Silver Lining Saturdays: A Weekly Wrap-up of Happiness
In a world filled with negativity, hopelessness, frustration, some news fill our heart with happiness. It may be just a funny incident that put a smile on your face or a subtle act of benevolence that restore your faith in humanity. Lets look back around the world through last week and re-visit few such incidents-
In A Heartbeat
It’s a story that’ll touch your heart. A young boy has a crush and is terrified the object of his affections will find out about it. And yet, he risks being outed – quite literally – by his own heart. The animated short film, titled “In A Heartbeat,” has been viewed over 14 million times on YouTube in just five days.
NASA gets the cutest application for Planetary Protection Officer
If you have been around the internet enough in the past few days, you will definitely know about NASA’s awesome recruitment notice. Well, it got an application from Nine-year-old Jack Davis from New Jersey. In his letter, he proclaims himself “Guardian of the Galaxy” and expresses his keen interest in serving as NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer.
“My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job. I may be nine but I think I would be fit for the job. One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien also I have seen all the space and alien movies I can see…,” Davis wrote in his letter signing it off as “Jack Davis, Guardian of the Galaxy, Fourth Grade”.
In response, NASA’s Planetary Science Director Jim Green wrote back to him.
“I hear that you are a “Guardian of the Galaxy” and that you’re interested in being a NASA Planetary Protection Officer. That’s great!” Green said.
A Kentucky-based doctor, in hospital to give birth, paused her own delivery to help a patient in labour after realising the baby was in distress. Dr Amanda Hess has earned the Internet’s respect for her selfless deed. Dr Hess was in her own room on July 23 when she heard a woman wailing in pain. The woman was Leah Halliday-Johnson, who was in labor with her umbilical cord wrapped around her baby’s neck. Although her doctor was on the way, Dr Hess, an OB/GYN herself, knew that the baby needed immediate attention. And so, she jumped into action. Read the full story here.
Faiz Rehman and Ankita Agarwal got married in not one but four unique ways which proves, once again, the transcending power of love over religion and caste. This beautiful story in definitely one to be remembered for a long time. Read the full story here.
A Heartfelt Surprise
Becky lost her son Tristan at the age of 19. It was indeed a mother’s worst nightmare. But she is trying her best to move along with her life. Two years after the horrible incident, she met Kelly and they were getting married. The memory of her dead son still remained with her, it hadn’t been long enough for her to get past it. So they left an empty chair at the ceremony for him.
But Kelly had prepared a surprise for her. Just before the ceremony, Kelly introduced her to Jacob, a 21 year old young man. Tristan’s organs were donated at the time of his death and Jacob received the heart. This way she felt close to her son on her very important day. She could also feel his presence while she walked down the aisle. Read the full story here.
Humanity Wins, Always
This picture of Hindu army-man standing guard while his muslim colleague offers his prayers, speaks a thousand words. In a nation obsessed with name and religion, this is the true representation of humanity, friendship and duty.
Mother Google Pledges $50 million
Google is pledging $50 million over the next two years to prepare workers for a 21st century job market that’s being dramatically reshaped by powerful forces, including Google itself.
The Internet giant’s philanthropic arm says it will fund innovative nonprofits using technology to train workers in new skills, connect job seekers with open positions and provide support for low-wage service workers. Nonprofits receiving grants from Google.org will also receive volunteer help from Google employees.
Best Birthday gift ever
Abhilasa Chalki, a 14 year old girl from Kolkata, has donated Rs. 10k to Nurtaaj Biwi. Nurtaaj and her daughter was physically abused by her husband for a long time due to her giving birth to a girl-child. Abhilasa, who was supposed to use this money to buy a tab for her birthday, came to know about Nurtaaj and was really moved. She decided to send the money to Katoya in East Burdwan district of West Bengal, India. Her father Ram Krishna Chalki has handed-over the money to Nurtaaj on Friday and a chocolate to little Sapna, Nurtaaj’s daughter, on behalf of Abhilasa.
Well, that’s a wrap for today. If you have liked it please like, share and subscribe to get next week’s edition delivered directly to your mailbox. I am planning to continue this as a series. So, please put your suggestions in comments.