One of the most popular features on — with almost 40 million visits! — 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 10 Happiest Stories of 2008, as measured by the numbers of times site users clicked on them.

Read them all — they're bound to warm your heart during this cold end-of-year weather. In fact, we're so sure that you'll want to read more of these positive postings that we've included 10 more of our personal favorites.

A very happy holiday season to you from the editors of Wonderful World!


The envelope, please:

1: Fast-food worker returns $185,000 check
McDonald's employee returns check to bank after finding it on sidewalk

2: Kindness of strangers benefits tallest man
8-foot-5 frame gives Ukrainian trouble, but bike, van, PC give joy, hope

3: 5th-grader points out mistake at Smithsonian
11-year-old catches sign error that has rankled staffers for 27 years

4: Sports bra saves U.S. hiker trapped in Alps
Stranded after fall, plucky climber attracts lumberjacks with undergarment

5: Nagging wife helps win $7.7 million lottery
Young New Zealand couple says they've had a 'rough' couple of years

6: Woman returns $97,000 found in restroom
75-year-old discovered money in a bag hanging from the stall door

7: Lost parrot tells veterinarian his address
African grey parrot — missing two weeks — is returned to owners

8: Rover, call me an ambulance — dog calls 911
The German shepherd remembered his training and saved his owner's life

9: Dog's bite saves boy and pals from house fire
Plucky pooch credited with waking teen as blaze begins to consume home

10: Message in a bottle is a real blast from the past
Seattle student's school project comes full circle 21 years, 1,735 miles later


  1. Oyster lunch yields 26 pearls for couple
    Restaurant owner and his wife say find was a 'total surprise'
  2. Forgotten bifocals lead to $3 million jackpot
    ‘It pays to be blind,’ jokes Ind. grandfather who entered wrong number
  3. Mail carrier catches baby falling from window
    Albany, N.Y., postal worker credited with saving 1-year-old's life
  4. Boy Scout finds $800 in wallet and returns it
    Honest 11-year-old does right thing, even though his billfold still missing
  5. Waitress gets $50,000, car from cranky Texan
    ‘I still can't believe it,’ Luby's cafeteria worker says of bequest
  6. Mouth to meow-th: Mass. firefighter revives cat
    Asked what it was like to save the cat, firefighter says it tasted 'like fur'
  7. Bible, watermelon stop stray bullet
    ‘The word of God slowed the bullet so that it didn’t kill anybody’
  8. Drunk driving suspect thanks officers after stop
    Wisconsin man grateful after being pulled over for fifth time
  9. Woman finds her $20,000 earrings in landfill
    Couple and city employees find the diamonds in haystack of trash
  10. Golfer hits two holes-in-one in the same round
    Not only that, but Iowa man hits them on back-to-back holes

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