16 Of The Most Wholesome Stories Of 2017, Because It Didn't All Suck

Diply 5 Dec 2017

Okay, there are plenty of reasons to want to just put 2017 behind you. There was Hurricane Harvey. And Hurricane Irma. And Hurricane Maria. Wildfires scorched large swaths of California. White supremacists marched in the streets. Mass shooters mowed down scores of innocent people. It was a bummer every time you opened your news feed. And we haven't even mentioned Trump!

But it wasn't a total write-off. Good people are still out there, doing good things! You just don't hear about them quite as often. So here we go, some of the coolest things people did to make 2017 less awful.

1. This guy's uncle has officially won at life thanks to a talented and genuinely nice sushi maker in Japan.

Twitter | @odysseypeachran

How do you even eat that? But how do you not? The dilemmas presented by awesome food, amirite?

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2. Honestly wish this dog was in every Google map. How often would you open it up knowing you could see this good boy? 

Twitter | @samjhewett

Everything, absolutely everything, is better with dogs.

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3. Okay, I don't know if this was inspired by that Friends episode where Joey finds his hand twin, but it's so funny and touching regardless.

Twitter | @DruFoz

And it's true! They're total flow twins!

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4. After playing more than 300 games of Words with Friends together, these two decided to meet in person for the first time, and they hit it off spectacularly.

Twitter | @Filth800

Not everyone online is a jerk! Woohoo!

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5. This principal must be doing something right, or even a few somethings, if these guys would buy him matching jeans.

Twitter | @jessiecaaa24

And yes, the principal got choked up by their gift, it's not just you.

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6. This guy's Bob Ross–themed birthday party must have inspired countless others.

Twitter | @Brovegna

They had an amazing time — the excitement is real and the all-caps use is legit. So much creativity and color!

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Look at these paintings! They're all so great and different!

Twitter | @Brovegna

What a happy little crowd!

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7. Someone went for favorite uncle right from day one, showing up to the hospital in a suit because "first impressions matter."

Twitter | @Iris_Elisabeth_

For the record, an impression was made and by all accounts, the baby approved.

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8. What a difference a welcoming and inclusive attitude can make in someone's life.

Twitter | @SmithMahri

Those smiles aren't faked for the camera — these four new friends look like instant best friends!

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9. Michael might have started a trend here, but you have to give him credit, it's creative, it's funny, and it sure seemed to work.

Twitter | @salgueronatalie

Smooth, Michael, smooth. You're going places, kid!

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10. For all the trash that gets talked about NYC transit, you don't hear enough about moments like this. 

Twitter | @colleenhagerty

Was it the wine? Was it the subway? Was it just pure magic? I don't know, but I like to think they're having a good conversation about the San Jose Sharks.

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11. The definition of best friend is one who will print off all the latest memes for you when you're off at boot camp and don't have access to your phone.

Twitter | @k_is_like

Those care packages make life better!

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12. Just think of how much work must have gone into making this drive-in for the kids, and how it must have been so worth it to bring that magic to them.

Twitter | @jessiewoodss

Uh-mazing!

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13. You want relationship goals? Here's Jean and Brian — Brian's learning to do Jean's makeup for her because she can't do it for herself anymore.

Twitter | @itsscottsummers

What a beautiful, committed couple! Makes you believe in true love!

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14. Jax (on the left) got a haircut like his friend Reddy's so their teacher wouldn't be able to tell them apart.

Facebook | Lydia Stith Rosebush

"He said he couldn't wait to go to school on Monday with his hair like Reddy's so that his teacher wouldn't be able to tell them apart. He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut," wrote Jax's mom. Sweetest prank ever.

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15. When one of the few remaining independent Blockbusters closed down, this family made one at home for the autistic son who loved the video store.

Twitter | @Javiii_Zuniga

Best part is that smile, second best is the return of no late fees.

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16. Probably the cutest thing ever assembled: a Thanksgiving Cookbook by kindergarteners.

Twitter | @mhkamp

Follow directions at your own risk, of course — it's more adorable than any hand-turkeys, but probably not terribly accurate.

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