Heartwarming Photos That Show There Is Still Good in the World
Paying a Dog Back for Its Loyalty
The maxim “a dog is a man’s best friend” is much more than just a common phrase — it’s as close to absolute truth as you’ll find. Throughout the 15 thousand-year-long history of our relationship, dogs have proven to be our most faithful companions, our protectors, our guards and our guides.
That loyalty deserves a reward. This image shows a man who takes his sick dog every evening to a lake for a swim because the water helps relieve dog’s pain.
A Hospital's Superhero Window Cleaners
Most of us can only imagine how hard it must be to be a child who spends his or her days bedridden in a hospital while the rest of their friends go to school, hang out at a playground and generally live their lives the way all children should _ with the smiles on their faces.
That’s why the window cleaners from a Memphis cleaning company has decided to dress up as kids’ favorite superheroes and have Batman, Superman, Spiderman and other members of this mighty fellowship wash the windows at the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
Some people tend to believe that winning is everything, but we’d say that helping others win is much more than that; it’s an achievement with no measurable values and benefits other than personal satisfaction.
Marathon runner Jacqueline Kiplimo from Kenya knows that best. This image of her helping a disabled runner finish a 2010 marathon in Taiwan, even though she knew it would cost her the win, went viral. But we all know Kiplimo didn’t do it for glory, but because it was the right thing to do.
Haircuts for the Homeless
Mark Bustos is a hair stylist whose story truly restores faith in humanity. This young man, originally from the Philippines, works hard in his New York barbershop from Monday to Saturday, having only Sunday as a day off.
Unlike most of us, he does not use his only day off to take a break, but rather goes out to the streets of New York City in search of homeless individuals who need a haircut but can’t afford it.
There are times when life gets so complicated that some people may not see a way out from their troubles other than taking the drastic measure of suicide. When something like that happens, when an individual reaches the point of no return, sometimes kindness can save them.
This image shows an officer successfully talking a distraught man out of committing suicide. Eight years later the rescued man, now the father of two children, gave the officer an award at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
A Community Comes Together
Being autistic can be a difficult condition to live with, and sometimes a lack of support and social isolation can make the lives of those with the autism even harder — especially in early childhood.
When no classmates showed up for this young autistic boy’s birthday party, his mom reached out on Facebook and asked for help. The people of her community united together, with firefighters, police officers and local kids coming out to help celebrate the big day.
The Kitten Rescuer
Hundreds of people could of walk right by this canal without even noticing a drowning kitten, not because they are careless or rude, but simply because most of them are too wrapped up in their own worries to see someone else’s troubles.
But not the man in this photo, The moment he spotted a poor drowning kitten with no hope of surviving by itself, he didn’t waste a moment and ran down to help, umbrella at the ready.
Risking Life and Limb for a Lamb
When a group of young people went for a walk on the island of Giske in Norway with the idea of trying out their friend’s new camera, they couldn’t imagine their outing would turn into a rescue mission.
Two young men by the names of Erik and Torvald didn’t think twice before rushing to help a drowning lamb. These brave boys risked their lives to save a poor animal from dying in the freezing ocean.
The Very Lucky Duck
Norway’s Lars Jørun Langøien was on the way to his daily ice bath (he’s kinda crazy like that) when he saw a duck caught under the ice on a lake. Since he was already in his swimsuit, it didn’t take him more than just a few moments to get to the poor bird and rescue it.
It made for instantaneous best buddies in the making, and Lars, who witnesses say actually gave the duck mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, earned himself a place in the hearts of animal lovers everywhere.
A Child's Generosity
This lovely Canadian girl has donated $40 to a local animal shelter, but the story behind it is worth so much more.
The young lady you see here, Kiana, came up with a brilliant idea how to help animals in need. She decided to sell her stuffed animals and donate the money to the animal shelter. She included this with this fantastic note she wrote herself: “I sold my stuffed animals, so real animals can get better care. I got $40 bucks for you!”
Compassion During Wartime
Even in the worst times of war and despair, some people gather strength to take care not only of themselves and their fellow sufferers but also the most innocent of all, including animals.
This image was taken right after a heavy mortar attack near Bunker Hill during the Korean War. It shows a US Marine sitting in a trench and holding this tiny little kitten in his hands, trying to feed it with a straw.
Making Granny Feel Better
Old age doesn’t come easy to a lot of people, but with a little bit of help and support from family and friends getting older doesn’t have to be too painful.
The young man in this photo went to the hospital to visit his 84-year-old grandmother, who was a bit embarrassed to be wearing a nightgown during the day. Her grandson wanted to calm her and told her that it actually looked very comfortable, and the granny immediately offered him one to wear as well.
Cleaning Up People Who Want a Job
A wise person once said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” It seems that good people from this dry cleaning business follow the same basic principle, but slightly tweaked — they offer a free dry clean for people who are jobless and looking for work.
The sign on their front door reads: “If you are unemployed and need an outfit clean for an interview, we can clean it for free.”
Holiday Cheer for the Homeless
There’s no more appropriate time to show sympathy and kindness to strangers than Christmas. The holiday season and the festive spirit often brings out the best of us, but the people in this photo truly nailed it.
This image shows two amazing individuals pretending to be elves on a mission of helping and cheering up the homeless by secretly bringing them some food and gifts. In this case, they even had a Christmas tree to make the surprise complete.
The Shoveling Paramedics
Every rose has its thorn, of course, but it’s really hard to imagine an uncaring person working as a first responder. Still, the story of these paramedics exceeds most people’s expectations.
It was a cold winter day when 911 received a call about an elderly man who had a heart attack. Apparently, he was shoveling his driveway when this tragedy struck him.
The paramedics took the man to the hospital, but then came back to his house and finished the shoveling for him.
Being Helpful in Lousy Weather
Even the smallest acts of kindness like holding a door for someone or offering a seat to in a crowded subway can make a whole lot of difference, both for the person who offered help and the individual who received it.
This photo is such a great example of that. It shows a Wendy’s employee who ran outside on a wet day to help protect an elderly man from a good soaking by holding a patio table umbrella over him.
Playtime — for Everyone
Most of the playgrounds we know of are designed and built for rough and tumble youngsters, but what about children with disabilities and special needs? Don’t they like to play too?
The community of Longview, Texas, came up with a plan to create six playgrounds around the city that children in wheelchairs can also enjoy.
These playgrounds include swings specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs, and by working together with service clubs and private organizations Longview citizens raised $50,000 to make it all happen.
Saving a Kitten
It’s an unfortunate truth that house fires pose a great threat not only to human lives but the lives of animals too. Thanks to brave firefighter and their kindness, many pets get rescued together with their owners.
This amazing image shows one of the firefighter heroes administering oxygen to a tiny kitten after he rescued it from a fire. According to a Missoulian newspaper, the sweet kitty emergency crews nicknamed Smokey was resuscitated by firefighter Brett Cunniff before being handed off to paramedics.
Firefighters Don't Just Rescue People
This image of a hissing, scared to death cat is just one more amazing example of how brave and dedicated firefighters are, not only in counties like America but across the globe.
The photo we have here was taken in a city in Russia. It captures the moment right after a fearless firefighter managed to rescue this frightened and shocked cat from a burning apartment building and bring it down to safety.
Books From the Heart
The noble deeds of good people should never go unnoticed, even when they wish to remain anonymous. Such is the case of a San Diego man who gave his Kindle to a homeless person.
This good Samaritan was on a business trip in Las Vegas when he met Paul, a man living on the street with only a guitar and an old book. After learning about Paul’s passion for reading he decided to give him his Kindle loaded with over 300 books, plus the address where Paul could send the device to have more books added to it.
Shoes From a Stranger
Who would have ever guessed that a pair of shoes could bring tears to a person’s eyes? The smallest of things (like ordinary sandals in this case) that most of us take for granted can mean the world to someone who has nothing.
This image, which manages to be both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, was taken in Rio De Janeiro and shows the moment when a man offered his own footwear to a homeless girl he just met on the street.
Teamwork Saves the Day
When a young woman accidentally slipped into a gap as she was getting off a train at Minami-Urawa station in Tokyo, no one pretended to be too busy to notice. Instead, dozens of commuters joined together to help her out.
They all stood in line together and managed to push a massive train car away from the platform just enough to set the woman free. According to BBC news, she was successfully pulled to safety with no significant injuries.
Help for a Veteran
Mike Sulsona served as a Marine in Vietnam when he lost both his legs after stepping on a landmine. Due to his honorable service, Sergeant Sulsona was later awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal.
Unfortunately, more than 40 years later, he didn’t receive what he needed the most — a new wheelchair, at least not before his worn down one literally fell apart in a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center.
Thanks to the Lowe’s employees who jumped right to do the needed repairs and this picture, Mr. Sulsona was fitted for a new chair from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Crowd Surfing for Everyone
A friend in need is a friend indeed. Judging from this image, the young man in this photo has a whole lot of friends, if not literally then at least symbolically at the concert of his favorite band.
This picture was taken at a Korn concert in Moscow and managed to capture a perfect moment of joy, not just for this young man, but for all of the fans who were holding his wheelchair and helped him crowd surf.
Saving Orphaned Animals No Matter the Cost
We all know how devoted and loyal dogs can be to their owners, but the good news is dog lovers are equally faithful and dedicated to their beloved four-legged friends.
When a fire broke out on this man’s property and threatened to kill the dogs he nursed in his animal orphanage, 82-year-old Perry Boore rushed to save them. He didn’t waste a moment to think about his own safety and suffered serious facial burns in the process.