The Upbeat Everyday Acts
  • Medical workers help the injured at Boston Marathon (Charles Krupa/AP)Medical workers help the injured at the Boston Marathon. (Charles Krupa/AP)

    Following the deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon, acts of heroism were shared on Twitter and the Web.

    Some runners who crossed the finish line continued running to Massachusetts General Hospital to donate blood.

    Others on Twitter praised the first responders and marathon employees who tended to the injured.

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  • Cake decoration model of a bride and groom (Thinkstock).Cake decoration model of a bride and groom (Thinkstock).

    Nearly 55 years ago, Karel and Tom Nordstrom got married. They were twenty-something students with little money. Wanting to celebrate, the Canadian nationals held a small reception at the Royal Sutton Coldfield Hotel in Birmingham, England.

    A few friends attended, enjoying drinks and food. After the reception, the newlyweds went to see about paying, but were told that the costs had already been taken care of thanks to an anonymous stranger who had already left, according to The Province.

    Tom died last year at the age of 76. Karel is seeking the help of the Web to track down this mysterious benefactor who, through a simple act of kindness, helped get the couple off on the right foot and inspired her husband.

    Karel spoke to The Province about her quest to find the stranger. She says the act had an enormous impact on the couple and their future children. "It really was the start of how we thought and think in this family,” Karel said.

    Upon moving to British Columbia, Tom took an active

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  • A train travels through the Scandinavian mountains (Thinkstock)A train travels through the Scandinavian mountains (Thinkstock)

    Two Norwegian teens are being praised for their honesty after returning 467,200 kroner ($81,500) to a man who had accidentally left the cash on a train.

    The Raw Story reports that the teens found the small fortune in a bag left on a seat in a train traveling between Oslo and a small town in the southeast section of Norway.

    One of the teens, identified by local paper Vestby Avis as Bendik, told the paper: "When I opened the bag, the first thing I saw were these wads and wads of bills." Bendik added that his first thought was to notify the police.

    Upon further examination of the bag, the teens noticed a passport belong to man in his 70s. Raw Story reports that the owner was expected to pick up the cash at a local police station. No word on whether the man was going to give the teens a reward.

    This is just the latest incident in what feels like an epidemic of honesty. Earlier this week, a story surfaced about a Wal-Mart employee who returned an envelope with $20,000 inside. In February,

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  • $100 bill (Thinkstock)$100 bill (Thinkstock)

    The owners of ILMO Products, a Jacksonville, Ill.-based company, handed employees $100 bills in celebration of the company's 100th anniversary. The Benjamins bonanza took place on Wednesday, the 100th day of the year.

    All told, 97 employees scored the bonus (if only they'd hired three more). The Jacksonville Journal-Courier reported that the company even handled the taxes.

    Blair Dial Austin, a spokesperson, told the Journal-Courier, said that while the $100 wasn't a "life-changing amount," it was still very much appreciated. "We think turning 100 is kind of above and beyond and is something really unique and deserves to be celebrated," she said.

    The owners of the company, which specializes in industrial, medical and laboratory gases, felt strongly about recognizing the hard work of their employees, according to Austin. "It takes employees to get us here,” she said.

    ILMO has 10 offices around the country.

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  • Ducks are displayed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Facebook)

    MONROE, Conn.—In early January, a large box was delivered to Chalk Hill School—Sandy Hook Elementary's retrofitted, temporary home here—with 500 rubber ducks inside. School officials, already inundated with donations in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, didn't quite know what to do with them.

    Todd Keeping, a Monroe police officer from Sandy Hook who was assigned to the school, took the ducks, which had been sent from a Kiwanis club in Colorado, to his office.

    The next day, Keeping and a fellow officer stationed at Chalk Hill spread dozens of the ducks around the school—in hallways, on window sills—for the children (and some adults) to take. They were snatched up within minutes, and within days the box was empty.

    "They loved them, absolutely loved them," Keeping said. "The ducks bring joy to them—and that's exactly what they need."

    The 47-year-old father, whose two children attended Sandy Hook Elementary, raised about $500 to order another batch, launching a Facebook page—The Ducks

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