Out of the darkness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have emerged some lighter, much-needed moments.
Videos of quarantined citizens worldwide paying tribute to medical workers, singing and playing music from balconies, getting married, hosting concerts for self-isolating neighbors and playing games across deserted streets have ― among many, many other incidents ― captured hearts worldwide.
Countless celebrities have also provided their own moments of levity.
Check out some of the uplifting stories below. We’ll update as new ones arrive.
Today a few of my neighbours decided we needed a bit more light in this dark time and decided to turn their Christmas lights back on. I hope it brings a smile to you face like it did mine. pic.twitter.com/MukgY36FTj
— Nadine (@NadineGB204) March 18, 2020
— Thomas Upchurch (@ThomasUpchurch1) March 21, 2020
In my neighborhood on #LongIsland people are putting stuffed bears/animals in windows and on porches for the kids to look for while out for a walk #newsweneed #weareinthistogether pic.twitter.com/NMNZfwh8zR
— Mike Nav (@Mike_Navi) March 21, 2020
A Siena, città alla quale sono molto legato, si sta in casa ma si canta insieme come se si fosse per la strada. Mi sono commosso pic.twitter.com/IDPqNEj3h3
— David Allegranti (@davidallegranti) March 12, 2020
Seen in my Chicago neighborhood.
Sign says "To help our neighbors affected by the COVID-19 crisis, this Little Free Library is converted to a Little Free Pantry. Take what you need and if you can, please donate what you can spare!" pic.twitter.com/HtrUHNv9BG
— Ashley Hamer (@smashleyhamer) March 18, 2020
— dani (@sqecter) March 14, 2020
Penguins in the Amazon?! 🐧🌴
Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd. Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor. pic.twitter.com/KgYWsp5VQD
— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 15, 2020
Tonka is a big therapy dog who lives just outside Austin, TX.
Normally, Tonka visits seniors living in a nursing home to give them comfort and joy. But with the coronavirus, visits to nursing homes have been banned.
So now he visits the seniors outside their windows pic.twitter.com/zXJKw1mtTE
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 19, 2020
Isolation spring deep cleaning is turning up some fun old gems: pic.twitter.com/SyV700aD84
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) March 18, 2020
Watching the videos from Italy 🇮🇹 inspired me. Entertainers must offer hope & humor to their neighbors in this time of quarantine. pic.twitter.com/ohrsBtuqzu
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 16, 2020
A Public Service Poem - from Judi Dench & Gyles Brandreth pic.twitter.com/jocgJtjvVd
— Gyles Brandreth (@GylesB1) March 15, 2020
No gym no problem. In Spain we do balcony group HIIT sessions pic.twitter.com/uMuE4AUJfl
— Josh Feldberg 🐦 (@JoshFeldberg) March 15, 2020
Jajaja siempre diré que nadie supera a los españoles en imaginación. Jugando al bingo a distancia. Que máquinas. pic.twitter.com/u9xoU5TQxs
— Alfredo Perdiguero M. 🇪🇸 (@PerdigueroSIPEp) March 14, 2020
Creíais que lo habíais visto todo?
En mi barrio jugamos al Veo Veo!! pic.twitter.com/yeNJ7ygAyd
— A.C. (@AleRbb) March 15, 2020
— The Local Spain (@TheLocalSpain) March 16, 2020
My elderly neighbor is self-isolating. So the neighbor kids are playing her a cello concert from her patio. pic.twitter.com/g6Nr2HNVho
— Jackie Borchardt (@JMBorchardt) March 16, 2020
My father, a professional pianist who just celebrated his 84th birthday, is supposed to be at a music conference in Quebec, but instead is playing in front of his retirement community in Boulder for the residents who are under lockdown pic.twitter.com/riVqSUvgkw
— Rob Spillman (@robspillman) March 20, 2020
Congratulations to these two - they got engaged at our Tonbridge store this week 💍
He had planned to propose in Iceland but as their holiday was cancelled, he chose the next best thing 😉
Enjoy your honeymoon to Iceland on us 🇮🇸#NewsWeNeed pic.twitter.com/gALIAS7L0G
— Iceland Foods ❄️ (@IcelandFoods) March 20, 2020
— Jean Connell (@JeanConnell9) March 16, 2020
Wish I could send you peace of mind via this app.
But I can send you music no one's heard. Here's a cut Hamilton/Washington tune called I Have This Friend. No one's heard it, not even Kail.
Funnier if you picture me and @ChrisisSingin singing it.https://t.co/lhkLP0jQeT
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 12, 2020
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