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The ‘Wholesome Stories’ Weekly Round-up (14/01/2022)

After a brief hiatus, we’re back this week with more wholesome stories! Now that the festive period is fully packed away for another year, I think we should get back into routine!

It’s important to highlight the constant good there is in the world; particularly in these uncertain times that we’re all trying to navigate. So, let’s unwind as we finish another week and start the weekend with some wholesome internet goodness!

Cassie Comes Home

It’s almost universally accepted that stories about animals make for the most wholesome content. As humans, we develop strong bonds with the animals we keep as pets; they almost become part of the family. So you can imagine how it feels to have your dog stolen from you. 

Heartbreaking, to say the least. Now imagine the relief and joy you would feel, after all that fear and upset, when you’re beloved pet is returned to you eight whole years after being stolen?! 

Read the full story here.

The Man Who Moved Mountains

Dashrath Manjhi didn’t literally pick up a mountain and move it, but he did as near as anyone could imagine. Dashrath lived in a small village in the Gehlaur Hills of India and in 1959, his wife died after falling from a cliff. With the nearest hospital being 40 miles away and no way to get there, he was forced to watch his wife die. 

For years, the local settlements in the Hills had been cut off from essential services due to the unnavigable route. So, with nothing but sheer determination, a hammer and chisel in hand, Dashrath took matters into his own hands and carved a 360-foot path through the mountains; wide enough for transport and reducing commutes by days.

It took 22 years and after passing in 2007, Dashrath Manjhi was given a state funeral for his outstanding contribution to society. 

Read more here. 

Happy 100th Birthday; Here’s A Bentley

And not just any Bentley, but the classic Bentley S3 that centurian Eddie Hughes used to drive for his employer for over a year alllll the way back in 1964. Not bad for a 100th birthday present.

Eddie had always been fond of the car despite his reasonably brief year-long tenure as a chauffeur, but never thought he’d own it until his son placed the keys into his hand.

Ron, his 69-year-old son, managed to locate the car through the internet and got it shipped all the way from the US.

“The car was very complete with its original parts but its running condition was poor until it was fixed,” Ron said. What a guy!

Read more here.  

A Mattress For You, And One For The Dog

Who doesn’t love a 2-for-1 deal?! Now, usually I like to get some use out of the second (free) item as well, but I’ll make the exception if you’re catering to my dog. We’ve already established we humans have a particular soft spot for animals, and this mattress company is fully exploiting that.

A Helping Hand

Facing your fears is tough, regardless of whether it’s irrational or not. While an unusually large amount of people have no issue with flying, for those who do it can be a truly terrifying experience and to be honest, I think that’s completely reasonable. 

One reddit user played the role of the good samaritan to a woman who by the sounds of things, fell into the ‘definitely-terrified-of-flying’ category. When the user realised the woman was in extreme distress, he offered his hands despite both speaking different languages. She held it the whole way from Germany to England.

The Turtle Born With Their Heart Exposed

This one should pull on your heartstrings a bit (pardon the *terrible* pun). When this baby turtle was born with its heart exposed on its lower side, it was given a very small chance of survival.  

That didn’t stop albino pink-bellied side-necked turtle ‘Hope’ from thriving! In part due to owner Michael Aquilina’s determination to give her a fulfilling life. Three years on and she’s still going strong.  

Just To Round Things Of...

If it’s not been your week, or you just want some more heartwarming content to bring you into the weekend, you should check out the following video: 

And that’s it for this week’s Wholesome Stories Round-up. Be sure to check this blog space every Friday for more blues-destroying, soul-uplifting wholesome content.