It can be very difficult to see the bright side of things when the world is sh*tty.

You get down on yourself, your family and friends, and you think there’s no hope.

And in those dark times, you gotta remember to keep it positive! And one way to do that is to focus on the great things in life that are all around us. They really are out there, sometimes you just have to look a little bit harder for them…

And we think these wholesome photos and stories are perfect examples of what we’re talking about.

Let’s take a look!

1. Look who got their picture taken!

That’s a good-looking pooch!

2. You gotta start somewhere.

Take it one day at a time!

I’ve hosted a friend since November due to their depression. Today she made her bed for the first time. She’s at the store right now.
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3. They’ve come a long way.

Sometimes it takes people a while to warm up to new things.

I came out when I was 14 (now 35) and to say my parents weren’t thrilled is a complete understatement. But last night, 21 years later, I saw this little ornament on their tree and I really can’t believe how far they’ve both come as humans.
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4. Time to make it official.

We’re happy for both of you!

Best way to end decade. My lil dude is officially my son.
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5. This is amazing.

Shedding tears of joy.

Nike surprises Justin Gallegos with a contract. Justin is their first professional athlete with Cerebral Palsy.
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6. You did the right thing!

Anti-vaxxers drive me nuts. There, I said it.

I decided to finally go vaccinated behind my anti-vax parent’s back! 🙂
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7. Dogs are the best.

And we don’t deserve them sometimes.

Stray doggo interrupts street performance in Turkey to help the actor who was pretending to be hurt. What a pure heart.
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8. She’s a mean, lean, fighting machine.

Get out of her way!

My grandmother turned 100 last Oct., this is her doing the plank for 30 seconds.
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9. Wear a mask, people!

And stop complaining about it.

10 hr shifts 6 days a week in 100 degree Florida heat, if we can do it so can you!
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10. The giraffe is a terminally ill patient at a Dutch zoo.

This was during a “Last Wish” event.

11. Turned your life around!

Congrats to you!

12 years ago I was homeless. Today I’m a homeowner.
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12. Hey, I know you!

I love this story!

Those were great, don’t you think?

And now we want to hear from you.

In the comments, please share some more wholesome stuff you’ve seen lately that you think we’d like.

We really appreciate it!