There is a universal law that we internet users have accepted as fact: A lot of the world sucks, hard, and you must be prepared to feel the weight of humanity on your shoulders to enjoy the web.
Be it misogyny, discrimination, genocide, racism, any myriad of “phobias,” natural disasters, sexual and/or child abuse, or war and all of its byproducts; you name it, the internet is teeming with it. One could quite easily turn into a bitter and cynical shell of their former, shiny self spending any amount of time online.
After lamenting over this bad-news-heavy world we live in with some of my lovely and not-at-all terrible staff, we decided it was time to start a good news revolution. Thus “The Happynings” (yes, we meant to spell it that way) was born.
The Happynings is a newsletter that will highlight ONLY happy news from weeks before. This is not an attempt to gloss over the bad news, as we will still report all of that as normal. This is simply meant to be a one-stop-shop of happy news to try and balance out the bad. Need a pick-me-up? We’ve undoubtedly got it. Need a good, happy cry? You’ve come to the right place! We will include a photo from the piece, the headline hyper-linked back and some other fun treats mixed in.
Prepare to feel the love.
Koko: "Hello, kitteh. You're so fluffy and soft and cute, let me love you."
The rest of the universe: "AwwwwwWWWWW!"
Sesame Street has always been known for helping break down barriers in regards to childhood learning, and they've once again proven they're simply the best.
For the brave men and women of the armed forces, it can sometimes be hard to make a home away from home while deployed. Stack-Up.org is making easier for troops to have a piece of home with them, simply by supplying them with video games. It's the little things.
Oh, you're telling me it's possible to make a pill to help fight AIDS and NOT price gouge because you're a vast, sh*tty pile of human wasteland? YAY! Suck it, Shkreli.
Kate Winslet has been very outspoken about publications photoshopping the crap out of her, and how she does not even remotely approve. Way to stand up to the uneven 'beauty standards' of the entertainment industry and be your damn fine self, Kate!
Another outspoken, brilliant, gorgeous woman standing up to the crappy beauty expectations of entertainment? Yes. More of this, please!
Renowned ultra-nerd Vin Diesel stopped by Geek & Sundry for a quick, and hysterical, game of Dungeons and Dragons. Man, what I'd give to roll crazy amounts of dice with this guy.
We knew our beloved Jon couldn't stay away from us for too long, and what better outlet to make his great return on than HBO? Hand the man the reins, and we'll be there to laugh and cry alongside him once more.
A Greek man named George owns a restaurant in Michigan. Every year, he offers a free Thanksgiving meal to the homeless and to those without family members. George is a saint of epic proportions.
Sometimes fate smiles down upon humankind, gifting people with a missing life puzzle piece. After spending a couple decades apart, and not even being sure if there were other siblings out there, Holly and Meagan were reunited while working at the same hospital.
The day after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beruit, the only mosque in Peterborough, Ontario was set aflame. The local religious communities rallied behind this fallen place of worship, raising money to help build a new one. When an entire religion is under the microscope for the acts of a few, it's heartwarming to see people put their beliefs aside to simply help one another.
AS ALWAYS... THE OBLIGATORY VIDEOS-OF-THINGS-THAT-MAKE-US-GIGGLE-UNCONTROLLABLY SECTION
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV7jILLcx_A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npTC6b5-yvM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MFUvxS_Tt0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlkNrPmIqPI