In these tough times, we need to remember the small wins we see around us every day. Take a moment to listen to the chirping of the birds or watch the starlit sky at night, and celebrate the fact that people have come together to help each other out. Raise a toast to humankind as we bring to you 10 news stories that will reassure you that there’s so much good in the world.

Air Pollution Drops Dramatically

Scientists have observed that social distancing and lockdowns have significantly improved the air quality around the world. The level of nitrogen dioxide has gone down since we’re not travelling by cars and businesses have stopped operating. Greenhouse gas emissions have lowered, pointing that it’s still not too late to take preventive measures for climate change and reduce our global carbon footprint.

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In other happy news for nature, the canals in Venice appear to be clearer, now that tourist activities and boat traffic have stopped.

A Bookstore In Kashmir Donates 1,000 Books

A local bookstore in Kashmir, Gulshan Books has donated 1,000 books to the quarantine facilities in the valley. The state has poor internet connection, so the owner has offered these a form of entertainment to youngsters. The titles include the works of Margaret Mitchelle, Sidney Sheldon, Daniel Steel and Anne Frank.

OYO Offers Free Stay To Doctors In The US

OYO Hotels founder Ritesh Agarwal has offered free stay to doctors, nurses and other medical first responders to sleep and shower. Medical practitioners who are on the frontline are risking their lives, and this act of kindness is a small token of thanks to them.

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LVMH Makes Sanitisers & Donates Face Masks

The world’s biggest luxury goods group is using its cosmetic production line to make sanitisers to donate to French healthcare authorities. The company has acquired 40 million face masks from China to aid the French authorities amidst shortage.

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Meanwhile, French luxury skincare brand L’Occitane is donating over 10,000 hand creams to healthcare workers in the UK and reassigning its production line to manufacture 70,000 litres of hand sanitiser for authorities in France.

Distillery Donates Alcohol To Make Hand Sanitiser

Diageo, producer of Johnie Walker and Smirnoff, has pledged to donate one-and-a-half million litres of alcohol to manufacturers of sanitisers. Meanwhile, many distilleries around the world have switched production to sanitisers, including some in India, to meet growing demand.

Live Concerts On Instagram

Last week, Coldplay singer Chris Martin took requests, played guitar and piano, and sang hits including Viva La Vida from his home studio for his Instagram fans. The domino effect started when John Legend, Keith Urban and Diplo followed suit.

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Cheers, Sing-Alongs, Dance-Alongs & Bingo Around The World

Several videos have gone viral on the internet recently, many from Italy, where residents under quarantine are singing from their apartments, playing bingo, dancing, working out together, and even playing ping pong. People who are confined to their homes have been clapping for healthcare workers, police force and others who are on the frontline.

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In Barcelona, Seville and Madrid, it has become a daily ritual for people to come to their balconies at 8pm and cheer for the workers as a sign of solidarity.

Volunteers Lend A Helping Hand To The Elderly

Independent volunteers in Gurgaon, Pune, Bengaluru and other Indian cities are offering to deliver groceries to the elderly. In fact, in condominiums in Gurgaon, the elderly residents have received messages with names and contact information of volunteers who can provide them home-cooked food and assist them with daily chores. Moreover, an initiative called Caremonger India is enlisting good Samaritans to make deliveries to senior citizens, those with medical conditions and parents with infants who can’t venture out.  

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