Happy new year, and welcome to the first trip up the Mood Elevator for 2017. I'm Mark Steadman, and I have five stories of good cheer to brighten up your Monday morning. Let's dive straight in.Kittens brought back from the brink by cuddlesThanks to Heather Smith for sending in this first story via our Facebook page. It's a tale of a litter of kittens, who were left out in the freezing cold without a mother. A couple heard them crying from a neighbour's lorry, and one was in particularly bad shape, cold to the bone and with only a threadbare pulse. Well, the chap who brought them in - who goes by the Imgr moniker StonemonkeyKing - managed to bring this particular kitten back from the brink, and they've now all found new homes.'I was on my knees looking for my wallet' - town rallies to raise €2k for family who lost savings after ChristmasOver in County Cavan, Ireland, Liam, a scaffolder withdrawing €2,000 form a cashpoint was devastated when he got home to find his wallet missing. It was a normal thing for him to do each month, but this time it seems he'd dropped it at some point along his route back to the car. When Liam was unable to find the wallet his wife took to Facebook, and her post caught the attention of a local hairdresser, who started a raffle and raised €3,370. They're thinking of using the excess money to buy a bench for the town, to say thank you for the generosity of its people.Hairdresser goes above and beyond for young customer with autismAnd sticking with hairdressers, here's a simple act of kindness that made a mother's day. The mother in question, Jennifer, is from Virginia and her four year-old son Isaiah has autism. He hates getting his hair cut, so a trip to the barbers is usually a screaming ball of nope. But hairdresser Kaylen wouldn't be deterred, and sat on the floor with Isaiah, chatting about Disney films and Christmas. Later his mum said Kaylen “did more for my heart than she will probably ever realise”.Singer donates kidney to venue owner who gave his band a chanceIn Utah, the owner of a club that's helped many a band get their start, was paid back in a pretty big way last month. The owner of the Velour Live Music Club in Provo needed a kidney, and he received one from the frontman of the Moth and the Flame, Brandon Robbins. Writing in a Facebook post, the keyboardist for the band said “Brandon was honestly more excited about doing this than he was to play with Weezer”.Sweetest uncle wears suit to meet baby niece ‘because first impressions matter’And finally, I've been made an uncle twice now, and I wasn't half the gent this kid is. Grant Kessler is 18 and from Ohio, and he turned up to the birth of his niece in a full suit, tie and what the Americans like to call a "pocket square", but which I'm pretty sure the rest of us just call a handkerchief. Anyway, snark aside, his younger sister - not the one having the baby, I should stress - took a snap of him with the caption “my sister is about to have a baby and my brother showed up to the hospital in a suit because ‘first impressions matter’”. Yes they do, and you've just won at life, Grant Kessler.And that'll do it. A massive thank you goes out to Hitchin Gal for her lovely five-star review of the podcast on iTunes. Reading that really made my day, so if you feel like you can write a sentence or two to help other people discover the show, please do; just go to wherever you download podcasts, give us some stars and write something nice. I shall be back on Thursday, so until then, have a great week.