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Why this Instagram account will restore your faith in humanity

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14-09-2017 Bianca Barratt

© Provided by Evening Standard Limited Between Brexit, Donald Trump and the slew of terrorist attacks the world has suffered over the past few months, it can sometimes feel like there’s nothing to celebrate.

Our news feeds clog with grim stories of destruction, disaster and division, leaving us wondering if there is any good left in the world at all.

Thankfully, there is – and George Resch, the man behind the massively popular meme account, @tank.sinatra, is intent on reminding us.

Started as a platform for some of the positive news emerging from the disaster of Hurricane Harvey, Resch decided to set up the @tanksgoodnews Instagram account to give these stories some air time.

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Posting links to the stories of local heroes – such as the man who drove 1,200 miles to rescue his aunt from Hurricane Irma – and pictures that lift the spirits, George Resch is on a mission to restore our faith in humanity, one post at a time. 

I'm going out for milk!

A post shared by Good News Only (@tanksgoodnews) on Sep 10, 2017 at 4:46pm PDT

Thanks to the impressive following on his main account (1.2 million followers at the last count) the good news feed has already garnered an audience of nearly 200,000 in the space of two weeks.

Instead of letting the weight of sad news get them down, Instagrammers are flocking to the page to find some light relief.

From the Royal Marine who sold his medals to fund cancer treatment for a total stranger to the woman who married a man whose suicide she prevented, these stories have generated an incredible response.

One user thanked Resch for “sharing news of the good and the brave… in maddening, selfish times” whilst another simply stated, “this is the account I needed.”

Just involuntarily said "Wow" out loud (Link in bio)

A post shared by Good News Only (@tanksgoodnews) on Sep 5, 2017 at 2:15pm PDT

Five minutes spent scrolling through this feed is enough to convince even the coldest cynic that there is still good to fight for and whilst it is important to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world, a bit of light relief never hurt anyone, either. 

So if you’re tired of wading through the #fitspo on your feed and in need of a morale boost, head over to @tanksgoodnews – you certainly won’t regret it.

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