BRINK of Greatness

By Malcolm Out Loud | The BRINK OF GREATNESS BLOG is reserved for those who shine in that moment of life.

Betty White, 95, speaks about longevity, vodka and hot dogs

If you're seeking guidance on longevity, you might find yourself turning to Hollywood legend Betty White.<p>“Enjoy life,” the actress, who turns 96 later this month, told PARADE. “Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain …

Betty White

Family of a dying 27-year-old woman shares her life advice in a heartbreaking letter

A letter written by a dying woman has been shared online by her family after she passed away last week.<p>Holly Butcher was 27 when she lost her battle …

Love

Shop gives out hugs, lunch to lonely people on Christmas Day

A shopowner is offering a hug and a mince pie to anyone alone on Christmas Day.<p>Meet and Deep, in south-west London, posted online: “We are open …

Flight attendant marks 61 years on the job

Bette Nash was 21 when she started working as a flight attendant — and she’s still on the job.<p>Nash, who turns 82 on New Year’s Eve, began her career …

Teens surprise school janitor with heart-warming Christmas gift

Though teenagers suffer a historically bad rap for being self-absorbed, one thoughtful group of Michigan high schoolers made a point to applaud …

Viral

Chick-fil-A broke from tradition and opened on a Sunday — and there's an incredible backstory

• <b>Chick-fil-A is never open on Sundays.</b>• <b><br>However, this Sunday, the chain sprang into action to prepare free meals for the thousands of passengers stranded after a power outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International.</b>• <b><br>Workers "immediately mobilized" after Atlanta's mayor called the company to ask</b> …

Boy Missing Visual Section of His Brain Can Somehow Still See, Stunning Doctors

Our brains are seriously incredible.<p>A seven-year-old Australian boy who is missing most of his visual cortex has surprised doctors by being able to …

Woman Meets Her Internet Scammer, Helps Him Give Up Crime, and Pays for His College

Even though Maria Grette was scammed out of thousands of dollars due to a man’s conniving internet plot, she still became his friend – and his …

Sweden

Climber killed by Yosemite rock fall 'saved wife'

<b>A climber who was killed by falling rocks at Yosemite National Park in California saved his wife's life, his aunt has said.</b><p>Andrew Foster, 32, from Cardiff, was trapped while his wife, Lucy, 28, was seriously hurt when granite fell from the El Capitan monolith on Wednesday.<p>The large "sheet" …

Texas = Heroic Courage

There are so many things to write about in these times. Things that are wrong, and stupid, and dishonorable, and even evil. But today, I have to …

Michael Dell’s foundation pledges up to $36 million for Texas reconstruction

Adding to a trend of of tech companies and executives donating funds after Hurricane Harvey, Michael Dell pledged up to $36 million from his foundation to support disaster relief as well as the longer-term rebuilding of flooded areas.<p>Dell said the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation will make the …

15 Moments From The Houston Flooding Devastation That Will Remind You The World Isn't All Bad

Normal people became everyday heroes.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>View this post on Facebook<p>View this post on Facebook<p>If you've been impacted by the storm in Texas or have a tip about rescue, relief, government, or aid efforts, call the BuzzFeed News tipline at (646) 589-8598. Find us on Signal, …

Tropical Storm Harvey

Copblock In The Face of Texas Heroism

While Texas has been in the grip of hurricane Harvey, causing record flooding and devastation to so many, I have been glued to my television watching …

Watch John Cena Tear Up When Surprised By Fans Hiding in the Next Room

John Cena’s motto does not just serve to inspire himself – it also serves to inspire his fans. And as a thank you for the motivation, his fans …

Movies

50-year-old man brought to tears by seeing color for the first time

Thanks to special glasses from a company called EnChroma, people with colorblindness can finally see the world in a whole new light by simply putting …

“I have his back in death” Gold Star Mom Susan Price

Gold Star Mother Susan L Price Mother of U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt Aaron M Kenefick, USMC They say History repeats itself on all fronts of life and …

Legally blind boy sees the world clearly for 1st time

A community joined together and raised $10,000 for 10-year-old Andrew Borden to receive corrective glasses to give him 20/20 vision.

Breakthroughs

Bounce Back

People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some …

Self-improvement

Engineers made a robotic arm for this girl to play the violin

A 10-year-old girl born with no left hand is playing the violin, thanks to a specially designed prosthetic built by undergraduates at George Mason …

Bruised But Not Broken, 7 Lessons Learned and Shared To Live A Life of Hope

Dr. Sitembile Mahlatini (Dr. Stem) knows what it means to suffer emotional scars, heartbreak and fears that comes from living in an abusive …

Success

Melinda and Bill Gates's Letter to Warren Buffett Reveals the One Thing Successful People Value Most

The Gates's share why "the future will surprise the pessimists."<p>In a letter last December, Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world with a personal fortune around $85 billion, urged his even richer friends Bill and Melinda Gates to share "how the two of you measure yourselves and how …

Philanthropy

Hold on tight, Over the edge we go! Fireman Carl tells his story…

PTSD is not exactly a topic that is talked about in public and even LESS in the emergency services. Yet FIRST RESPONDERS may have the biggest risk of …

Matched

Cop Shows a Student How to Tie His Tie Instead of Writing a Ticket (WATCH)

Trevor Keeney was sure that he was going to be ticketed for speeding – but then the officer gave him a lesson in tying his tie instead.The post Cop …

Writing

Mom Traveling With Four Kids Thanks Airline For Extraordinary Kindness

She said they went "above and beyond" for her family.<p>After an airline showed her “gentleness and warmth at every turn” while traveling with four kids, a mom wrote a thank-you note to show how much it meant to her.<p>On Dec. 20, Adrian Wood traveled on an American Airlines flight from Raleigh, North …

Airlines

Mom Shares Stunning Transformation 4 Years After Beating Heroin, Meth Addictions

“Never give up on yourself. Forgiveness of ourselves is essential in our recovery process."<p>It’s been four years since Dejah Hall broke a deadly spell that’s gripped millions of Americans each year. Today, you’d hardly recognized her.<p>The Glendale, Arizona, mother recently opened up about her past …

Addiction

Terminally Ill 6-yo Raises $1Mil For Medical Research: “Some kids don't even make it to 5”

Tijn might not have much longer to live due to his terminal brain cancer. His only mission with the time he has, however, is to raise money for …

Son Thanks Mom Who Cared For His Dad For 20 Years With 20 Adventures

He and his partner are on an "amazing journey" with her in Europe.<p>One son found the most adventurous way to thank his mom for taking care of his dad after he had a stroke, and it’s no typical token of appreciation.<p>Barton Brooks is currently on a trip throughout Europe with his partner, Gregg …

Disneyland Paris

Hospital Surprises Kids With Window-Washing Santa And Elves

There were lots of giggles at Nemours Children's Hospital Thursday morning.<p>The holiday season isn’t the most pleasant time to be visiting or residing in the hospital. But Thursday morning, patients at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando got a holiday surprise that made the season a little bit …

Enjoy

Grieving Man Dresses as Santa Claus to Bring Gifts to Homeless New Yorkers

Mike Connell has had a tough year – so, in an effort to reclaim the Christmas spirit, he dressed up as Santa Claus and made New York City streets …

Christmas