5 Positive News Stories To Fill Your Hearts With Joy

Your weekly dose of pure hope & happiness from around the world.

Wild bison to return to UK after 6,000 years

A project to reintroduce wild bison to British woodland in Spring 2022 has been launched. The buffalo-like creatures haven’t roamed the country for thousands of years but are now poised to return as part of a £1m rewilding project in Blean Woods, Kent. Conservationists hope the species will naturally regenerate the ecosystem thanks to their unique grazing habits, improving the woodland for a wide range of wildlife. Welcome home, buddies!

Little boy sends happiness word search to the Queen

Worried that the Queen would be sad and lonely during lockdown, Timothy Madders, aged 7, created a sweet happiness word search with hidden words including ‘happiness’ ‘sunshine’ and ‘family’ and sent it to Her Majesty.

The schoolboy, from Billericay, Essex, wrote to the Queen back in May in his neatest handwriting: “Dear Queen Elizabeth, You might be feeling sad or lonely during lockdown, so I thought I could make a word search for you to cheer you up. Love Timothy Madders.”

Two months later he received a reply from one of the monarch’s ladies in waiting, Philippa de Pass. The letter said: “The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your kind letter, and for the puzzle you have created especially for Her Majesty. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated, and The Queen hopes that you too are keeping safe and well in the current situation. I am to thank you very much indeed for writing as you did at this time.” What a kind little boy!

Brooklyn Beckham is engaged!

Oh we do love a good proposal! In a heartfelt post shared on his Instagram feed, Brooklyn Beckham revealed he had popped the question to long-term girlfriend and actress, Nicola Peltz.

“Two weeks ago I asked my soulmate to marry me and she said yes xx I am the luckiest man in the world. I promise to be the best husband and the best daddy one day. I love you baby,” he captioned the photo, which was taken by none other than his little sister Harper. Congratulations, lovebirds!

Gyms, leisure facilities and beauty salons get the green light

One by one, our favourite hangouts are gradually reopening and even if you’re not quite ready to get your hair and nails did just yet, or head back to your favourite gym class, it’s reassuring to know the little things we valued so much in our pre-pandemic lives will be once again filling our diaries. Sing it with us, ‘Reunited and it feels so good.’

Captain Tom Moore is awarded a knighthood for his fundraising efforts

Legendary lockdown fund-raiser, Captain Tom Moore, who raised more than £32 million for NHS charities, was knighted by the Queen in his own personal ceremony held at Windsor Castle on Friday. In a message on his Twitter account, he said: “I could never have imagined this would happen to me.” He’s a true national treasure!