A journalist named Alan Taylor made a compilation of photos that would help to restore faith in humanity, driven by the desire to show people that the world is not a hopeless place after all. It has become his annual tradition. At the end of the year, Alan selects the kindest, cutest, the most inspirational pictures, most of which would probably make you “aww.” The pictures selected in 2019 not only capture some important international events but also the simple things in life, which are sure to put you in a better mood no matter where you are!

1. An athlete from Guinea-Bissau helps his exhausted rival to get to the finish line

Kirill Kudryavtsev

2. A little fan finally gets Joel Booker’s (Chicago White Sox) autograph

Sue Ogrocki

3. Huseyin Yurtseven, a dentist from Turkey covers homeless dogs with blankets to help them survive the cold

Unal Gundogdu

4. Fans during the Vive Latino music festival in Mexico city

Christian Palma

5. 12-year-old Hailey Wright tests her 3D-printed prosthetic arm made from recycled plastic

Lisa Maree Williams

6. People dressed as penguins play at the playground in Cologne, Germany

Thilo Schmuelgen

7. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool Football Club plays with his daughter after the match

Catherine Ivill

8. A baby sea lion sitting in the back of a patrol car, the pup rescued after it had gone to a busy highway

California Highway Patrol

9. Child monks ride a roller coaster in Yongin, South Korea

Lee Jin-man

10. Pusha the cat and one of the orphaned baby squirrels she adopted

Alexey Pavlishak

11. A koala who is treated for burns after getting injured in a fire in Australia

Nathan Edwards

12. Veterans interacting with sled dogs in Richmond, England

Ian Forsyth

13. Rohingya Muslims during Eid al-Adha

Allison Joyce

14. A couple captured in front of the Eifel Tower, as snow falls over Paris

Lionel Bonaventure

15. Cats in the village of Krompach, Czech Republic

David W. Cerny

16.Inmate Jonathan Ladson cuddles with a lab retriever puppy

Elise Amendola

17. American and Mexican kids play on seesaws installed on borders of the two countries

Luis Torres

18. A competitor in “Beard and Mustache Battle”

Mark Ralston

19. Gavin Drysdale celebrates winning the 100m RR3 race during IPC World Para Athletics Championships 2019

Bryn Lennon

20. Lion wrangler Shandor Larenty with a giraffe

Nathan Pellow-Jarman

21. The crowd at the Glastonbury Festival

Oli Scarff

22. A dog dives during a water-therapy session in Istanbul, Turkey

Sebnem Coskun

23. Attendees at the Comic-Con in Los Angeles and a cart shaped like TIE fighter from Star Wars

–°helsea Guglielmino

24. An animal rights activists Zeba Masood and a group of dogs that she rescued from the streets

Fayaz Aziz

25. A girl plants a tree as a part of forestation campaign – 11 million trees were planted simultaneously across Turkey

Bestami Bodruk

26. A puppy rides his owner’s back

Ferdi Uzun

27. A dog waits for a man to repair its cart

Kevin Lamarque

28. Pope Francis spins a ball on his finger during the visit of the Circus of Cuba

Andrew Medichini