The Goodnet Top 10: Articles You Loved in 2015

A year of environmental innovation, family, books and - of course - dogs.

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Happy 2015

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A quick glance down the top 10 most-read articles on Goodnet over the past year says a lot about you - Goodnet’s readers. This list paints a picture of what’s important to you, what makes you smile, and your vision for the future. In 2015, it’s clear first and foremost that Goodnet readers care about people. Connections between family members young and old, cherished pets, and even total strangers rank high on the list of favorite topics.

Looking to the world around us, Goodnet readers are also passionate about making a positive impact - especially in innovative, creative ways. Is your favorite article from 2015 missing from the list? Let us know in the comments below.

1. 7 Cute Photos of Babies Growing Up with Dogs

This collection of cute photos focuses on the very first bonds between the smallest children and their family dogs - previews of a lifetime of treasured moments and warm cuddles.

2. 10 Life-Changing Books that Will Stay With You Forever

These 10 masterpieces speak directly to the soul - they are life-changing books that make you question your core beliefs, staying with you long after you’ve finished reading.

3. 25 Children’s Books to Teach Your Kids Meaningful Values

These 25 quirky, colorful children’s books are ingrained with fundamental values - for every child to discover and enjoy while learning important life lessons. Aren't books awesome?

4. A Stunning 40-Year Family Portrait of 4 Sisters [VIDEO]

The Brown Sisters project began "on a whim," when photographer Nicholas Nixon was visiting his wife's family in the summer of 1975. When the sisters saw the result of that first shot, they agreed to have a similar photo taken every year - for the next 40 years.

5. The Edible Water Bottle You Can Make at Home

This genius plan to reduce our dependence on plastics – specifically bottled water – takes the form of a squishy blob of water in gel. While there are still a lot of kinks to work out - such as how to keep Ooho clean and sanitary before consumption - the award-winning invention is taking a proactive approach to reducing plastic pollution.

6. These Dolls Got Natural Makeovers - And Wowed the World

In what started off as a fun home project and ended up as Tree Change Dolls, Australian mother Sonia Singh scours second-hand stores around Tasmania for Bratz dolls and gets them ready for a day at her special spa. The result? Dolls that look like normal, healthy girls - with realistic facial features and casual, neutral outfits.

7. 5 Perfumes That Want to Change the World

You’ve eaten breakfast, got dressed, tidied up a bit and you’re almost ready to head out the door. You spritz your favorite perfume, and smile to yourself - it’s only 8am and you’ve already done something small to make the world a better place. Wait - what? Perfume that wants to change the world? Smells good, right?

8. This Dishwasher Fits on a Countertop and Uses No Electricity

The concept of the Circo dishwasher is simple: the hand-powered crank releases a jet of water, which is heated by a sodium acetate tablet. One minute later, the dishes are clean. Truly an appliance of the future.

9. 15 of the Most Unlikely Animal Friends [VIDEO]

Have you ever seen a chimp and dog play together? What about a rhino and goat? This beautiful ad by Android will make your heart skip a beat, witnessing snippets of some of the most unlikely of animal friends frolicking and reveling in one another’s company.

10. 6 Simple Ways You Can Make a Stranger’s Day

The average American knows 600 people. The world population is estimated at 7.2 billion. So that’s a total of 7,199,999,400 strangers. That’s a lot of people. This list of ideas can help you to spread happiness and joy around the world - to the people you see on the street, encounter on social media - and to millions of people you may never know, see or meet.