Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani girls’-rights and education activist, accepts flowers in Birmingham, England, after being named a Nobel Peace Prize winner (with India’s Kailash Satyarthi) on Oct. 10.
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani girls’-rights and education activist, accepts flowers in Birmingham, England, after being named a Nobel Peace Prize winner (with India’s Kailash Satyarthi) on Oct. 10, 2014.Oli Scarff—AFP/Getty Images
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani girls’-rights and education activist, accepts flowers in Birmingham, England, after being named a Nobel Peace Prize winner (with India’s Kailash Satyarthi) on Oct. 10.
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The Most Uplifting Photos of 2014

Dec 30, 2014

2014 was a heart wrenching year—that brought with it a litany of terror, turbulence and tragedy. But it also provided us with some exuberant, heart-warming and magical images, giving us something to smile about amidst a traumatic news cycle.

Here TIME presents a selection of underreported, intimate and ecstatic images that accentuate the positive—from Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize and Ebola survivors, to singing priests in St Peter's Square and dancers in the streets of North Korea—that caught the attention of TIME’s photo editors. Without a doubt, these images reveal a brighter side of life.

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