Out of the darkness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have emerged some lighter, much-needed moments.
Videos of quarantined citizens worldwide paying tribute to medical workers, singing and playing music from balconies, getting married, hosting concerts for self-isolating neighbors and playing games across deserted streets have ― among many, many other incidents ― captured hearts worldwide.
Countless celebrities have also provided their own moments of levity.
Check out some of the uplifting stories below. We’ll update as new ones arrive.
Seen in my Chicago neighborhood.— Ashley Hamer (@smashleyhamer) March 18, 2020
Sign says "To help our neighbors affected by the COVID-19 crisis, this Little Free Library is converted to a Little Free Pantry. Take what you need and if you can, please donate what you can spare!" pic.twitter.com/HtrUHNv9BG
Penguins in the Amazon?! 🐧🌴— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 15, 2020
Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd. Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor. pic.twitter.com/KgYWsp5VQD
Tonka is a big therapy dog who lives just outside Austin, TX.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 19, 2020
Normally, Tonka visits seniors living in a nursing home to give them comfort and joy. But with the coronavirus, visits to nursing homes have been banned.
So now he visits the seniors outside their windows pic.twitter.com/zXJKw1mtTE
My father, a professional pianist who just celebrated his 84th birthday, is supposed to be at a music conference in Quebec, but instead is playing in front of his retirement community in Boulder for the residents who are under lockdown pic.twitter.com/riVqSUvgkw— Rob Spillman (@robspillman) March 20, 2020
Congratulations to these two - they got engaged at our Tonbridge store this week 💍— Iceland Foods ❄️ (@IcelandFoods) March 20, 2020
He had planned to propose in Iceland but as their holiday was cancelled, he chose the next best thing 😉
Enjoy your honeymoon to Iceland on us 🇮🇸#NewsWeNeed pic.twitter.com/gALIAS7L0G
Wish I could send you peace of mind via this app.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 12, 2020
But I can send you music no one's heard. Here's a cut Hamilton/Washington tune called I Have This Friend. No one's heard it, not even Kail.
Funnier if you picture me and @ChrisisSingin singing it.https://t.co/lhkLP0jQeT