By Emma Twigg
Most people would agree that 2016 was not a great year overall. There were many tragedies, conflicts, and deaths. However, it is a new year and, despite some sad instances, the positives appear to outweigh the negatives. Hopefully 2017 will be filled with uplifting stories, such as those below. All across the world, there are positive stories that have been overlooked due to their minimal significance, but they hold an uplifting message that everyone should hear.
In China, a 600-year-old Buddha head was found when water levels fell during renovation work. The Buddha was found in China’s Jiangxi Province by a local villager who noticed it along the side of a hydropower gate. According to archaeologists, the statue may date all the way back to the Ming Dynasty, which existed from 1368-1644 C.E. Researchers told CNN that they believe the Buddha could be the beginning of a temple or more archaeological treasures, such as the ancient town of Xiaoshi. To researchers, this discovery was exciting and gave them hope to find more of the vanished Xiaoshi.
2017 has also brought a rising popularity in goat yoga. Lainey Morse, a goat farm owner, has created a class that now has a 1,200 person waiting list. The class incorporates goats into yoga, allowing the students to interact with the goats. The classes are held at Morse’s farm in Oregon and has provided happiness for all who participate. The goats are allowed to join the students in their class, acting as an adorable distraction while allowing students to relax.
In more animal news, the Atrium Mall in Istanbul, Turkey has opened its doors to allow homeless dogs to sleep inside away from the cold. The mall has provided blankets for the poor pups that have no place to turn when the weather gets bad. Volunteers gave the dogs food and made sure they were comfortable for the night.
Last in the positive news of 2017, an elderly man by the name of Bob Rutherford has created a device that helped knit thousands of socks for a local shelter. Located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Rutherford felt that he wanted to benefit his community in some way, so he set to work on building a cheap knitting machine. He made his machine out of old sewer tubing. He now has made over 10,000 pairs of socks for shelters not only in Saskatoon, but around the country. Luckily, Rutherford has had the support of his friends and family to help him on his sock journey. The old man has claimed that knitting the socks has finally given him a purpose after his wife’s death. Rutherford claims that many older folks “look at the wall with nothing to do”, but now with his sock machine, he has found something to keep him occupied and give him a reason to get up in the morning.
2017 may have just started, but optimism appears to be the focus. Hopefully, the happy news will continue for the rest of the year.