I tend to obsess about the horrible things people do to each other in this world on a daily basis, which exacerbates my depression. So one of my resolutions this year is to find at least one uplifting thing happening in the world every day.

Other people have talked about a "Happiness Jar," where they write down one happy moment each day and put them in a jar to read at the end of the year. While my days aren't full of misery by any means, I think I would find it hard to define a specific "moment of happiness" on a daily basis. I'd hate to look at the jar at the end of the year and find that I'd failed to fill it, so I'm trying a "Happy News Jar" instead.

Nothing happy came my way today in the various places where I get my news (i.e., social media), though. I couldn't decide whether it would be "cheating" to look up specifically happy news, but ultimately it seems that I may have to seek it out, since I'm not the only one who obsesses about the negative. As they say, "If it bleeds, it leads."

As a happy bonus, the first happy news item I found upon searching involves shirtless firemen and puppies. Apparently, these fine firefighters posed for an annual calendar that benefits a fund for treating injured, abused, or abandoned animals at Charleston Animal Society in South Carolina.

You're welcome. ;)


Jane Kindred

Author of the Demons of Elysium and Looking Glass Gods series. Jane spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.