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 "Weekly Happynings" (yes, we meant to spell it that way) was born.
The Weekly Happynings is a newsletter that will highlight ONLY happy news from week(s) 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 a small blurb summarizing what the piece is about; along with some other fun treats mixed in.
It's an endeavor near and dear to our hearts, and we hope you enjoy it. We have certainly enjoyed compiling it.
95 years ago, the Nineteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote. For 70 years, woman suffragists battled for the right(s) that we all enjoy today.
Titled Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur the ongoing series is, in part, inspired by Jack Kirby’s Devil Dinosaur published by Marvel in 1978.
As space-lovers everywhere continue to ponder the mysteries of the skies and our solar system, today (July 14), NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft provided the first in-detail image of Pluto.
Not long ago, 18 year-old Madeline Stuart, an inspiring teenager with down syndrome, set her sights on becoming a model. She made it happen.
A teacher in Liverpool, England shared a touching letter she received after inspiring one of her students to come out.
As more and more women continue to prove themselves to be just as ambitious and strong as men, two in particular are about to make history as the first females to graduate from the Army’s grueling and exhausting Ranger School.
Last week a federal judge mandated a city law that will now require all pet stores in Phoenix, AZ to stock only dogs from shelters, putting an end to “puppy mills” and the over breeding of puppies for pet stores.
Take a cute baby deer and have it do adorable things with the fluffiest little rabbit ever, and you’re bound to squeal yourself into a happy fit.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory predicts that, for those under ideal observing conditions (clear dark skies with no interference from city lights), this year’s Perseid meteor shower could spawn up to 100 meteors per hour.
If you find yourself in London this summer, make sure you get to London Zoo so that you may get a glimpse of the precious baby sloth Edward!
Seeing someone ride the waves on a surfboard is nothing new, but seeing someone cruising along on a dirt bike, in the ocean, riding waves? Okay, that’s new.
Dan Pauly and his company, The Rustic Way, design and construct small buildings that could be from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book.
When twelve canine veterans came home after serving in the United States armed forces, they were left in limbo with no one to care for them. A kennel owner stepped up and chose to take them under his wing.
12-year-old Matthew Flores of Sandy, Utah was in that unfortunate situation until an unlikely hero stepped in to give the boy’s story a happy ending.
Poachers have been all over the news recently, with Cecil the lion highlighting the issue to a wider audience. And now Prince Harry has joined the fight in South Africa.
Don Jaquish has planted four miles of sunflowers in honour of his late wife, Babbette.
The DC Comics Super Hero Cafe, a chain officially licensed by DC Comics in Asia, has debuted their newest burger – the Dark Knight Mini Wagyu Beef Burger.
On Tuesday (August 18), Ryan North decided to go for a walk with his dog, Chompsky. At one point it started to rain, and later he climbed into a skate bowl to get (an admittedly cool) picture of Chompsky. He got stuck, and Twitter surprised everyone by actually being helpful.
The Silver Linings section is a place for optimists; where we try to appreciate incredibly moving and amazing things that never would have been without the tragedies that spawned them. That's the thing about silver linings. For them to even exist, there must first be darkness. But from darkness comes light, and from light comes goodness. We would all do well to remember that.
Silver Lining: The woman pictured above, Syeda Ghulam Fatima, has been fighting bonded labor in Pakistan brick kilns for years, and has been beaten and harassed multiple times for her efforts. The Humans of New York blog did a 7-series feature on Fatima and her efforts, and HIS efforts inspired the world to donate more than $2 million dollars in a country where the dollar is worth 5X more. It will change their lives. Further proving how art truly can be transformative.
400-Year-Old Bonsai Tree Has Endured An Atomic Blast Silver lining: This bonsai tree lived through an atomic blast. This tree also just-so-happens to be 400 years. Bonsai: 1, atomic blast: 0.
Silver Lining: Never in a million years will it be okay that Robin Williams is gone. However, when creative people mourn, they find solace in creating some truly beautiful art. Robin's tributes are especially moving.
Silver Lining: It's almost gag-worthy. He and his wife open a sanctuary for rescued animals?! Like, STAHP, JON. We already know you're perfect. Oh, and Tracey? Luckiest woman alive, and also incredibly lovely, kind and generous. Ugh. So cute.
Silver Lining: Cheaters never prosper, and the dark internet just proved that. Yeah, it sucks that your personal information was invaded, but karma has a way of worming its way in.
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I hope you have enjoyed our very first Weekly Happynings newsletter. Be sure and check back every Friday for more happy news!