Have you tried searching for hope on the internet? Positive thinking is hard to do when we’re bombarded by bad news every day. There are still wars, crimes, diseases, nasty political battles, and more reasons to worry about the world. But there’s also good news. It’s not as flashy as the scary stuff, so we tend to pass it by, but good things still happen every day. Here are some stories from around the web that inspire hope for the world we live in:
Using Craigslist to Save Lives
There’s good news on Craigslist. Like many of us, the Flood sisters posted an ad on Craigslist, looking for an unusual used item. Unlike most Craigslisters, they weren’t looking for furniture, cars or anything unsavory. What they needed was a living kidney donor for their seriously ill father. The three sisters had all been tested, but none of them was a match for their dad. Their positive thinking paid off! After over 100 responses and a great deal of free publicity for their unusual idea, they found a woman who was a match and willing to donate her own kidney to save a man she didn’t know. Both donor and patient are doing well after the transplant. The good news goes on: Riding on their new-found fame, the sisters created the non-profit Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America, which is saving more lives by matching living kidney donors with patients who need them.
Reaching Out: Free Hugs on Campus
There’s even good news on college campuses. Kemy Joseph, a graduate student at the University of Miami, has an unusual hobby: He goes out of his way to brighten the lives of his fellow students with simple acts of affection. For the past two years, Joseph has been well known on campus for wearing signs with slogans like, “UR Awsome,” while giving out high-fives, candy and hugs to anyone who’ll take them. Many were suspicious at first, but the school community has come to trust Joseph, knowing that he has no ulterior motives. He’s just out to share positive thinking and human support with anyone who needs an extra boost. “I just want to do something that I would want to happen to me,” Joseph explains.
Bad news is flashy, it sells advertising time, and it’s all too easy to come by. Keep in mind, though, that there is still plenty of good news. Want to see more? We’ve posted a list of news sites that specialize in happy stories.