End 2014 With 12 of the Most Smile-Inducing Stories We Could Find
There have been many stories this year that made us smile — from a gospel-singing child who was let go by his abductor to an 100-year-old woman who saw the ocean for the very first time.
Scroll down for our top feel-good stories of 2014, and let us know which is your favorite in the comments!
A gospel song saved a 10-year-old Atlanta boy from his kidnapper.
Willie Myrick said he was in his front yard and bent down to pick up money when somebody grabbed him and threw him in a car.
“He told me he didn’t want to hear a word from me,” Myrick said. That’s when Myrick began to sing a gospel song called “Every Praise.” The kidnapper started cursing and repeatedly told Myrick to shut up, but he wouldn’t. He sang the song for about three hours until the kidnapper let him out of the car.
An amazing photo this spring showed identical twin girls with a rare condition born holding hands.
Jillian and Jenna shared the same amniotic sac and placenta, which is called a monoamniotic or "mono mono" birth. Doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.
The girls were born grasping each other's hands when doctors lifted them up for their parents to see after delivery.
"They're already best friends," their mother said.
At first, it looks like a man is ripping up a homeless veteran's cardboard sign on a street in Las Vegas.
But the man is actually magician Rob Anderson, who was doing it as part of a trick that left the homeless vet feeling very lucky. After surprising him with some money on the street, Anderson even set up a GoFundMe page for the veteran.
A young girl in Pennsylvania, who received new lungs after a long court battle with HHS, began to breathe completely on her own in June after doctors removed her breathing tube and closed up the tracheostomy.
Sarah Murnaghan made headlines last year when her family filed a lawsuit against the HHS to change the existing rules for organ donation.
Who said chivalry was dead?
A young boy at a Boston Red Sox/Toronto Blue Jays game made baseball fans everywhere smile when he caught a foul ball, then gave it to a girl sitting behind him.
Greta Van Susteren extensively followed the story of a Marine who was jailed in Mexico back in March.
After 214 days, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi returned home to Florida when a strong diplomatic push helped convince a judge to release him on humanitarian grounds.
Then, Sgt. Tahmooressi sat down with Greta for a powerful one-on-one.
Check out the interview, here.
The Sudanese woman sentenced to death for her Christian faith was on “The Kelly File” for her first-ever interview.
Mariam Ibraheem was accused of converting from Islam to Christianity, although Ibraheem maintains she was never a Muslim. She married a Catholic man with U.S. citizenship, but in Sudan, Muslim women are not allowed to marry non-Muslims.
After spending six months in jail with her two children – one of whom she gave birth to while imprisoned – she was freed.
“I knew that God would help me, that God knew I was a victim of injustice,” she said through a translator.
You're never too old to fulfill a lifelong wish.
Just a month before her 101st birthday, Ruby Holt finally got to go to the beach and gaze out at the ocean for the first time.
"I always wanted to see the ocean, but I never had the opportunity," she said.
An Alabama officer caught a grandmother stealing eggs, but instead of arresting her, he surprised her with an amazing act of kindness.
William Stacy explained today on “Your World” how he stopped a grandmother in a parking lot, who admitted that she had stolen the eggs.
“She told me she needed help, and that she needed to put food in her babies’ stomachs. And I couldn’t let the babies go hungry so I told her go on, park in the parking lot, […] bought her a carton of eggs and brought them back out to her.”
Check out a very cool, and now viral, moment involving some high school choir performers.
A hotel guest in Louisville recorded the Kentucky All-State Choir singing the national anthem on their hotel room balconies.
Bush 41 marked his 90th birthday by skydiving over Kennebunkport, Maine.
Watch the video above!
In an incredible act of humanity, quick-thinking commuters in Australia banded together to rescue a man who fell between the train and a platform.
Watch more above.