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30 Good Things That Happened in September

I have good news and good news. I have only good news!

As mentioned in this blog post, at the end of every month I’m going to highlight all the good things that happened in that 30-day (or so) span, to give ourselves a break from the well known bad.

You can find last month’s here.

Happy September to you!

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1) This boy reminded us that everyone is different

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2) This girl became the 19th member of her family to wear this dress on her first day of Kindergarden

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3) This girl got responses from MLB teams to help make her dream come true

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4) This toddler tried to feed her baby sister

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5) This woman had a bouquet of donuts at her wedding

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6) This woman offered to give away her wedding dress to the victims of Hurricane Irma, with a great condition

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7) This man and this woman shared a dance

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8) Chance the Rapper organized an awards show for educators that will premiere next year.

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9) In the wake of Hurricane Irman, this Florida man gave a woman the last generator at Lowe’s

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10) This bug loving little girl got her first publication in a scientific journal

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11) Jessica Biel danced into Ellen the only way you ever should

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12) This organization provided photo shoots for children and families struggling with cancer

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13) This family bought their dad glasses so he could see color for the first time

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14) This organization set a new world record…with border collies

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15) After watching from the sidelines for 2 years, this police officer got to lead his favorite cheer

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16) This man founded a knitting group to help connect with the homeless

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17) This dog made it home

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18) This bride surprised her grandmother by wearing her old wedding dress

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19) This police department threw their 18 year old horse a retirement party

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20) These guys cleaned the ocean through the sale of bracelets

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21) This dog saved over 50 people after the Mexico earthquake

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22) This family created the ultimate domino effect to find out the gender of their baby

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23) This 2 year old got $20 from a stranger for a very special reason

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24) These girls got teddy bears with a special surprise inside

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25) Stephen Colbert & Nick Kroll raised money for Puerto Rico by asking celebrities to share awkward photos from puberty

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26) This girl did a backflip

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27) This little girl held her dad’s hand

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28) This mom reminded us how thankful we should all be for teachers

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29) Andy Samberg shared his new experiences with being a dad

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30) After a long journey of fertility issues, this mom told her kids she was pregnant

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Wanna know the best part? There is SO much I didn’t include.

I can’t wait to see what October brings!

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10 Great Things That Happened While I Wrote This Blog Post (List-Cember #5)

There is no question in my mind that I am blessed. I have a great family, great friends, food to eat, a roof over my head, a job, a passion, this pair of bear slippers:img_0314

By all accounts, I am extremely lucky. And while I should take note of this year round, I find it’s always easier and more often done during the holidays. With my entire family getting together week after week, I can’t help but look around and be thankful.

That being said however, I know there are some people who are not as lucky as me. For some, the holidays bring a lot of loneliness and pain. Bad memories, sad memories, harsh reminders of things they wish they had, things they lost or things they wonder if they’ll ever have again.

So for this list, I’m hoping to bring some light to your world, no matter how dark or light it already may be. Because while I know this time of year can be hard, there are still some great things happening all around us, and sometimes the first step to finding joy in our own lives is spotting it somewhere else.

Here are 10 great things that happened while I wrote this blog post:

1) 3,880 babies were born.wbc9xilqb4k-tim-bish

2) 730 puppies and kittens were born (and that’s in the US alone)t8sxccv0agw-freestocks-org

3) 71 new books were publishedslitfwbhijc-syd-wachs

4) The number of malnourished people in the world decreased by 772

5) 1145 people gained access to clean watero-CLEAN-WATER-facebook

6) 313 people fell in lovetp0otafbzp0-william-stitt

7) 65 people got marriedyb-fv93yl54-scott-webb

8) 45,662 trees were planted*b82r8cnxfzg-annette-beetge

*Bonus Note: Hundreds of trees were accidentally planted by squirrels that hid their nuts and will forget where they are.

9) Someone somewhere said, “This is the greatest day EVER!”r_blogxpsog-leo-rivas-micoud

10) 1,556,501,521 people smiled7omhughhmz0-aatik-tasneem

Scratch that, make it 1,556,501,522 because I just caught the bug.

So this year, even though the holidays may tend to bring you grief, know that joy is out there and it will find you. And in the coming weeks, let’s make every effort to help it find those around us as well. Let’s drive that #10 count way up!

Miss a List-cember post? Find them here.

Data gathered over a 15 minute period, partially from http://www.worldometers.info/ and partially from a hearty combination of research and badass high school math skills.