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#TGIF: 3 Feel-Good Stories To Start Your 4th of July Weekend With a Smile


From BBQs to fireworks, the 4th of of July annual festivities are always a treat to partake in. But this also means a busy weekend of traveling to see loved ones and grilling up a storm. Luckily, you can take a moment of “me time” right now by reading some positive content. We’ve compiled a roundup of three feel-good news stories for July 1, 2022 to start your weekend with a smile.

1. A Blast From the Past Makes Its Rounds Online

Strolling through a busy mall may seem like a distant memory these days, as mall vacancy rates are increasing throughout the country. However, nostalgia guru @RealJezebelley shared a photo on Twitter that’ll make you reminisce about grabbing a bite to eat at your favorite childhood mall.

“A fully intact vintage Burger King was found behind a wall at the Concord Mall in Wilmington, DE. This photo was snapped by Jonathon Pruitt April of 2022,” they tweeted on Tuesday.

The photo is receiving an outpour of replies from people commenting on how this vintage Burger King is a unique find. Antiques Roadshow even wonders if it’s possible to transport the fast food gem to their show.

2. Nashville-Based Children’s Orchestra Entertains Passengers During Flight Delay

Let’s be honest: flight delays are never fun. But imagine how much easier it would be to pass the time if some live entertainment was added to the mix.

This became possibly recently, when a children’s orchestra from Nashville — who were traveling to Europe for a tour — experienced flight delays.

Rather than waiting quietly, the musicians took their instruments out and played music for their fellow passengers (per a flight attendant’s request). See the impromptu concert in the clip below.

3. Retired Kindergarten Teacher Receives a Special Surprise From Former Students

Graduation season is a proud time for families and teachers who have helped shape their students’ lives. Many ex-students even go back and visit their former teachers.

Retired Indiana kindergarten teacher Jane Pearson experienced an emotional reunion with her former students earlier this month. Her daughter, Kim Hamilton, explains to how she organized the surprise.

“A student from the [high school] graduating class of 2022 (which was her last kindergarten class) contacted me because she wanted to get a group of former students together to surprise her,” she says.

Hamilton says her mom taught kindergarten for 38 years in the same school and classroom. Despite retiring 13 years ago, Pearson’s impact on her students is clearly long-lasting.

“She truly was a one of a kind teacher. She deserves this recognition. These students made her day, as you can see in this genuine and heartwarming video,” Hamilton adds.

We hope you enjoyed this roundup of feel-good news stories for July 1, 2022. Have an inspiring weekend!

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