17 Inspiring Stories of Real Life Heroism

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Am I the only one sick and tired of hearing about all of the terrible things happening in the world? While it's obviously important to stay informed, it can feel super overwhelming to hear about all the violence, bigotry, and natural disasters every time we glance at the TV in the break room or scroll Facebook. Although we can't bury our heads in the sand, it's always important to put a bit of positivity in your day to balance out the bad. This can mean practicing self-care, but it can also mean finding some uplifting stories that prove that humanity isn't completely doomed.

A hero is more than just a guy with spidey senses who dresses in a costume. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and are from all over the world. Hopefully these 17 viral stories of real life heroism will bring a much-needed smile to your face.