The Good News: June, 2016

Finally, back into blogging! :D
I am sooo looking forward to catching up on a mountain of blogposts over the next few days,
and then working on some of my own!
And, no better way to get back into the blog than with some Good News!

The lowdown:

I have always been all for being positive and optimistic
(read about my take on The Importance of Positivity ☺️).
A long time back, I had the idea of doing a blogpost series called 'The Good News'.

The news and current affairs of our world is so important, it is crucial we keep updated on what is happening around us.

BUT...
A lot of that tends to focus on what is going wrong.

And, although it is necessary to think about what is wrong in order to right it,
I think we could stand to gain a lot from appreciating what is already right, or getting good, as well!

So, without further ado,


THE GOOD NEWS!

June, 2016

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Help with breakfast and breastfeeding



I saw this 1st day of June and knew STRAIGHT AWAY that I wanted to put this in here. I don't have anything to add, acts of kindness are the best. 
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18 year old student draws a portrait for each member of the graduating class.

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Phillip Sossou, a graduating Boston Latin High School senior, secretly drew every single person in his senior class over the past few months. 411 portraits, all created by Phillip. Phillip admitted that he used Facebook and the odd phone snapshot to serve as inspiration for the portraits. After posting them all over the school's hallways on the last day of class, to say his classmates were shocked would be an understatement. Soussou spoke to the Boston Globe about how "[their] class [had] been kind of divided" and "having these pictures helps us to embrace our diversity."

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Cop and a 4 year old on a birthday lunch date

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She got to be with, and be a, cop for a day - and that's all she wanted.
(These photos you guys, these photos!)

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A journey of a balloon, leading to friendship 



Nursing home residents in Wisconsin decided to release a balloon, along with notes they wrote for a soon-to-be fortunate recipient. A little while later, and about 237 miles away, the package arrived at the home of the Fowler family in Lake Michigan - and they were incredibly eager to send a reply to the residents. The balloon release initiative was part of National Nursing home week and "show[ed] that a nursing home can have fun and still live too just as anybody else", said Activity Director, Nancy Duerr. The Fowlers sent back a care package filled with Michigan treats and a message, and so began the bond of some unlikely pen pals.


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Two months spent writing 130 personal notes to students, all in the name of suicide awareness


Teacher Brittni Darras, 25, was changed when she found out one of her students attempted suicide. After writing a letter to that girl (read the post above) she composed 130 letters - to each of her students.

Not generic, stock standard letters, but personal letters about their great qualities and things they have achieved - why they are a valuable individual.

This act prompted endless hugs and smiles on the last day of school before vacation.
Darras told TODAY"(The girl's suicide attempt) made me realize she felt like she was not important and didn't make a difference in this world… For these other kids, it's very hard for us to know who is struggling with thoughts of depression or suicide. If she had that response and I couldn't see her as having struggles, the only thing I could think to do was to write every single one of them a unique card."

Student Rachael Redmond received a note mentioning her achievements in the basketball team and a great memoir she had written. 


Redmond told TODAY"I think that's why it meant so much to all of us…It wasn't just a, 'Hey, have a good summer,' it was a specific memory or something that we said. It made us feel really important. Some kids got cards about stuff that happened they thought nobody remembered, and it made them really happy. Kids think (suicide) is something that happens only in movies or online, but when it happened locally everyone took a step back because it hit home…Sometimes you go through high school and you feel like your teachers don't really care, but she went out of her way to let us know she does."
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A church built by Muslim farmers by their Christian neighbours

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Unlike other Pakistani villages, there is no segregation in this region, Christians live side by side with their Muslim neighbours. In a place where religious minorities are often attacked, by building this church they are showing they are united as a community. 

"This church being built in a small village by the Muslims, it is very significant. It shows that people have love in their hearts, they want to stay together, if they are those that fuel the fire, there are also those to douse the flames."
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A fun weekly garbage pick up



Guys, these three triplets wait for the garbagemen every single week, and not only that - they are ready with snacks and gatorade to give to them! The workers always stop to say hi, have a chat and give a hug to these kiddos. Their mum has posted about this special relationship for a while now, saying it's her way of sharing love and kindness in the world ❤️

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And that was some of The Good News for June! ☺️

What were you surprised to hear about? Do you have a favourite?
Do you like listening to some Good News? ☺️

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❤️Raashi

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29 comments:

  1. Welcome back, darling! Really missed you and your lovely blog. <3 I hope you're well! You know how much I adore your good news series, and right now it feels like the world needs those more than ever. 2016 has been a pretty tricky year so far, hasn't it? It's good to know that there is still so much kindness in the world, it restores my faith in humanity for sure! :) Would love to send a message in a balloon to someone one day. :D

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

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    1. Thank you!!! Oh my gosh yes, given recent events a reminder of what's good in the world is definitely needed. But there is so, so much kindness in the world! :D Awww, yes, wasn't that story the cutest! ♥

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  2. Firstly, welcome back!!
    Miss you & your radiating positivity :)
    Secondly, I hope the end of exams went well.

    Now onto some good news!

    It always makes me smile hearing about these little acts of kindness (from graduating portrait gifts to lunch dates, to sending balloon messages) - these just warm my heart. We can so easily underestimate the impact these things have on the people around us but ultimately these acts can have *the biggest difference*.

    People that have been touched by kindness will answer and pass on their kindness and no matter what darkness prevails in the world, this is the light that can always help!

    Thank you for sharing and bringing your positivity! Looking forward to seeing and reading more from you over the summer! Much love, Ana xxx

    www.namastefromananya.com

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    1. Ahhh, your comment brought such a massive smile to my face. Exams (fingers crossed) went well, thank you!

      They are SO heartwarming, right?!?! The biggest difference - I alway remember the littlest things and they mean the most to me. Everything you said is so, so true. Thank you so much for reading, Ana ♥

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  3. Welcome back :)
    First of all, I just want to thank you for the kind comment you left on my recent post. I really appreciate it :)
    You are such a nice and positive person and I honestly hope that you get the best of the best in everything in this life because you deserve it :)
    Sharing these positive news is actually helping people cross the hate and fear towards others. We should all take a note from these inspirational events and take care of each other; no matter if they are a different race,religion,gender, nationality, species or planet :D If we were on a constant lookout for bad things,we will only see the bad in this world. But if we look for the good, we can attract more good along the way. Thank you for sharing these and bringing more good to each of us who read it :)

    aluminah.wordpress.com

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    1. Awww, Rory, please don't ever say thank you, I just said what I honestly felt and believed, sad that things happen but things ALWAYS happen for a reason. That is so incredibly sweet of you, we all deserve it ♥ 'Take care of each other' - that is actually so important. Thank YOU for reading, Rory!

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  4. Welcome back to blogging! I hope all of your work and exams went well! I always love reading these happy posts, it's so good to see that there are lovely things happening all around the world! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

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    1. Thank you, Lucy!!! Fingers crossed, I think they did go well - but main thing is they're over! :P It is just a breath of fresh air to read some happy stories :)

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  5. So glad you're back to blogging! I missed your posts! Loved reading Brittni's story of writing those letters to her students, super inspiring and touching! x

    TOUCHOFGUCCI // BLOGLOVIN

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    1. Thank you, lovely! I love that there are so many stories of teachers taking it upon themselves to make SUCH a difference in their students' lives ♥

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  6. Welcome back! I love how you shared positivity in your blog. A lot of us needs to read and learn about things like that.

    xx, Richel Goes Places

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    1. Awww thank you so much, Richel! I am so glad I get to talk about such lovely stories every month ♥

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  7. Oh gosh Raashi, my eyes well up when I read these posts of yours so in some way they are quite dangerous! But I MUST read them! I work in the media industry which is often quite harsh on people (favouring negative over positive) so these are a breath of fresh air for me. I'm fed up of women feeding their children being made to feel they are doing something wrong so I was SO happy to read your first story, what a wonderful lady! And those triplets? How sweet! What a lovely thing to do, hopefully their kindness continues as they grow!

    Thank you Raashi, for making my Sunday!

    Musings & More

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    1. Awww, Emily, I definitely get what you mean. I was SO happy when I read that first story, that lady set such a good example for all of us. Haha, those triplets are adorable "I have you gatorade!!!". Emily, thank you for reading!!! ♥

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  8. Welcome back to the wonderful world of blogging. It's nice to have you. This post is super adorable & I'm all about good news. I really love the first one about the woman coming up to cut up the breast-feeding mother's food. That's so adorable. :]

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    1. Thank you, Carmen! I adored the first one too, sent out such an important message about how we should treat breastfeeding mums.

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  9. It's great to see how many people in the world there are with nice and caring hearts :)

    Kelsey | www.herdailyglow.com

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    1. It is so heartwarming and makes me so hopeful :) Thank you for reading!

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  10. Such a fan of positive posts like this! That women who helped the breast-feeding mom is such a sweetheart, I am loving those portraits and Darras is such an incredible human being.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Thank you, Rae! Right, she did such a lovely, lovely thing. I loved both of the school stories so much, I feel like students really need encouragement and acknowledgement because school is such a transitional and confusing time for people.

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  11. Love the idea of this post. And I couldn't agree more, we all concentrate on the bad things when we should be appreciating all the good x

    www.sandrafsilva.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! Definitely so important to focus on the good! :)

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  12. As usual, thanks for sharing these wonderful news, dear. I particularly melted at two stories: the balloon notes leading to a beautiful unlikely-at-first-sight friendship, and also the story of the little girl with and her cop date, that's just too cute!
    I wish you a week full of positive energies just like the ones you're spreading here <3

    www.stylebydeb.com

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    1. Thank you for reading, Deb! How insanely sweet were both those stories, right!?! Aww, thank you so much, lovely! ♥

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  13. This is just the sweetest series! I loved starting my day reading this :) Have an amazing day, lovely xx

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  14. what a great post! welcome back & thanks for sharing :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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  15. Such a positive post =o) It's always nice to read something happy and uplifting!

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you!!! I totally agree with that, it just brings a smile to your face :)

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