The news these days is wrought with headlines guaranteed to bring you down. But the world isn't all doom-and-gloom. The following stories may not have been the most prominently featured in the media this past week, but they're guaranteed to make you smile.
- An estimated 300 people displaced from their homes were on hand at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on Friday for the debut of two new panda bears. (Reuters)
- A University of Maine professor and student have teamed up to create a more eco-friendly golf ball out of recycled lobster shells. (AOL News)
- James Gronseth may be 84, but he still thinks he can give back -- which is why he's joined the Peace Corps, and is headed to Botswana to help HIV patients. (Huffington Post)
- When a Florida women fell into a sink hole in her backyard last Monday, sharp thinking may have saved her life. After several failed calls, she tossed her cell phone above ground with 911 dialed, prompting a quick response. (AOL News)
- Since Blair Griffith was crowned Miss Colorado in October, she's faced one hardship after another, and even wound up homeless. Now a Chicago designer has decided to personally create pageant gowns for Griffith, pro bono. (Huffington Post)
- A Florida photographer is snapping shots of abandoned dogs to help find the animals new homes. (NBC News)
- Thousands of people in more than 130 cities across the globe took part in International Pillow Fight Day yesterday. (AP)
- One charitable parishioner dropped a winning scratch-off lottery ticket worth $30,000 into the donation plate at a Baltimore church last week. (AOL News)
- Cee Lo Green has modified his famously dirty hit song as part of a Proctor & Gamble charity effort to donate batteries to volunteer fire departments. The new track is titled "Thank You." (AOL News)
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