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When actor Chris Salvatore moved in across the hall from an 85-year-old woman named Norma, he had no idea that his life was about to change for the better.

The pair’s unusual relationship began by exchanging hellos through their kitchen windows, which overlooked the apartment complex’s courtyard. After weeks of friendly greetings, Salvatore decided to knock on the woman’s door and welcome her into his life. Salvatore came to understand that Norma was living on her own without any family to visit her.

Norma had long been suffering with severe health problems, including a difficult battle with leukemia. Over the last four years, Salvatore has taken care of his aging friend by cooking her meals and driving her to appointments, not because he had to, but because he wanted to. The actor just carried out his most generous act of kindness yet.

Recently, Norma fell ill and was forced to spend two months in the hospital with pneumonia.

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Doctors didn’t expect her to make it past the holidays, but Norma is proving that she’s a fighter.

That said, doctors wouldn’t let her return home unless 24-hour care was available.

When insurance wouldn’t cover 24-hour aid, Salvatore took to social media to raise money and give his favorite lady the comfort she deserved.

Salvatore started a GoFundMe page to help fund home care and was able to raise over $60,000.

And to avoid placing his friend in a nursing home, he had her move in!

This unlikely duo can be found spending most days sitting in front of the tv watching the news and drinking champagne, which is Norma’s favorite.

Norma says she is thankful to have found a friend who she can call family.

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It seems to me that Salvatore is an incredible man with an unbelievable heart. Share this story as a reminder that there are still amazing people out there.

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One thing we can all agree on, no matter our diverse beliefs, is that cute animals are just the best.

And recently, a single tweet by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo started an adorable trend that reminded the world of that. They shared a picture of a new gray seal pup, and not long after that, other zoos and aquariums got in on the action. This is when the #CuteAnimalTweetOff was born.

This tweet probably wasn’t mean to start a cute animal movement, but that’s exactly what it did.

Soon, the Virginia Aquarium formally challenged the National Zoo by sharing this delightful duo.

Before long, Twitter became flooded with adorable animals, like these two who live at the Bronx Zoo.

Animals of all shapes and sizes were included.

There’s nothing better than seeing cute, cuddly animals in your news feed, am I right?

This little guy serves as the perfect distraction from all the world’s problems.

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The San Diego Zoo made sure to remind us that insects can be adorable, too!

As the day went on, it became more and more difficult for Twitter to declare who the mascot of the #CuteAnimalTweetOff should be.

But if you ask me, we’re all winners when there are cuties like these owls on the internet!

These animals were simply on a mission to make Twitter adorable again.

What’s better than one cute animal? Four, of course!

The Maryland Zoo wasn’t kid-ding around when it shared a picture of these little ones.

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Eventually, it was time for these creatures to get their beauty sleep. They had another long day of cuteness awaiting them.

Check out even more #CuteAnimalTweetOff submissions by clicking here. And don’t forget to share these cuddly animals with anyone who could use a pick-me-up!

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Mount Roraima — between Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil

Mount Roraima — between Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil

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Rio Grande — between the United States and Mexico

Rio Grande — between the United States and Mexico

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Detian Falls — between China and Vietnam

Detian Falls — between China and Vietnam

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Mount Everest — between China and Nepal

Mount Everest — between China and Nepal

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Iguaçu Falls — between Argentina and Brazil

Iguaçu Falls — between Argentina and Brazil

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The Rhine — between Germany and France

The Rhine — between Germany and France

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Panj River — between Tajikistan and Afghanistan

Panj River — between Tajikistan and Afghanistan

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Iddefjord — between Norway and Sweden

Iddefjord — between Norway and Sweden

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Epupa Falls — between Angola and Namibia

Epupa Falls — between Angola and Namibia

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Shyok River — between India and Pakistan

Shyok River — between India and Pakistan

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Lake Maggiore — between Italy and Switzerland

Lake Maggiore — between Italy and Switzerland

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The Pyrenees — between France and Spain

The Pyrenees — between France and Spain

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Amazon River — between Colombia and Perú

Amazon River — between Colombia and Perú

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Mont Dolent — between Italy, Switzerland, and France

Mont Dolent — between Italy, Switzerland, and France

Zambezi River — between Zambia, Angola, and Zaire

Zambezi River — between Zambia, Angola, and Zaire

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The Mekong River — between Myanmar and Laos, as well as Laos and Thailand.

The Mekong River — between Myanmar and Laos, as well as Laos and Thailand.

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Tanganyika Lake — between Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia

Tanganyika Lake — between Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia

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By Adam Biernat — Community Member

One day I woke up with a strong feeling that it was time to set off into the unknown. I packed my stuff and together with Marta we headed to an unearthly land — Iceland. It turned out that we stayed there not one week, not even two, but exactly 18…months. We traversed lava fields, ate shark meat, fought hurricane winds, escaped volcano eruptions, and we’ve taken great delight in everything Icelandic. During all this time I’ve been registering all these vast open spaces, otherworldly landscapes, in-between moments, trying to capture the essence of Iceland.

In the faraway land | Westfjords

Northern Lights dancing above an abandoned farmhouse | Westfjords

We met this lovely arctic fox while hiking in the Westfjords.

Where silence echoes | Mjóifjörður

This vast open space | Mjóifjörður

Staring into the abyss | Dettifoss

In search of elves | Hólmanes

Rain patters lightly | Westfjords

On the way to Djupavik | Westfjords

What remains | Reykjanes

Absorbing emptiness | Westfjords

Let’s go for a walk | Krafla

Northern Lights never stop to fascinate | Stafafell

Entrance to the centre of the Earth | Krafla

Sometimes you just want to hide somewhere | East Fjords

Abandoned farmhouse | Westfjords

Pounding the rocks | Dynjandi

Winter is coming | Westfjords

Is there anybody out there? | Westfjords

It’s time to set off to the unknown | Berserkjahraun

It’s not the end of our adventure. Bite into Iceland with us! Meet us on biteoficeland.com and on instagram.com/bite.of.iceland.

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Professional wildlife photographer Clark Little was in the Galápagos Islands when he encountered a group of sea lions engaging in some seriously adorable behavior.

The sea lions were enjoying a lazy afternoon by lying around on a few beach chairs and soaking up some rays. But what made the whole thing even more incredible was that two of them had the cutest cuddle session imaginable!

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These critters know how to chill out the right way. They could not have been any less bothered by the fact that Little was crashing their hangout party. Take a half day tomorrow and follow their lead!

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Dr. Michael Shannon — a physician in the San Clemente, California, area — saved a premature baby 30 years ago. The infant was only given a 50 percent chance of survival, but Dr. Shannon worked tirelessly to make sure that the little one pulled through.

The boy he saved, Chris Trokey, grew up to be a firefighter and paramedic in the area. While on the job one day in 2011, Trokey answered a call about a car crash. Once he reached the scene of the accident, he rescued the victim, only to realize later that it was the very same man who had saved his life so many years before.

(via Yahoo)

Whether or not you believe in fate, it’s hard to hear such an incredible story without feeling like something beyond our comprehension is at play.

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To many, April 10, 1946, is just a day in history. To Elena Griffing, it was the first day of the rest of her life.

At just 20 years old, the bright-eyed woman started her first job at Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Of course, 70 years ago it went by a different title, Alta Bates Community Hospital .

Since that first day, Griffing has held multiple positions, but there’s been one particular constant in all her years — her absolute devotion to her work. And it shows. She’s only taken four sick days — one was after she got her appendix out at the hospital. She got up and went to work the floor the following day, but the doctor sent her home.

Now she’s 90, in a new role, but insistent that she’s going to work “forever.”

Hear Griffing’s story and just try not to fall in love with this passionate woman.

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Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

I think Griffing made the right choice.

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In Cuba, ballet dancers are revered in the same way rock stars or actors are admired in North America. This artistic institution is a mix of Cuban athleticism and rhythm along with the influence of the former Soviet Union.

Photographer Omar Robles who has famously shot dancers in urban settings in New York, recently had the opportunity to travel to Cuba. Robles turned his lens to the island’s elite ballet dancers. He discovered that while photographing the classically trained dancers, another type of dance also made its way into the camera.

“I found myself tangled between the rhythm of the ballerinas I set myself to shoot and the cadence of the Cubans in the streets…and I was swept off my feet by that dance,” explains Robles. Most of the dancers admit to not earning enough in their profession, often discouraged by family to follow their passion. It is their love for the craft, nonetheless, that keeps them dancing.

Javier Rojas & Keyvin Martínez #OZR_Dance || #🇨🇺💃|| #Cuba

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Jourdan Epstein @jourdance11 #OZR_Dance

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Esteban Aguilar #OZR_Dance || #🇨🇺💃 || #Cuba

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Laura Tosar @lauratosar #OZR_Dance || #🇨🇺💃|| #Cuba

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Javier Rojas #OZR_Dance || #🇨🇺💃|| #🐕

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