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Here are glimmers of hope to help you through a rough week

Because 2016 has been a dumpster fire and we need to be reminded of the good in the world.


Lyz Lenz


Published Jul 8, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 11:51 am CDT

2016 has been a rough year for America and we are only halfway though. We have seen the country’s largest mass murder, its deadliest police attack since 9/11, an endless onslaught of gun violence, and countless lives lost to hate.

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In times of pain, Fred Rogers encouraged people to “look for the helpers.” So here are the ways people are reminding us that there really is good in the world.

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Watch these #CarefreeBlackKids2k16

In the wake of the recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile by police officers, writer Heben Nigatu started the hashtag #CarefreeBlackKids2k16 to show humor, joy, and love through turmoil.

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Share a reason to believe

Daily Dot writer Jaya Saxena called out to Twitter for stories of people who are doing good, and the responses are hilarious and heartwarming.

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Be grateful for love

Writer and editor Nicole Chung inspired people to thank the good and loving people in their lives.

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Recognize the heroes

Thirty-seven-year-old Shetamia Taylor was shot during the Dallas attack on July 7 while shielding her four sons, ages 12 to 17. She is expect to survive her injuries.

Read up on E Pluribus Unum 

Dan Rather posted a very inspiring status update that reminds us that our nation’s founding charter was to bring many into one.

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Remember puppies are a surefire antidote

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And then there’s always Lin Manuel Miranda

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*First Published: Jul 8, 2016, 1:30 pm CDT