Optimistic Facts That Show the World Isn’t Such a Dark Place
If you regularly keep up with the news, you know that the world can look like a pretty awful place sometimes. It seems like the worst of what's happening around the globe is what makes the headlines, and there’s little out there to help us feel better if we aren't looking for it.
On the bright side, there are some facts out there that’ll go a long way in restoring your faith in humans and animals and help you foster a positive outlook about the planet we call home. Here are some facts that will make the world seem a little less depressing.
Crime Rates Are Always Going Down
Despite what you might think if you watch any major news outlet daily, crime around the world has been dropping. Between 1993 and 2017, crime rates fell 74% — a pretty big drop! This means that crime rates in the United States are back to around the same level they were in 1967.
Bats Sing Love Songs
Humans aren't the only beings who express their love in the form of songs. Scientists have discovered that many animals actually do this, too. Specifically, a type of bat in Brazil uses distinguishable phrases and syllables to attract mates.
Window Washing Heroes Show Up at Hospitals
There’s an organization of window washers nationwide who do something amazing for children who are hospitalized: They dress up as superheroes! Think of how amazing it would be to have the wonderment of a child, look out the window and see none other than Green Lantern or Batman hanging outside of your window.
Some Dogs Can Skateboard
There are few things more adorable than seeing a dog confidently riding a skateboard. And something that’s even more impressive? Many dogs around the world have learned how to do this. All you have to do is run a quick YouTube search, and you'll likely come up with tons of videos of this adorable phenomenon.
Dark Chocolate Has Health Benefits
If you’re ever worried about having that last piece of dark chocolate, don't feel guilty for snatching it up. It turns out that dark chocolate has some pretty great health benefits — when eaten in moderation, of course. Eating dark chocolate helps boost circulation and can help your skin retain moisture, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Penguins Mate for Life
This fact might just make countless people smile. Penguins mate for life and never separate — how’s that for true love? What’s perhaps even more adorable is that penguins who are in search of mates spend a lot of time finding perfect, round pebbles to present to their prospective mates.
Smiling Is Natural to Humans
It may bring a smile to your face knowing that, as humans, our ability and impulse to smile is an innate action. Humans don’t have to be taught to smile; we simply do it involuntarily as a reaction. So, expressing happiness is totally natural to us.
We All Come From Stars
It may surprise you to know that elements in our DNA are the same elements that make up the stars in the night sky. The nitrogen in our DNA is the same nitrogen that’s in stars. Also, the calcium in our teeth and the iron in our blood are elements found out there in the universe.
Dolphins Give Each Other Names
As if dolphins (the puppies of the sea) weren't adorable and amazing enough, researchers discovered that dolphins actually give names to each other. They use certain sounds to represent other, individual dolphins. They call out to each other using unique whistling sounds for each name, and often can be seen playing together.
Rubber Duckies Take Over the Sea
Here's a really cool fact that many people aren't aware of. During the 1990s, about 30,000 rubber ducks ended up lost at sea due to a cargo ship container packed with the toys falling into the ocean. Some people are still finding them today. Even if the world seems dark, just imagine that out there, somewhere in the vast and roiling oceans, are thousands of cute yellow duckies floating around.
Cows Have Best Friends
Most of us humans have a best friend. Some of us have more than one. And we’re not the only ones who cultivate these special, deep and often-lifelong friendships. It's a nice fact to know that cows also have a similar bond with each other. Cows actually have best friends that they prefer to spend time with.
Puppies in and of themselves are something to smile about, but there’s a little-known fact that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Male puppies, while playing with female puppies, will intentionally let the female pups win.
Some Jellyfish Might Be Immortal
Turritopsis dohrnii is a unique type of jellyfish. They live forever if they aren't eaten or don't go through the process of transdifferentiation that occurs when they reach maturity. If they can avoid this, their bodies begin continually regenerating.
Cuddling and Hugging Have Health Benefits
Ever had one of those days where you just really, really need a hug? Well, it turns out that hugging and cuddling have multiple health benefits — and you do need that hug. Cuddling and hugging release oxytocin, also known as the "happy hormone." This hormone improves your mood and makes you feel happy.
Looking at Cute Animal Pictures Has Health Benefits
Most people love looking at pictures of cute animals, but did you know there are actually benefits to doing this? A study published in 2012 found that people who spent time looking at photographs of cute animals were able to focus better.
Otters Hold Hands
Facts about the animal kingdom never fail to make the world look a little less grim, so let’s turn our attention to otters for a minute. These unique and exciting animals are a little bit like us — they hold hands (or paws)!
Dogs Have Nursed Abandoned Kittens
The ability to nurture others can transcend species. There have been multiple dogs who have found abandoned kittens and adopted them as their own, nursing them as they would do with their own pups. Cats have been known to do this also.
There Are Superman References in Many Seinfeld Episodes
If you’ve ever watched any episodes of the hit sitcom Seinfeld, you may have noticed something interesting in a lot of the episodes. There’s often a Superman featured at some point somewhere on the set or mentioned in conversation.
Every Face You See In Your Dreams Is One You've Really Seen
Although scientists don’t know this for sure because it’s very difficult to test, it’s thought that humans’ brains don’t have the ability to create other human faces from scratch. You know those dreams you have where there are people you don't recognize? Well, you’ve most likely actually seen them before in your life.
Humpback Whales Protect Seals From Orca Whales
Humpback whales are some of the most beautiful creatures found in the sea, so it's nice to know that they're also somewhat compassionate. Not only do they defend their own babies and relatives, but they’ve also been seen preventing orca whales from attacking other species.
Pink Dolphins Exist
If you like the color pink — and you love dolphins — it may put a smile on your face to know that somewhere out there in the waters of the world, pink dolphins really do exist. They live in the Amazon River and are also named after it.
Honey Never Goes Bad
If you like honey, it’ll make you happy to know that this sweet treat never goes bad. Unlike most other foods, honey has no expiration date. When stored properly, it can last forever. Archaeologists have even discovered jars of perfectly preserved honey in ancient Egyptians’ tombs.
Giant Pandas Are No Longer Endangered
For quite a long time, giant pandas were an endangered species. As adorable as they are, it would be hard to imagine a world without them in it. Luckily, with the help of some good people, the giant panda is no longer endangered.
Love Is All You Need
Love is one of the things that certainly makes the world seem less like a dumpster fire. It’s almost everywhere in movies, TV and music — but there’s so much to love about love.
Social Media Isn't So Bad
There are a lot of studies out there that show that looking at social media too often can contribute to feelings of depression. It can be a bit overwhelming if you’re only focused on the negative. However, other studies have demonstrated that social media, as a whole, shares more good news than bad news.
Wine Has Health Benefits
If you like to indulge in some wine every now and then, worry not. It turns out that wine has a lot of health benefits. Resveratrol is a compound in most wines, and it has been shown to improve heart health. In addition to boosting heart health, wine can also improve your blood pressure.
Wine Isn’t the Only Drink That Makes the World Go ‘Round
The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, has a glass of champagne nearly every night before she goes to bed. Talk about living like royalty! We aren't sure which type of champagne she indulges in, but either way, it seems like a fun way to live life.
Maybe “Hello” Isn’t the Best Greeting
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, but that isn't the fact that’ll remind you how great the world really is. When he started developing the first practical telephone, he didn't want users to answer it by saying "hello." His idea was a lot more fun than that.
Tulips Make Great Gifts
Sometimes, people remember the good things others do for them. The Netherlands, as a whole, is an example we should appreciate. Every single year, the Netherlands sends 20,000 tulip bulbs to Canada. Why? Well, it’s to thank the Canadians for their aid in World War II.
People Dreamed of Our Time
Think of all the future technology we read about and see on television and in movies. For many, the sci-fi devices of generations past have already come to pass. We are, right this very moment, living in the future that others have dreamed of.