9 things that happened in 2016 that show the world isn’t a terrible place

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9 things that happened in 2016 that show the world isn’t a terrible place

After a year with numerous high-profile celebrity deaths, many people have declared 2016 to be “the worst.” But was it really? Here are nine times this year when ordinary people proved they could do extraordinary things and make the world just a little bit better.

1. This Iowa boss decided to reward 800 company employees by taking them on a holiday cruise to Mexico.

Boss Takes All 800 Employees On Cruise Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

2. Two off-duty firefighters at a New England Patriots game saved a fan who suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed nearby.

Off-duty firefighters save man during cardiac arrest at Patriots game www.austin360.com

3. An infant diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare disorder that causes scarring of the liver and blocks the bile ducts, was matched with a liver transplant in just 40 minutes.

Infant Waits Just 40 Minutes for Life-Saving Match

4. Less than six months after a mother was charged with killing a child's four siblings, a Memphis man decided to give the child who survived a special Christmas.

Surviving son receives special Christmas

5. A woman who survived childhood cancer three times became a registered nurse at the same hospital where she underwent treatment.

A young nurse is dispensing hope to young patients in the very place that saved her life.

6. Two police officers saved a choking woman after other people walked passed her in a parking lot.

The 60-year-old woman was choking to death in the parking lot of a convenience store.

7. A New York man took his mother on 20 adventures to honor the 20 years she spent acting as a caregiver for her late husband.

Man Gives Mom Trip of a Lifetime After Husband’s Death

8. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder gave a single mother $10,000 after her plea for help on Craigslist.

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Surprises Single Mother of 6

9. A 34-year-old man says he was “stunned” after a circuit judge suspended 30 years of his 50-year prison sentence and freed him immediately.

Man’s ‘Surreal’ Early Release From 50-Year Jail Term
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