Uplifting good news stories you absolutely need today

How are you doing? Need a bit of respite from the COVID-19 news agenda?

We know how you're feeling and we've trawled our websites across Australia to bring you a curated list of the most uplifting stories in the ACM network.

Enjoy a blissful five minute break from the world falling apart and then share with your friends so they can enjoy too.

A man "lost almost everything" to bushfires but has scored a life-changing lotto win to the tune of $200,000.

Since his farm burnt down, the man's stress levels were through the roof and he didn't know how he was going to rebuild.

But he said a lot of those worries have been removed thanks to the big win.

"We had a massive fire rip through the farm, destroying it," he explained.

"I lost almost everything. There's barely anything left.

"It was terrible. I've been so stressed, worrying about what I've needed to do.

"This will help me get back on my feet. You have no idea how much this means to me. It changes everything for me. I will be able to rebuild my farm now.

"I am going to throw a BBQ and invite all my neighbours over to celebrate. This is certainly something that deserves to be celebrated."

Remember those beautiful drawings Canberra Times artist David Pope created calling for readers to return to the South Coast NSW? Well, they are on sale from today.

You can get the beautiful artwork in the form of a poster, postcard or notebook. Full details here.

This beautiful Shoalhaven home is being listed for sale for the first time in 50 years.

With a guide price of $2.25 million it's something pretty special. We've provided pictures so you can spend a moment imagining.

The original home was built in 1932 on land formerly owned by Alexander James Berry in the Numbaa Parish.

The waterfront is approximately 85 metres wide and has room for multiple moorings suited to large boats.

If you're working at home right now, it's all about the furry pets. This cute puppy, Alice has become the newest member of Goulburn High School.

The tamaruke puppy is an Educational Support Dog. It's her job to recognise stressed students and to make them feel better. Awwww.

This cute guy lost his way earlier this week, wandering through a shop in Warrnambool.

"The manager said 'we've got a special visitor' and I looked down one of the aisles and saw the little guy just walking around having a look," he said.

Benny Bogan is a believer in good-old fashioned community spirit and helping out your neighbours.

"That's the way I was brought up. You help out those around you. It's the Aussie way," Benny said.

Benny, of Swansea, has been giving out free toilet paper to the elderly and disabled in his town.

"I had the idea after seeing an elderly lady with a walker staring at empty shelves, getting upset," he said.

There is no doubt that the coronavirus panic is leaving people across Australia with an impending sense of doom - but there have been several shining examples that every cloud has a silver lining.

Many locals took the time to share their random acts of kindness with Australian Community Media via social media, proving that there are plenty of reasons to smile even during a pandemic.

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