FGF #171: News To Make You Smile (Olympics Edition)

Every week, Doubting Believer brings you things to read, watch or listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news.

Double Gold

Uta and Hifumi Abe became the first brother and sister to win Olympic Gold on the same day. The Japanese siblings both too the win in Judo–in their home country and the sport’s home country. Judo was invented in Japan.


As someone who is known for having people play games where everyone wins (aka non-competitive play), you know I loved this story.


A lot of challenges for this Olympics, but perhaps the hardest on the athletes is not having friends and family there to cheer them on. Some of the best moments have been the videos of those cheering squads when their Olympian takes the win.

Trenton, New Jersey cheers on their hometown hero.


Suni Lee’s family and friends when she takes gymnastics gold.

Get some rest.

Do something fun.

Talk to God.

Connect with people you love.

Take radically good care of yourself. The world needs you.


Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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