LIFE

One Artist Is Spreading Happiness By Posting These Street Signs Around The World

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

In a world where all the headlines seem to be bad news, we could definitely do with some cheer.

In South Africa, artist Jaco Haasbroek felt the same way.

But instead of just feeling bad, he decided to inject a little lightness into the world.

Inspiration struck when he noticed a missing dog poster on his drive home with the bold headline “STOLEN.” He realized that with the addition of “Our Hearts” underneath, the meaning would change completely.

This led him to create a project called the Good News, which sees silly, pun-filled signs placed around the city with surreal headlines.

The “stories” are fake, of course, but their upbeat, quirky nature results in some very real smiles.

After all, it’s hard not to smile when confronted with puns. Even really bad puns. Especially really bad puns.

So if you’re feeling down, check out what the Good News is reporting!

(h/t: Mashable)

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The signs, which look like regular official notices, are full of silly puns and upbeat scenarios, in stark contrast to the often depressing or sensationalized news.

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The ultimate goal is to make people smile and sprinkle a little joy into their days.

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Many of them are spins on well-known sayings.

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Sometimes, those sayings are turned around to have a pleasantly surprising outcome!

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In Jaco's world, both dogs and cats are having pretty good luck!

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And of course no one can resist a good pun. We're sure local dads cheered this one.

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They might not be true stories, but their positive attitude and silly humor are certainly just as uplifting.

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And that's always refreshing in a world where 24-hour news means constant bombardment with the less-than-pleasant.

The Good News #18

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A missing dog poster inspired Jaco, and this is his take on it.

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Even if the stories aren't real, they may provide someone with a jolt of good feeling, and that can make a huge difference.

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And they're strangely inspiring.

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And some are just amusing by themselves.

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And some of them are tales that we can all relate to.

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And triumphs we all aspire to have.

You can see more good news on Instagram. The Good News doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, either, so be sure to check in for more silliness.

And if you know someone who needs cheering up, try SHARING the Good News with them!