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Want to Distract Yourself? Here Are Some Good News Stories To Warm Your Heart

Three images cropped in circles. the one on the extreme left is of a happy Caucasian American couple.Ameri The one in the middle is of a Malaysian man with a street dog he's recently adopted. The extreme right is a zoomed in image of an old man in bucket being lifted by truck, so he can reach a window in a building.
We’re not crying. You are. Illustration by (c) Reset Fest Inc, Canada

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Want to Distract Yourself? Here Are Some Good News Stories To Warm Your Heart

Pups and eternal love.

The coronavirus content mill is omnipresent on our timelines, creating a cocktail of sadness and hope whenever we look sheepishly out the window, longing for when we roamed the streets carefree. It’s nostalgia for ghosts of Aprils’ past, in a 2019 far far away.

To help us momentarily escape from this sadness, here are good stories which warmed our hearts this week. 

The best kind of romance 

The greatest metric for judging true romance is the length of the ‘aww’ it induces upon hearing about it, and no stories do better on that very scientific metric than everlasting love. 

This past week, 88-year-old Nick Avtges crushed this scale when he made a bucket truck lift him up to a window to his wife’s room in a nursing facility. The two hadn’t met for weeks after Mrs. Avtges’ facility had reduced visits owing to nursing homes being vulnerable to contracting the virus.

Unafraid, though, when he reached his wife’s window, Mrs. Avtges brought out a note which said, “I Love You Sweetheart.”

We’re not crying. You are.

Dogs remain undefeated

When 34-year-old Alixson Mangundok landed in Malaysia from a trip to Japan, he suspected he could be infected by COVID-19. He wanted to get home but didn’t want to risk infecting anyone else, so he just decided to walk the entire 120km distance.

Somewhere in his long, lonely journey home, a doggo tagged along, and incredulously, never left his side. 

Whatever lows people in public life or in Netflix’s Tiger King may hit, COVID-19 reminded us of an inalienable fact: Doggos are the best.

Love loves to love love

Maybe, there is hope for all of us after all. We learnt this from Chantal Melanson, who married Austin Monfort this week.

Their names don’t mean much, but their marriage does, because Austin saved Chantal’s life in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, United States during a music festival where 59 people died. Austin and Chantal had only met the previous day. “We stayed on the ground for a while and the shots were not stopping,” Chantal told Upworthy.

“Everyone ran in different directions but Austin stayed with me and we ran together. To quote the extremely plausible Harvey Dent, “The night is darkest just before the dawn,” and looking at Chantal and Austin, the dawn might just be around the corner.

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