23 Good News Stories to Start 2023 Off Right

“Bad news breaks suddenly, but good news is happening everywhere, all the time.” Here are 23 good, positive, and uplifting news stories from around the world this past year to start 2023 off right:

  1. Oakland couple Latorra and Carlos open 2nd café at business where they met 15 years ago: https://abc7news.com/oaklandia-cafe-and-bakery-in-oakland-second-location-new/12187626/
  2. SpirulinaNord, based on Latvia, figured out how to farm fresh spirulina for food supplements: https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/10/25/blue-revolution-how-farmed-seaweed-is-good-for-us-and-the-planet
  3. MPX (“mokeypox”) emergency declaration set to expire end of January 2023 as community and government successfully prevented another pandemic: https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20221205/us-to-end-monkeypox-emergency-declaration
  4. All-terrain wheelchairs are making dozens of parks in Georgia, USA more accessible to all: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/all-terrain-wheelchairs-georgia-1.6647665
  5. Costa Rica generated 99.25% of its electricity for all of 2022 through renewable sources: https://www.bnamericas.com/en/news/costa-rica-exceeds-98-renewable-electricity-generation-for-the-eighth-consecutive-year
  6. Cuban singer Angela Alvarez, at age 95, won Best New Artist at the Latin Grammys: https://www.cbsnews.com/atlanta/news/angela-alvarez-makes-history-at-age-95-with-latin-grammy-tie-win-for-best-new-artist/
  7. Ancestral homeland of the Rappahannock tribe in modern-day Virginia returned 350 years later: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancestral-homeland-returned-to-rappahannock-tribe-after-more-than-350-years-180979863/
  8. Albuquerque, New Mexico man “Mr. Christmas” given crowdfunded money for new roof, plus help with setting up his Christmas display: https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/community-gives-back-and-surprises-veteran-known-for-christmas-displays/
  9. Two famous notebooks by Charles Darwin were returned more than 20 years after being stolen: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-62082325
  10. Mark Cuban launched Cost Plus Drugs, an online pharmacy that’s making over 100 generic drugs far more affordable than anything else on the market: https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/digital-health/mark-cuban-s-drug-company-launches-pharmacy-claims-to-offer-striking-savings-generic
  11. Montana elementary school teacher is helping students learn and preserve the Crow language: https://www.ktvh.com/news/positively-montana/work-to-be-done-all-the-time-lodge-grass-teacher-works-to-save-crow-language-through-elementary-ed
  12. In the East Bay Area, California, two good samaritans rescued a woman whose car crashed into a ditch: ​​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCMTMO9zgLs
  13. Scotland made period products free to anyone in the country in need: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-51629880
  14. Surfers saved man’s life after he has heart attack on the beach: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2022/10/23/news/the-surf-was-up-and-helped-save-a-mans-life/
  15. Popular video game helps fuel donations to retired racehorse sanctuary in Japan: https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14692059
  16. Two Ukrainian refugee students win awards at the prestigious Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF): https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/story/students-ukraine-win-awards-worlds-largest-science-fair-84905503
    • (Full disclosure: I personally know Rhea! Very excited to see what she’s been able to build with her sister so far)
  17. Woman who can smell diseases helps scientists develop test with 95% accuracy: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-62795737
  18. Nigeria’s illiteracy rate decreased from 38% to 31%: https://dailytrust.com/world-literacy-day-nigerias-non-literate-rate-reduces-from-38-to-31-fg/
  19. Jeremy Lin starts basketball school to educate and inspire Asian-Canadian and Asian-American youth: https://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/2022/06/11/the-jeremy-lin-basketball-school-dishes-out-lessons-on-life-and-hoops-10-years-after-linsanity.html
  20. Solar microgrid in rural Malawi increases students progressing to high school by 500%: https://www.strath.ac.uk/whystrathclyde/news/2022/malawisfirstsolarmicrogridfuelsfivefoldincreaseinschoolpupils/
  21. Two pen pals — a 20-year old Vietnam War solider and a young girl in Long Island — meet in person 50 years after exchanging letters: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/good-news/long-lost-vietnam-war-pen-pals-finally-meet-50-years-after-exchanging-letters/3745773/
  22. The Respect For Marriage Act was signed into law in the United States, adding safeguards to the rights of interracial marriage and same-sex marriage: https://www.npr.org/2022/12/13/1142331501/biden-to-sign-respect-for-marriage-act-reflecting-his-and-the-countrys-evolution
  23. Sisters in Bengaluru [Bangalore, India] co-found and expand Hoovu Fresh, which sells puja flowers with significantly less waste: https://www.newindianexpress.com/magazine/2022/apr/24/flower-puff-girls-entrepreneurs-behind-hoovu-fresh-2444869.html
    • (Full disclosure: I personally know Rhea! Very excited to see what she’s been able to build with her sister so far)

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