23 good, heartwarming news stories shining amid the coronavirus pandemic
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If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the news updates, we’re right there with you. But the beautiful thing is, there is still so much good happening around us. From rainbow drawings on windows to furry friends finding happy homes — good news stories of kindness, optimism, and lovable goofiness are shining through all over the world. And we can’t get enough of them!

Here are 23 good news stories brightening our days amid the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope they put as big of a smile on your face as they did for us. 

23 good news stories shining amid the COVID-19 outbreak

1. Quieter beaches may be giving turtles much-needed peace

With fewer people on beaches comes less trash and fewer disturbances, which may be giving sea turtles the peacefulness they need to thrive. Especially since spring is mating and nesting season for turtles, it’s particularly important they have some extra space.

2. Bears are *thriving* in Yosemite

What happens when tourists aren’t around? Well, bears have more room to themselves!

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Yosemite National Park is home to about 300-500 black bears. Though there hasn't been an increase in their population since the park closure, bears have been seen more frequently than usual, likely due to the absence of visitors in Yosemite Valley. If you tuned into our Facebook livestream yesterday, wildlife biologist Ranger Katie showed us how Yosemite's bear team uses radio collars to track some of the park's bears, and we picked up the signal of a large male bear in the meadow nearby! Shortly afterward, that same bear was caught on camera by one of our volunteers, who watched from the window of the Rangers' Club as it climbed up a nearby tree. The bear sat high on a branch for a little while and then struggled to decide how to safely get back down, making this one of the more entertaining wildlife sightings we've had this spring! Head over to our Facebook page to view yesterday's livestream, and check out www.KeepBearsWild.org for more information about protecting Yosemite's iconic bears! #Yosemite #NationalPark

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So, while there isn’t an increase in bear populations, there are definitely more sightings of bears doing their thing — like climbing trees and grazing on grass (dreamy).

3. People in India are seeing the Himalayas for the first time in decades

According to CNN, people in India are reporting seeing the Himalayas for the first time in decades due to the reduction from air pollution since the stay-at-home orders.

4. Canals in Venice are clearer and quieter

Less boat traffic = clearer canals = necessary ecological reset.

5. John Krasinski makes life lighter with “Some Good News” 

Let’s just say, the first episode of John Krasinski’s YouTube show has a special visit from Steve Carell and an inspiring cancer survivor. And the second includes a full blown “Hamilton” performance.

P.S. Just don’t forget to grab tissues for all the happy tears!

6. Furry friends are finding more foster homes

According to the TODAY Show, Petpoint researched 1,200 animal welfare organizations. And they saw an overall 93 percent increase in animals going into foster homes during the week of March 14-20 compared to the previous week. Pretty amazing, right?!

7. Snoop Dogg is helping donate $1 million worth of vegan burgers to hospitals

Snoop sent the wonderful gift of vegan burgers to Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles, as a part of Beyond Meat’s Feed A Million+ campaign.

The goal: donate more than a million vegan burgers in 30 days to frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic. We love it!

8. Little Free Libraries are transforming into Little Free Pantries

While we’re on the topic of canned goods, check out this post about stocking the ultimate plant-based pantry. And if you have extra supplies, you know where to donate your doubles!

9. This 6-year-old and grandfather have the cutest dance-off, ever

I haven't posted on fb in forever…but I love this video so much! This is the street that separates my house from my parent's house, and is typically crossed multiple times throughout the day. Kira loves her "Papa" so much and they've now started daily "dance offs" since the virus is keeping them separated. My Dad is turning 81 years old next month and I've never seen him dance, but he's really putting forth great effort and has some special moves!!!! 😄 I'm sure the workers think we're crazy!!!

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It’s the little things! 💃💃🏾

10. The Vegan Chef School is offering free vegan online classes 

LIVE RECIPE – Banana sticky toffee pudding

LIVE RECIPE – Banana sticky toffee pudding

Posted by The Vegan Chef School on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

 

Check out The Vegan Chef School to learn how to make everything from carrot cake mini muffins to scrambled tofu. And for more recipe inspiration, check out The Wholesome Culture Cookbook. Plus, here are some of our favorite cooking posts:

11. A college student & her mom are designing awesome masks to help the deaf and hard of hearing

Want to read more about this inventive and inspiring project? Go here.

12. Rainbow drawings are spreading brightness & hope 

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As Italy is gripped by a countrywide lockdown because of rocketing numbers of coronavirus cases, Italians are trying to boost their morale and have started spreading a slogan of reassurance: “Andrà tutto bene” – everything will be all right. Millions of children are stuck at home because their schools and nurseries have closed, and many have started leaving hand-drawn notes in their neighbourhoods, bearing the Italian equivalent to the Cantonese phrase jiayou, translating into “don’t give up” or “hang on in there”, that has been used frequently on the streets of China since the outbreak began. Romina Anardo is a journalist at a local newspaper in Piossasco, a small town near Turin. He told us that “after a moment of panic in the population, there is now a new solidarity. In my community the drugstores bring groceries to people’s homes and there is a group of volunteers that visit houses of people over 65.”

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Get in on the fun by drawing a rainbow of your own!

13. Stuffed bears are entertaining kiddos from windows

If you’ve been seeing teddy bears in windows, now you know why!

14. Doctors are getting ultra-creative to ease patients

We love how this doctor found a way to stay safe and show his smile to patients.

Ant that’s just another of the 8 zillion reasons to be grateful for our amazing health care workers. 

15. C02 emissions are dropping across the globe 

Since quarantine measures began in February and March of 2020, nitrogen dioxide has decreased by an average of 35 percent across China compared to the numbers in 2019.

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Rob Jackson, who chairs the Global Carbon Project, which produces widely-watched annual emissions estimates, said carbon output could fall by more than 5% year-on-year — the first dip since a 1.4% reduction after the 2008 financial crisis.⁣ ⁣ Neither the fall of the Soviet Union nor the various oil or savings and loan crises of the past 50 years are likely to have affected emissions the way this crisis is,” he said. Experts warn that without structural change, the emissions declines caused by coronavirus could be short-lived and have little impact on the concentrations of carbon dioxide that have accumulated in the atmosphere over decades.⁣ ⁣ This is why it is important to think about the nature of the economic stimulus packages around the world as countries come out of the most immediate health crisis,” said Dan Lashof, U.S. director at the World Resources Institute. Source: Reuters (link in bio) #thehappybroadcast #earth #co2 #noemissions #future #science #lockdown #carbonemissions

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Similarly, cities in Italy had about 40 percent lower concentration of N02 in February/March compared to the same time period last year.

16. These snuggle sessions keep melting our hearts 

Truly, it’s impossible NOT to feel all the feels looking at @Samsonthedood.

17. This woman finds a way to share her engagement with her grandfather 

Social distancing didn’t stop this sweet granddaughter from sharing some good news! And, according to the TODAY Show, administrators at the hospital helped her pull off the surprise.

18. Virtual concerts are turning our couches into concert venues  

Check out all the virtual concerts happening, here. We’re talking The Killers, Ben Platt, Yungblud, and so many more!

19. This newspaper deliveryman is the epitome of kindness

When a newspaper route turns into so much more! Read the full story.

20. Squirrels sprawl all over Santa Monica

Also, if you ask us, this is TMZ’s finest work (just sayin).

21. Lions are lounging South Africa

A park spokesman told CNN, “Lying on the road during the daytime is unusual because under normal circumstances there would be traffic and that pushes them into the bush.” Check out @SANParksKNP for more pictures of what some animals have been up to since the lockdown!

22. And this little voice talking to invisible friends is pure perfection

Can’t get enough of this cutie? Yeah, neither can we. Here’s more!

23. Finally, these grandmas are serious #FriendshipGoals

Does this not look like the most fun sleepover ever?

Need more reasons to feel good about staying inside? Here, we’ve got you: Why spending more time at home can be a good thing

And while you’re cozy at home, let us help you find more ways to stay entertained wherever you are!

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