Start the weekend off right with these feel good moments.
But just in case, here are more wholesome memes coming your way.
It's important to remember that it doesn't take a lot of effort to do a bit of good for someone else. We often get so caught up in our own daily struggles that we completely forget that there are other people around us going through the same tumultuous adventure of ups and downs that is this crazy thing called life. Often it doesn't take much to improve someone's day for the better and just brighten things even a little bit.
Doing a few kind things is even more important during times when hatred and fear looms, for only caring and kindness can overturn those feelings.
But I'm really just paraphrasing becasue, as always, Tolkien wrote it best...
These people's stories go to show how far something like a simple compliment can go in someone's life, especially when it's most needed and unexpected. Just little things people did that they still remember and that gave some color to their world.
This widowed Aussie old timer got more than he bargained for, in the best way possible, when he posted an ad to a local website looking for a new 'fishing mate'.
The internet got a hold of his ad and recirculated it on sites like twitter and imgur, and before long he had been flooded with support and offers to go fishing.
Someone even went and started a gofundme for the old bloke to send him on a fishing trip.
From the description:
"We're just a couple of guys who have heard Rays story and want to see him have a good fishing trip.
At the moment the cost is to cover his return flight from Adelaide to Sydney and back home, accommodation, food expenses and any costs associated to get him fishing. Anything left will go to Ray himself or a charity if he chooses as such.
Should we raise above the required limit we can look at sending Ray around the country to fish with a few different people."
It's always nice to see people rally behind a good cause
A couple months ago Redditor NoohjXLVII posted online, thanking Bethesda for Fallout 4, which he said helped keep his mind off a family tragedy.
“I have spent over 500 [hours] in this game,” NoohjXLVII wrote on the Fallout 4 Reddit (via Eurogamer). “Partly due to the fun gameplay, the new survival mode, and just the game in general. My dad passed away last year (age 56)... I didn’t take it well.”
He dealt with the pain through creating a bipedal sentry bot and naming it after his father -- GR-36 (father's name was Greg). Then, this summer NoohjXLVII was struck yet again by another devastating blow: he received a call that his 24-year-old brother was in the ICU. His brother passed away shortly thereafter, and his friends started up a GoFundMe, which details his medical condition.
“Thank you Bethesda for providing me with this wonderful game and distraction for everything I’m going through,” NoohjXLVII wrote.
“The words they use sound exactly like him, however he was also a pretty funny guy, full of puns,” NoohjXLVII wrote online yesterday, giving thanks to Bethesda, and saying he'd forever be in their debt.
“P.S.,” NoohjXLVII added. “Don’t feel guilty about taking his stuff! He insists you take it and in real life he would give you the shirt off of his back to help those in need.”
Alexander Steinberg, an 18-year-old aspiring filmmaker managed to put together a video that encourages us all as an audience to take a minute, and ask ourselves, 'why does Pokémon GO! matter?'
Does it really? Or is there something more meaningful, impactful 'afoot? Is it the game's ability to unite strangers that'd otherwise never cross paths? One quote captured in the video sticks out in particular:
“You know my favorite part about this? Number one my brother and I used to play this as kids. He ends up passing away,” CrobinMaxxis said, pointing up. “He’s up there still, still, having a better fuckin’ collection than I do. But all the violence in the world, brutality, all this fucking racism. Look around here. You see this?” he said, gesturing to the crowd. “Not a single one is the same. Everyone is having a good time. This is what the world needs now.”
Thanks to Overwatch's remappable controls, Zak can comfortably enjoy playing the game with every character. He shared the following thank you letter he wrote to Blizzard:
First off I want to congratulate you on the launch of Overwatch. It is an amazing game and you should be proud. It is jam packed with so many exciting moments for every type of gamer. My girlfriend loves the lore, my buddy can't stop smiling when he gets a hook with Roadhog, and me? I love the options menu.
I was born with Cerebral Palsy. I can't walk and have very limited use of my hands. I love video games of all shapes and sizes and have been playing since I was 3 years old. I play them when I'm happy, I play them when I'm sad, and I've started and strengthened some of my best friendships because of them.
Some games allude me though. You see, the way my hands are I am only able to use one hand for one action at one time per hand. So essentially I can only press two buttons simultaneously. Because of this I have always been limited to certain play styles and characters in games. Yasuo in League of Legends is a no go for me because of all the mechanics at play. Grapplers in fighting games usually off limits because they mostly require simultaneous button presses. Shooters are the biggest offender though. It's a must to be able to move, aim, and fire at the same time and I am only able to do two at a time. This pigeonholes me into using shotguns... thats it.
I'm rambling. I just wanted to thank you, Blizzard, for having near endless control customization in Overwatch. I don't know if this was your goal, but because of your extensive options I am able to play every character in the roster and it feels great. Because of you I made my first snipe in a video game today.
Thank you Blizzard.
Fan Forever, Zak
Mike Wilson, a professional parkour and freerunning athlete, wanted to do something special for his 5-year old son Jayden, who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.
So on his birthday this year, he made a replica Spider-Man suit and jumped down from the roof to pay him a visit, capturing the moment with a hidden GoPro camera.
You can read more updates about Jayden on his Facebook page.