Are there people in this world that you quite literally could not live without?

Today is National Best Friends day, and in honor of this we want to share with you a story that serves as a remarkable testament to the power of friendship!

Image: Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi planting a tree together

Source: BBC

Best friends Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi have been planting a forest together for 10 years to create a better life and environment for their town in rural China. Their story has a small catch, one of the men lost his arms as a child and the other lost his vision 16 years ago. Their incredible relationship shows us the beauty that love, friendship, and dedication can create!

This pair has a few limitations, but their huge hearts and passion for the health of the environment push them beyond their physical handicaps. So, without further ado, here’s the story of Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi and how they’ve planted over 10,000 trees together over the past 10 years, brought to us by a channel we frequently feature and truly love (go check them out!), Great Big Story.

These best friends show us that even when life hands you hard times, when your body doesn’t work the way you want it to, we can still accomplish anything with a little drive and help from our friends.

Have you ever had that friend who makes you feel like you can do anything?

A friend that’ll work with you to push past your limitations, who boosts you when you need the boosting, who you feel a strong connection with? If you’ve ever been so lucky to have that someone (or someones) then you know that there’s power inside of that type of relationship. It’s a gorgeous feeling to have that relationship with someone, so I urge you to work hard to keep it.

Work together and don’t give up. Even if you’ve moved away from each other and don’t speak as much as you’d like, send them a little message every once in a while to let them know that you’re thinking of them. Let them know that they’re amazing and that you’re still there to give all of the support you can. This one small kind act will brighten their day, I guarantee it.

Check out these other best friends!

It’s been said that dogs are a man’s best friend and this video couldn’t deliver that message more clearly. I invite you to watch this beautiful video, Denali, to see this friendship from the dog’s perspective. While you’re at it, check out this heartwarming elephant reunion! Or, take a look at this one:

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A Lesson from Best Friends Who Never Met

Have you ever looked back on a failed friendship and wondered what could have been done differently? Today we share an insight with you through the true story of a very unusual kind of friendship. Take a look!

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Now, go tell your best friend how much you love them whether they’re on two legs, four legs, eight legs or none at all!

Find the beauty in what surrounds you, and remember, it’s still an amazing world out there.



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  1. “I Am His Hands. He Is My Eyes.” The Friendship That Built a Forest.”YouTube. Great Big Story, 04 May 2016. Web. 29 May 2016. <>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.