengers on the trains, believing that it is his duty. The heartwarming gesture has inspired netizens in India to step up and help those in need.

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Japan Rail Pass offers virtual dream job

Happiness Shot from Japan|June 10, 2020

Japan Rail Pass is offering a virtual job to enthusiastic travel-lovers to become the ‘world’s first virtual travel tester.’ This exciting job will pay £200 to the traveler, who will also get the chance to explore Japan’s legendary locations such as Mount Fuji and Hitachi Seaside Park. Travel enthusiasts can apply by July 20 to gain the chance to explore

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Barack and Michelle Obama pay tribute to class of 2020

Happiness Shot from Around the World|June 9, 2020

Former President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama sent a heartwarming message to celebrate YouTube’s ‘Dear Class Of 2020’ virtual graduation. The Obamas bought shared insightful advice to the newly passed out seniors who are battling unprecedented obstacles created by the pandemic. They reminded them to celebrate completing a significant journey successfully and wished them all the luck and happiness for their future battles and endeavours.

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75 neighbours walk with black man to make him feel safe and included

Happiness Shot from Nashville|June 9, 2020

Shawn Dromgoole had always felt unwelcome in his hometown due to minimal black people in his community. However, after the killing of George Floyd, Shawn encountered even more hostility while taking a simple walk. Dromgoole took to Facebook to share his thoughts on being looked at suspiciously even while simply walking. Soon neighbours united and decided to walk with him as a mark of solidarity and to remind him that he would never be alone.

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2 German orchestras perform one-on-one concerts

Happiness Shot from Germany|June 9, 2020

German orchestras have decided to continue celebrating musical joy despite the despair following the pandemic. 2 such bands are giving one-on-one personal performances and truly revolutionizing personal experiences with soulful and melodious tunes. With 10-minute slots in over 25 cities, orchestras have been performing for free to help citizens relax and unwind and, in turn, only ask for donations to help vulnerable freelance musicians.

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Minneapolis firefighters bond with baby in the NICU

Happiness Shot from Minneapolis|June 8, 2020

As Brandon Loftus watched civil unrest saturate in Minneapolis, he felt compelled to help. He purchased water cases and distributed it to firefighting crews around the neighborhood who had been working non-stop. Loftus, who is also a firefighter in his hometown, had been living at a hotel while their son was in NICU fighting pneumonia on a ventilator. To express their gratitude, Minneapolis firefighters united to cover the family’s lodging and parking expenses.

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Rare hawksbill sea turtle lays eggs on Thai Beach

Happiness Shot from Koh Samui|June 8, 2020

A 30-year-old rare and critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has unexpectedly emerged from the sea to lay 80 eggs on a Thai Beach, minutes before the start of World Environment Day. Thailand recorded the largest number of nests of rare turtles in two decades, all of which were found on empty beaches. This revolutionary change is proving that as the pandemic takes over the world, the wildlife is thriving and reviving.

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Man battles depression with ‘Happiness’ sign

Happiness Shot from Florida|June 8, 2020

Gary King is on a mission to spread joy in his entire hometown. Since February, Gary has been hanging ‘Happiness’ signboards on trees and telephone poles in his city. This week he celebrated putting up the 100th ‘Happiness’ signboard to continue spreading the message of hope amid these challenging times. Having been through PTSD after his son’s loss, this thoughtful gesture is helping him deal with his anxiety and depression, along with uplifting others.

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Sydney man bonds with his whole street

Happiness Shot from Sydney|June 7, 2020

Jack Begbie was a stranger to all his neighbours for months until the pandemic struck, and lockdowns became the norm. To ensure that no one on the street lives in isolation, Jack reached out to his community with letters of support and compassion. 320 houses united to support Jack’s heartwarming initiative. This led to the creation of a Facebook group where they not only check up on each other but host game nights too!

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New Zealand to offer sanitary products free of cost in schools

Happiness Shot from New Zealand|June 7, 2020

The New Zealand Government has decided to provide free sanitary products in all schools across the country to help fight period poverty. This charitable and thoughtful initiative will help over 95,000 vulnerable girls who are unable to afford or access quality and safe menstrual hygiene products. NZ$2.6million will be invested for this magnanimous initiative which will change the lives and safeguard the health of girls across the country by 2021.

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Parents and community give a unique send off to a retiring teacher

Happiness Shot from Houston|June 7, 2020

Tracy Hilton, who worked at Poe Elementary for 20 years, decided to celebrate her retirement in her signature, thoughtful way. She asked parents and faculty members to support her student’s family, who had to undergo extensive medical treatments ensuing a severe black mold infestation. Poe Elementary united to help the family through their financial hardship and commemorated Mrs. Hilton's hard work and compassion in a way befitting the kind and empathetic teacher.

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7-year-old’s tribute to sister helps kids worldwide

Happiness Shot from Illinois|June 6, 2020

Tyler Cepkauskas, created a heartwarming hospital gown for his younger sister to help her battle heart surgery with a smile. The gown contained wholesome words such as brave, courage, and survivor to remind Emily of her strength and her brother’s constant support. His thoughtful design won the Starlight Children’s Foundation contest. The gown will now be worn by children across the world.

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Disney pledges $5 million to help nonprofits supporting social equality

Happiness Shot from Around the World|June 6, 2020

The Walt Disney Company has pledged to help nonprofit organizations that advance social equality and justice by pledging to donate $5 million. It has already kick-started this generous and impactful gesture by donating $2 million to NAACP, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, to support racial equality. Disney has also initiated an Employee Matching Gifts program in which employees can select organizations while Disney matches the gifts.

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The Museum of Youth Culture wants to preserve your favourite memories

Happiness Shot from London|June 6, 2020

The Museum of Youth Culture is calling citizens across the world to share fond memories from their youth in forms of photographs, objects, and artifacts. The museum is hoping that the walk down the memory lane can be shared with them so they can add it to their nostalgic and extraordinary collections. The museum is also sharing downloadable worksheets, colouring pages, and activity ideas to help with boredom.

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Scientists create revolutionary mini-livers

Happiness Shot from Pittsburgh|June 5, 2020

Scientists have designed completely functional mini-livers from human skin cells, which can be successfully transplanted in rats. This revolutionary study and advanced technology are potentially creating an organ donor free future and making breakthroughs across the world. This study especially helps those looking for liver transplants since shortages are devastatingly experienced and can prove to be immensely expensive. The technology can provide a fully functional and cost- effective solution for suffering patients.

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25 students surprised by Harvard University

Happiness Shot from USA|June 5, 2020

The Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project usually hosts grand surprise ceremonies for the 25 students accepted into the elite program each year. This year, owing to the social distancing norms, Coach Brandon Fleming of the Debate Team drove to all 25 student's homes during a three-day road trip and surprised them at their doorsteps. With a blast of confetti, he revealed that they were accepted at the prestigious and life-changing program.

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Scots toddler gifted a doll with prosthetic leg

Happiness Shot from Scotland|June 5, 2020

Three-year-old Carys Vaughan, who has been fitted for a prosthetic, was heartwarmingly gifted a barbie doll with a prosthetic leg for her birthday. The toddler who was born with a deformity excitedly said, “Just like me,” after she unwrapped the gift. The gift has inspired Ruth to achieve great heights as she flies around the barbie like a superhero, not allowing her disability hold her back.

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AirAsia India pays tribute to frontline workers

Happiness Shot from India|June 4, 2020

AirAsia India has announced that it is offering 50,000 seats without charging base fares to frontline workers who are working hard and fighting the pandemic determinedly. Doctors and all other frontline workers are being rewarded in the RedPass initiative. The generous initiative also honours them with special privileges such as priority boarding as a mark of gratitude and respect for their relentless dedication and hard work to keep the nations safe while compromising their safety.

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Scientists discover the cleanest air on Earth

Happiness Shot from Antarctica|June 4, 2020

Scientists have located the cleanest air on Earth over the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. The pure air is free from all harmful particles such as aerosol particles and is therefore unchanged by human activity. This advanced discovery was made possible by using bacteria in the air to help locate the properties of the safe atmosphere. Antarctica is now the only place isolated from harmful activities such as the burning of fossil fuel and air pollution.

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MIT elects first black woman as student body president

Happiness Shot from Massachusetts|June 4, 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has elected Danielle Geathers as their first black female student body president in the school’s 159-year history. Danielle is hoping to make MIT a more welcoming and inclusive place with her leadership and dedication. She has also previously been UA’s diversity officer and is hoping to inspire MIT to explore and embrace more of its diversity and culture.

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Delivery man distributes food from a cancelled order to homeless men

Happiness Shot from Malaysia|June 3, 2020

A FoodPanda rider recently surprised homeless men sleeping outside a bank with KFC meals after a customer abruptly canceled his order. The driver decided to spread some kindness towards the vulnerable instead of wasting the meals, which left the homeless men elated and grateful. Malaysians have applauded the heartwarming and empathetic gesture, especially amid these challenging times when economic hardships continue to surge.

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Sea turtles put up a brave fight against extinction

Happiness Shot from Tunisia|June 3, 2020

Fighting fishing gear, warmer seas and plastic, brave sea turtles are continuing to make a comeback to beaches to build their nests. The sea turtles who are threatened with extinction are also keystone species, making them vital in the marine environment. An increasing number of turtles are being taken to the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, leading to the island of Kuriat experiencing an increase from 11 nests to more than 40 nests.

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‘Noodle Man’ spreads laughter with social-distancing costume

Happiness Shot from Canada|June 3, 2020

Brett William has turned into a hilarious and uplifting ‘Noodle Man’ as he runs around the streets in a costume with pool noodles to ensure physical distancing. A child counselor by profession, he decided to pursue this exceptional and unusual idea to bring some humor in the lives of Canadian people. He hopes it also serves as a reminder to people to continue to stay safe even as lockdown restrictions start relaxing.

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Bihar Muslims share food with Mizos in a heartwarming video

Happiness Shot from Bihar|June 2, 2020

Mizos traveling by Shramik train from Delhi to Mizoram were in for a generous surprise when their train took a halt in Bihar. When the Muslim villagers in Bihar realized that Mizos weren’t given any food and water on the long train ride, they brought abundant food packets and distributed them during the halt. Netizens across India, including the Chief Minister of Mizoram, have applauded and immensely praised the unity and humanity of the villagers.

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Facebook page helps thousands by going the whole nine yards

Happiness Shot from South Africa|June 2, 2020

A Facebook page called ‘One Small Act of Kindness’ has been generously helping citizens in need in every way possible. Founded by benevolent and caring Kelly-Ann, the page has gathered hundreds of volunteers helping the vulnerable since 2016 and even more dedicatedly during the lockdown. Volunteers have delivered over 5,000 food parcels, and continue to help citizens with mental health struggles and loneliness and even provide temporary houses for the homeless.

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Gear up for a spectacular Strawberry Moon Eclipse this week

Happiness Shot from North America|June 2, 2020

Along with the full moon and lunar eclipse this month, North Americans will be able to witness the Strawberry Moon at moonrise and moonset on June 5. The incredible Strawberry Moon acts as a signal for farmers to gather their fruits, which is also how it derives its unique name. The Strawberry Moon marks the start to 2020's magnificent eclipse season, where eclipses will awe us with their mesmerizing beauty in twins and triplets.

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Dads adopt 5-month-old over Zoom

Happiness Shot from Florida|June 1, 2020

Anthony Lach and Chris More formally adopted adorable Parker Terence Lachmore over Zoom after meeting him in the NICU for the first time. The couple and their families from across the states came together to adopt Parker and officially add him to their heartwarming family after he battled critical medical difficulties. Anthony and Chirs were also surprised with a wonderful and heart-rendering parade with 48 cars after their original grand adoption ceremony plans were canceled.

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SpaceX and NASA create history with Falcon 9

Happiness Shot from Florida|June 1, 2020

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley from NASA are officially on the way to the International Space Station in the Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s SpaceX. This legendary event marks the first launch from an American crew from the US in 9 years. Falcon 9 safely and successfully returned to Earth while astronauts are now in the Crew Dragon spacecraft heading to the International Space Station, where they will stay for four months.

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99-year-old prepares food packets for migrant workers

Happiness Shot from Mumbai|June 1, 2020

A 99-year-old woman has gone viral on social media for all the right reasons. The kind-hearted senior has been preparing food packets for migrants in the city. In the trending video shared by her nephew, ‘Phuppi’ can be seen packing rotis with curry in aluminum foil. Netizens across the world have been left impressed and in awe of Phuppi's tremendous generosity, kindness, and hard work, to make sure migrants aren't left hungry.

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Marriott organizes virtual dance parties worldwide

Happiness Shot from Around the World|May 31, 2020

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless has partnered with Daybreaker Live, a morning dance community, to bring free virtual themed dance parties to your doorstep. The program called, ‘Saturday Staycations’ brings global travel-themed dance parties to help dance and travel lovers explore new cultures and dances from the comfort of their own homes. The dance parties take place in exciting locations such as Mumbai, Hawaii, and Miami and their authentic regional dances along with famous DJs.

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Teacher’s willpower turns ‘All Fail’ school to an IAAS Alma Mater

Happiness Shot from Kerala|May 31, 2020

Government Higher Secondary School was contemplating a shut-down after the school’s pass percentile dropped to 20, and students dropped out. V Radhakrishnan, a hardworking history professor in the school, decided to create a reformation program with other teachers to help existing students succeed. Moreover, he raised awareness about the importance of education and helped students after-school dedicatedly. The school’s pass percentage jumped to 80 and is now an alma mater to excellent IAAS officers.

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Elderly man meets hero who saved him from drowning 70 years ago

Happiness Shot from Newcastle|May 31, 2020

After 70 years, Ken Beeton reunited with Ken Gibson, his lifesaver from when he was a toddler. 18- months-old Beeton, fell into a river when 9-year-old Ken Gibson heroically saved him by pulling him out. However, after the unforgettable day, Beeton was unable to contact Gibson and express his immense gratitude. After an extensive search, the pair reunited in Newcastle where Beeton truly thanked him and showered him with heart-felt gratitude for saving his life.

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Marriage equality is finally official in Costa Rica

Happiness Shot from Costa Rica|May 30, 2020

Costa Rica has officially become the first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriage. Celebrations have spurred across the country with overjoyed lovebirds getting married overnight. The decision to support equality and liberty has come due to the relentless fight put up by same-sex couples since 2016. LGBTQ advocacy organizations and Human Rights Campaigns have also rejoiced in the celebrations after the historic and empowering victory.

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Scientists confirm the existence of Earth-sized planet

Happiness Shot from Switzerland|May 30, 2020

An international team of researchers has finally confirmed the magnificent presence of planet Proxima b, which holds close resemblance to Earth. It orbits Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Solar System. The Earth-like planet, which was discovered in 2016, receives the same amount of energy from the Sun as Earth. This has created extreme excitement among astronomers about the possibility of alien or extraterrestrial life on the interesting planet.

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7-year-old celebrates prom for babysitter

Happiness Shot from North Carolina|May 30, 2020

When 7-year old Cutis Rogers discovered that his babysitter, Rachel Chapman’s prom had been canceled, he planned an unforgettable surprise for the 17-year-old. He put together a mini-prom celebration with an adorable menu for dinner, complete with music and dancing in his backyard to ensure that Rachel has a great time. The Curtis family, who treats Rachel like a family member, wanted to give her a memorable evening with fond memories of a prom!

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Vikas Khanna partners with Sonu Sood to help migrants

Happiness Shot from India|May 29, 2020

Celebrity Sonu Sood recently organized transportation to help migrants reach their native place safely. He is now joined by Chef Vikas Khanna, who is ensuring that the migrants are well-fed on their long and tiring journeys back home. The duo will be providing over 7 million meals across India with the help of the Indian National Disaster Response Force. The pair is inspiring millions to help the vulnerable stay safe amid these challenging times.

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First baby koala born since wildfire devastation

Happiness Shot from Sydney|May 29, 2020

Australian Reptile Park is celebrating the birth of the first baby koala since the tragic Australian bushfires, which left koalas harshly injured. The beautiful baby koala has been named Ash and is becoming a powerful symbol of Australia’s magnificent wildlife. Ash’s birth has strengthened the hope for recovery and provided much-needed optimism towards the future of koalas, who are on the brink of extinction.

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Young mother surprised with a kind note and $5 bill

Happiness Shot from Brisbane|May 29, 2020

Tillz Siofele was surprised to find a $5 bill along with a heartwarming note in her tin of baby formula. The note which said, ‘Enjoy this little something. Happy wealth Wednesday,’ was later revealed to be sent by kind-hearted Susanna Lucy, who is working with mothers across Australia to leave anonymous gifts for parents. Tillz hopes to pay the kindness forward and give the $5 to someone who would benefit considerably from the compassionate gesture.

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Fruit seller becomes unsung hero in the PIA plane crash rescue operation

Happiness Shot from Pakistan|May 28, 2020

Following a tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of 99 people, Khalid Hussain, a daily wage fruit seller, has been assisting rescue teams at the crash location. Fighting scorching heat and pollution, this unsung hero has been purchasing chilled water with his money and distributing it free of cost to the rescue teams, police officers, journalists, and law enforcement agencies for 3 days. His selfless gesture has been lauded by millions across the world.

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13-year-old earns 4th college degree

Happiness Shot from California|May 28, 2020

Jack Rico, a 13-year-old teen, earned his 4th college degree from Fullerton College, making him the youngest person to ever graduate from the school since its establishment in 1913! Not your average child, he visited the White House for his 4th birthday and has earned a full scholarship to join the University of Nevada. Along with being an academic genius, he is an incredible brother to his autistic sister, which makes his mom prouder.

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J.K Rowling releases new online book as a surprise

Happiness Shot from Around the World|May 28, 2020

The beloved author of Harry Potter, J.K.Rowling, surprised young fans all over the world with the online release of her new kids-book ‘The Ikabog’. In a bid to offer reprieve to Muggles who are still under lockdown, the author is set to release one chapter everyday over the next few weeks for absolutely no cost. She has also invited illustrations from young fans for a chance to feature in the forthcoming printed version.

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Dog siblings embrace at their unexpected reunion

Happiness Shot from England|May 27, 2020

Two adorable miniature poodle dogs, one white and one black, were on a routine walk when they noticed each other. They immediately hugged each other in a human-like encounter, which left their owners surprised. As the owners talked, they realized that both dogs were siblings from the same litter. The grand show of affection at this unexpected reunion has been winning hearts worldwide.

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Citizens help farmer sell 95 tonnes of his produce

Happiness Shot from Tamil Nadu|May 27, 2020

Kannaiyan Subramanian, a humble farmer from Tamil Nadu, took to twitter to save 92 tonnes of his cabbage crop from rotting to waste. His tweet went viral and gathered a massive group of supporters who purchased more than 42 tonnes of his harvest. To help the people who are starving in the current circumstances, he additionally donated 12 tonnes of the crop to needy and tribal communities with the help of NGOs.

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Community celebrates first birthday of a boy who lost his parents in El Paso shooting

Happiness Shot from Texas|May 27, 2020

Hundreds of Texas residents united to celebrate the first birthday of Paul Anchondo, a survivor of the tragic El Paso shooting. Paul was a 2-month old baby when both his parents died while shielding him from the gunshots. The residents performed a drive-by parade to show their support and love for Paul. The baby has become a “symbol of goodness" and a force that brought the citizens closer in the face of adversity.

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Organization helps locals connect with financial donors

Happiness Shot from Florida|May 26, 2020

Kind-hearted Shelly Tygielski has created a mutual-aid organization called ‘Pandemic of Love’. This organization helps the local community offer and receive financial aid by connecting donors with people in need of financial support. The organization has collected $13 million and connected over 100,000 donors with residents who require monetary help. They are now extending help to people across cities and spreading hope, positivity, and love amid these difficult times.

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Woman reunites with ‘knight in shining armour’ after 50 years

Happiness Shot from Sydney|May 26, 2020

Sandra tuned in to ABC evening to narrate the story of her crush from more than 50 years ago. When she was pushed on the school playground, Wayne told off the bully and rescued her, creating a lasting impression on Sandra. The TV show host requested Wayne to call if he was listening so Sandra could thank him for his kindness. Wayne called, and eventually, they met at the same playground for a lovely reunion.

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Sikh community sets example of communal harmony for Eid

Happiness Shot from New Delhi|May 26, 2020

The Sikh Community from New Delhi has sanitized the legendary Jama Masjid ahead of Eid celebrations. The generous volunteers who were a part of a humanitarian non-profit called 'United Sikhs' wanted to protect the caretakers and visitors of the monument despite Jama Masjid being closed for congregational prayers. This heart-warming gesture, which reflects remarkable unity and communal harmony, has captured the hearts of citizens worldwide.

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Dad creates awesome YouTube channel to help netizens

Happiness Shot from Texas|May 25, 2020

Rob Kenney, an amazing dad, started a YouTube channel called ‘Dad, How Do I?’ to help netizens with tutorials on how to fix routine things like unclogging a drain or getting a clean shave. Having experienced a fractured childhood where his father was disinterested and unavailable, Rob’s life focus has been on raising good adults. This channel is his way of sharing practical content and being a supportive father figure whom netizens can rely on.

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African countries unite to create a unique ‘Great Green Wall’

Happiness Shot from Africa|May 25, 2020

Twenty-one African countries have joined forces to help stop the Sahara Desert from encroaching towards the south by planting a 4750-mile-long wall of trees. The massive ‘Great Green Wall’ mission will be spread across seas and will be a boon environmentally. It is projected to withdraw 250 million tons of harmful carbon, create acres of farming land, generate employment, and decrease mass migration and disruption of fertile fields.

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Dolphins bring gifts from the sea for their human friends

Happiness Shot from Queensland|May 25, 2020

Dolphins at Barnacles Cafe & Dolphin Feeding have been missing the interaction and attention from their human friends as tourist visits have been stopped due to the pandemic. The adorable dolphins have found a unique way to show their appreciation for the volunteers who continue to feed them. They have been bringing gifts from the sea, like corals and seashells, on their beaks, which are presented to their human friends in exchange for fish.

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Husband recreates magical date nights outside wife’s hospital window

Happiness Shot from Chicago|May 24, 2020

Shona, who is 28-weeks pregnant, has been on bed rest for six weeks in a hospital where her husband, Colin, is not allowed to visit due to strict COVID-19 restrictions. Colin arranges a table with flowers, candles, posters, and take-out food from their favourite restaurant, four floors down outside the wife’s window to enjoy a weekly

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Chimpanzee and carer reunited after 40 years

Happiness Shot from New Zealand|May 24, 2020

Jessie, a 41-year-old chimpanzee, instantly recognised her carer from 40 years ago when she showed up in front of her enclosure in Wellington Zoo. The carer who raised Jessie when she was an infant was delighted when Jessie extended her hand to touch her through the glass. This emotional moment was captured on camera and has been winning the hearts of netizens since. This episode also reiterates that chimpanzees are highly intelligent animals.

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Gas attendant helps celebrity mother unknowingly

Happiness Shot from Canada|May 24, 2020

An attendant at Costco gas station, Les Thompson, noticed a woman who couldn’t pay for the gas due to a dysfunctional credit card. He immediately offered to pay out of his own pocket on a condition that she ‘pay it forward’. Little did he know that the woman was mother to Castle star, Nathon Fillion. Fillion took to Instagram to thank Les for his kindness and stated that it restored his “faith in humanity”.

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Abu Dhabi supports over 8,000 private school students by paying tuition fees

Happiness Shot from Abu Dhabi|May 23, 2020

Nearly 8000 students from private schools in Abu Dhabi will have their tuition fees wholly or partially paid until the end of the current term, thanks to the ‘Together We Are Good’ program by the Authority of Social Contribution (Ma’an). This education support program launched in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education & Knowledge aims to extend financial support to families who have been hit due to pandemic-induced pay cuts or job losses.

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Village takes in three kids while parents work as essential workers

Happiness Shot from Florida|May 23, 2020

When Jose and Christina Martinez were called to work on the frontlines in different cities away from their three children, they didn’t know who would take care of their little soldiers. To their surprise, their neighbours, two grandmothers, friends, teachers, and the entire community united to take care of the Martinez kids. Even though the kids miss their parents, they are inspired to follow in their footsteps and hope to serve the country someday.

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Google Maps can now show wheelchair-accessible locations

Happiness Shot from Around the World|May 23, 2020

On the occasion of Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2020, Google announced an incredibly inclusive update that enables users to find wheelchair-accessible locations easily. The application has added a highlighted wheelchair icon for businesses and locations which have wheelchair-accessible entrances. The accessibility information is available for 15 million locations around the world, with the feature being rolled out in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with more countries on the way.

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Cop turns personal trainer during lunch break

Happiness Shot from Delaware|May 22, 2020

While officer Joshua Morris was on duty, he noticed Hector Santiago, a 14-year-old teenager, who was upset for not being able to work out with his friends during the lockdown. During his lunch break, the officer created an obstacle course and placed fitness equipment on the street to create an intense workout for Hector. Full of enthusiasm and motivation, officer Joshua made sure he encouraged Santiago to stay healthy and fit despite challenges.

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Penguins turn special visitors at an empty museum

Happiness Shot from Missouri|May 22, 2020

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art welcomed three charming Peruvian penguins as visitors for a private tour around the shuttered museum. The adorable and curious friends waddled around quietly, exploring the museum, which houses more than 34,000 art objects. This excursion was planned by Kansas City Zoo to lift the spirits and open the minds of the penguins, particularly as they missed the stimulation from interacting with visitors during the lockdown.

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Local walker shows gratitude to golf club

Happiness Shot from Glasgow|May 22, 2020

An elderly couple in Scotland gave a heartfelt letter of gratitude and a cheque to a golf club for permitting them to walk and exercise in their premises amidst the lockdown. The couple was exceptionally thankful to the club for letting them use the facilities despite not being paid members. The club shared the lovely letter on their social media and thanked the locals for their generous gesture.

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Kidnapped toddler reunited with family after 32 years

Happiness Shot from Xi'an|May 21, 2020

When Mao Yin was abducted at the age of 2 and sold to a childless couple, he never imagined that he would see his birth parents again after 32 years. Police used advanced facial recognition technology to model a picture of what Mao would look like as an adult and used a database to track him. A 3-decade long search for their son ended in an emotional reunion as the family stood whole again.

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Local manager arranges hot meals for an elderly woman

Happiness Shot from England|May 21, 2020

Richards, manager at Aldi, noticed an elderly woman buying only canned food since the beginning of lockdown and decided to offer her fresh food instead. However, after realising that she has no microwave or oven, he arranged for a local café to deliver daily hot meals to her and even offered to pay for them. His astute observation and kind gesture have been winning hearts and inspiring people to be more helpful towards each other.

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Artist creates sustainable artwork with the sun

Happiness Shot from Maryland|May 21, 2020

Artist Hye Sea is an unusual artist who uses elements of nature to create sustainable art. She uses the sun to engrave and carve portraits onto pieces of wood, using only magnifying glasses and scrap wood. 'Magnify the Sun', which creates sustainable solar engraved art pieces, is now a widely praised company striving for excellence. Their goal is to inspire wasteless and eco-friendly art to protect our planet and support naturalist lifestyles.

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Finland launches a course to spread happiness

Happiness Shot from Finland|May 20, 2020

World’s happiest country, Finland, has officially launched a free course on happiness to spread cheer among the world. ‘Rent A Finn’ will be starting a series of online classes for an hour each consisting of local experts sharing happiness routines to help beat the blues especially among these challenging times. The course aims to help build stronger connections and bonds across the world and share the Finns way of celebrating life with their daily habits.

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2-year-old finally returns home after heart transplant

Happiness Shot from Texas|May 20, 2020

2-year-old Barron Shoemaker, who underwent a successful heart transplant surgery to treat his myocarditis, was finally discharged to reunite with his family. Barron's loved ones gathered in his driveway to celebrate his triumphant battle against heart inflammation even after he faced obstacles surviving using an artificial heart. Barron's courage and energetic personality continue to spread a message of hope and resilience.

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Whale populations recover across the world

Happiness Shot from Around the World|May 20, 2020

Humpback whales are finally making an extraordinary comeback after decades of devastation. Whale conservation is incredible news for our planet as every whale can help keep 33 tons of the harmful carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Reemergence of whales can be attributed to the banning of commercial whaling in 1986 and is projected to save around $1 trillion of climate change- related costs.

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A rickshaw driver uses all his savings to feed migrant workers

Happiness Shot from India|May 19, 2020

A 30-year-old rickshaw driver has generously used his wedding savings to serve meals to migrant workers who have been stranded due to the pandemic. He has used savings worth INR 2 lakhs to serve 400 people every day. He has also been offering free rides to senior citizens and pregnant ladies for their clinic visits. These challenging times have revealed the everyday heroes who are making a difference, one deed at a time.

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Will plant-based sustainable plastic bring an end to our plastic woes?

Happiness Shot from the Netherlands|May 19, 2020

A Netherlands-based company plans to kickstart investment in a pioneering project where plastics are developed 100% from plant-based materials. They project that this sustainable plastic will decompose within a year using a composter compared to 1000 years it takes for current plastic bottles to decompose. This breakthrough, which is on track despite the pandemic, is already being supported by huge food and drinks companies like Carlsberg and Coca-Cola.

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$8 million worth of student debt paid off by anonymous donors

Happiness Shot from California|May 19, 2020

Four hundred students were given a shocking notification over Zoom by Students Rising Above (SRA) CEO, Elizabeth Devaney- anonymous donations worth $8 million have been made to clear off their student loans. This unexpected news spread a wave of elation, relief, and surprise among the students who came from low-income families. SRA leadership believes that this financial freedom will allow the students to make career choices that really “speak to their heart”.

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Mothers design uplifting cards for mental awareness week

Happiness Shot from the United Kingdom|May 18, 2020

Women have united to creatively design positive and supportive greeting cards for parents facing challenges in isolation using the card-designing app, ‘TouchNote.’ Each card follows a theme of 'kindness' and has been designed by a woman who has battled with motherhood struggles or mental health issues in her life. The thoughtful initiative that marks mental health awareness week has offered comfort to struggling mothers and deeply moved them despite the cards being shared online.

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Breakthrough could lead to saving endangered species

Happiness Shot from Around the World|May 18, 2020

A scientific breakthrough has to lead to a way of saving more than 31,000 species on the brink of extinction. The collaborative effort of the University of Sydney and Amazon Web Services has resulted in the creation of a vast, remote genomic library which condenses data and enables researchers to analyse enormous information in minutes instead of hours from any part of the world.

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Citizens throw touching tribute for binmen

Happiness Shot from England|May 18, 2020

With people spending more time at home during lockdown, the amount of trash has been increasing. But refuse collection crews and binmen have been working tirelessly to ensure things keep running smoothly. In an effort to show them gratitude, kids have been sticking hand-drawn pictures with heartwarming poems in windows and on bins while the community has been surprising them with specially baked biscuits. These gestures of love and respect have left binmen thoroughly surprised.

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Gurugram Police offer cake to five visually impaired kids

Happiness Shot from India|May 17, 2020

Migrant laborers have faced unimaginable hardship in the journey to reach their hometowns amidst the pandemic. The selective commencement of trains has offered hope to this marginalized section. In one such instance, a police officer observed five visually impaired children of a migrant labourer waiting at Gurugram station to board a train back home. To celebrate this much-awaited moment, he organised and offered cake to the kids creating a jubilant mood for all the passengers.

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Ice cream shop owner raises $40,000 for harassed employee

Happiness Shot from the USA|May 17, 2020

A 17-year old employee at an ice-cream shop quit her job due to verbal assaults from customers who were frustrated with long-wait queues owing to the pandemic related guidelines. Irked by the foul and unwelcome abuse hurled at his stellar employee, the shop owner decided to come to her rescue. He set up the GoFundMe page through which he has raised $40,000, which will go towards her college fund.

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Milwaukee twins inspire excellence as they receive 38 college acceptances and scholarships worth $1M

Happiness Shot from the USA|May 17, 2020

First-generation college students, Arielle and Arianna, have a bright future ahead of them with 38 college acceptances and over $1 million in combined scholarship. They will graduate from Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy, where they have set a “tremendous example” by acing academics, organizing community service projects, meeting Michelle Obama, and representing the school all across the city, according to their principal. They are now gearing up to study nursing at Marquette University.

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Adorable stray cats follow social distancing

Happiness Shot from Philippines|May 16, 2020

Stray cats in Manila have been snapped abiding by the recommended two-meter distancing guidelines in public areas. The furry felines were found taking over circle marks intended for the implementation of social distancing on the street outside stores along with their human friends. They also patiently stayed in line for 10 minutes before wandering off reminding the community to practise safety at all times.

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‘Gogh by car’ virtual art exhibition launched for art enthusiasts

Happiness Shot from Toronto|May 16, 2020

An innovative digital art exhibit honouring the incredible Vincent van Gogh is scheduled to welcome art-lovers in June. The exhibit will be open for enthusiasts as a drive-in to maintain safety while they admire stunning art pieces such as the famous Starry Night. The 35-minute show will be the first of its kind and will make the viewers feel like they were in floating cars with the show projecting remarkable paintings.

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Farmer gives away sunflowers as gifts to strangers

Happiness Shot from Queensland|May 16, 2020

John Tidy, an avocado planter and his beekeeper friend Glenbo Craig handed out 360 beautiful sunflowers to strangers to spread cheer. After John faced a personal loss and a harsh drought, it was the support of the Gympie community that helped him turn his fortune for which he thanked them with the gorgeous sunflowers. Expressing their delight at the gesture, some people gifted him warm scones while some gave him a box of chocolates.

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Camping company offers social-distancing experience under the stars

Happiness Shot from the USA|May 15, 2020

Under Canvas, a glamorous luxury camping provider is welcoming nature-enthusiasts to social- distance under the stars at all their camping locations. The lavish camping experience also offers luxury tents, private bathrooms, plush linens, and more amenities to make the experience truly magical. While captivated campers admire the enchanting scenery, the company is adopting technology such as touch-screen kiosks to keep outdoor lovers safe, along with providing sanitized individual tents and food.

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Couple promotes minimalist living while isolating in their 60-square-foot van

Happiness Shot from California|May 15, 2020

Courtnie and Nathan have been living in their 60-square-foot mobile home for over eight months. The couple usually showered in gyms and parked their van at beaches but have faced unprecedented difficulties due to pandemic-related restrictions. They resorted to parking in a family member’s driveway to have access to showers and laundry. Despite the challenges, they swear by their minimalist living, which has inspired many to find happiness in the smallest of things.

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Girl creates hug-curtain to bond with grandparents

Happiness Shot from California|May 15, 2020

Inventive 10-year-old Paige Okray decided to design a hug-curtain to abolish the restraint social- distancing created between her beloved grandparents and herself. Inspiration struck Paige after she noticed a viral ‘hug-blanket’ online. The creatively designed curtain contains four plastic outlets that enable sweet Paige to continue hugging her grandparents and feel their comforting presence. This sweet gesture has captured the hearts of netizens world over.

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Age no bar, elderly couple finds love again

Happiness Shot from Utah|May 14, 2020

76-year-old Enoch Bell and 83-year-old Ann Marcusen's fairy-tale love story has left people in awe and adoration. When the two were set up on a blind date, they knew it was love at first sight. From there began an incredible journey filled with exciting dates while their families too bonded immediately. The pair married soon after a special proposal and have found their love and bond getting stronger amid confusing times.

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19-year-old boy shows immense integrity as he returns $135,000 to police

Happiness Shot from New Mexico|May 14, 2020

When 19-year-old Jose Nuñez Romaniz noticed a ‘foot-long stack’ of $50 and $20 bills outside an ATM in a bag, he was left perplexed. Jose immediately called the police to report the suspicious incident. The whopping amount of $135,000 was mistakenly left in public by a bank subcontractor and was safely returned due to Jose’s honesty. His ethical approach to an otherwise tempting scenario is being widely honoured by the police and the community.

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Interspecies friendship is passe as a pigeon now befriends an avocado

Happiness Shot from Bird Kingdon|May 14, 2020

A pigeon and an avocado’s sweet friendship captured the hearts of netizens as an image of them bonding went viral on Twitter. The Japanese quail named Maggie was seen, bringing five of her friends to spend quality time with her fascinating companion, the avocado. The unusual friendship has intrigued twitter users and left them curious about how the now-inseparable bond between the pigeon and the avocado was formed.

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Botanists use graffiti to help citizens connect with forgotten flora

Happiness Shot from the UK & France|May 13, 2020

Rebel botanists are breaking street-chalking laws to write the names of wild plants and flowers that have often gone unnoticed by the citizens to raise awareness, connection, and respect for the plant diversity that grows in the hearts of the cities. Beginning in France—and leading to a campaign called More Than Weeds in London—this act of highlighting the names of wildflowers and plants has won the hearts of netizens!

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Woman creates ‘A Doll Like Me’ to make children with disabilities feel loved and included

Happiness Shot from the USA|May 13, 2020

Amy Jandrisevits, a pediatric oncology social worker and doll maker, has introduced a line of dolls called ‘A Doll Like Me’ to ensure that all kids regardless of their gender, ethnicity, age, medical issue, or body type see themselves reflected in the dolls they play with. She believes that dolls are therapeutic, validating, and comforting, which has inspired her latest collection of dolls with disabilities to make differently-abled children feel loved and included.

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Pizza owner offers free food to anyone in need after a botched robbery in store

Happiness Shot from Texas|May 13, 2020

Marco’s Pizza was robbed along with several other businesses in that community. Based on surveillance from security cameras, the burglars appeared to be amateur and were seen walking empty-handed since there wasn’t much to rob in the first place. What others would have considered as a horrific episode, Marco’s owner took as a reminder of the desperate times we live in prompting a Facebook announcement to serve free food to anyone in need.

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Son surprises father after secretly learning to play the piano for ten years

Happiness Shot from Newcastle|May 12, 2020

When Malcolm Gerrie laughed and dismissed his 17-year-old son Olly’s desire to play the piano, he never expected to be stunned by Olly’s talent on television thirteen years later for his 70th birthday. Olly secretly learned and mastered the instrument over ten years and impressed his father with a jazzy rendition of his favorite song, ‘Summertime’ on BBC. Malcolm was left amazed and proud of his son's exceptional hard work, passion, and dedication.

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‘The Office’ cast reunites to surprise newlyweds on video-call

Happiness Shot from Maryland|May 12, 2020

After John Krasinski spotted die-hard fans of 'The Office', Susan and John; he decided to officiate and host their wedding as best-man along with co-star Jenna Fisher as the maid of honor. John gathered the families of the couple for the heartwarming ceremony along with the famous cast of 'The Office' to perform the beloved wedding march from the show. His heartwarming gesture gave Susan and John an unforgettable wedding, especially amongst these challenging times.

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Plantation Project gets worldwide praise

Happiness Shot from Pakistan|May 12, 2020

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has given the go-ahead to a whopping 1.13 trillion ‘Green Stimulus’ package, which helps the country go green and generates ‘green jobs’ for thousands of citizens amid challenging times. The package aims to increase greenery in natural locations such as forests and promote honey, fruit, and olive plantations. The eco-friendly initiative will protect 65,000 daily-wage earners from poverty while saving our planet earth.

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Shelter raises money with an adorable contest

Happiness Shot from Massachusetts|May 11, 2020

Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts launched ‘Cutest Animal Sheltering in Place Contest’, which urged pet parents to share adorable pictures of their furry friends along with a caption on how they are helping them during the quarantine. The contest encouraged residents to show love to their favorite pet by voting with a dollar. The shelter expressed their heartfelt gratitude after their community voted and raised $7,000 to support them amid challenging times.

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Instagram show helps find love among isolation

Happiness Shot from Around the World|May 11, 2020

An innovative Instagram dating show is helping people find some love and laughter. ‘Sheltered in Love’, which was inspired by ‘The Bachelor’ and Tinder, has been bringing lovebirds together using video-chats and toilet paper. The widely successful show has united hundreds who are bonding over Facetime until they can go on real dates. The show aims to help make human bonds stronger, especially when support and comfort are needed more than ever.

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Lowe’s donates $1 million worth of flowers to celebrate Mother’s Day

Happiness Shot from the USA|May 11, 2020

Famous retailer Lowe’s has partnered with Uber and flower growers to pay tribute to mothers at senior living facilities and nursing homes on the occasion of Mother’s Day. Lowe’s donated over $1 million worth of flowers arranged in beautiful baskets to 500 of these facilities along with compassionate letters to spread love to lonely mothers and grandmothers. The company hopes to help isolated families bond with help from Uber to deliver these baskets of love.

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Democrat proposes forgiving student loans for frontline health care workers

Happiness Shot From The USA|May 10, 2020

Health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic would have some of their student loan debt forgiven under a new bill introduced in Congress. The ‘Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act’ would create a program that forgives federal and private loans obtained ‘to receive medical and professional training held by all health care workers who have made significant contributions to COVID-19 patient care.’

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Landlord gives entire stimulus check to tenants

Happiness Shot From The USA|May 10, 2020

Not all heroes wear capes and a landlord in Santa Rosa in proof of that. He gave his entire stimulus check of $3400 to all 13 of his tenants. Feeling that it was still not adequate, he decided to match the amount with his own money, giving over $7000 in total to all his renters by reducing their rent by $500 each. This move gave massive relief for the month of April to all tenants.

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22-year-old man with autism honors frontline workers with balloon art

Happiness Shot From The USA|May 10, 2020

On National Superhero Day, Eddie Lin honored the frontline heroes- the nurses, doctors, and other first responders- who are selflessly working during this time in his signature balloon art. As one of his many autistic talents, Eddie has been creating balloon art since he was ten, which has now become a full-fledged business. His superhero balloon art dedication has been going viral on Facebook, bringing joy to many around the world.

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Harry Potter cast reunite for a magical mission

Happiness Shot from Around the World|May 9, 2020

The star cast of Harry Potter has decided to embark on a magical new mission: to read the Harry Potter books for Potterheads around the world. Started by Daniel Radcliffe, members of the cast are taking turns to recite the incredible series every week on HarryPotterAtHome.com. The cast from the Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child franchise are also joining the initiative as narrators along with famous actors such as Dakota Fanning and David Beckham.

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Floral designer transforms garbage cans into exquisite bouquet vases

Happiness Shot from New York|May 9, 2020

Famous floral designer Lewis Miller is transforming the streets of New York City by turning garbage cans into larger-than-life vases overflowing with bright and beautiful bouquet arrangements. Termed as ‘Flower Flashes’, Lewis uses elegant leftover flowers to contrast the grim and grey streets with the beauty and color of flowers. Being in the business of fantasy and flowers, he intends to create joyful, everlasting memories for New Yorkers through his creative prowess.

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Four-year-old cancer patient reunites with father

Happiness Shot from Scotland|May 9, 2020

An emotional reunion between Mila and her father, Scott, was caught on camera when the pair hugged after being separated for seven weeks. Scott was unable to leave his job and decided to distance himself to protect Mila, who had a weakened immune system due to leukemia. Their love had been limited to air-hugs and smiles. But once he was granted leave, he self-isolated until he was cleared to reunite with his little girl.

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Delivery man gives an extraordinary birthday surprise to a 6-year-old

Happiness Shot from Indiana|May 8, 2020

A compassionate FedEx delivery driver made a 6-year-old girl's quarantine birthday unforgettable with his generous act of kindness. Realizing that it was the little girl's birthday, he drove to Dairy Queen to get her four ice-cream cupcakes even though he was a complete stranger to her. He intended to brighten her day, which she would have spent at school with friends under normal circumstances. This now-viral act of kindness has taken Twitter by a storm.

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Japan firm offers unique solution for couples to reconnect

Happiness Shot from Japan|May 8, 2020

As couples spend 24/7 together amidst lockdown, terms like ‘coronadivorce’ are trending on social media platforms. Gauging this trend, Japan-based form ‘Kasoku’ is offering vacation rentals to couples to take time off each other and reflect on their relationship in their personal space. This offer has received over 140 requests, primarily from women who need some quiet time. Kasoku believes that personal space will help couples to reconnect and reignite their relationship.

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Mailmen turn pen-pals for 11-year-old

Happiness Shot from the USA|May 8, 2020

Doug Scott was incredibly moved when 11-year-old Emerson Weber called him “important” and penned him a heartfelt letter of gratitude for helping her stay connected with her friends. Postal workers from across the country expressed their praise for Emma after Doug's supervisor at UPS shared the lovely letter. In an unexpected turn of events, Doug soon greeted Emerson with two boxes full of letters of appreciation from postal workers across the country.

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The Obamas to headline YouTube virtual graduation ceremony

Happiness Shot From The USA|May 7, 2020

YouTube is hosting a virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate this year’s high school and college seniors who will miss the traditional party owing to the pandemic. Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will give the commencement speech. The ceremony will also feature Lady Gaga, Malala Yousafzai, Sundar Pichai, and more. ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC will simultaneously air the special on May 16, along with more than 20 other broadcast and digital streaming partners.

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Anonymous donor gives $1 million to hospital

Happiness Shot from California|May 7, 2020

An anonymous donor gave $1 million to a hospital while requesting that the funds go entirely to the staff, from floor cleaners to nurses as a gesture of gratitude . “Thank you for standing up to care for our community. This human kindness makes you heroic,” said his note. The hospital is using this surprise influx of funds to distribute bonuses amongst all staff who have worked at the hospital for at least one year.

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Nurse pens an empathetic letter to a COVID-19 infected mom who couldn’t hold her baby

Happiness Shot From The UK|May 7, 2020

A COVID-19 infected mother couldn’t hold her newborn baby boy as he was taken to the isolation pod immediately after he was born. In an empathetic move, the baby’s nurse penned a heartfelt letter to the mother, reassuring her that the baby was being loved and taken care of on her behalf. She comforted her that as crazy as the times are, they will pass, and she will be united with her baby soon.

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Customer helps restaurant by leaving $1300 tip

Happiness Shot from Austin|May 6, 2020

David Fernandez was ecstatic when his restaurant was reopening after the lockdown but never expected to be on the receiving end of a generous gesture. When a family asked a waiter to double charge them, Fernandez was left astonished. The noble act continued when the family tipped $1300, leading to a whopping total of $2029. The family wholeheartedly wanted to show their gratitude towards the restaurant for helping the community even during these perilous times.

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Members surprise gym owner by saving his gym

Happiness Shot from Iowa|May 6, 2020

Kind-hearted Amber Cahill, the owner of TGR Fitness, was finding it difficult to maintain his gym after a drastic drop in income due to the current economy. The “TiGeRs” or members of the gym decided to aid Amber with his difficulties and save their favourite gym from collapsing. Amber was brought to tears when the gym instructor Sarah and the TiGeRs generously raised over $8000 to help Amber with paying rent and operating the gym.

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Philanthropist helps homeless pregnant woman sparking a global movement

Happiness Shot from Miami|May 6, 2020

Jacqueline Nickelberry, a benevolent retired lawyer, decided to help a homeless pregnant woman sparking a global movement. Jacqueline and a women's shelter called 'Lotus House' united to help disadvantaged pregnant women by creating a Global Gift Registry. This allows donors to share meaningful gifts with mothers-to-be. This global movement of kindness and empathy has filled pregnant women with love and made their virtual showers truly memorable and cathartic.

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The world’s tallest building transforms into the world’s tallest donation box

Happiness Shot from Dubai||May 5, 2020

A whopping 1.2 million lights on The Burj Khalifa are up for sale as The Burj Khalifa transforms into the world's tallest donation box. Arranged by The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives in collaboration with Burj Khalifa, everyone can contribute to this noble initiative. The proceeds will be directed to providing meals to vulnerable families in the UAE, giving much-needed relief to people affected by the pandemic.

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Dutch farmers write a special message for travelers in their tulip farms

Happiness Shot from The Netherlands||May 5, 2020

Dutch farmers have had to shut the doors on the legendary tulip sites owing to the pandemic. However, they planned a stunning surprise for all the visitors who intended to see the flowers in full bloom but couldn’t. They headed the tulips earlier to create special messages that read ‘Stay Strong’ and ‘See You Next Year’ to bring beauty and hope that this too will pass, and we will be together again.

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Best granddad delivers donuts by drone to his grandkids

Happiness Shot from the USA|May 5, 2020

Kevin Procopio missed playing with his grandchildren due to the pandemic-related restrictions. That didn’t keep him from springing a delightful surprise on them. He directed the family to get out on the deck just as the drone delivered a box of yummy muffins straight in the arms of his eldest grandchild. This surprise thrilled the kids and brightened the spirits of the adults, who were happy for the diversion.

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Boy reunites with his beloved granny on Irish TV

Happiness Shot from Ireland|May 4, 2020

Tom Cullen, was swept off his feet when his Nanny Pat joined him for an interview virtually. Tom and Nanny Pat's lovely relationship was brought to an unexpected halt when they couldn’t connect in lockdown due to Nanny’s unfamiliarity with video call technology. But the Late Late Show host brought Nanny on-screen to talk to Tom. Overcome with surprise and love; Tom promised to give her a big, big hug when they meet.

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Doctor comes home to a heartwarming tribute after working 20 days in the hospital

Happiness Shot from India|May 4, 2020

An Indian lady doctor returned home to a surprise tribute by her family and neighbors after working in her hospital for 20 days straight. She was taken by surprise when she saw her loved ones with flowers and posters thanking her for protecting them. Her neighborhood cheered for her bravery and strength. Children around her held handcrafted banners with lovely messages to show their gratitude towards her for fighting for them every day.

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Unique face-showing festival organized for garden eels

Happiness Shot from Tokyo|May 4, 2020

As the garden eels forget about the existence of humans in these unpredictable times, the Sumida Aquarium wants to ensure they don’t start perceiving humans as a threat. So they have announced a unique ‘Face-Showing’ festival for three days where human beings will gaze and wave at the sensitive eels via calming video calls. While people will be allowed to wave, gaze, and smile at garden eels, loud voices will be strictly forbidden.

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Family records a heartwarming musical tribute to honor their grandmother’s legacy

Happiness Shot from the USA|May 3, 2020

When Tess Nowaik unexpectedly passed away at 91, her grandchildren decided to honor her memory despite not being able to organize a traditional memorial service. The 20 grandchildren combined their musical talents to record and edit a moving rendition of their grandmother’s favorite song, ‘Moon River.’ It was their way of honoring her legacy through music, which has always been a central element of their family gatherings.

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Adoption ceremony celebrations over Zoom

Happiness Shot from Arkansas|May 3, 2020

Through a brilliant stroke of creativity and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, 2-year-old Jaden was officially adopted by his foster parents, Kimberly and Todd, over a Zoom call. After having Jaden in their foster care for nearly a year, they couldn’t imagine a life without him. The parents expressed heartfelt gratitude towards the judges and adoption specialists for conducting the ceremony and allowing their family to finally become one despite difficulties and cancellations of the traditional hearing.

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Mechanic builds a practical ‘social distancing’ bike

Happiness Shot from Tripura|May 3, 2020

Partha Saha, a school drop-out, wanted to find an alternative to the crowded school bus his daughter took to ensure the best safety measures. He used his limited savings to buy an old bike and modified it into a secure bike with a meter gap between the rider and passenger. His fascinating invention, despite his limited schooling, has become the subject of praise for amazed citizens, including Tripura's chief minister.

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Florist sends love with free bouquets

Happiness Shot from England|May 2, 2020

Suzanne Evetts, an award-winning florist, decided to distribute free bouquets to cheer people in these unprecedented times. She asked people to nominate recipients for this delightful surprise on her Facebook page. Since the announcement, Suzanne has received 2500 requests and has delivered over 50 free bouquets. Local businesses and friends have donated money so she can keep buying flowers and continue spreading smiles.

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72-year-old sets new Guinness World Record

Happiness Shot from Spain|May 2, 2020

72-year-old rowing enthusiast Graham Walters set a new world record as the oldest person to row across the Atlantic alone. This astonishing achievement is Graham’s third world record after being crowned the oldest person to row across any ocean solo and the oldest person to row across the same ocean multiple times. The inspiring rower started this incredible trip towards the end of January and completed the challenging 96-day journey on April 29.

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Dog reunites with family after saving them from a deadly tornado strike

Happiness Shot from Tennessee|May 2, 2020

Bella, an extremely loyal and dedicated dog, went missing after alerting her family about an approaching tornado. The dog's unusual movements lead her owner Eric to switch on TV and find out about the tornado just in time to protect his family. Despite numerous attempts to locate Bella, the dog disappeared after the violent strike for 54 days. A close friend miraculously tracked down the heroic dog and brought her back home safely.

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World War II veteran receives 125,000 birthday cards as England celebrates their hero

Happiness Shot from England|May 1, 2020

Captain Tom Moore, one of Britain’s most cherished heroes, received over 125,000 birthday cards from fans across the nation. This birthday surprise was a tribute to the WWII veteran for raising over £29 million for Britain’s National Health Service by walking 100 laps in 10 days. From children of the country to the Royal family, the cards with messages and illustrations of love, wishes, and gratitude covered the great hall of his grandson's school.

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Facebook to feature Oprah Winfrey as commencement speaker at their digital graduation ceremony

Happiness Shot from Around the World|May 1, 2020

Facebook has decided to host a digital graduation ceremony on May 15 for seniors unable to attend the popular event. The exciting experience will feature the legendary Oprah Winfrey as the commencement speaker. The multi-hour initiative called #Graduation2020 will have special filters and themes along with the starry presence of Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles, and Miley Cyrus to make it a truly memorable event!

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New York City launches Project Cupid

Happiness Shot from New York|May 1, 2020

New York City Hall has announced that its platform ‘Project Cupid’ will be accessible from the first week of May. Project Cupid is a lovely initiative allowing lovebirds across the state to obtain a marriage license online. Couples can register in nyc.gov/Cupid and schedule a virtual appointment with clerks. The city is thrilled to be able to spread happiness by enabling couples to express and celebrate their love for each other.

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Man becomes hometown hero after reducing food insecurity

Happiness Shot from Arkansas|April 30, 2020

Terrance Hawkins has prepared and delivered over 300 healthy, hot meals to the members of Birch Tree Communities, which is a non-profit, community mental health facility. Hawkins has gone beyond the call of duty in preparing healthy meals because he understands that when people are insecure about food, they cannot focus on mental health. This generous man not only cooks but also sings and plays the piano during breaks to keep the spirits high!

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Love bus spreads messages of hope and strength

Happiness Shot from Brussels |April 30, 2020

Amidst the quiet streets of Belgium, a red bus is spreading messages of love. Through the ‘Voice of Brussels’ program, citizens can send in affectionate messages for their loved ones, which are relayed by the ‘Love Bus’ over loudspeakers! This idea has brought so many smiles, especially to the elderly, who may not have access to technology. With more than 750 messages, this program has delivered hugs, kisses, and hope to socially distanced citizens.

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5-year-old runner showered with love and support

Happiness Shot from West Yorkshire |April 30, 2020

Dedicated 5-year-old Ada Butterfield decided to run a marathon for Children's Liver Disease Foundation despite it being canceled. The youngster who suffers from lifelong rare liver disease was determined to support her family in the initiative #TwoPointSixChallenge which saves charities during these challenging times. However, when locals around the streets cheered and supported the family, Ada was surprised beyond measure. The determined family raised beyond £4,000 to support charities.

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Pawfect brothers turn muse for their owner

Happiness Shot from Washington|April 29, 2020

Two beautiful retrievers- Watson and Kiko- have formed a heartwarming bond after becoming adoptive brothers in 2015. Their owner, Jennifer Medrano, who is also a professional photographer, has captured stunning photos of the canine brothers snuggling under a blanket, watching the sunset, and much more. The canines have an Instagram account, which has attracted 930,000 followers as netizens can’t get enough of their love, compassion, and connection and all the lovely places they explore.

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Cops surprise citizens with pizza

Happiness Shot from New Jersey|April 29, 2020

Cops across New Jersey dropped in unexpectedly at homes of citizens across the state. But these surprise visits brought along love, gratitude, and delicious pizza! The local police decided to express their appreciation to the citizens for strictly adhering to stay-at-home orders. They bought nearly 275 pizzas worth $2000, which was paid using the township’s community police funding. This out of the box gesture masterminded by the police chief indeed made the town super happy!

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Grandmother lights up the street in a dragon onesie

Happiness Shot from the United Kingdom|April 29, 2020

Jane Youdell decided to cheer her entire street by donning costumes while she pursued her avid interest in gardening. The 91-year-old dressed in a dragon suit and spread smiles across the street. Jane also has plans of busting some moves on her neighbors soon and encouraging them to join in from their driveways. Jane’s family is proud of how he has become a hero and a beacon of happiness for the entire community!

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Largest ozone layer hole healed

Happiness Shot from Arctic |April 28, 2020

Scientists have confirmed that the largest hole in the ozone layer has healed itself due to the unusual atmospheric conditions. The hole located above the arctic was recognized in March 2020. The hole, spreading across 1 million square kilometers, could have posed a threat to humans but was fortunately healed due to high altitude currents known as polar vortex. Since the last recovery in 2011, this recovery proves to be nothing short of a blessing.

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Boy pays heartfelt tribute to Army Corps

Happiness Shot from Australia|April 28, 2020

An 8-year old boy dazzled his street as he played a heartfelt rendition of ‘The Last Post’ from his driveway at dawn as a tribute to the army corps of Australia and New Zealand. His thoughtful gesture to celebrate the army heroes inspired the country to commemorate Anzac Day from the safety of their own homes by holding a ‘Light Up at Dawn’ service in their driveways.

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Major scientific breakthrough to save America’s Great Barrier Reef

Happiness Shot from Florida|April 28, 2020

The Florida Aquarium has made a monumental invention regarding the third largest coral reef in the world- America’s Great Barrier Reef. The scientists have reproduced ridged cactus coral, which may allow them to restore the reefs in the future. Scientists are using this revolutionary breakthrough to learn about the biology of the reefs for the first time in history in the hope of saving them from the brink of extinction caused by a deadly disease.

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Two Vietnamese children donate 20,000 masks using all their savings

Happiness Shot from Vietnam|April 27, 2020

Nhan and Khoi have used all their "lucky money" or savings from the lunar new year to donate 20,000 masks to help the UK with their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortage. These masks were sent to the British embassy in Vietnam, who then flew it to the UK. The generosity demonstrated by two little kids has set yet another shining example of kindness in the world.

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Injured koalas return to the wild in Australia

Happiness Shot from Newcastle|April 27, 2020

Injured koalas from the deadly Australian bushfires were finally released into the wild. The adorable koalas were being treated at the world's only koala hospital with extreme care and love. Anwen, a famous koala who had suffered severe burns over 90% of her body, was gladdened to return to the wild with 26 other koalas. The return of these beautiful animals into their habitat has sent a message of resilience and strength around the world.

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Man witnesses birth of his first child via Zoom

Happiness Shot from New Jersey|April 27, 2020

After struggling with three miscarriages and fertility issues, Stephanie had the long-awaited miraculous moment of giving birth to a healthy baby boy. Although her husband, Marty, couldn’t be with her in the same room, the nurse helped the couple connect via Zoom, where he was able to witness the surreal moment of his son being born. The mom-son duo are discharged and united with Marty at their home where they are devouring family time together.

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Store owner helps man who robbed groceries at his store

Happiness Shot from Canada|April 26, 2020

Central Fresh Market, an independently run grocery store, recently made news for all the right reasons. When the store owner witnessed a man stealing fruits and vegetables, he decided to offer him bags full of groceries. He wanted to ensure that the less privileged feel comforted and supported in times when food insecurity is heartbreaking. Ever since another shopper who witnessed this episode mentioned it on Twitter, this act of generosity has been going viral.

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Sweden exits coal-generated power two years early

Happiness Shot from Sweden|April 26, 2020

Sweden is now officially the third country in Europe to bid adieu to coal-generated power. Europe’s mission to decommission coal has been finally implemented by Sweden as it terminates its coal power generation plant. Sweden has firmly decided to prioritize creating negative emissions with no negative externalities. This much-needed exchange of coal for renewable energy will lead to climate protection, improved health, and more resilient economies.

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NYC will serve 500,000 free meals in the holy month of Ramadan

Happiness Shot from New York City|April 26, 2020

To help commemorate the noble festival of Ramadan, half a million Halal meals will be served to citizens who are unable to afford them. This has been introduced as part of a program that aims at alleviating the food crisis in New York City. The mayor made a reassuring statement that “No New Yorker will go hungry. Your city will provide”. Through this gesture, the city wants to uplift people, especially since they can’t visit...

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Pakistani family overcomes homelessness with support from kind Khaleej Times readers

Happiness Shot from Dubai|April 25, 2020

After losing their jobs, a Pakistani family of four found themselves sleeping in parks, mosques, and hospital corridors for over a month. Uzma Farooq finally turned to Khaleej Times for aid, and what followed was a lesson in human generosity and kindness. KT readers across UAE, Europe, and Canada offered financial aid, which allowed the family to secure a decent home. Officials from Pakistani consulate also assured that they would support their ailing mother’s treatment.

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Rare sightings of wildlife roaming in the cities make Earth Day phenomenal

Happiness Shot from Around the World|April 25, 2020

Phenomenal sightings of wildlife freely roaming the streets in urban areas have been spotted across the world. Exotic and wild animals who once remained hidden are prancing openly in iconic landmarks like Central Park. Many endangered species like turtles have been seen nesting in increased numbers on the beaches of Thailand. From monkeys taking over a car to a sea lion wandering on the sidewalk, these are rare sights to behold and cherish!

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Animal shelter celebrates an incredible milestone as all their dogs get adopted

Happiness Shot from Florida|April 25, 2020

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control were elated to announce that, for the first time, all the dogs from one of their kennels were adopted. They celebrated this milestone moment by issuing a heartfelt note of gratitude to their extremely supportive community, shelter staff, and volunteers. All of their furry friends from the kennel have now found safe and lovable homes with remarkably caring foster parents.

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Friendly neighborhood spiderman spotted in Turkey

Happiness Shot from Turkey|April 24, 2020

Spiderman has come to the rescue of the elderly by delivering groceries and other essentials at their doorstep. Burak Soylu, the man beneath the costume, is hoping to spread love through this quirky act of kindness. Images of climbing balconies and driving a red beetle have gone viral, and netizens are lauding the choice of the superhero costume, which has gloves and a mask- both of which are very needed in these times.

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Magical challenge for Harry Potter fans worldwide

Happiness Shot from Around the World |April 24, 2020

Good news for Potterheads worldwide! EDsmart, a popular website, is looking for Potterheads who can binge-watch the entire franchise along with both the Fantastic Beasts movies while live-tweeting about this 25-hour marathon experience. A lucky die-hard Potterhead stands a chance to win $1000 and $200 worth of fancy merchandise such as Bertie Botts every flavor jelly beans, jelly gummy candy slugs, and butterbeer! The last date to apply for this challenge is May 15, 2020.

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Friends host an epic zoom birthday party with a message from Mandy Moore

Happiness Shot from Mumbai|April 24, 2020

Vanshita Kapadia’s friends organized a legendary virtual concert on the occasion of her 18th birthday. A musician who is an Instagram sensation played her all-time favorite songs. But the cherry on the cake was a 2-minute long and personalized birthday message from This Is Us star Mandy Moore which her friends arranged through Cameo. The magnitude of this solid surprise left Vanshita stunned, and she believes nothing could have topped this celebration!

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Policeman turns opera singer amid COVID-19

Happiness Shot from Finland |April 23, 2020

Senior constable Petrus Schroderus has been singing a heartfelt rendition of the Soviet classic, “I love you, life” on duty. The constable has been singing to uplift the spirits of the vulnerable and lonely during the COVID-19 outbreak. The gesture has been spreading a message of hope and support throughout the community. After being uploaded to YouTube, the video has been subject to praise and love from around the world.

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Hotel expresses heartfelt gratitude to frontline workers

Happiness Shot from British Columbia |April 23, 2020

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel has lit up a massive heart outside their 280-room hotel. The hotel manager said that they wanted to express their heartfelt thank you to all the essential workers and thought that this act could spread some hope and gratitude. Surrey’s largest hotel used Christmas lights and white lights to create this atmosphere of optimism and remind everyone to show love to workers risking their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Taxi driver drives home a lesson in kindness

Happiness Shot from Spain|April 23, 2020

Giada Collalto, an Italian student, was stranded in Spain following a series of unfortunate events owing to the COVID-19 situation. Finally, a taxi-driver came to this student’s rescue by agreeing to drive to Italy, which is a 21-hour, 3000 km long drive. Even though she insisted on paying him, he refused saying, ‘I see you are in a difficult situation, don’t worry about the cost.

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Decrease in the rate of COVID-19 cases doubling in India

Happiness Shot from India|April 22, 2020

The Union Health Ministry of India announced that the rate at which the number of COVID-19 cases was doubling in India has slowed down to 7.5 days from 3.4 days in the last week. This improvement can be attributed to the stringent nationwide lockdown. No new cases have been reported in 59 districts in the last two weeks. All patients in Goa have been discharged, and no fresh cases have been reported.

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Relief for parents in Spain

Happiness Shot from Spain|April 22, 2020

After enduring an extremely difficult battle against COVID-19 that continues to claim lives every day, Spain may loosen the lockdown restriction for under-12 children among growing concerns for their mental health. Parents will be permitted to let their under-12 kids out of the house on tightly supervised short trips. This announcement has brought a wave of cheer among Spanish parents as they believe that fresh air will do a world of good to their kids.

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Rival gangs in South Africa unite amid COVID-19

Happiness Shot from South Africa|April 22, 2020

Rival gangs in South Africa have called a truce and are combining their resources to provide aid. The gangs which were famous for distributing narcotics are now working to distribute food and essential goods to people amid the lockdown in South Africa. Members of the gang are grateful that the ceasefire has allowed them to help those in need and unite more with the community.

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Hotel chain offers free gold status to essential workers amid COVID-19

Happiness Shot from Around the World|April 21, 2020

The Wyndham Hotels & Resorts group decided to make sure that essential workers were honoured during the coronavirus outbreak. The group has given all essential workers free gold status in their loyalty program to make their stay and experience more comfortable and special when they visit next. Hotel chains such as Marriott and Hilton have also decided to help with relief efforts and pay gratitude to essential workers.

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Non-profit supports single mother inspiring a movement

Happiness Shot from the USA|April 21, 2020

When single mother Reyna could not afford to buy a treat for her two children due to COVID-19 created unemployment, ‘Make the Road’ stepped in to help the immigrant. Reyna got a $100 gift card that allowed her to purchase necessities. The non-profit also started a thoughtful #ShareMyCheck movement, which encourages financially stable people to help immigrants by donating their federal stimulus cheques.

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John Krasinski hosts virtual high school prom

Happiness Shot from Around the World |April 21, 2020

Famous actor John Krasinski decided to host a virtual prom for the latest segment on his YouTube show, ‘Some Good News.’ John DJed for the event and surprised viewers with celebrities such as Rainn Wilson, Chance the Rapper, Jonas Brothers, Billie Eilish, and Finneas O’Connell. Teenagers across were left surprised and bewildered at their special prom and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to John for making their prom

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Nurse supports dying coronavirus patient

Happiness Shot from Texas|April 20, 2020

A nurse at a Houston hospital demonstrated great empathy to ensure that 88-year old James Campbell doesn’t breathe his last without knowing how much his family loves him. Since James was dying from COVID-19, his family was not permitted to be by his side. As James lay unconscious, the nurse offered to recite a prayer with him on his family’s behalf while including the names of each and every family member.

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Florida pays blue tribute to medical staff

Happiness Shot from Florida|April 20, 2020

The state of Florida has been illuminating its most iconic and celebrated landmarks in shades of glowing blue to pay tribute to front line workers fighting against COVID-19 every day. The movement started when famous icons like Madison Square Garden and Hogwarts Castle in California were lit in blue as a sign of strength and support to the frontline professionals. The #MakeItBlue movement has been spreading messages of hope and support throughout the state.

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Illustrator spreads joy worldwide

Happiness Shot from Dublin|April 20, 2020

Shauna Harrison from Dublin has been highlighting positive moments and illustrating these to spread hope amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Shauna has sketched moments from Italy's unity and cheer on balconies to the famous bear hunts. Shauna hopes to help the world focus on positivity during these unprecedented times. She is selling her work and donating the proceeds to charities that are assisting essential workers.

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State senator creates split ventilator device

Happiness Shot from Connecticut |April 19, 2020

Dr. Saud Anwar, Pakistani-American doctor, state senator, and engineer, created a split ventilator device that allows 7 COVID-19 infected patients to be treated at once. Dr. Anwar has shared his efforts and ideas worldwide to help in the fight against coronavirus. Residents in Connecticut decided to throw him an ‘unsung heroes parade’ to honor his constant efforts and passion.

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Turkey doctors do the ‘Penguin Dance’ to boost morale

Happiness Shot from Turkey |April 19, 2020

In a now-viral video, healthcare workers in Turkey can be seen performing a ‘Penguin Dance’ to celebrate the recovery of a patient from coronavirus. The performance has been spreading happiness and hope to patients leaving after a strenuous quarantine period. Doctors across the world have adopted this powerful act of encouragement to spread cheer in these gloomy times.

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Winn-Dixie floors healthcare workers with their thank you gesture

Happiness Shot from New Orleans|April 19, 2020

Supermarkets like Winn-Dixie decided to express their gratitude to the first responders and healthcare workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic. All supermarkets owned by Southeastern Grocers gave free groceries to essential workers. This sweet gesture was inspired by Tyler Perry’s challenge after he paid for groceries of the elderly at all 29 Winn-Dixie locations and 44 Kroger supermarkets around the Atlanta area.

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Andrea Bocelli performs on Easter for millions worldwide

Happiness Shot from Milan|April 18, 2020

Andrea Bocelli, an Italian tenor, performed a virtual concert with an organist in an empty Cathedral in Milan to celebrate the occasion of Easter with millions around the globe. The performance called ‘Music for Hope’ acted as a symbol of comfort and recovery after the deadly outbreak of coronavirus in Italy. The visually impaired singer performed four soulful songs, the streaming of which has been viewed over 22 million times.

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Geography enthusiast gets a birthday surprise from Twitteratis

Happiness Shot from Texas|April 18, 2020

12-year-old Brandon Smith’s dad wanted to make sure that his son’s birthday was special despite the coronavirus outbreak. Brandon being an avid map enthusiast, his dad decided to use Twitter to make his son’s birthday exciting. He asked Twiteeratis to reply with their location so Brandon could mark it on a map. The now-viral tweet gained thousands of replies, including a video from Antarctica, leaving Brandon completely ecstatic!

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Brazil illuminates Christ the Redeemer statue

Happiness Shot from Brazil|April 18, 2020

Brazil created a light show on the famous Christ the Redeemer statue as a tribute to the medical staff fighting the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The iconic statue was lit with messages of gratitude in various languages, along with videos and pictures of healthcare workers to convey the deepest appreciation for their valiant efforts. Flags of countries that continue to be affected by COVID-19 were also projected to show solidarity in these tough times.

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Woman creates platform to help the vulnerable

Happiness Shot from Dubai|April 17, 2020

A simple social media message has turned into a movement called ‘UAE Buddy, ’ which connects people who are willing to help with people who need support. Started by Anna MacMillan, the purpose of this initiative is to show solidarity and togetherness even as the world practices social distancing. The volunteers offer all sorts of support- walking pets to getting groceries to even talking on the phone to alleviate loneliness.

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Bhopal doctor prioritizes the safety of family

Happiness Shot from Bhopal|April 17, 2020

Dr Sachin Nayak has been quarantining in his car to avoid endangering his family’s life amid coronavirus. He has been selflessly in his car with only necessities and a mattress to make sure his family remains protected. He has received tremendous gratitude as he continues to help fight against coronavirus tirelessly while compassionately protecting his family.

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Uncommon wedding proposal during lockdown

Happiness Shot from Lebanon|April 17, 2020

Mohammad Samad gave his long-time girlfriend a surreal and unforgettable proposal in Lebanon despite coronavirus isolation. He organized a surprise wherein he wore a ‘coronavirus suit’ and arranged for a special crane to forklift him to the second-floor balcony of his girlfriend. He knelt and proposed, which swept her off her feet. She was captivated and amazed by his grand effort and grander gesture.

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