The Best Feel-Good Stories of 2017

From the California fires to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, 2017 has been a rough year for many people. So we’re taking a few moments to reflect on all the good stories that happened. Some will make you laugh. Some will make you cry. But all of them will be sure to make you smile.

Man Donates Books to School Children

Bus Driver

Photos courtesy of Valley Metro

Photos courtesy of Valley Metro

A former Arizona school bus driver surprised students with a bus full of books -- enough for every child in the school. .

Boy Shares His Halloween Candy

An Idaho boy was caught on camera refilling a candy bowl after realizing someone had taken all the Halloween treats. He said he "."

Family Finds Dog After Devastating Fires

One couple who barely escaped the California wildfires was shocked to discover their beloved dog had survived. .

Elon Musk Repairs Tesla

When a man wrecked his Tesla to save a fellow driver on the German Autobahn, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stepped in to pay the repair costs. Check out the surprise Musk offered for the driver below:

 

Fiona the Baby Hippo Takes First Steps

The Cincinnati Zoo's baby hippo, Fiona, was born on January 24 and has been brightening the world with her antics ever since. .

Dog Loves His Wine

Otis the Sheepadoodle—who has more than 40,000 followers on Instagram—really wants his own glass of wine. .

Wedding Crashers Leave Gift

A couple on a first date who decided to crash a wedding got lucky when the bride and groom had a sense of humor. 

Beloved Film Collection Replaced

A woman whose brother with Down Syndrome lost his entire movie collection in the California fires reached out for help. .

Senior Couple's Engagement Photos Go Viral

An elderly couple from Alabama took the internet by storm with their joyful engagement photos. Their wedding photos were just as sweet. .

Inmates Save Guard

Six prisoners came to the rescue when their guard collapsed while they were working in a Georgia cemetery. ?

Neighbors Give an Unexpected Parade

An Ohio woman fighting breast cancer was on her way to her last chemotherapy visit when she walked outside to see her neighbors cheering her on. .

Disney World Surprises Foster Children

Mickey Mouse and some friends surprised two foster children with the news that they were finally being adopted. .

Students Help Teacher

New Mexico high school students decided to pool their money together to do something nice for a teacher going through a rough time. .

Benevolent Homeless Man Gets Big Gift

A homeless man in Philadelphia lent a woman his last $20 when her car ran out of gas. She started a GoFundMe campaign to pay him back and has . 

Firefighters Rescue Man in More Ways Than One

When a man was taken to the hospital after breaking his leg hanging Christmas lights on his home, firefighters .

Houston Businessman Feeds Thousands

"Mattress Mack," who became famous when he opened his stores to Hurricane Harvey victims, continued his charitable streak by serving Thanksgiving dinner to the public. .

Diver Finds Wedding Ring

A woman having dinner at a lakeside restaurant was horrified when her wedding ring fell into the water, but a  and found it for her.

Teen Gets Adopted by Teacher

A Texas high school student had given up on being adopted until he met one special teacher. "."

Toy Maker Comes Through With Special Request

The Tonka toy company stepped in when a desperate sister begged the internet for help in finding a specific truck for her disabled brother. below.

Hurricane Harvey Reveals Goodness of Others

Hurricane Harvey left a lasting impact on the people of Texas, but there were several heartwarming stories that shone through the devastation. .

Cop Dances With Elderly Woman

A Minnesota police officer decided to join in the fun when she discovered a 92-year-old woman dancing alone in a parking lot. 

Man Pays Off Layaway Accounts

A New Jersey man surprised several Toys "R" Us customers when he paid off more than $10,000 worth of layaway accounts on Black Friday. He was "."

89-Year-Old Man Serenades Wife

A 70th wedding anniversary video went viral thanks to the 90-year-old husband's rendition of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." .

Actor Surprises Concertgoers

Actor Bill Murray surprised people in line for a bluegrass concert by handing out free tickets to the show. .

Bill Murray

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Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA

An Unlikely Bond Forms

Returning lost luggage led to a friendship between an ex-convict and a Philadelphia attorney. .

Joke Ad Goes Viral

A commercial selling a used 1996 Honda Accord went viral thanks to its spot-on satire of real car ads. .

Malala Goes to Oxford

Pakastani shooting survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai started attending the University of Oxford. .

Dog Crashes Nuptials

A stray pup in Brazil found his happy ending after showing up as an uninvited guest to a wedding. .

Movie Star Hands Out Turkeys

Matthew McConaughey spent his 48th birthday handing out frozen turkeys to residents in one Kentucky town. .

Matthew McConaughey

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Anna Webber/Getty Images for Wild Turkey

Boston Marathon Couple Weds

A Boston Marathon victim who lost a leg in the bombing married the firefighter who helped get her to the hospital that day. .

Police Chase Leads to Pit Bull

A woman was shocked to see her missing dog on television after the pup was involved in a high-speed chase. And !

Officer Adopts Newborn

One Albuquerque police officer ended up adopting a baby after a serendipitous meeting with a pregnant heroin addict. .

Police Puppy Finds New Gig

An Australian puppy who lacked the "necessary aptitude" for police work working for a governor.

Holocaust Survivor Meets Relative

A 102-year-old man who thought he lost his entire family in the Holocaust was reunited with his 66-year-old nephew. .

New Barbershop for Generous Barber

The man who gives free haircuts to homeless men in Philadelphia was rewarded with his own shop by a fellow barber. 

Dying Mom Saved

A British mother of two received life-saving cancer treatment thanks to the fundraising efforts of her ex-husband's new wife. . 

Famous Chef Helps Puerto Rico

Chef José Andrés and his team will continue to feed hungry Puerto Ricans impacted by Hurricane Maria through the holidays. .