A man who has lost his memory is awakened by hearing an old song. A group of window washers dress as superheroes to cheer up hospitalized children. A single video takes us all the way across this beautiful country.
There have been some inspiring stories and moments in 2012. Here are our favourite five. Click the links to get the whole story.
Music Awakens A Senior's Memories
Henry is a nursing home resident whose mind is foggy. He doesn't remember his own daughter. But in this video (an excerpt from the documentary 'Alive Inside'), Henry hears a song from his past and starts talking.
And it turns out some of his memories are still just fine. Cab Calloway brings him back to being a much younger man, with a clear mind. The video is an amazing look at the power of music to bring someone back to life. Read the whole story here.
Superheroes Come To The Rescue, Wash The Windows At Children's Hospitals
How do you make life a little brighter for kids in hospital? Well, having a bunch of their favourite superheroes scale the outside of the building to surprise them is a good start.
At hospitals in Pittsburgh, Memphis, and London, England, window washers have suited up as Captain America, Spiderman, Superman, and Batman to give kids the thrill of seeing some heroes in the flesh. Check out the full story right here.
Deaf 29-Year-Old Hears For First Time
Can you imagine living for 29 years without hearing a thing - and then one day, you get a hearing implant. You hear your loved ones' voices for the first time.
And even more amazing - you hear your own voice for the first time. There's really no way to describe how powerful this vid is. Just watch it.
Celebrating The Natural Beauty Of Canada With One Amazing Video
Just in case you need a few more reasons to love this country, the awesome images in this video may provide them. The Canadian Tourism Commission asked Canadians to send in their videos of this country, and they got 65 hours and over 8,000 entries in total.
Then they selected 82 winners to create this inspiring look at how beautiful and diverse our landscapes and people are. Good thing it came out so well - the video will air internationally to promote Canadian tourism.
Autistic Kids Deserve Some Santa Time, Too. With "Quiet Santa" And "Sensitive Santa," They Get It
One Christmas tradition that a lot of kids enjoy is visiting Santa at the mall. But for many children on the autism spectrum, the loud noises and bright lights and crowds make that all but impossible.
Luckily, there are programs in a few places in the U.S. and Canada specifically designed for kids with autism. "Quiet Santa" and "Sensitive Santa" both feature quiet environments, soothing, gentle Santas, and a calming experience. So kids with autism can get some time with Saint Nick, too.