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Hugging an Officer


Kids are often told not to talk to strangers, but little T.J. Hubbard couldn’t resist expressing his appreciation for a police officer whom he met in a restaurant.

The Fort Worth, Texas, cop first caught the 3-year-old boy’s eye when he rode up on a motorcycle outside of a McDonald’s.

When the boy asked if he could take the bike for a spin, the officer sensibly denied his request – but he did offer T.J. a police badge sticker as a peace offering.

Though the youth was incredibly excited over the gift, he is also apparently very shy; so it took him a while to work up the courage to thank the officer.

When he was finally ready, he wandered up to the officer’s table as his mother, Jamie, exclaimed: “He wants to give you a hug!”

The officer was more than happy to oblige, making for the most heart-melting video encounter in the world.

The cop later told Jamie that the hug “meant the world to him.”

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Insights into a long life


In this National Geographic Short Film Showcase documentary, we meet 109-year old Richard Overton, the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States. With humor and insight, Mr. Overton shares what he’s learned from his long, happy life. Church, driving, cigars, and companionship are just a few of the things that make up some of the little pleasures of his day.


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Playing King of the Island

If you’ve never heard of zorbing, well, you’re missing out. You’re essentially inside a giant see-through beach ball, but you can bounce, bonk, float, or roll just about anywhere with it. The drone footage in this video is out of this world: It doesn’t even look like the USA, but it was all filmed in Arizona. Here, the troupe gathered on a small red rock and played “King of the Island,” with the “losers” tumbling into sparkling blue waters. These guys know how to have fun.

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Changing the journey

Pediatric psychologist Kathy Hull founded the first pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, the George Mark Children’s House, which gives terminally ill children and their families a peaceful place to say goodbye. Emphasizing that we can’t change the outcome but we can change the journey, she discusses how life is short whether we live 8 years or 80. What matters is how we spend our days, and the way we bring meaning and joy to our lives.


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A life-saving abused dog


Peanut the dog is being hailed as a heroic hound after she rescued a 3-year-old girl from freezing temperatures – and a terrible home.

Peanut’s owner isaid that her pup started going nuts for seemingly no reason at all.

“She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping,” writes Peanut’s owner. “She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside. He said he could hear her running around upstairs but didn’t understand why.”

After letting her outside, the dog went charging into the fields surrounding the couple’s house.

When Peanut’s dad chased after her, however, he found that she had stopped in front of a small naked girl who was curled up and shivering in the cold. The husband scooped up the child, wrapped her in his sweatshirt and brought her back to the house.

“He called 911 and reported the incident,” says his wife. “By the time the ambulance and police arrived, the little girl could only say one thing – ‘doggie’.”

Police then contacted Child Protective Services who took the girl and her sister into custody after their home was deemed “unsafe and unsanitary”.

Peanut’s inspiring actions aren’t the first time she’s encountered cruelty either – the pup was admitted to the Delta Animal Shelter last April with two broken legs and a stomach full of carpeting, according to the shelter’s Facebook page. The owners responsible were arrested and convicted of charges of animal cruelty.

But now almost one year after her adoption, the pup has been living in the lap of luxury and is happily accepting praise for coming to the rescue of a young girl in need.