It's hard not to feel a sense of doom and gloom during the coronavirus crisis; with death tolls rising, fear spreading, and life looking completely unrecognisable to the way it did just weeks ago, it's a very weird time.
All this means that hearing good news is more important than ever before. Little sparkling gems of hope among the darkness now have the power to raise your whole mood, helping you to get through another day in lockdown. So every day, Cosmopolitan UK pledges to bring you some of the good news stories that may have been buried among all the sad stuff. Don't forget to come back each evening to get your fix of positivity with our Good News, Gathered series.
Today on the good news agenda:
Clapping For Our Carers
Last night, at 8pm last night, people across the UK stood at their doors, windows and balconies to applaud NHS staff and carers for all their work in the fight against coronavirus. Anyone who took part, or watched the footage, will know how emotional it was to witness such a display of unity in this very dark time.
It's in moments like this that we can truly appreciate the strength of togetherness, and the courage of so many.
A therapy dog on the frontline
It's not just humans who are doing their bit to ease the suffering during this coronavirus crisis. This hero therapy dog, Wynn, has been brought in by her emergency doctor owner, Susan Ryan, to help keep morale up on the wards.
With traumatic scenes playing out in hospitals across the world, taking a moment out to enjoy something nice is more important than ever. Which is where Wynn comes in: Susan has been training her to provide comfort to drained carers in a Denver hospital.
"When you are in the presence of the dog and petting them you are taking a moment to ground yourself at that present time. It's been the brightest part of our day," Susan Ryan told CNN.
She is the cutest.
People of the Pandemic
Here's a new Instagram account for you to follow if you're after a regular good news hit. People of the Pandemic will brighten up your feed with stories of the UK heroes who are bravely putting themselves on the line throughout the pandemic.
Set up by refugee rights campaigner Jaz O’Hara, who Cosmopolitan recently included in our 'Positivity Index', the account brings you real people's stories during these trying times. The experiences of the delivery drivers, supermarket workers and medical staff who are managing to keep our world turning during this very unusual time, and of the people who are doing their best to survive it. It's moving, and is sure to put a smile on your face when you're reminded we're all in this together.
And now, take a look back at what made us smile yesterday:
Joe Wicks' daughter gatecrashes PE
Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, has been keeping the nation moving while on lockdown, hosting a 9am PE lesson every weekday for families who are homeschooling, and anyone else who wants to keep active. But this morning, on day four of his daily YouTube broadcast, he had a special guest: his one-year-old daughter Indie.
At around 28 minutes into her dad's half-hour digital PE lesson, little Indie burst into the room and on camera. In front of millions - no biggie. But my gosh, she's a cutie. During her moment of glory, the toddler performed a squat with her personal-trainer dad, and can already see she's got a glittering future of fitness ahead of her. You can catch Joe's PE lessons here.
Free flowers for NHS workers in Winchester
Over at Royal Hampshire County Hospital yesterday, NHS staff were surprised by a delivery of flowers from their local Tesco. Nurses, doctors and other team members were gifted leftover bunches and plants from Mother's Day as a well-deserved pick-me-up. And let's face it, who deserves to have their wards and homes brightened up more than the people on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic?
Here's one sonographer from the hospital posing happily with her bouquet...
Kylie Jenner donates $1m in aid of coronavirus
If there's one person who does have a bit of spare cash lying around, it's Kylie Jenner. The beauty brand entrepreneur truly did her bit this week, donating $1 million to Los Angeles hospitals and doctors. The money is intended to help them purchase masks, ventilators, and other protective gear necessary to treat patients with coronavirus.
Posting on Instagram, Kylie's doctor Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi said she was "speechless" at the generous donation. "I am speechless, my eyes are filled with tears of joy and my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude," the doctor wrote. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU @kyliejenner ❤️. You are my hero. This generous donation will help save many precious lives. Our world is a better place with you in it."
All together now... ahhhhhh.
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