It's still early into 2018, but by now we've had time to acquaint ourselves with the new year and breathe a collective sigh of relief that we are no longer in 2017.
It was a difficult year, with trials and tribulations, heartbreaks and scandals, and more than enough tragedy to fit inside a mere 365 days. But alongside those hard times, there were also brief moments of love and compassion.
These instances gave us hope when they happened, and even though we have a lot to expect from 2018, let's take a look back at our happiest moments from last year and remember the good times as we move forward!
When one man found himself heartbroken over a recent breakup, he thought that his life was effectively over. As he dragged himself around the house, he came across someone hurting more than he was.
A sick, starving cat had found its way inside his home and into his new owners arms. The man took in the kitten and nursed him, and his broken heart, back to health. There really are everyday heroes out there!
A dance troupe of girls on the popular Britain's Got Talent had big dreams to win the competition, but unlike most contestants just looking for fame, they had a heartfelt reason for reaching the top.
One member, 15-year-old Julia Carlile, had lived with scoliosis since she was six, and was going to use her prize money to pay for a surgery to correct her spine.
Unfortunately, the girls ended up finishing 9th in the final round, but their dream wasn't over. Show host Simon Cowell decided that no one should be denied their good health, paying for her surgery out-of-pocket.
It was a deadly situation that only quick thinking could solve. When nine people were swept out to sea in a riptide, other swimmers could only watch helplessly as they were carried further away from shore.
The bystanders knew they had to do something, but couldn't risk swimming out into the tide themselves. So instead, they linked their arms and waded themselves out to rescue the stragglers.
From there, expert swimmers paddled out to the drowning people and passed them back to shore. None of them died that day, thanks to their selfless efforts!
When 6-year-old Kahne Williams had his puppy, Kase, he was the happiest little boy in the world. But when the puppy ran away and got lost for a whole month just a few weeks before Christmas, there was no consoling him.
Kahne was devastated, his best friend was gone, and he thought he would never see or play with him again. However, it turns out a family had been taking care of him, and when the boy's mother reunited them, Kahne cried tears of joy!
Watch the video here!
Just wanted to share some good news! My sons puppy went missing about a month ago and we just found him. This is the video of my son reuniting with his baby Kase! * he was found right down the street from our house. A nice family had taken him in and kept him warm and fed! Jukin Media Verified (Original) * For licensing / permission to use: Contact - licensing(at)jukinmediadotcomPosted by Paula Williams on Friday, January 8, 2016
Even though Colin Blevin wanted to miss work that day, he was needed by the universe to save a life.
When he arrived at his construction job, he noticed a car blocking the entrance, and when he asked the owner to move the vehicle. He saw a baby in the back seat and immediately got a bad feeling.
Later, he saw the owner breaking into another car, and a woman revealed that the baby wasn't the man's own. Blevin intervened and saved the 1-year-old kidnapping victim, and both are happy to be alive and well in 2018!
India Planted 66 Million Trees In 12 Hours
In a record-breaking effort, volunteers in India planted 66 million trees in half a day, in an attempt to reverse the damage of global warming thanks to pollution and deforestation.
It took 1.5 million people to complete the feat, meaning the average person planted 44 trees in a single day! The act shows the nations commitment to the Paris Agreement, and the betterment of the world.
See! Maybe 2017 wasn't so bad after all. After all, it's not the darkest moments that define us, but our search for the light.