All too often our televisions, newspapers, and online sources are filled with bad news. Sometimes it’s overwhelming because it feels like that is all that is happening. Every now and then, however, a story about the good in the world slips through the cracks. It lifts us up and gives us hope that not everyone is bad in the world.
Hope comes in the most unexpected places. Sometimes it takes the form of a 6-year-old boy named Jaden Hayes. According to CBS News, Jaden went through the most heartbreaking ordeal. He lost his father and his mother. Of course he was sad but it’s what he chose to do with his sadness that is so remarkable. He vowed to make other people happy and give smiles to those who needed it the most. He headed to the store with his aunt and purchase some dinosaurs and rubber duckies because those are what make people smile according to Jaden. Jaden handed these out in his home state of Ohio and something amazing happened. He made people’s days. Strangers were overcome with joy by this small gesture. They laughed, cried, and paid Jaden for his kindness in hugs. It’s a good deed where everybody wins.
The Mall Of America is known for its sheer size, shopping, and even rides! A few short years ago, it became known as something else. It became known as where the kindness of 5,000 strangers came together. According to BuzzFeed, a young man by the name of Zachary Sobiech was truly an inspiration. He was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer. He wanted to help uplift people on his journey so he wrote a song called Clouds which skyrocketed to popularity. After his death, his memory was sure to live on. A radio station put out a call asking for a thousand volunteers to come sing this song at The Mall Of America. A thousand people answered this plea…and then some. Five thousand people turned out to pay a beautiful tribute to Zachary! His parents were floored.
There is good in the world. There are beautiful people. Random acts of kindness happen everyday. We just have to open our eyes and realize for every bad person out there who commits a crime, there are 10 people doing just the opposite. They just don’t make the news. But, don’t forget – truly special people are out there. That’s enough to make anyone smile.