Celebrities did a lot of wild and questionable things this year, from twerking to peeing in mop buckets. But a lot of them also did some pretty inspiring things, from surprising fans to sharing heartwarming stories. Since Christmas season is upon us and we’re close to ringing in the new year, it’s a great time to look back at some of the most feel-good celebrity stories from 2013.
Get ready for your heart to feel all warm and toasty, and maybe have a tissue or two handy in case you get something in your eye. Here are the most feel-good celeb stories of the year, in no particular order, because ranking feel-good stories is pretty much impossible. It’s like ranking puppies by cuteness. You haven’t been doing that, have you? Awkward.
Colin Farrell’s son James suffers from Angelman syndrome, which causes developmental disability and seizures. But Colin wants to make it clear that his son is still able to live a happy life, and he’s learned to “take nothing for granted” as a dad, saying in part, “Seeing your child take his first steps is a seminal moment for any parent. But if you’ve been told there’s a chance your child will never walk, those first steps go off into a whole different realm.”
In addition to having magnificent eyebrows, Zachary also seems to have a magnificent heart. He starred in this short film based loosely on his own experience adopting his rescue dog. It sends a great message about how many dogs need good homes, and it’ll make you love Zachary even more than you already do.
Zach is known for making us laugh, but he also made us cry earlier this year when it was revealed that he saved Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist, whom he met in 1994, from homelessness. He set her up in an apartment and pays her rent. He also took her as his date to movie premieres.
Not all celebrities are particularly nice to restaurant workers, so it was great to read the news that Taylor Swift left a $500 tip on an $800 check. And on top of that, she and her guests were reportedly extremely nice and considerate.
A few weeks ago on Good Morning America, Josh Hutcherson surprised 14-year-old Caitin Stewart, a cancer patient in remission. You can watch the heartwarming video here.
One of the biggest news stories of 2013 was the Boston Marathon tragedy. In a time when Americans had lost faith in people’s capacity for kindness, some celebrities stepped up to the plate to share inspiring words and make a difference. That included Bradley Cooper, who visited survivor Jeff Bauman Jr. in the hospital.
Beyonce has made us think she might be God multiple times this year, including when she sang a duet in concert with Sophie Kotkis, a teenage girl who is blind and hearing impaired with muscle difficulties.
In addition to being an awesome story involving one of our favorite celebrity couples, Dax and Kristen’s wedding was special because they had been waiting until gay couples had the same right. After the Surpreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, Kristen proposed to Dax on Twitter, and they got married in the courthouse. Lovely.