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    Updated on Aug 21, 2020. Posted on Jun 27, 2012

    40 Faces Of Pure Joy

    Aww. There is (basically) nothing better.


    Irish rugby star Brian O’Driscoll visita a young girl in the hospital with the Heineken Cup.



    A boy waits for Nelson Mandela to return home for the first time in 26 years.


    Patrick Farrell / AP

    Gladys Louis Jeune is pulled from the rubble of her home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2010.


    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    A 101-year-old man raises his arms after touching down at the London City Airport. Born before the invention of the airplane, he had never flown before.


    POOL / Reuters

    Visiting North Korean So Gi Sok cries as he hugs his South Korean mother Kim kum-yae after being reunited.


    Mohsin Raza / Reuters

    A Pakistani man carries his sheep down a flooded road after a heavy downpour.


    Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

    A 5-year-old boy plays with a dolphin at a special centre for people with disabilities in Moscow. The boy spends 30-minute long sessions with the dolphin to help his cerebral paralysis.


    Stringer Korea / Reuters

    Patients and staff in a Seoul hospital celebrate South Korea advancing to the quarter-finals in the World Cup.


    Mohammed Salem / Reuters

    Released Palestinian prisoner Shereen Khalifa runs towards her mother.


    Andreas Meier / Reuters

    Maxi the elephant gives his daughter, Chandra, a playful shove. This was the first time the two had met since baby Chandra was born.


    Mike Blake / Reuters

    Michael Johnson breaks the world record for the 200 meter run at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. He won Gold, obviously.


    STRINGER / Reuters

    A 6-year-old is held by his father as he hears for the first time.


    Arko Datta / Reuters

    Indian children play with umbrellas in a rainstorm that helped relieve a recent drought.



    An Egyptian woman celebrates Hosni Mubarak's departure in 2011.


    Handout Old / Reuters

    A jubilant 12-year-old boy rejoices after seeing his family for the first time in three years in southern Sudan.


    Amit Dave / Reuters

    Pakistani fishermen rejoice after their release from an Indian jail. The man were arrested for illegally fishing in Indian waters in the Arabian Sea.


    Erik de Castro / Reuters

    Jubilant relatives and friends celebrate the release of their comrade, a Filipino hostage released just hours before the 72-hour deadline expired.



    East Germans pass across the border between Hungary and Austria. In 1989 thousands of East Germans were able to flee to the West after the iron curtain was destroyed.


    Allison Joyce / Reuters

    Myron Levine and Philip Zinderman celebrate after being married outside the Manhattan City Clerk's office. They have been together for 51 years.


    Randy Davey / Reuters

    7-month-old AnFernce Negron waits to be reunited with his father at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 2003.


    Norsk Telegrambyra / Reuters

    An 18-month-old Pyrenees dog named Leon is hugged after being saved after being stuck on a mountain ledge.


    Lucas Jackson / Reuters

    A soldier hugs a family member during a homecoming ceremony.


    Finbarr O'Reilly WS / Reuters

    Odette Edumke is reunited with her eight-year-old daughter in Congo. The Red Cross reunited 25 children from a rebel city with their families who were displced years ago by war in Central Africa's Democratic Republic of Congo.


    Nacho Doce / Reuters

    A Brazilian patient and his daughter Carolina react during a World Cup soccer match against Portugal at the Cancer Institute Hospital in Sao Paulo.


    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    An Irish child celebrates the Northern Ireland/Republic Of Ireland ceasefire in West Belfast.


    Nick Didlick / Reuters

    Amy van Dyken celebrates after becoming the first American woman to win four gold medals in one Olympics.


    David Silverman / Reuters

    A Palestinian man is all smiles as he casts his vote for the first time in the first Palestinian general elections.


    Oleg Popov / Reuters

    Two Bosnian women refugees from Srebrenica cry as they meet for the first time in four years.


    Hyungwon Kang / Reuters

    A Beijing crowd celebrates after winning the 2008 Olympic vote in front of a department store. The 2008 Olympics were the first ever to be held in China.


    Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Wang Hui Qio and Guo Hua Li, grandmothers of the newborn baby of Yang Huiqing, celebrate her birth in Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai. Yang and her husband Chen Yiming, both born under the one-child policy, had their first baby as the world population was about to reach the seven billion mark.


    Danilo Krstanovic / Reuters

    Mother and her daughter cry as they reunite under the Dayton peace agreement.


    Stringer / Reuters

    An elderly Bosnian woman is reunited with her daughter who she has not seen for three years.


    Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

    Jack Nicholson celebrates after the Los Angeles Lakers' double-overtime win over the Houston Rockets in 2006.


    Str Old / Reuters

    Rescuers smile as they carry a young survivor from the rubble of her home in India.


    Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters

    Maria Rodriguez and Mindy Wilson react as the Third Brigade Combat Team First Cavalry Division arrives on the field during a homecoming ceremony at the Fort Hood Army post.


    A family cat is found alive after being lost in tornado debris for 16 days in Joplin, Missouri.


    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Family members celebrate after hearing that 12 miners were found alive in Sago, West Virginia in 2006.


    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Another pictures of family members celebrating the miners.


    Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi / Reuters

    Sri Lanka's "Baby 81" is reunited with his parents two months after he was found alive in tsunami debris.



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