The Rule of Five: 5 news stories to make your Monday more cheerful


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While much of the daily news is focused on tragic and dismal stories, many still try to take time to focus on the brighter, more hopeful side of things, honoring those that give back to their community like Suzy DeYoung.


With all of the violence, horror, and just overall bad news reported on nightly news broadcasts and news websites, it’s easy to develop a pessimistic view of the world and believe that humanity is headed in the wrong direction. However, there are stories of hope and kindness happening around the world daily that many broadcasts overlook in favor of the more pressing yet grim news that must be reported. Hopefully these stories will provide a more cheerful outlook on this Monday afternoon and restore a bit of faith in humanity.

  1. “Tiger Airlifted to Happy Retirement Home After Decade in Grim Circus”

Last Friday, a 12 year old tiger named Hoover was airlifted from Peru, where he had been recovering for a year from a life in cruel captivity within a traveling circus, to Tampa, Florida. Hoover will now have the chance to fully recuperate and live out the rest of his life in a peaceful sanctuary called Big Cat Rescue.

  1. “Chefs Stock Up On Unused Produce To Make Soup For Those In Need”

Suzy DeYoung, a Cincinnati chef, helps feed local children and adults in need by taking unused produce from local grocery stores and turning it into delicious soups, stews, and casseroles. According to Feeding America, 48.1 million Americans are food insecure, with 15.3 million of those being children. DeYoung hopes to contribute to the solution of this problem by providing healthy, natural foods for families in need.

  1. “Little Girl Gives Her Hero Garbage Man A Cupcake, Melts All Our Hearts”

An adorable three year old girl named Brooklyn Andracke met her hero this weekend, her local garbage collector, Delvar Dopson. She gave Dopson one of her birthday cupcakes as a thank-you for his weekly waves and honks.

  1. “Instead Of Buying A Boat, This Guy Is Sending An Entire Kindergarten Class To College”

Marty Burbank of California has pledged to pay the college tuition of a kindergarten class at Rio Vista Elementary School. It will no doubt cost a pretty penny for him and his wife, but Burbank said, “They say give until it hurts a little, and this hurts. But we feel it’s the best investment we could make.”

  1. “Girls school alums raise $185K to say farewell to retiring security guard”

Alumni of The Hockaday School of Dallas, Texas, raised funds to as a retirement present to Kifleab Tekle, a retiring security guard that left a huge impact on the lives of the former students. “For 30 years, Kief was the emperor of the parking lot and carpool, and for all those years, Kief has been the heart and soul of Hockaday. He has given us lessons in grace, lessons in courtesy, and lessons in love,” said Liza Lee, the school’s headmistress.