It’s Wednesday, which can only mean one thing: my weekly Humpday Happy Five! I started this recurring feature to help myself (and you!) get over the mid-week hump by sharing 5 things on the internet making me happy this week. In case you need some extra happiness, check out Volume 1, 2 and 3.
1. New Zealand runner stops to help American runner in Olympics
So often we see the political side of the Olympics. We focus on the controversy, the drug tests, the medal counts and how sad it is that Brazil really was too poor of a country to host such a huge event. Thankfully, every Olympics has a few stories highlighting true sportsmanship and they restore our faith in humanity and have us reaching for the tissues. During the 5000m run (yes, that’s like 12.5 laps around…) it often gets crowded and accidents happen. New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin stumbled and accidentally tripped the U.S.’s Abbey D’Agostino. Hamblin waited to help her up, telling her they’ve got to finish! They started running before D’agostina was down again, but they both eventually made it to the finish line. It’s such a beautiful example of sportsmanship AND they both got the pass to run in the 5000m finals! Read the full story HERE.
2. The most heartbreaking-happy-sad comic you’ll ever read. If you’re a dog lover that is….
I really don’t have to say much about this. And if it doesn’t make you cry I’m silently judging you and assuming your heart is made of ice. Also, I can’t look at Saunders the same with this morning. Dog things, man. They get me! [original source]
3. Dad develops video game for 1o year old autistic son
Stéphane Cantin has created this game for players to experience life the through Max, his son who has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). “This retro-inspired RPG gives players not only a unique gaming experience, but an insight into a world many people have never seen,” The game description reads, “While the visualisation of the beasts may be fantasy, the emotions and frustrations they represent are very real for a lot of people” [source]. I just couldn’t believe how adorable it is that a father would go to such great lengths for a son, and these types of stories really are my favourite! Oh, and it kind of reminds me of this Reply All episode about a Dad who makes a video game to experience what it’s like to lose your young son to cancer. The stories are sad, but the love these men have for their children is beautiful and happy.
4. An abused and abandoned pig becomes a cuddly family pet
Meet Koa, which means ‘Warrior’ in Hawaiian. He ran away after being beaten with a crow bar, and was found with severe injuries and maggots living inside his wounds. Absolutely heartbreaking. After being hospitalized (and losing one of his ears in surgery) and rehabilitated, he now cuddles and hangs out with his human siblings, and it couldn’t be more cute. You can read the full story here, and watch the video because it kept auto playing with music and it was annoying!
5. Final touchdown scored by player with Down’s Syndrome and both teams celebrate
Okay, people rallying together to support someone is my biggest weakness when it comes to happy cries. When flash mobs were everywhere I was permanently crying, so of course this video would give me all the happy feels. Especially because these are high school boys! You know, the ones who are often getting into trouble, picking fights and learning how to cope with all their hormones ;). So, seeing both of these teams celebrate and cheer for Seth McGee as he ran down the field was amazing! Read the full article here.