The TOP 10 Happy News Stories of 2006

One of the most popular new features is Wonderful World. In this section you will find uplifting, happy stories and videos from the U.S. and abroad — tales of rescues and heroism; cute stories about kids and animals; and heartwarming acts of generosity that demonstrate the best of the human spirit.

But which ones are — drum roll, please — the Happiest of the Year? Well, the tally is in, and here are the Top Ten Happiest Stories of 2006, as measured by the numbers of times site users clicked on them.

Full disclosure: Since this feature only started in July, the title should strictly read “The Happiest Stories of the Last Six Months of 2006.” But who’s arguing when you’re dealing with something so good? In fact, we’re so sure that you’ll want to read more of these positive postings that we’ve included ten more of our personal favorites.


The envelope, please:

1: Frugal woman dies at 100, donates $35.6M – Florida native’s fortune goes to local diabetes and cancer research

2: Homeless man finds best reward is honesty – Community rallies around man, gives him $4,000 for returning $21,000 bond

3: Hero catches tot as she falls from high window – Plucky immigrant honored for quick-thinking act that saved toddler

4: World’s tallest man saves dolphins in China – Herdsman, 7’ 9”, uses long arms to pull plastic from creatures’ stomachs

5: Awesome auto does 1,000,000 miles, retires – Super Saab still has mostly original equipment; has new home in museum

6: School sweethearts reunite, marry after 47 years – Internet helps connect couple who had split up in the ninth grade

7: Ex-Marine, wife win $200 million Powerball – Odds of winning were 140 million-to-1; couple bought tickets in Iowa

8: Generous slot machine gives away piles of cash – Newspaper: Glitch turns one-armed bandit into one-way money machine

9: Speeder stops to help trooper chasing him – Officer crashes in car chase reaching 120 miles per hour; no citation issued

10: Honest guy gets $10K he found — 10 years later – Patience pays off for upright worker who found cash in university library.