100 wonderful things that happened in 2016

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Sometimes it's hard to read the news.

We decided to take a quick break from sad stories to compile a list of 100 upbeat articles we've written in 2016.

No matter who you are or what you believe, we hope this will lift your spirits for a bit today:

  1. Dad passes out candy on flight so child won't miss trick-or-treating
  2. 85-year-old man serves as flower girl at his granddaughter's wedding
  3. Nurses make tiny costumes for NICU babies
  4. Family gives dying dog the best last day ever
  5. Teen girl with cancer uses her 'Make-a-Wish' to feed the homeless
  6. Young boy wants to give a doughnut to every cop in America
  7. Special education teacher invites her whole class to the wedding
  8. Police officer lies on the ground to comfort a child
  9. 9-year-old college student wants to become an astrophysicist
  10. Polite guy wins $1 million in lottery store after letting someone cut in front
  11. Baby lights up with joy after seeing her mom for the first time
  12. Heroic 'bag ladies' weave plastic bags into sleeping mats for homeless
  13. Boy grows out his hair to donate to kids with cancer
  14. Monkey rescued from a street vendor is as spoiled as he can be
  15. Kids separated by adoption have an emotional reunion in the airport
  16. Man accidentally FaceTimes a random kid, becomes his friend
  17. 92-year-old woman has been bringing the same sign to Pride marches for decades
  18. 400 students come to cancer-stricken teacher's house to cheer him up
  19. Strangers donate more than $140,000 to help elderly street vendor
  20. Kids who posed identically at Hersheypark 20 years ago got married
  21. Teenager prays with homeless man, gives him his shoes
  22. Couple celebrated 57 years of marriage with 'Notebook'-inspired photoshoot
  23. Couple married for 70 years shares the secret to lifelong romance
  24. Kindergartner running late for school stops for pledge, prayer
  25. Dog groomer caught dancing with pets will melt your heart
  26. Teen and her 82-year-old grandfather are enrolled at the same school
  27. Dad gets son's surgery scar tattooed on his chest
  28. Retired bus driver wins $2 million lottery while riding bus
  29. Photographer gives family with terminally ill baby free portraits
  30. Unlikely best friends have a 6 decade age gap
  31. With 1 photoshoot, this teen proves that cancer can't stop her from being a princess
  32. 911 call prompts dispatcher to complete act of kindness for elderly woman
  33. 8-pound miracle dog home after 2 years in the wild
  34. 91-year-old hospice patient knits hats for homeless
  35. Hard-working 5-year-old girl breaks pull-up world record
  36. Photo of dad sleeping under his son's hospital bed goes viral
  37. Starving dog rescued and now eats at LA's best restaurants
  38. Outrage over man's letter bashing yoga pants leads to parade protest
  39. The heartwarming reason this dog made a mother cry
  40. Letter reveals advice George H.W. Bush gave Clinton before his presidency
  41. Bar has clever tactic to prevent sexual violence
  42. 85-year-old man breaks world marathon record
  43. Adorable service dog gets caricature done at Disneyland
  44. Mom's hilarious note on the thermostat goes viral
  45. Fifth grader's love letter to crush is extremely adorable
  46. Elementary school principal sends heartwarming letter to parents
  47. Dog survives 6 months alone in the woods
  48. Nine-week-old's full head of hair is shocking the internet
  49. Pug named a hero after saving lives
  50. Everyone's talking about this woman's hilarious Disneyland photo
  51. These photos of fathers and daughters at Disneyland will make your day
  52. Co-workers have hilarious argument -- over a note on the water cooler
  53. This teen with Down syndrome opening her college acceptance letter will make you sob tears of glory
  54. Study shows that drinking tequila could help you lose weight
  55. NASA grew the first-ever space flower, and it's absolutely beautiful
  56. This British model responded to a body shamer with the most epic photo of all time
  57. When critics went after this 9-year-old reporter, she shut them down like a true professional
  58. Mariah Carey threw herself a Mariah Carey-themed party because she's Mariah Carey and she can do that
  59. Emotional reunion between Holocaust survivor and WWII veteran who saved him caught on video
  60. This freezing lamb born without wool got an adorable handmade coat to keep him warm
  61. This touching photo of a waiter helping a man without hands eat his meal is going viral
  62. 'Scary' dog and mailman share the world's most beautiful friendship
  63. Smiling Hawaiian volcano is so thrilled you stopped by
  64. 100 kids who didn't have beds got to sleepover at AT&T Stadium -- and that wasn't even the best part
  65. Colorblind brothers are moved to tears after seeing color for the first time ever
  66. Police officer rescues tiniest fawn from road after it became too exhausted to walk
  67. Firefighters rescue ducklings while anxious mother duck watches nearby, quacking and pacing
  68. Flight attendant adopts stray dog who waited for 6 months outside her hotel
  69. Tiny mockingbird gets custom snowshoes to fix her broken feet
  70. Baby born with adult-sized tongue smiles for first time after undergoing surgery
  71. Rescued goose who received 3-D printed beak falls in love and becomes a mom
  72. This dog meeting a human dressed as her favorite toy is the best thing you'll see today, maybe ever
  73. Boy spends his allowance to buy books for prisoners
  74. Puppy born without front legs finds new hope thanks to good Samaritan
  75. Army veteran saves bald eagle by shooting it out of a tree
  76. Crowd cheers as student in wheelchair walks to receive diploma
  77. 'I won today': Teen paralyzed by stray bullet gives empowering graduation speech
  78. Puppy presumed dead at sea is reunited with family, thanks to Facebook post
  79. Man frees 1,000 dogs from China's dog meat festival
  80. Dad gets a tattoo of son's surgery scar to help his self confidence
  81. Dad makes incredible Disney princess costumes for his kids
  82. Puppy on the brink of death is totally transformed by love
  83. Police do the kindest thing for a bird nesting on their car
  84. Dog who lost his ears after a decade of abuse now has a home
  85. Man shares grandmother's hilariously polite Google searches
  86. Teacher writes letters to 100 students after heartbreaking scare
  87. Police cooked lonely elderly couple dinner after they heard them crying
  88. Adopted boy, 11, mows lawns all summer to buy tombstone for father he never knew
  89. Police step in when boy's party plans fall through
  90. Featherless penguin warms up with adorable tiny wetsuit
  91. Mama dog and her day-old pups rescued right before being put down
  92. 86-year-old grandma impresses on her wedding day in gown of her own design
  93. Watch: Baby elephant rushes to rescue 'drowning' human friend
  94. Sweet 'naked' bird with rare condition will steal your heart
  95. Loving dog who had tongue cruelly cut out wins incredible honor
  96. Maid of honor carries her sister's dying dog down the aisle
  97. Twin sisters take wedding dress pics with their 80-year-old dad who has Alzheimer's
  98. 7-year-old dog rescued from small barn after years of neglect gets much-needed haircut
  99. Dog called Romeo rescued from rubble 10 days after Italy quake
  100. Elementary school custodian gifted a new car after traveling 2 hours by bus every morning
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