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31 Good Things that Happened in January

Hello and welcome back to another edition of All the Good Things, a monthly series where I highlight all the good things (get it?) that happen in each 30-day (or so) span. I hope it can be a reminder that amongst all the well known bad, there is a lot of undercover good happening in our world.

Let’s dive right in!

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1) This baby became a hair model

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2) This boy called 911 to get help on his homework

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3) NASA found three new planets

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4) These Indian women made a human chain for equality

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5) This comedian and musician composed a would-be theme song if Wii Jogging was included in Wii Sports…

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6) …it’s actually part of a series he’s released over the last two years and they are all wonderful.

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7) This professional hockey player sent an inspirational message to a fan

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8) Roma actress, Yalitza Martinez, was nominated for her very first Academy Award

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9) This youth group cleaned up national parks during the government shutdown

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10) This man helped save a woman’s life with CPR he learned watching The Office

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11) This standup comedian starting offering daily tips to other comedians

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12) New York City banned foam containers

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13) This dad built an igloo

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14) This woman tracked down her fairy godmother

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15) These Canadian air traffic controllers sent pizza to their American counterparts

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16) Retired major league pitcher, Mariano Rivera, was voted into the Hall of Fame

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The moment that Mo made history. 🐐

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17) This woman asked the drunk driver who hit her to help raise awareness

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18) This woman gave us all an incredible life hack

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19) Actor Jonah Hill shared an inspirational message about his new hobby

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I started Brazilian Jiu Jitzu 2 months ago and try and train 4 or 5 times a week. In high school the dudes who did Jiu Jitzu used to beat the shit out of us at parties so it turned me off to it as an idea growing up. But quietly I always thought it was a beautiful art form . At 35 , I try and get over the stuff that made me feel weak and insecure as a teenager. It’s just wasted time and lessons you’ll never learn. Trying to let go of that. Nothing more humbling than getting your ass kicked by a 12 year old your first week . Got my first stripe today. I know it sounds corny but it’s pretty dope to jump in and do stuff you’d never think you’d be able to do. Much respect to Sensai Josh and @clockworkbjj and Anthony for getting me into it ❤️ 🥋

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20) This mailman helped prevent a package from being stolen

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21) A GoFundMe page for this Fyre Festival victim raised $100,000

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22) This boy made progress

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23) Actor Patton Oswalt turned an online attack into an opportunity for outreach

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24) This UCLA gymnast wowed with an amazing floor routine

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25) Marvel agreed to let this dying fan see the new Avenger’s movie early

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26) Snoop Dogg provided incredible commentary for a Los Angeles Kings game

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27) These people showed up for a veteran’s funeral

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28) This dog learned to pet a cat

 

29) This company gave tailored suits to those in need

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30) This man converted his van into a mobile library

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31) This man did yoga with his pig

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

I can’t wait to see what February brings!

You can view last month’s post here.

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31 Good Things that Happened in January (2017)

2016 seemed to be a rough year. Both globally, nationally, and, for millions, personally. So by the time December 31st came rolling around, just about everyone was ready to see it go up in flames.

On January 1st however, as we rang in a new year with new possibilities, suddenly I saw an influx of positivity towards 2016. Videos and articles alike began to share the undercover good things that happened amongst the well-known bad. And while this made me happy, it also felt like too little, too late.

Because yes, it’s true that 2016 was riddled in hardships and hate, but there were also mounds of love and kindness and I wonder if we could have made the year better if we spent more time focusing on the good rather than the bad.

I remember seeing posts in September of people saying they couldn’t wait for the year to be over. But they were talking about it being a wash when there were over 100 days left. This got me thinking. How many good things went unnoticed in those 100 days? How many smile inducing, belly laughing, happy-crying things happened when so much of the world was throwing in the towel?

Which brings me here, to now, where I hope to showcase those good things, so they no longer go unnoticed. So, I’m making it a tradition at the end of every month, to post a collection of good things that happened within those 30 or so days.

I hope they make you smile. I hope they make you laugh. I hope they make you cry. Honestly, I hope they make you do all of those things at once, because sometimes, when the world gets us down the best thing we can do is smilacry, smlaughcry? I don’t know. I just think sometimes we need to feel all the feels that are different, better feels than the feels we’ve been drowning in lately. You know what I mean?

So here’s to 2017. Let’s try our best make it good, and make sure to notice when we succeed. To kick us off, here are 31 good things that happened in January:

1) This high school kicker became the only female player to score a point in a California State Championship game.

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2) Lena Dunham & co were on the cover of Cosmo & used the press to make a statement about body positivity. (via @lenadunham)sub-buzz-15920-1483484119-1“Thank you to the women in Hollywood (and on Instagram!) leading the way, inspiring and normalizing the female form in EVERY form, and thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere today ❤️ Love you all”

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3) Forbes released its 30 under 30 list, giving everyone a burst of inspiration. (via Forbes)30u30-collage_720-6column-960x555px

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4) The Orlando City Soccer Club unveiled a 49 seat pride section at their stadium to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

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5) After 8 year old Noah Alejandro Fulmer was hit by a truck, leaving him critically injured and seriously pissed that EMT’s had to cut off his JJ Watt jersey, the Houston Texan himself visited Noah in the hospital, with new jerseys to boot! (via Bleacher Report)

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6) The Girl Scouts announced the upcoming release of their new S’more cookies as part of their 100 year anniversary!screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-8-51-06-pm

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7) This dog played hide and seek

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8) Twisted released a recipe & tutorial for pizza waffles. I repeat: Pizza. Waffles.

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9) YouTuber Mike Boyd posted this video, reminding us there is always something to new learn.

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11) Frenchman Robert Marchand set a cycling record at 105 years old

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12) This boy melted hearts by arriving to meet his new niece in his Sunday best. (via Buzzfeed)

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13) Pharrell made this fantastic statement on Ellen (via The Ellen Show & Buzzfeed)sub-buzz-21061-1483653179-3

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14) This hairdresser sat on the floor so that an autistic boy could feel comfortable getting his hair cut. (via Love What Matters)15781110_1360469510642110_712809969462426871_n

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15) After growing out his hair for 2 years, this 10 year old boy donated it to make a wig for  his friend with Alopecia. (via Buzzfeed)

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16) Matt Bonner retired from the NBA in the greatest way possible.

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17) The 74th Golden Globes celebrated the well deserving talents of 2016. (photo via LA Times)la-et-mn-golden-globes-2017-nominees-winners-list-20161212

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18) Thousands of people participated in “No Pants on the Subway Day” (via Improv Everywhere)no-pants-subway-ride-berlin-copy-1

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19) A cashier in Temecula took the time to make this little boy’s day. (via Love What Matters)

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20) Ed Sheeran covered the Prince of Bel Air Theme Song

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22) After adopting their dying neighbor’s 3 children, this family got a well deserved surprise. (via Little Things)

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23) Betty White turned 95 (via Us Weekly)477966844_betty-white-zoom-8ebb6973-9734-4ae5-9490-0d7cba455794

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24) Captain American pranked comic fans with a surprise escape room

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25) Girl power went global (photo via New York Post)

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26) This guy sewed a replica Belle dress to propose to his girlfriend. (via Huffington Post)587e7c911700009f0a92a9e2

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27) Using an exoskeleton, this quadriplegic man took 826 steps! (via Reddit)ifcaaxnbfmlzy_o77eviy1jgfpbpbrlksratt4f-jfg

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28) #NationalComplimentDay flooded social media with positivity

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29) Marcos paid it forward with Redbox.

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30) Supermodel Ashley Graham shared a picture of her cellulite to remind everyone to love the skin you’re in.

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31) The kids of Stranger Things melted our hearts again at the SAG Awards

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

I can’t wait to see what February brings.

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