Happiness & Hope

Need a pick-me-up? These feel-good tales of people changing the world for the better will restore your confidence in humanity and put a spring in your step.

Your Fuzzy Antidote to Sadness: Alpacas!

In a time when there is so much division, comfort can still be found in the world around us. We’re pulling our favorite sweater over our heads and coming out to the other side to celebrate an animal who has been gifting us relief for centuries! With an alpaca's undeniably cute underbite and "super fiber" fleece, your hard day is about to become a little softer!
Image: Beluga peering at a childs hand on aquarium glass

A True Tale of Finding a Best Friend in a Beluga Whale

Can an unlikely friendship help save an entire species? When an aquarium trainer met her counterpoint in a friendly beluga whale, a bond was formed that can teach us more than we ever dreamed possible. Let's dive into a real-life story that will have you heading to the nearest aquarium in search of a new best friend!
Source: Three older women smiling walking in a neighborhood with GirlTrek. One is giving a thumbs up, the others are waving

Does Walking Have the Power to Save Lives and Uplift Communities?

Have you noticed that the first steps to solving our biggest problems are often right there in front of us, so clear that they're invisible? GirlTrek is turning the simple act of walking around the block into a revolutionary way to save lives and improve the safety of communities! Here's how. 
Image: Doctor sitting next to a hospital bed, wearing blue scrubs and a Mickey Mouse patterned head cap, interacting with a young girl who's sticking her tongue out. Feeling is joyful!

The Inspiring Craft That’s Saving Doctors’ Lives! 

There is a "medicine" available to all of us that parents have been delivering in whispers to their children before they close their eyes at night. It's totally free, as old as human existence, and has proven time and time again to be what we're built on! Now, it's being used to save our healthcare workers' lives!
Image: Older gentleman stands in front of his barber shop

When Is a Haircut More Than a Haircut?

Where do you go where you're welcomed like a true friend? COVID-19 has made these places really stand out, like our salons, for instance. But even with closed doors, some of these barbers and hairdressers are finding ways to keep that connection going. Here's a fun look at why!
Image: details of a quilt by Keiko Ohno

We’ve Caught Quilt Fever, Have You?!

Thousands of joyous people flock to the tiny town of Paducah, Kentucky every year to celebrate one particularly special pastime they all have in common. And the reason for such fanfare and togetherness will have you pulling out your most treasured items to hold them close! 
Image: Karimal Haque on his bike ambulance

When Two Wheels Save Over Five Thousand Lives!

How many people does it take to transform the life of another? Or to change their future completely? Most of us know instinctively that the answer is one. Here's a story that starts with that 1:1 ratio and ends up at 1:5,000! What could we each be doing? Here's your inspiration to get creative with what you have.
Image: Aceto kissing a lemon!

The Daring Tradition of a Very Special Lemon Farmer

There is a remarkable person teetering on cliff edges to get to the fruit of a tree who has something to teach us all.  Gigino the Lemon Man is 80-years-old and may be the best (and last) person to show us why some traditions can add all the sweetness we need to life. 
Image: Squirrel hanging off of a bird feeder

Can Squirrels Outsmart a NASA Engineer?

These fuzzy backyard bandits are breaking into bird feeders across the globe! But can this former NASA engineer design a squirrel-proof bird feeder? Check out this ingenious course he came up with, meet the contenders, and prepare for the most amazing—and hilarious—look at how our squirrel friends work their magic!

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