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Seven things to cheer you up this Monday


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As a new week begins and the joy of Christmas (and those wonderful days off) still seem far away, we thought we’d make a list of things sure to cheer you up.

1. Six-year-old sets up Christmas campaign to help keep homeless people warm this winter

A six-year-old boy has set up a Christmas campaign, ‘Keep Warm with Frankie’, to help keep the homeless warm this winter. He decided to do something after seeing so many homeless people living on the streets in the freezing cold. Despite his age, he has decided to help as many of these vulnerable people as he can. He is currently raising money to buy hats, scarves and gloves for as many homeless people as possible, with his goal being £1000. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can do so here.

2. The hunt for ‘Cheating Ben’ is on!

Social media was abuzz this weekend, after a passenger on the Bournemouth to Manchester train (on Friday 1st) tweeted about a conversation she heard, in which a man named Ben bragged about cheating on his girlfriend. In typical Twitter style, the tweet soon became viral, sporting 66.9K likes and 26.2K retweets at the time this article was written. This hunt showed the best of people (apart from those defending the cheater), with “Cheating Ben’ trending on twitter as more and more joined in the search for the rascal. This is certainly a perfect example of social media as its most useful, and most amusing. 

3. Firefighter saves a dog’s life

Heartwarming footage has emerged of a firefighter in Canada heroically saving a dog after it fell into a frozen creek. Despite being in the water for at least half an hour, the dog was able to be saved, with only minor difficulty walking once on the ground. Once free he rushed to his owners who happily stroked him. While this touching video is sure to melt your heart, it should also act as a warning against letting your dog off the leash near water, especially when it is frozen. Watch here.

4. Hilarious Japanese game show 

A Japanese game show has been making the rounds on social media, and if you haven’t seen it yet you need to right away! This hilarious video shows desperate contestants try running up a flight of stairs covered in oil. This task proves difficult, as every single contestant slips and falls on their journey to the top. They might all get there in the end, but it’s a great 9 minutes of fun before they do. Enjoy the video here.

5. Demi Lovato’s new song

Whether or not you’re a fan of Demi Lovato, you are bound to enjoy something about her recently released single, ‘Tell Me You Love Me’. Heartbreaking lyrics (that also happen to be very catchy), a great tune and a gorgeous video, this release has it all! Plus, the gorgeous Jesse Williams graces an already amazing video with his presence. If that isn’t a Christmas gift to the world I don’t know what is!

6. The Co-op has become the first supermarket to sell food beyond the ‘best before’ date to reduce food waste

The Co-op has taken an important step forward in reducing food waste, announcing they will sell food beyond the ‘best before’ date. This is important as it is estimated that the UK throws away around 7 million tonnes of food per year, most of which could have been eaten. To do so at a time when so many are struggling to feed their families, both around the world and in our own country, is highly irresponsible. Hopefully, the Co-op’s decision will pave the way for other supermarkets to follow their example, reducing the UK food waste as a result. 

7. It’s nearly Christmas!

Since today is the beginning of the first week in December it seems wrong not to include it in the list. After all, we’re officially counting down for the happiest time of the year! Time to wrap up warm, shop for presents and start those wish lists for the new year sales. Chocolate, Christmas markets, mulled wine and festive jumpers, what’s not to love?

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