With the holidays quickly approaching, there’s no better time than the present to ignore all of the negativity in the world, and pay homage to some of the truly great people out there.
It’s not everyday you encounter a human being that can genuinely make your day in a positive way. These days, it’s all about road rage and impatience and it can be hard to connect with fellow humans when you’re out in public doing your day to day business.
So, in the spirit of the holidays, we thought it would be really nice to dedicate this list to fifteen people who have restored our faith in humanity. They are few are far between in 2017, and deserve a shout out more than anyone else.
So, here goes nothing!
15 Unsung Heroes: Janitor Edition
Even though they don’t get the respect that they deserve, janitors really are the real MVPs out there. They have to put up with a lot of crap (literally) and don’t get paid nearly enough for their trouble.
This is why it’s so unbelievably precious that all of these kids lined up to get their school janitor to sign their yearbooks.
Most youngsters these days wouldn’t get caught dead in a line like that because of the fear of losing some cool points. But, these kiddos looked right past that and decided to give credit where credit is definitely due.
Just imagine how that janitor must have felt seeing all of those kids lined up eager to get his signature. Can you say totally adorable, because we sure can.
14 Saved From the Slaughter
If you haven’t heard of the Yulin festival s in China, then let’s just say you’re really lucky. Also, please don’t Google it, because it’s really gruesome.
It's not even about the fact that they're dogs, but there’s just something unsettling about seeing a bunch of fuzzy faces being sent off to slaughter, whether we're talking pigs, cows, or what we culturally believe to be pets. You just don’t see that everyday, so it’s hard to accept it as truth when you do.
But, as upsetting as it is to see, there are people out there who don’t partake in the activity and instead choose to save these pups from their impending doom whenever they can.
So, if for whatever reason you’re having a bad day and need a pick me up, just take a gander at the look on this man’s face and all the adorable dogs around him enjoying life. It’s enough to bring tears to your eyes.
13 ER Sleepovers Are the Best Sleepovers
No one, absolutely no one, wants to have to take their pet to an emergency vet clinic. If you’ve never been caught in this scenario, rest assured, it’s a nightmare and not something you’d want to wish on your worst enemy.
That being said, there’s no greater feeling than the relief that washes over you when your pet jumps into your arms after they’ve been patched up by the docs at the ER.
However, there is one feeling that comes close, and it’s the feeling that the good dude in this photo must have felt when he sacked out on the linoleum floor awaiting his dog’s morning procedure.
Something about this picture tells us that these two are going to be each other’s companions for many, many years to come.
12 Coming In Clutch With the Turtle Save
Although you won’t necessarily hear it on the nightly news, there are places all over the world where sea turtle soup, and many other turtle-based dishes are consumed in huge quantities. Of the people chowing down on this particular delicacy, many are wealthy and many have the means to leisurely enjoy this fare whenever they want to.
Problem is, sea turtles of all shapes and sizes are growing increasingly endangered due to these individuals’ penchant for the exotic.
Luckily for these flippered sea cuties, there is someone out there who is taking a stand and rescuing them before they’re sent to market to become just another hunk of meat on someone’s plate.
Whoever you are, we salute you, kind sir, and we appreciate what you’re doing out there to help these critters.
11 In the Morning, I'm Making Waffles
When natural disasters strike, it’s not just people who are affected. Animals in these areas are often devastated by the effects of these kinds of events and can take a long time to fully rebuild themselves and their habitats.
Fortunately, many animals have sort of a sixth sense for when some bad juju is heading their way. But, there are others, much like this donkey, who might not be as in touch with the environment as their furry brothers and sisters.
Thankfully, there was a wonderful woman watching out for this donkey on this stormy day who was able to get him out of harm’s way. And for that we couldn’t be happier, because there’s nothing that warms our hearts more than seeing a huge smile like that across an animal's face.
10 I Gotchu, Boo
This is one of those heartwarming photos that honestly begs a few questions.
For example, whose dog is that sitting comfortably under that umbrella? Does the dog belong to the kid keeping his furry friend out of the rain, or is it just a well-behaved stray that likes to kick it off-leash?
We aren’t quite sure what to make of this, but one thing that we are certain of is that this is absolutely adorable.
Unless you’re Rupert Holmes and you’re five margaritas deep, there’s a good chance getting caught in the rain isn’t exactly your favorite activity. But, something you may have never thought of is whether or not dogs enjoy the occasional, impromptu downpour.
It seems that this dog is pretty stoked to be under an umbrella, so we are assuming he’s of the variety that likes to pair his Pina Coladas with dry conditions.
9 Burritos Here, Get Your Burritos Here
Homelessness all over the world is a fairly divisive issue. There are people out there who empathize with these unfortunate souls, and there are others who prefer to turn a blind eye to them and ignore the problem at hand.
But, one thing that we can all agree on, is that whoever owns this coffee shop had the right idea when it came to deciding what to do with the leftovers at the end of the day.
Most restaurants would just toss these burritos out, never to be enjoyed by anyone ever again. Not this restaurant though. Instead, this shop simply leaves their leftover burritos on a windowsill for homeless people to snatch up when they don’t have the money for a hot meal.
Now if only every restaurant and coffee shop did this.
8 A Pinball Wizard For the People
As a kid, there was nothing better than waking up on the first day of summer and knowing you had pretty much free reign to romp around town with your friends and soak up the sun. Finally, you could dedicate your time to just being a kid and being active and enjoying everything that life threw at you.
Unfortunately, not every kid gets to have this same experience. There are kids who are sick and kids who can’t revel in all the craziness that a lot of their peers do. It’s nothing short of tragic, and we truly wish life didn’t have to deal out such crummy hands from time to time.
As sad as it is though, there is sometimes a silver lining. Case and point: the scenario depicted in the picture above. Whoever it was that won all those toys and gave them up to this sick child, we owe you a serious pat on the back.
7 This Kid's Rollin' Deep
At schools and universities all around the world, young minds and bodies are being exposed to bullying in a really big way. Day and in and day out, you hear stories of truly atrocious things happening to students at the hands of their peers. It’s enough to make you sick and it’s hard for parents these days to watch their children go off to school.
You truly have to be tough to survive in this big, bad world. So, who better to accompany this boy with down syndrome to his first day of class than a local motorcycle club?
Children with disabilities are especially susceptible to bullies, so we thought it was so moving to see these rough and tumble bikers escort this young man to school.
6 The Right Kind of Gentleman's Club
It’s a story you hear all too often: boy meets girl, girl gets pregnant, boy flees the scene to leave the now mama bear to raise her young all on her own.
For any kid, being without a fully functional family unit can be really difficult, especially if one of their parents ran out on the other one. It’s just a painful situation for everyone involved.
Luckily, there are kind-hearted individuals out there like this South Carolina school teacher who took it upon himself to start his own version of a Gentleman’s Club, and teach these fatherless, young boys all the things their dads never would.
Groups such as these need to be more prevalent in the school system. The difference this teacher is making in these students' lives is monumental, and definitely something we want to see more of.
5 Thanks, Dad
As a parent, as your children get older, the only thing you can hope for is that they turn out even better than you did. You want them to be more properly equipped for all of the many woes in life, and you want them to grow up to be the kind of role model that their future kids will look up to and aspire to be.
There are countless parents out there who are raising their kids just like this, but you don’t really hear about them that often. However, after seeing this photo, we want to give a huge shoutout to the dad rocking the soaked dress shirt just so his kid can stay dry.
And for all you future dads out there, take a lesson from this guy. He knows what’s up.
4 I'm Not Crying, You're Crying
Okay, so, as you’ve gone through this list, you’ve probably noticed that some entries are noticeably more sappy than others. We wanted this list to be a bit of a tear jerker, but we didn’t want to overwhelm our readers with emotions.
That is until now.
The caption of this photo really says it all. It doesn’t need much editorializing on our part due to just how unbelievably beautiful it is.
If you’re able to look at this and not get even the slightest bit choked up, then you are certainly tougher than us. Because as soon as we found this picture, we knew it would not only be a shoo in for this list, but also one that would leave us feeling wispy for quite some time.
It’s really just one of those pictures that makes you want to call your dad and tell him you love him.
3 These Bonds Don't Break
When it comes to siblings, it can be hard to keep the peace. It seems a lot of brothers and sisters and otherwise can either get along swimmingly, or have a bit of a hard time not getting under each other’s skin.
As you get older, you definitely learn to appreciate your siblings more, but when you’re a kid...let’s just say we hope mom and dad are nearby to break up the craziness when it happens.
Sometimes, it just works though, and it’s truly something to be celebrated. And that’s why we thought this photo would be such a great inclusion on this list.
These two peas definitely have each other’s back. We just hope that bond continues to strengthen throughout their adolescence and into adulthood.
2 Saved By the Bill
We aren’t sure if this man’s name is actually Bill, but we can be sure that he’s saved quite a few people from their imminent, not to mention untimely, demise over the years.
Although there are those out there who would say otherwise, depression and anxiety are absolutely terrible afflictions that many people struggle with on a daily basis. These disorders can manifest in countless ways, and more often than not, cut people's lives tragically short.
So, it’s really incredible to see one man make such a difference in so many people’s lives, and all from the comforts of his own home!
You’d never guess that living next to a cliff would be such a responsibility, but this guy knows firsthand just how dangerous it can be, especially for those who are at the end of their ropes.
1 The Power of Music
Anyone who’s ever been to a concert has probably felt the power that music has over people. It doesn’t even really matter what genre the band they were watching chooses to fit into, music just has such an emotional effect on the people who are listening to it.
And although concerts have been the setting for some of the most tragic events in recent history, people still flock to venues in droves trying to get a piece of the action.
And a piece of the action is exactly what this young man got when he was lifted from the ground in his wheelchair and surfed around the crowd. What an amazing feeling that must have been for him.
To see everyone in attendance rallying around him and literally supporting him is just so perfect. The world needs more moments like this one.