5 Good Things: ‘Love Goes a Long Way,’ Therapy Reading Dogs, A Pizza Tycoon’s Journey and More – CNN

Krista Bo (guest)


Hi! At CNN, we believe in keeping you informed about what’s happening in the world. But we understand. Sometimes this can be very difficult to deal with. That’s why we’re changing things. Every Saturday, we’ll take a break from the news and focus on stories that remind us of the good things happening. You know, the kind of things that make you smile or give you a feeling of hope. Like how a Michigan woman managed to defy all odds and wake up from her five-year coma.

Love goes far. We were blessed and given a second chance.

Krista Bo (guest)


And the famous pizza connoisseur says his journey hasn’t always been easy, but he says it was worth it. From CNN, I’m Krista Bo and this is Five Good Things.

Today’s lesson: Never doubt the power of a mother’s love. Or a good joke for that matter! Peggy Means is proof. Her tenderness, love and care helped her daughter Jen Flewellen wake up from a five-year coma, after she was in a serious car accident in 2017. Doctors then told Peggy they didn’t think Jen would survive. But Peggy held on to hope against all odds.

Everyone can lose hope. But I’m not going to lose hope because it’s my baby.

Krista Bo (guest)


She spent years at Jen’s bedside, talking to her and caring for her, without seeing any signs of improvement in her daughter. In August 2022, everything changed when Peggy told Jen a joke.

*Jen laughs* That’s what he told me, he said. Your butt is starting to grow in front of Peggy *Peggy laughs*

Krista Bo (guest)


Jen’s laughter was a turning point! That’s when she woke up and became responsive.

You could feel she was connected. She knew what I was saying, you know, it was incredible. Love goes far. We were blessed and given a second chance.

Krista Bo (guest)


Now Jen is doing speech therapy and Peggy told me they are working on getting her strength back so she can hopefully try to walk soon.

Do you want to say something?

Krista Bo (guest)


Therapy dogs are helping some Tennessee elementary students improve their reading before their big statewide test. The program called Reading Paws allows struggling students to read to their four-legged friends each week to improve their concentration and build their confidence. Harper and Nico told CNN affiliate WSMV that they loved reading to a black lab named Lucas.

It makes me feel good because I have something that is with me.

You don’t need to be afraid to read it, because I just imagine my dog ​​next to me and I never give up.

Krista Bo (guest)


Now, Tennessee wants to train more dogs to cover even more classrooms because of the difference it makes!

Today, Hakki Akdeniz, 44, is an essential figure in the world of pizza. He owns a popular pizza chain called “Champion Pizza” and has almost 35 million followers on Instagram. But his journey to get there hasn’t always been easy. Hakki is originally from Turkey, but he arrived in New York in 2001 with little education and even less money.

So when I come here, I have $240 in my pocket.

Krista Bo (guest)


He spent months homeless before finally landing a job as a dishwasher at a pizzeria. He would save money for about ten years to open his own pizzeria.

I would say that if you love what you do for a living, if you are happy, you will always be successful. You get to love what you do.

Krista Bo (guest)


His store didn’t do well at first, but that all changed after Hakki won a pizza showcase in New York in 2010. He impressed the judges by flipping the pizza in handcuffs and a blindfold and turning the dough over on fire.

Mad! I burned my left hand, I burned my eyebrow. But it was worth it.

Krista Bo (guest)


The media loved his story and soon the publicity helped Hakki’s pizza business take off. But Hakki didn’t stop there. He used his success to give back, donating hundreds of slices of pizza every week in New York for nearly a decade. He says he even hired some of the people he donated to.

I always say, you know, don’t give to get, give to inspire others to give. It’s not about how much money we have, or how rich we are. It’s about how much can we give? What can we do for others?

Krista Bo (guest)


A California teenager is helping to make the world a better place. Brick by brick. Charlie Jeffers, 17, has been a LEGO fan since he was four years old. But as he got older, he noticed people were just throwing away their old decor.

And then sit in a landfill forever. You know, some kids would really love to use them, and I want to try to make that happen.

Krista Bo (guest)


And that’s where “Past the Bricks” was born. People donate their old LEGO sets to Charlie and his team, then they clean them, sort them, build them and give them to children in need. What started as a small project in 2020 has expanded to multiple cities around the world, with an ambassador program and everything.

‘Following. It’s that time of year when you need to check the clocks on your oven and coffee maker. Before taking a little break. Can’t get enough of all this goodness? Well, then you need to sign up for CNN’s The Good Stuff newsletter. For a weekly dose of more uplifting news and cute animal videos delivered straight to your inbox every Saturday. You can find the link to sign up in our show notes or go to CNN.com/newsletters/slashthe-good-stuff. We’ll be back right away.

Daylight saving time begins tomorrow, as most of the United States prepares to move forward. CNN’s Taylor Galgano is with us. So, Taylor.

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Krista Bo (guest)


I can’t be the only one who is happy to have an extra hour of sunlight.

I hear you on this, Krista. But I feel like people forget. We lose an hour of sleep for many parents. That means the kids might be a little harder to manage, you know?

Krista Bo (guest)


Oh, yeah, that’s true. I didn’t think about it, I guess. But personally, I don’t mind sleeping a little less if it means the sun will be out when I leave the office after work.

Well, I don’t think you’re the only one. I feel like most people I know don’t like it to be dark at 4 p.m., but I did a little digging to find out if that was really the opinion dominant here.

Krista Bo (guest)


Oh, so do people prefer to move forward or backward? You know where I am!

Yes, but a poll last year found that 62% of people simply don’t want a time change. They want to see a consistent period.

Krista Bo (guest)


Oh okay. So choose a time anytime. Stick to that so we don’t have to get lost and change the time twice a year, right?

But of those people, half of them prefer daylight saving time to be permanent. So you are not alone in this situation.

Krista Bo (guest)


Alright, that’s all for now. Join us tomorrow for the next edition of One Thing. Host David Rind and CNN’s Elizabeth Wagmeister examine the Academy’s diversity initiatives ahead of the Oscars tomorrow night.

Five Good Things as a CNN Audio production. This episode was produced by Taylor Galgano and me, Krista Bo. Our main producer is Faiz Jamil. Greg Peppers is our supervising producer. Matt Dempsey is our production manager. Dan Dzula is our Technical Director. And Steve Licht is the executive producer of CNN Audio. We received support from Joey Salvia, Haley Thomas, Alex Manasseri, Robert Mathers, Jon Dianora, Leni Steinhardt, Jamus Andrest, Nichole Pesaru and Lisa Namerow. Special thanks to AJ Willingham, David Allen and Katie Hinman. Thanks for listening. Till next time!

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