Inspirational photos catch us in our most tender moments. Whether it is a picture of someone trying to lift someone up, change or save a life, or simply engaging in an act of kindness, the perfect photo can really change your outlook. The best photos are sure to put a smile upon your face.
The following photos are of people in a variety of real-life situations, including realizing a dream and becoming an inspiration for us all, extending someone a little kindness in an attempt to brighten their day, and rising above our own shortcomings to become something greater. Hopefully, these photos can put a smile on your face and make your day better.
This photo of some garbage men taking a play break is priceless. It seems like they don’t have a care in the world and have no idea that they are being photographed from above. It gives you hope that we can all maintain our childlike wonder when we get older and make sure to take a break to simply play during our busy work day.
This graduating class contains plenty of youngsters and at least one senior. The 92-year-old in this photo is a perfect example of checking off an item on a bucket list. If only everybody had her drive to make her dream a reality.
This photo perfectly exemplifies someone who knows what they want to be when they grow up. And even though it took her 17 years, she can now proudly call herself a firefighter. In fact, according to her Imgur page, she is a fourth-generation firefighter serving in the same department that her father served.
After many years of faithful companionship, this dog owner now takes care of his blind friend. According to this reddit poster, “My dad’s dog Rio is 14 years old and recently went blind. He pats his leg when he walks, and she follows him everywhere he goes. Mom got him the perfect shirt.”
This photo is of a man and his newly rescued dog. Scheduled to be euthanized, this pup shows his gratitude to his new owner for saving his life. Chances are, they will be pals for life.
This picture is of the backpack donations left in lieu of flowers at this former teacher’s funeral. Having taught for 25 years, Tammy Waddell wanted to show her love and commitment to students, especially those in need, by asking mourners to donate backpacks filled with school supplies.
These photos are of the heroic divers who saved 12 teens and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand. The pictures are a perfect example of how even heroes must take a break from time-to-time. This is a great example of the commitment of rescue personnel around the globe, who rest where and when they can, even in the midst of the serious situations they are facing.
This photo is of a young man with muscular dystrophy. It shows him sitting upright, with no help, for the first time in over 15 years. All of this was made possible by a breakthrough treatment he started in an attempt to halt the progressive nature of the disease.
This photo is of a young man taking time out of his day to sit with an older woman he saw sitting by herself when he came into the restaurant. Instead of ignoring her, he asked to join her. As shown in this photo, they quickly became friends and the young man was able to brighten the woman’s day.
This pet owner sold his beloved truck to pay for the surgery for his dog. Few things come between a man and his truck, but he obliviously cherishes his four-legged pal even more.
If only other teens were like Paige Hunter. She took it upon herself to leave notes of encouragement, as shown in this photo, at England’s Wearmouth Bridge in the hope of preventing suicides. Police say she has saved six lives so far that they know about. Way to go Paige!
In this photo, students at a high school in Texas surround a fellow student who recently lost his mother to cancer. You can feel the love and support from his fellow classmates as they surround him in the hallway of the school.
Good thing the mailman who wrote this note in this photo doesn’t hold a grudge. It seemed these two dogs snuck into the mail truck and ate his lunch. Fortunately, the mailman was very forgiving and even had some concern for the dogs’ wellbeing.
This sign was found stuck to a light pole near where this guy used to sit. Not only was he grateful for any help people gave him, he also wanted to thank people for something as simple as a smile. Whether you know it or not, even something as simple as a smile, or a kind word, can make a real difference in someone’s life. So, keep smiling!
This photo shows a little flower girl being kissed on the cheek by the bride. But this is not just any flower girl. The bride actually donated bone marrow that helped save the little girl’s life. And when it was time for her to get married, she knew exactly who to ask to be her flower girl on her special day.
This picture is of a dad who decided to make his dreams of being a restaurant owner a reality. He made his decision after he found himself driving for Uber over 15 hours a day for a few years. This photo is of him getting a culinary degree. Way to go dad!
This thoughtful workman took time out of his busy day to explain to this group of boys all about road work. If only everyone was this patient and caring of the communities in which they work, the world might be a better place. Who knows what aspirations this seemingly innocent moment might inspire?
In this photo, this section of tree was found in a fallen tree with a woodpecker nest, full of chicks, inside of it. Rather than writing off the babies, an industrious person taped the section with the nest to a nearby tree. Fortunately, the mother did end up coming back.
This photo of a letter from former vice president Joe Biden just goes to show even politicians can have a heart. It takes a special person to take time out of their busy schedule and show an interest in the loss of others, especially when they can relate to that loss in a painful way.
The young man in this picture picked up all of the trash around him while waiting for his bus, placing it in the trash can. He serves as an inspiration for all of us, young and old, to take care of our environment and be better stewards of our planet.
Most of us spent plenty a spring or summer day looking for elusive four-leaf clovers in the yard. The taker of this photo was reminded of his dad’s promise to give him $5 if he found one when he was six. Imagine his bittersweet surprise when he finally did years later. According to the poster, “Today I was watering my new trees and saw this. My dad is no longer with us, but I yelled at the top of my lungs: ‘Dad, you owe me $5!'”
This is a photo of a widower in his 70s who has taken his wife’s portrait to the pier where they fell in love every morning since she died. Bittersweet, but this is a reminder that even when someone is gone, we do not have to forget them and love often transcends even death.
The mom and dad who took this photo of their wheelchair-bound daughter on her first day of kindergarten had some concerns that she would have a hard time making new friends. By the number of boys gathered around her, it seems that they might have a whole other problem on their hands.
This photo is of a kind-hearted guitar player who believes in giving back to those less fortunate. As the sign says, “Take as much as you need from the case. I’m just here to play.” You can find out more about Hopeful Cases, the wonderful organization behind this campaign, here.
You know you are popular when people line up for you to sign their yearbook. It seems the janitor in this photo has the admiration of the school body as they line up to await their turn for him to sign their yearbook.
This is a photo showing a mom sacrificing her own comfort for that of her pup. She wanted her little one to be comfortable on her large pillow while she made due with his smaller one. It just goes to show that all moms are the same regardless of species.
Even wrestling superstars like John Cena take time out of their busy schedule to make the dreams of their youngest fans come true. In fact, the wrestler has granted over 500 wishes from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, making him one of their biggest granters of wishes.
This is a photo of a Saudi Arabian police officer handing out roses to female drivers on the first day they were allowed to drive since 1957. Up until July 2018, women in Saudi Arabia did not have the right to drive, sometimes even facing jail time if caught.
This is a picture of a thank-you note, in Russian, left by the Japanese soccer team for the host country Russia. The team left this despite their defeat to Belgium 2-3. It just goes to show you the team’s class and gratitude for being able to compete in a sport they love.
This daughter shared a tweet about her mother and of the special bond they share. Even though she was at work, her mom took time out of her day to sing, in front of her coworkers, “You Are My Sunshine” to try and brighten her daughter’s day.
This is the before photo of young Jax and his friend Reddy. It seems Jax wanted to get his hair cut like his buddy so as to confuse his teacher on Monday. Jax could teach us all a lesson about how we should look at each other, with the only difference being in how we wear our hair.
When little Mohamad, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, was asked if he had a super power what would it be, this was his response. “If I had a super power, it would be to fly. I would tell other children from around the world to come and play with me and my sisters and to drink tea together!” We can all learn something from the wise words from little Mohamad.
This loving daughter gave her father a precious gift for father’s day. When he opened his present, he was surprised to see a kidney bean. In fact, it was more than a simple bean, as she was able to give him the gift of life in the form of a kidney donation.
This photo is of a handicapped Egyptian man being lifted up by fans of rival teams Mexico and Columbia so he could see his team play. Egypt was making its first World Cup appearance since 1990. And even though Egypt finished 31st in the tournament, this photo just goes to show how the sport of soccer can transcend national boundaries.
This Redditor found an old letter to his mother who was struggling to make payments on a trumpet he owned. If only we all treated each other with the compassion that this businessman treated his customers. This gives new meaning to the term paying it forward.
Known as the Man With the Golden Arm, James Harrison’s blood has a rare antibody that can help protect babies from Rhesus Disease. Mr. Harrison has donated his blood every week for the last 60 years, saving an estimated 2.4 million babies. Here he is surrounded by just a few of them.
After the kid in this photo had his entire Pokemon card collection stolen right out of his hands, this police officer took it upon himself to set things right. After his shift, the officer went home and gathered his own collection, giving it to the young man. It just goes to show that behind the badge is a human with a heart.
This photo is just one example of how first responders often go above and beyond in their service to the people they help. After a woman was taken to the hospital with low blood sugar, these two officers helped prepare dinner for the five children who might have otherwise gone hungry. To top it off, the police officers stayed around to clean the dishes afterward.
This picture is of a note sent home to a parent about the behavior of their child, but it is not for bad behavior. Six-year-old Peyton took it upon herself to show kindness to one of her fellow classmates, setting off a chain reaction among the other students. Good job, Peyton!