Life can be stressful. Whether it’s work, relationships or simply life in general, we all have those days where we just want to wrap ourselves in a blanket and hide from everything. At times, the world can seem like a fairly negative and cynical place, but if you take a look beneath the fold, you’ll find that there’s much more to life than what you may see.
Big, beautiful things are always happening on our planet but for some reason, only bad news makes it to our feeds. In order to improve your mood and to help you understand that this world of ours isn’t just a haven of bad news, we have gathered together some uplifting facts. So, without further ado, here are 20 totally happy facts that are certain to raise your spirits.
1. The Golden Temple serves upwards of 50,000 free meals every day, to whoever shows up.
Located in the heart of Amritsar, the Golden Temple is one of the most admired places in India. The seamless blend of jaw-dropping architecture, warm hospitality and captivating peace, attracts devotees from different corners of the globe. Every day, the Golden Temple serves more than 50,000 free meals to whoever shows up. Not only that, the meals are prepared and served by volunteers, starting as early as 8 am.
2. Male puppies let female puppies win when they’re playing.
Chivalry is still alive, at least in the canine world. Researchers found that when male puppies play with female companions, they pretend to be more vulnerable and allow them to win. According to researchers, this could be a tactic to prolong the game and keep their partner entertained. When researchers tried the experiment with two male puppies and then two female puppies, everyone competed for the sole purpose of winning. The only time male pups allowed others to win was in a male-female “game”.
3. The confetti that flutters down the streets of NYC is literally made of dreams and wishes.
At the end of every year, the Times Square Visitor Center puts up a “Wishing Wall”, where people can write down their hopes, dreams and wishes for New Year. The wishes are written on post-it notes and are added to the wall by hundreds of thousands, which are then collected by the Times Square Visitor Center. When it’s time, the city is showered with the wishes, which have been turned into confetti. Those who are unable to make it to New York in time, can still have their wishes showered over the city by submitting them online by December 28th.
4. When you look into a loved one’s eyes, your heartbeat and breathing will sync up.
According to a UC Davis study, when two people who are romantically involved, look into each other’s eyes, their heartbeat and breathing syncs. Emilio Ferrer, a UC Davis psychology professor, who has conducted a series of studies on couples in romantic relationships, connected couples to equipment measuring their heartbeats, as well as their breathing patterns. According to him, this is called interpersonal synchronization, and is also the reason why romantically involved couples are able to finish each other’s sentences. (source)
5. Not only do penguins mate for life, but they also spend time finding a pebble to give their mate in order to propose.
When it’s time to propose, male penguins will search the shores for the smoothest, shiniest pebble to seal the deal. Since the Adelie and Gentoo penguins live on rocky shores, it’s not that hard for them to find the shiniest and smoothest pebble. The tough part however, is the proposal, where the female penguin accepts the gift. If she likes the offering, she’ll place it in the nest and the two will continue building their nest for the mating season. Researchers also found that in cases where male penguins are unable to a find desirable pebble, they would steal from other penguins and pawn them off as their own.
6. Cars today are specifically designed with your pets in mind and to keep them safe during hot days.
It’s always worrisome to leave your pets inside the car during hot summer months. Tesla owners however, can now leave their beloved pets inside with the air conditioning running. The onboard screen also displays a message that reads: “my owner will be back soon”, and even shows the inside temperature along with other features, so people outside know that the furry friend is safe and comfy. The feature is extremely significant, since 11 states have passed Good Samaritan Laws to help protect dogs in hot cars.
7. The elements that we are composed of were formed in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are all made of star dust.
Joni Mitchell famously sang, “We are Stardust” at Woodstock. It turns out, she was right! Everything we are and everything in the universe and on Earth originated from stardust. Even today, it continually floats through us, and connects us with the very stars we see shimmering at night. According to a recent study, the building blocks of life, that is carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur, were found in abundance in a huge sample of stars. (source)
8. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep, so they don’t drift apart.
Sea otters are intelligent creatures. When they sleep, they wrap themselves in long strands of kelp which grow from the sea floor all the way up to the surface of the water. Also, in order to prevent drifting away from one another, they hold onto each others hands while they sleep. Otters are also capable of juggling pebbles, and can even do it with their eyes closed.
9. Science says your dog really loves you.
We know that dogs are man’s best friends. They provide their owners’ with warmth, comfort and the feeling of being loved. A recent study however, shows that like humans, the brains of dogs release the “happy” neurotransmitter oxytocin when they encounter loved ones. The study conducted by Japanese scientists also revealed that the canine brain lights up differently when they sniff their owners. When the same tests were conducted on people who own wolves as pets, the study found that the wolves did not have the same oxytocin effect as dogs. (source)
10. Every year, hundreds of new trees grow because of squirrels forgetting where they buried their nuts.
Even though squirrels don’t get the credit they deserve, they play a small role in forest regeneration. Squirrels plant hundreds of new trees each year, simply by forgetting where they put their acorns. They are also known to adopt baby squirrels, if their parents fail to return. Although squirrels rarely interact with their neighbors, they have a basic understanding of their relatives by recognizing their unique calls. If they fail to hear their neighbor’s calls for a few days, they may take a look and adopt the young ones if necessary.