It Wasn't All Bad

Endangered coho salmon returning to California streams
A coho salmon in the water.
just keep swimming

Endangered coho salmon returning to California streams

Missing cat reunited with family after owner hears his meowing over the phone
A black cat.
pawsitive identification

Missing cat reunited with family after owner hears his meowing over the phone

Mobile bookstore spreads the joy of reading across the Bronx
The Bronx Bound Books mobile bookstore.
turning a page

Mobile bookstore spreads the joy of reading across the Bronx

Fans raise thousands of dollars for animal shelters as part of the Betty White Challenge
Betty White holds an adorable puppy.
thank you for being a friend

Fans raise thousands of dollars for animal shelters as part of the Betty White Challenge

This 6-year-old is Georgia's youngest certified farmer
Kendall Rae Johnson gardening.
planting a seed

This 6-year-old is Georgia's youngest certified farmer

After meeting on Mount Everest, couple keep the adventure going for their wedding
Adrian Ballinger, Emily Harrington, and friends at the top of Cotopaxi.
tying the knot

After meeting on Mount Everest, couple keep the adventure going for their wedding

Fellow shopper surprises teen by buying him his dream guitar
A wall of guitars.
striking a chord

Fellow shopper surprises teen by buying him his dream guitar

Letter mailed in 1945 finally makes it to soldier's family
The letter John Gonsalves sent his mother.
you've got mail

Letter mailed in 1945 finally makes it to soldier's family

Artist raises $20,000 for food banks, thanks to his homemade wooden bowls
Mike Mittelman.
bowled over

Artist raises $20,000 for food banks, thanks to his homemade wooden bowls

Texas woman graduates from college alongside 88-year-old grandfather
Rene Neira and Melanie Salazar.
milestones

Texas woman graduates from college alongside 88-year-old grandfather

Chicago man launches group that uses books to connect dads with their kids
Joseph Williams.
stepping up

Chicago man launches group that uses books to connect dads with their kids

Couple delivers hundreds of donated loaves of bread to stranded drivers
A loaf of bread.
good news

Couple delivers hundreds of donated loaves of bread to stranded drivers

6th grader hailed as a hero after saving 2 lives in 1 day
Davyon Johnson.
'the right thing to do'

6th grader hailed as a hero after saving 2 lives in 1 day

Habitat for Humanity builds 1st 3D-printed house in the United States
April Stringfield's new 3D-printed home.
game changer

Habitat for Humanity builds 1st 3D-printed house in the United States

In a 'major win,' 2 Sumatran tiger cubs are born at the Dallas Zoo
The new Sumatran tiger cubs at the Dallas Zoo.
double the joy

In a 'major win,' 2 Sumatran tiger cubs are born at the Dallas Zoo

Christmas lights spark a new tradition in Maryland neighborhood
The Christmas lights in Rodgers Forge, Maryland.
bright ideas

Christmas lights spark a new tradition in Maryland neighborhood

To keep treasured Vermont general store open, dozens of customers become employees
A new employee at Dan & Whit's general store in Norwich, Vermont.
'the heartbeat of this community'

To keep treasured Vermont general store open, dozens of customers become employees

Rhode Island high schoolers work together to build wheelchair-accessible bus stop for boy
Ryder Kilam and his father, Tim, inside Ryder's new bus stop.
problem solvers

Rhode Island high schoolers work together to build wheelchair-accessible bus stop for boy

Teen working at McDonald's jumps out of drive-thru window to help choking customer
A McDonald's drive-thru window.
i'm lovin' it

Teen working at McDonald's jumps out of drive-thru window to help choking customer

Bronx man organizes 'Hope Walks' to help feed his community
Marty Rogers
good deeds

Bronx man organizes 'Hope Walks' to help feed his community

Dad writes book for his son explaining the surprising way he entered his life
Pete Mercurio, Danny Stewart, and their son Kevin.
family first

Dad writes book for his son explaining the surprising way he entered his life

Volunteers in Southern California work together to stay 1 step ahead of fires
Smoke from a fire in Orange County, California.
being proactive

Volunteers in Southern California work together to stay 1 step ahead of fires

Every Christmas, grandfather puts together spectacular light display to dazzle granddaughter
Keith Mitchell's Suffolk, Virginia, home, decorated for Christmas.
merry and bright

Every Christmas, grandfather puts together spectacular light display to dazzle granddaughter

NASA launches mission to study black holes, violent celestial collisions
A rocket carrying the IXPE spacecraft lifts off in Florida.
out of this world

NASA launches mission to study black holes, violent celestial collisions

Bride finds creative way to ensure sick groom can still be part of reception
People at a party toasting with champagne glasses.
making the most of it

Bride finds creative way to ensure sick groom can still be part of reception

100-year-old Maurine 'Mighty Mo' Kornfeld keeps breaking swimming records
Swimmer Maurine 'Mighty Mo' Kornfeld.
just keep swimming

100-year-old Maurine 'Mighty Mo' Kornfeld keeps breaking swimming records

Forgotten cookbook connects community with favorite recipes from the past
A vintage recipe box and cards.
stirring things up

Forgotten cookbook connects community with favorite recipes from the past

Stray dog saves Virginia family by alerting them to house fire
Butter, the stray dog that rescued a Virginia family.
heroes

Stray dog saves Virginia family by alerting them to house fire

Father and daughter duo deliver RVs to people who lost their homes in wildfires
Woody Faircloth and Luna Faircloth.
the kindness of strangers

Father and daughter duo deliver RVs to people who lost their homes in wildfires

This 20-year friendship was sparked by a wrong phone number
Mike Moffitt and Gladys Hankerson.
a happy accident

This 20-year friendship was sparked by a wrong phone number

Minnesota woman uses handmade cards to help friends through tough times
A person making cards.
made with love

Minnesota woman uses handmade cards to help friends through tough times

British patient receives world's 1st 3D printed prosthetic eye
Steve Verze.
breakthroughs

British patient receives world's 1st 3D printed prosthetic eye

To celebrate his 90th birthday, skydiver makes 9 jumps in 4 hours
Pat Moorehead on one of his birthday jumps.
sky's the limit

To celebrate his 90th birthday, skydiver makes 9 jumps in 4 hours

In an encouraging sign, more monarch butterflies are migrating to California
A monarch butterfly that landed on a flower.
nature

In an encouraging sign, more monarch butterflies are migrating to California

Scientists thrilled by 'stunning' discovery of mammoth tusk at bottom of the ocean
The head and tusks of a mammoth.
ancient artifacts

Scientists thrilled by 'stunning' discovery of mammoth tusk at bottom of the ocean