If you're looking for a little uplifting news, look no further than Reddit. (We’re not joking!) There are dozens of subreddits devoted to uplifting news and stories, and, as experts on good news, we've compiled some of the best subreddits here.
Featuring everything from stories of human progress to inspiring personal accomplishments, these subreddits will make you smile and give you hope for the future.
The Best Good News Subreddits on Reddit:
r/UpliftingNews is one of the most well-known subreddits on all of Reddit — and with more than 17.9 million members, it’s hands-down the largest positive news subreddit.
The subreddit’s mods have a pretty strict policy about what kinds of posts they allow on the subreddit. They only allow articles from established, authoritative, trustworthy news sources to be published, and they’re effective at ensuring that duplicate content is removed.
On top of that, its only two rules are effectively: 1. “Don’t be a dick” (which is an official rule), and 2. “This subreddit is meant to be a place free of excessive cynicism, negativity and bitterness. Toxic attitudes are not welcome here.” (which is auto-posted by a moderation bot on every article).
The result of all of this is that r/UpliftingNews is one of the best sources of good news on the internet. If something good happens in the world, you’re likely to find it here. And if there’s nuance to be found, you’ll see it being hashed out fairly respectfully in the comments.
This subreddit is a lot like r/UpliftingNews in that they’re popular, have a decent amount of moderation, and they’re a source for good news.
But what sets them apart is that they allow good news to be posted from more sources, they allow people to share their own personal positive news (like achieving a mental health goal), and they use flairs to filter the topics of posts.
The topics (flairs) that are usually posted in this Subreddit are:
- “Feel-good news”
- “Paying it forward”
- “Volunteer power”
- “Prepare to shed tears”
- “Building bridges”
- “Game-changing concepts”
- “Positive trends”
While this subreddit is much less popular than any of the previously mentioned subreddits, it’s one of our favorites. It highlights data and stories that show the positive progress the world has made over time.
They describe their mission as sharing “trends that indicate some area of the world getting better over time. E.g. uplifting data about poverty reduction, or lower mortality rates from disease, or reforestation, and so on. Anything that makes the world better in a steady, deep way.”
(We love positive data! Check out our article on how the world is getting better.)
If you’re looking for wholesome content about humans making a difference, look no further. r/HumansBeingBros is centered around videos, gifs, and images of humans making the world a brighter place. And with 3.5 million members, there’s a seemingly never-ending number of new posts. You won’t find much news here, but you will find plenty of inspiration.
With 5.3 million members, r/MadeMeSmile is a blend between r/HumansBeingBros and r/GoodNews. It has a good number of uplifting personal stories and wholesome videos — and also highlights some positive news in current events. The community’s rules (like “no ragebaiting” and “don’t be a jerk” help keep the community positive.
This subreddit is exactly what it sounds like: An unlimited supply of good news about dogs. (No cats allowed!) Unlike some of the other positive meme and video subreddits, r/PupliftingNews is actually exclusively news stories — which we love! Instead of feel-good news, this subreddit is full of real good news.
Find us sharing our favorite good news stories about dogs on this subreddit all day.
- 'Marley’s Mutts' Prison Program Pairs Dogs With Inmates – Healing Both
- Popular 'WeRateDogs' Twitter Raises Millions For Pets
- 12 Famous Veterinarians Who Inspire Us To Do Good
No list would be complete without these famous subreddits. While not exactly focused on good news, these two heartfelt subreddits are filled with positivity and will leave you feeling hopeful about the good that people can do for one another.
(We love wholesome memes! Explore our list of our team's favorites)
Wholesome Notable Mentions
- r/SomeGoodNews isn’t as active as it once was back when John Krasinski’s show was still running, but it’s still a treasure trove of positive news from the early days of 2020.
- If you’re looking for the best subreddits about climate change (and working to make a difference for the planet) look no further than our curated guide.
- All Nerdfighters (fans of John Green and Hank Green) know that the r/Nerdfighters subreddit is one of the most wholesome places on the internet. Come for the memes and stay for the positive fandom making a difference through Project for Awesome and more.
- If you’re looking for more good news around the internet, we’ve compiled our lists of the best good news websites, good news podcasts, and the best good news apps.
- Lastly, if you want to spend a bit less time online — and join a community of thousands of people who care about good news, make sure to check out our Goodnewspaper — a real life print newspaper filled with plenty of reasons to be hopeful.