We need hope in our lives. It's what keeps people going when the going gets tough. And since the world is currently literally on fire (and seems like it has been for an entire year – if it's not one part of the world, it's another), some people might need a fresh injection of hope to keep them going.

A recent Pew Research poll found that 56% of Americans are somewhat or very optimistic about the what the country will be like in 2050. And the other 44% now might have something that will lift their spirits.

Scott Hechinger, a public defender in Brooklyn, asked Twitter to share stories that give people hope. "A positive question for this Saturday night," he wrote on Twitter. What, if anything, gives you hope?"


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Twitter came through, weaving a thread full of stories of strangers being nice to strangers and humans changing for the better. It's what we all need to hear right about now.











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Hechinger shared what gives him hope, too. Like many other people who shared what gives them hope, it's children. Children are our future, and knowing that they've already got good heads on their shoulders gives people hope that our future isn't f-ed.


In some ways, the fact that people have hope and are willing to share their hope so broadly is something that also gives hope. It's important to remember that there are positive things going on in the world, and the more we share what's right on this Earth, the easier it will be to find hope when we need it.

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Anyone who has spent any time around dogs knows that fireworks can be a jarring experience. The fact that they are in a shelter with the uncertainty of not having a home and being caged, combines for an understandably anxious situation. Santiago mentions to azcentral.com, that sometimes the pets can get so stressed out that they can jump out of windows or dig under fences, which isn't healthy for their psyche. The third annual Calm the Canines event is sponsored by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control with founder Santiago in Arizona. They comfort animals during these worrisome times.


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