There’s Good News Out There, Too – Really

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As yet another working week full of grim news wraps up, we’re turning to real people and real stories for a little pick-me-up. And luckily for us – and whoever is reading this right now – our research took too us straight to the Good News Movement Instagram account founded by CNN journalist, Michelle Figueroa.

Not only does it bring uplifting news from around the world to its over 813,000 followers, but it’s also proving essential to the mental health of those overwhelmed by tales of fear, greed, and racism. Through posts like the ones we’ve shared, below, it’s shedding light on an often-unseen side of the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing acts of kindness from near and far. There’s stories of philanthropy, stories of resilience, stories of little victories through trying times, stories of heartfelt gratitude, and stories of hope amidst despair – all proving that the time for humanity is now.

 

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Copenhagen, Denmark is also getting in on the group balcony workouts! And 1, and 2… 🇩🇰 🎥: Christina Lakoumeta

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Notes of compassion in the time of Corona ❤️. 📷: @laurahesp

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83-year-old retired architect Deimer Unu decided to make the most out of his quarantine. Keep on going, Deimer!

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@clevelandclinic received this message from a COVID-19 patient recently discharged from the MICU: While being treated, his caregivers frequently communicated with him by writing on the glass door in the isolation room. This time he had a message for them. The message read: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “This window has been the most impactful window in my life. On days when I watched you work hard to keep me and others alive, unable to thank you for the time that you poured into me — and although I will probably never get the chance to pour that same love and support into you, I want you to know that I think you all are rockstars. I watched some of you have good nights and some bad nights but what was consistent every night was that you care for people. Today I leave this ICU a changed person, hopefully for the better, not only because of your medical healing and God’s direction and guidance, but with the fact of knowing that there are such wonderful people dedicated to the care and concern of others. God bless each of you.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #clevelandclinic #covıd19 #coronavirus

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(Cambridge, Massachusetts): The City of Cambridge came up with a solution to benefit struggling restaurants and people experiencing homeless: They’re paying restaurants to make and deliver food to homeless shelters that are short-staffed as a result of Coronavirus quarantine. The program plans to deliver some 2,000 meals by the end of the week. The program launched this past Monday after the city reached out to both the Harvard Square Business Association and the Central Square Business Improvement District who’ve assisted in contacted the contracted some 15 local restaurants in Central and Harvard Square. ****TAG YOUR MAYOR**** ESPAÑOL: (Cambridge, Massachusetts): La ciudad de Cambridge ofrece una solución para beneficiar a los restaurantes y a las personas sin hogar: están pagando a los restaurantes para que cocinen y entreguen alimentos a los refugios para personas sin hogar que tienen poco personal como resultado de la cuarentena por el Coronavirus. El programa planea entregar unas 2,000 comidas para el final de la semana. El programa se lanzó el lunes pasado después de que la ciudad se comunicó con la Asociación de Negocios de Harvard Square y el Distrito de Mejoramiento de Negocios de Central Square, quienes ayudaron a contactar a los 15 restaurantes locales. @mayorsiddiqui

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(Bakersfield, California): Dennis Beaver created what he called the “Beaver Stimulus package” surprising all tenants by telling them they didn’t need to pay rent in April. In the letter to tenants, Beaver wrote, “We are all in this battle together and realize the hardship you are experiencing, or will likely be, soon. We need to help each other and pay it forward. Therefore, rent for April is forgiven. Do not pay April rent. Just call this the ‘Beaver Stimulus Package’ for our tenants. I think there are hundreds of landlords in this area who have the ability of doing the same thing.” ESPAÑOL: (Bakersfield, California): Dennis Beaver creó lo que llamó el “paquete de estímulo Beaver” sorprendiendo a todos los inquilinos diciéndoles que no tenían que pagar el alquiler en abril. En la carta a los inquilinos, Beaver escribió: “Todos estamos juntos en esta batalla y nos damos cuenta de las dificultades que estás experimentando, o que probablemente experimentarás, pronto. Necesitamos ayudarnos unos a otros. Por lo tanto, el alquiler para abril está perdonado. No pague el alquiler de abril. Simplemente llame a esto el “Paquete de estímulo de Beaver” para nuestros inquilinos. Creo que hay cientos de propietarios en esta área que tienen la capacidad de hacer lo mismo “.

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Be like Rob. ☺️

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