Sometimes the world can be a dark, dark place. But where there’s shadow, there is also light. People aren’t always awful, and life can be oh so beautiful.
Unfortunately the good deed stories are sometimes lost in the constant media coverage of crime, war, and hatred. That’s not to say those aren’t important issues, but it’s just as important for us to recognize the the unsung heroes that make the world a brighter place.
Below are 21 pictures that helped me realize what it means to be human. It means stepping outside your comfort zone to help a stranger. To be selfless. To embrace fear and overcome it. And it means to love.
I hope these pictures brighten your day just a little bit. Share this with your family and friends, as a reminder that we’re all together on this crazy journey called life.
#1 – An exchange between a protestor and a solider in Brazil
#2 – Chicago Christians showed up at a gay pride parade to apologize for homophobia in the Church
…and the reaction from the parade
#3 – Japanese senior citizens (such as the hero below) volunteered to tackle the nuclear crisis at Fukushima power station, so that young people wouldn’t have to subject themselves to radiation
#4 – Two Norwegian guys rescuing a sheep from the ocean
#5 – Bless the hearts of these bookshop owners!
#6 – Kinda an oldie but still great: a poll about what Snooki should name her child
#7 – This magical moment captures an Ohio athlete who stopped to help an injured competitor across the finish line during a track meet
#8 – An exchange between a 3-year-old girl and a shopping center
The next one put a little lump in my throat. If you haven’t already, please Like or Share this post, to unlock the rest of the content:
#9 – This note that was handed to a waiter along with a $20 bill by an elderly lady in his restaurant
#10 – A sign outside one awesome Subway restaurant
#11 – A picture of a villager carrying stranded kittens to dry land during floods in Cuttack City, India
#12 – Sign outside a generous drycleaner’s
#13 – A man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro
#14 – This picture is of a firefighter administering oxygen to a cat rescued from a house fire
#15 – …and so is this one
#16 – A Guatemalan girl interacts with a tourist she just met
#17 – A neighbour’s kind gesture
#18 – These photos are of two children collaborating to rescue a dog who had fallen into a ravine
#19 – This note was written on a young family’s cheque
#20 – These pictures capture a man jumping into rough waters to rescue a stranger’s Shih Tzu in Melbourne
And finally, here’s a final picture of two best friends hanging out on a swing 🙂