With everything going on in the world right now, we're pretty confident that you could use some good news. Journalist and CNN en Español reporter Michelle Figueroa felt the same way — which is why she started the Good News Movement Instagram account, which only shares good news stories.
"I thought, why not create a space dedicated solely to good news?" Michelle says of starting the page. "I have been a network reporter for over 10 years and I always gravitated toward uplifting stories. And sometimes in the newscast they get cut if there's breaking news, because there's a limited amount of time."
With 1.4 million followers, the Good News Movement Instagram page is home to positive stories, photos and videos that showcase moments of hope, human kindness, joy and resilience in communities across the globe. (And yes, there are plenty of babies and animals, too!)
"People send me good news stories from their own communities that maybe otherwise wouldn't make a headline or wouldn't make the newspaper or newscast. I don't really limit myself in terms of what we cover. We welcome people to send any kind of story that brought them joy," Michelle says.
She recalls a few memorable submissions, including a video of a boy who wears color-blind glasses for the first time — filmed and sent in by his mom — and a video showing a UPS driver, who sees a boy playing football by himself, taking a moment from his route to stop and play football with the boy.
"I invite everybody to send me their stories and be part of Good News Movement," Michelle says.
Rach wanted to share some good news with Michelle, so she showed her some adorable clips of Chunky Monkey, a snoozing bulldog who can balance stacks of everything from hamburgers to potato chips on his paws and chin!