Wonderful! Msnbc.com’s happiest stories of 2010

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One of the most popular features on msnbc.com — with almost 20 million visits a year! — 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 2010, 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 TOP 10 HAPPY-NEWS STORIES OF 2010

The envelope, please:

1. ‘Great guy’ had just $28.96 in his bank account; plans dentistry, Disney trip

2. Autoworker bought Powerball ticket while Christmas shopping

3. With fourth win, elusive woman has won $20.4 million since 1993

4.
Michigan family appears on TODAY show after incredible coincidence

5. Store owner: It's the most exciting day in history of 61-year-old business

6.
Last quadruple set — of twos — came up in September 2008

7. Wash. couple want to pay for ceremony — and help environment

8.

Mom defies orders and drives 3 hours to grab husband for delivery

9.
Secret to long life: 'Cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women — and a good sense of humor'

10.
Italian tourist left purse loaded with cash for family's vacation in taxi

EDITOR'S PICKS FOR HAPPIEST STORIES OF 2010

1.

Maine resident had lost band while swimming in quarry

2. 'People have got to go to work,' hero says after N.Y. rescue drama

3. Seven-year-old cat found 15 miles away is identified by implanted microchip

4.
‘Baltic’ shares sausage breakfast with crew, sticks close to rescuer

5.
They were plucked to safety with a towering cherry picker

6.
Their honesty made one Utah car salesman a very happy man

7. Montana man recovers widow's lost band from garden

8.
Someone returns it during the library's Amnesty Week for overdue books

9. She says she just had a feeling she would be a perfect match

10.
Comic-loving autistic kid on balcony had refused to let others near him

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