Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

These 24 Inspirational Stories Of 2017 Will Brighten Your Day.

It's hard to imagine a day when there'll actually be nothing worth writing about or talking about in the news. It seems like no matter where we look, something newsworthy always happens. Unfortunately, most of the time, the events can be grim and heartbreaking. But as we approach the end of 2017, we decided to focus on the pros and not the cons. So here are some of happiest, light-hearted, and in some cases, inspirational stories of this year. Hopefully, this puts a silver lining in your cloudy day, so you can close the year right. It might even inspire you to do great things in 2018.

"Blue Bloods" actor Donnie Wahlberg left a generous tip at a North Carolina Waffle House.

His bill was only $82.60, but he added a $2,000 tip, and even gave the employees backstage passes and front-row tickets to an upcoming "New Kids on the Block" concert, which Donnie was a member of decades ago. As to why he did it, his folks used to wait on people, so he wanted to return the favor.

Kiersten Miles started babysitting Talia in 2016, but she never expected Talia to become a part of her.

Talia needed a liver transplant soon, and Kiersten was a good match, so in January of 2017, the babysitter decided to donate her liver. The two underwent surgery and are both expected to live a normal life. Who knew someone who'd only been babysitting for 3 weeks could be this selfless?

When rip currents threatened to end the lives of 10 people, beachgoers sprung into action.

On July 8 in Panama City Beach, Fl., a family of six and four other swimmers, got pulled into the sea by rip currents. That's when beachgoers came up with a heroic idea to form a human chain starting from the shore until it reached the swimmers, allowing everyone to be rescued just in time.

Whoever said there's no such thing as Santa has clearly never been to northwest Pennsylvania.

An elderly man decided to help families in need every year by setting up a Christmas tree outside his home. But in lieu of ornaments, he hangs supplies that the needy might find useful, like shoes, clothing, anything else they might need. Now that's a true Santa right there.

Jerich Marco Alcantara was heading for his graduation ceremony, until a brake malfunction ruined it.

Alcantara was going to graduate from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, but a brake malfunction on the New York City subway he was on caused him to miss the event. So, Alcantara's friends and strangers struck on the train threw him a makeshift ceremony and passengers recorded the ceremony.

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