Are you ready to be inspired? Good, because we hereby declare that today is Feel Good Friday! Here are 4 stories to make you get up and dance, sit back in laugh, or at least just sit there smiling with quiet joy.
1. Let's start off with the medical miracle of a cochlear implant. It's a surgically implanted electronic device that can enable some people who are "profoundly deaf" to hear again. The impact is life changing, especially for children. Watch as an 8-month-old baby hears for the first time:
2. The story of father and son Dick and Rick Hoyt is one of love, perseverance, and sport. Although Rick is physically disabled with cerebral palsy, they compete together constantly, including in one of the hardest sporting events in the world: the Ironman Triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride, and a 26 mile run. Go ahead and try not to feel great after watching their story:
3. Nick Vujicic has no arms or legs, but he's not about to let that slow him down. He's an amazing inspirational speaker that can change how you see the world in about 4 minutes:
4. "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." This is a quote from the last lecture by Randy Pausch, a father and teacher who was dealt a rough hand, and turned it into an incredible, inspiring story of positive life lessons and perspectives to share with all of us:
Although these are famous examples of inspiration, if we look we can find them all around us. Many of us have had the opportunity to find inspiration from someone in our lives. Who has inspired you?
Inspiring Others Tip:
One of the best feelings in the world is inspiring others with your words or actions. Sometimes what can begin with a simple act, like listening hard to what a young person is saying, and then going on to help them realize their dream, whether it's as small as starting a lemonade stand or as grand as going to the moon, can make all the difference in the world.
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