If there's anything we've learned here at HuffPost Good News over the last year it's this: People can be great. And animals can be even better.
As 2012 comes to a close, we're celebrating the most heartwarming moments of the year, and hoping there's more in store for 2013. Grab tissues.
This Grandmother's Daily Mountain Trek
Every school day, Xiang Yuncui puts her granddaughter on her back. Together, they travel roughly six miles over mountainous terrain to her school in southwest China. Tan, 7, has cerebral palsy and can't walk on her own. The trip usually takes around two hours, and over the last three years, the two have traveled approximately 6,200 miles.
These Police Officers' Swearing-In Ceremony For A Dying Boy
A boy with an inoperable brain tumor was sworn in as his city’s youngest police officer during a ceremony in his hospice room. Police said Jose Rubio-Pavon, 12, wore a giant smile as he was presented with a certificate, police shirt and junior officer badge.
This Girl's Tears Of Joy
Janiya Penny, an 8-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had her dream come true through the Make-A-Wish foundation. Penny and her family were given the V.I.P. treatment at the White House, with a complete tour of the grounds, pictures with the President, and lots of gifts. And then some happy sadness.
This Beachgoer's Helping Hand
Hit by a rogue wave on Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, a poor deer was swept out to sea in the turbulent currents during Hurricane Sandy. A man who was also on the beach at the time was able to pull the deer from the water.
This Runner's Will To Continue
China's Liu Xiang fell in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat at the 2012 Summer Olympics but refused to quit. Instead, Xiang kissed his hurdle and hobbled around to the side of the track, where he hopped on one foot to finish.
See the rest in the slideshow below.
This Couple's Love Story
Married for 64 years, James and Lauretta Burke were "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/12/six-decades-of-love-viral_n_2277375.html">in the deepest kind of love</a>." James Burke spent his final moments of life laying out a future for his wife, who has Alzheimer's.
This Act Of Charity
Jennifer Foster was visiting New York with her boyfriend when she came across a shoeless man asking for change in Times Square. As she was about to approach him, she said the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/larry-deprimo-nypd-cop-gives-homeless-boots_n_2209178.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News">NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo came up to the man with a pair of all-weather boots</a> and thermal socks on the frigid night. The story quickly went viral. (AP Photo/Jennifer Foster)
This Dog's Incredible Loyalty
German Shepherd Capitán was heartbroken after his owner and best friend, Manuel Guzman, died in 2006. For six years since, the dog has been <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/capitan-dog-grave-owner-six-years-_n_1882587.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news">grieving at the gravesite</a>.
This Spider-Man's Adorable Trap
As if to remind us not to grow too old at heart, President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/obama-spider-man_n_2330050.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News">gets playfully caught</a> in Spider-Man's web.
This Jet Ski Owner's Selflessness
According to the Hurricane Sandy Acts of Kindness Facebook page, a resident assisted in rescue efforts <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HurricaneSandyActsOfKindness?ref=stream&filter=3">with his jet ski</a> as emergency personnel saved residents from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey.
This Generous Offer To Share
After Superstorm Sandy hit, a friendly neighbor on the East Coast offered power to those who need it.
This Athlete's Disregard For National Boundaries
"Who's says Iran and America don't get along?" Olympic wrestler Jordan Bourroughs tweeted. "Maybe I should be president!"
This Dog's Devotion To Her Pups
A dog carried her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/10/dog-carries-puppies-out-fire_n_1765550.html">10-day-old puppies</a> to safety after a house fire in Temuco, Chile, destroyed the portion of the home where they lived. All but one survived.
This Man's Remarkable Bond With His Dog
John Unger is pictured cradling his arthritic dog, Schoep, in Lake Superior. Schoep, who Unger says <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/man-dog-lake-superior-photo-_n_1755609.html">saved his life</a>, would fall asleep every night surrounded by the buoyancy of the water.
This Community's Support For A Cardboard Arcade
Nine-year-old Caine spent his summer building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad's used auto part store, and an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/caines-arcade-9-year-old-creates-cardboard-arcade_n_1413885.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News">entire community came together</a> to make his day.
..And This Giant Check
Caine Monroy was presented with a $152,262 check to use towards his college education. The Goldhirsh Foundation agreed to match every dollar up to $250,000 donated to Caine's scholarship. The funds will help other creative kids reach their dreams.
This Teen's Sacrifice For Teammate
Ohio track star Meghan Vogel captured hearts when she came to the aid of a fallen teammate. Vogel <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/meghan-vogel-ohio-track-star-carries-runner-video_n_1570857.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News">carried her to the end of the track</a> and guided her across the finish line -- ahead of herself.
This Wrestler's Huge Heart
Middle school wrestler Justin Kievit intentionally lost a match to do something nice for a boy with cerebral palsy. Kievit, who his coach says was chosen for the task <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/04/justin-kievit-middle-school-wrestler-heartwarming-video-cerebral-palsy_n_2237480.html">due to his big heart</a>, put his opponent's arm around him, "pinning" him and therefore, causing him to win.
These Firefighters' Honor Guard For Boy
Daniel Barden, a 7-year-old student killed in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, had aspired to become a firefighter like his uncles. In a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/20/daniel-barden-funeral-san_n_2332605.html">tribute to that dream</a>, firefighters -- some who travelled from out of state -- assembled a guard of honor at his funeral. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)