Over the years, many people have learned to look on the bright side no matter what life throws at them. Looking positively at things brightens the mood and also takes our minds off negative news. For all the things America might be guilty of, there are a few things they’ve managed to get right. Focusing on these stories for a moment can do our mental health good.
1. Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Celebrating local heroes in our communities is a joy but rare nowadays. One young man said that an unknown donor hides thousands of dollars somewhere around children’s rehab centers in his hometown. Then, that person calls the front desk and has them play an exciting treasure-hunting game to locate the money. The donor has been an immense help to their community as they have given over $1000,000 over the years, but nobody knows who the person is. Everything is donated anonymously.
2. In Lifting Others, We Rise
Children are our future, so believing in them and teaching them good ways benefits society. A New Jersey judge believes this and is weary of sending juveniles into the system, which often turns them into criminals. The judge collaborated with some non-profit organizations to provide vocational skills for the youth in the system. These actions caught the attention of educators, who began to refer troubled teenagers to that judge. This type of program deserves more attention than it has and is worthy of expansion across the country.
3. Hope Is Here
A middle-aged man diagnosed with brain cancer is set to benefit from a long-term research treatment for his type of cancer. There were no significant advancements in the last four decades, but he should be able to take it in the next year, hoping to slow down the tumor growth. This is an exciting opportunity for him since his doctor is more optimistic than ever.
4. Free Tax Filing
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unveiled a program called Direct Files, which will be launched in 2024. This program will let certain taxpayers file their tax returns for free using their website, which will help save people some money.
5. Welcome Home, River Otters
A Chicago man shared a recent news-making headline. River otters are returning to their natural habitat after decades away. They were almost wiped out of the U.S. and Canada because of pollution and trade in their fur. Thanks to the efforts to clean up the waters and bring back the otters, they seem to be thriving since their reintroduction. Last year in Chicago, otters were spotted in the river, even though they haven’t been seen there for decades.
6. New Online Pharmacy (Cost Plus Drugs)
One of the best features of a progressive nation is how much attention they give to basic health care. American entrepreneur and billionaire Mark Cuban owns an online pharmacy called Cost Plus Drugs. This outlet makes common generic drugs less expensive for consumers and, in turn, introduces transparency into the U.S. healthcare system. This online pharmacy gets your prescription drugs for a lower price than you pay at most retail pharmacies.
7. Breast Cancer Vaccines Are in Trials
One user said their mother-in-law is in trials for a breast cancer vaccine, and this has saved her life. This is excellent news for women in general. Breast cancer vaccines are in the early clinical trials. There are many types of breast cancer, however, and the vaccine isn’t a cure for all of them. The vaccine may also help prevent the recurrence of aggressive breast cancer.
8. Christmas Gifts for Underprivileged Kids
Consumer expert Clark Howard and his associates raise funds for children in foster care in Atlanta every Christmas. They do this to ensure the underprivileged kids have the gifts of their choice during the festivities.
9. Breakthrough in Search for Tinnitus Treatment
Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. adult population experiences some form of ringing or noise in their ears. After almost two decades of searching for a cure for tinnitus, a hopeful treatment for the condition should be available at the beginning of 2024.
10. Wolf Population Growing
It’s always wonderful when actions to save wildlife yield positive results. In this case, wolves are benefiting. Decades of conservation have allowed many wolf species to recover after near-extinction. Some of these species include the gray wolf of the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes region and the red wolf of the southeastern United States.
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