The many faces of those who inspired us this year. The many faces of those who inspired us this year. The many faces of those who inspired us this year. (Photo: Various)

Our 8 most uplifting articles of 2015

This was certainly a year filled with feel-good stories.

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The road Lonely traveled, 108 countries in 10 years

Peleg in KievPeleg Cohen in Kiev (Photo: Peleg Cohen)

Peleg Cohen proves that living life on your own terms is simply about taking off and never turning back. The 32-year-old Israeli has been traveling the world for more than 10 years. And 108 countries later, he is still globetrotting, reporting to his many fans and followers that there's plenty of beauty out there in the world, if only you're willing to go out and find it. Read the story >


Bringing clean water to Tanzanian villages

Ming'ingo villagers work with members of EWB Israel to bring water to their village. Ming'ingo villagers work with members of EWB Israel to bring water to their village. (Photo: EWB Israel)

Life in Tanzania can be hard. In 2013, the United Nations ranked it 153rd of 187 global countries for long life and decent living standards. But Tel Aviv University students tried to make it a little less so for the inhabitants of the village of Ming'ingo, by installing a rainwater harvesting system there that today provides 12,680 gallons of clean drinking water to the people there. Read the story >


From real-life Indiana Jones to motivational speaker

yossi ghinsbergYossi Ghinsberg's tale of surviving the harsh wilds of the Amazonian rainforest is being turned into a major motion picture starring Kevin Bacon. (Photo: Yossi Ghinsberg)

Yossi Ghinsberg was a mere 22 years old when he and two others entered the Amazon rainforest in search of treasure. Only he and one other would return alive, and his recounting of the experience, having become a bestselling memoir, will soon be on the big screen and starring Kevin Bacon. Read the story >


Family members go viral during crazy week

Sarit FishbaineSarit Fishbaine got a second opinion on a lump in her breast after seeing an episode of "Grey's Anatomy." (Photo: Courtesy of Sarit Fishbaine)

First it was the father, Professor Sydney Engelberg of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, who found fame online when a spontaneous act of kindness in one of his classes earned him the moniker "The Baby Whisperer." Then not more than a week later, another family member, daughter Sarit Fishbaine, published an article on Yahoo Parenting about how an episode of "Grey's Anatomy" led her to a breast cancer diagnosis. The article was read by more than 300,000 people in the days following its publication. Read the story >


You'll be amazed by how this 14-year-old became the new face of Dior

Sofia Mechetner is one of French fashion label Christian Dior's new faces. Sofia Mechetner is one of French fashion label Christian Dior's new faces. (Photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Fourteen-year-old Israeli Sofia Mechetner thought her dream had eluded her when an audition for a major modeling agency in Paris was cancelled because of her young age. Stuck in the city, she and her agent happened upon the Dior store. It just so happened that the company's creative director was present and, struck by Mechetner's beauty, enlisted her to open Dior's Fashion Week show. Read the story >


A benefit of dancing you don't know

Professor Rafi Eldor and Israeli dancer Anna Aronov dance during Eldor's Tedx talk.Professor Rafi Eldor and Israeli dancer Anna Aronov dance during Eldor's Tedx talk. (Photo: YouTube)

Rafi Eldor, a celebrated Israeli academic with a resume that includes a Ph.D from Harvard University and stints lecturing at both Columbia and Boston Universities, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2008. Instead of simply accepting his fate, he took up dance to thwart it, and during a TedX Talk earlier this year he demonstrated his newfound hobby for all to see. Read the story >


Nonprofit group flies more than 1,000 dogs to new homes in one day

Animal rescue group Wings of Rescue plans to fly more than 1,000 dogs to new homes across the country this holiday.Animal rescue group Wings of Rescue plans to fly more than 1,000 dogs to new homes across the country this holiday season. (Photo: Lindsay Helms/Shutterstock)

Animal rescue group Wings of Rescue shelled out more than $100,000 in its effort to airlift 1,000 dogs and 100 cats to new homes around the United States over Thanksgiving. The airlift utilized a variety of aircraft, including Metroliners that hold 160 dogs and Cessnas that hold about 15. Read the story >


How a 3D-printed heart helped save a little girl's life

Mia Gonzalez heartMia Gonzalez holding a picture of the 3D printed heart that helped save her life. (Photo: Stratasys)

Five-year-old Mia Gonzalez was born with a rare heart malformation called double aortic arch, but thankfully surgeons at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida, were able to print an exact replica of her heart down to the smallest detail. The team used technology from Stratasys, a firm that produces cutting-edge 3D printers from its manufacturing headquarters in Israel. Read the story >

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