Hopeful Images From 2018

2018 has been another year of news stories with photos that can often be difficult or disturbing to view. I’ve made it a tradition to compose an essay of uplifting images from the past year—an effort to seek out and recognize some of the abundant joy and kindness present in the world around us. The following are images from the past year of personal victories, families and friends at play, expressions of love and compassion, volunteers at work, assistance being given to those in need, or simply small and pleasant moments.

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  • Gary Hershorn / Getty

    Autumn Colors and Autumn Chill

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  • Sergei Grits / AP

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