Here Are 38 Uplifting Facts For A World Where Donald Trump Could Become The American President.
Reading the news, especially during Donald Trump's presidential run, can be extremely depressing. But sometimes all it takes to adjust your perspective is to take a look at all of the good things that are going on right now.
Here are thirty-eight uplifting facts to help you through the day.
Many thanks to the Redditor who posed this question. You can check out more uplifting facts in the source at the end of this article!
1/38. Otters hold hands while sleeping so that they don't drift away from each other.
2/38. You look like your ancestors, and they all got laid.
3/38. I like the fact that George W Bush, while he did make plenty of mistakes, really did a lot of good to help combat AIDS in Africa, increasing the number of people that receive antiretroviral drugs from <50,000 to 2 million by the time he left office. Even Bono gave him props for it.
4/38. There's an island covered in land mines that is used as a penguin wildlife preserve, because the birds are too small to set off the mines, and has a 100% success rate in keeping poachers out.
5/38. Maurice Sendak (author of Where the Wild things are) once sent a letter with a sketch in it to a child who had written to him. Afterwards, he got a letter from the kid's mom, saying her son had loved the letter so much he ate it.
6/38. Smallpox emerged over 10,000 years ago. At its peak the disease killed 15 million people a year, maimed millions more and and caused 1/3 of all blindness. (continued...)
Between the 1850s and the 1910s, mandatory vaccination drove smallpox out of North America and Europe. A coordinated UN effort from 1950 to the 1970s eliminated smallpox from the rest of the world. There hasn't been a single case since 1977.
Working together, every country in the world teamed up to destroy an enemy that killed an estimated 400-500 million people in the 20th Century alone. And it took less than three decades to make it happen. The campaign to eliminate smallpox is proof that a united humanity is capable of incredible things.
7/38. Mr. Rodgers would tell fans when he was feeding the fish after a blind fan's father wrote him a letter saying it upset her when he didn't feed them.
His sweaters were also all knitted by his mother.
The fact that Mr. Rogers existed is also pretty uplifting.
8/38. There are more public libraries than McDonald's in the US.
9/38. A few years ago, Voyager 1 crossed the termination shock, 8 billion miles away. Voyager, in case it's ever encountered by extra-terrestrials, is carrying photos of life on Earth, greetings in 55 languages and a collection of music from Gregorian chants to Chuck Berry. Including "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground" by '20s bluesman Blind Willie Johnson, whose stepmother blinded him when he was seven by throwing lye in is his eyes after his father had beat her for being with another man. He died, penniless, of pneumonia after sleeping bundled in wet newspapers in the ruins of his house that burned down.
But his music just left the solar system.
10/38. The ice bucket challenge actually helped fund the discovery of a gene linked to ALS.
11/38. Skin-to-skin contact encourages the body to produce oxytocin, a hormone largely responsible for emotions such as trust, romance and contentment, as well as helping injuries heal faster. You can literally hug your way to health and happiness.
12/38. Blind people smile even though they have never seen anyone smile.
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13/38. That with all of the jerks out there in the world, there are also a lot of really nice people who want to protect those who are disadvantaged or unable to protect themselves. The most uplifting part? The best of those types of people don't want a lick of credit or attention for it; they stay perpetually in the shadow of selfless, thankless joy in their own heart, knowing that they only feel better when those around them feel better and when they've made a difference to someone, no matter how small.
14/38. Posting anything on the Internet is essentially logged forever. I can speak to my great, great, great grandchildren if I want. To any future generation.
15/38. The voice actor of Spongebob is married to the voice actor of Plankton's Computer Wife.
16/38. Otters have a little pouch that they store food or their favorite rock in.
17/38. The tiger population is on the rise.
18/38. That despite what the media says we are experiencing one of the lowest crime rates ever (at least in the U.S. That is).
19/38. Even if you're having an awful day, dogs will still pull on their owners leash so that they can say hello to you.
20/38. Smiling is universal in human body language. It means the same thing, across cultures and continents. Even blind people smile.
One of those few universal constants of our species is telling the people around us that we're happy, and that they should be happy too.
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21/38. That in no time in history before today has knowledge been so readily available. If I want to learn something to improve my life, I can simply Google search for it...
22/38. Humans and dogs that trust each other secrete oxytocin in each other's presences, much like how a mother and child would do so, or any other two people that love each other deeply.
23/38. My daughter was born 3 months premature. She was about the size of my hand, her skin was red raw and nearly translucent, and she required extensive abdominal surgery to remove several inches of non functioning intestines.
She's 19 months old now and said 'Dadadadadad' about 2 weeks ago. I cried a bit when I was on my own.
24/38. Spiders can't fly.
25/38. The Mars lander Curiosity, sings happy birthday to itself every year.
26/38. The chinese middle class is now larger than the entire US population. simultaneously the extreme poverty rate in southeast Asia has fallen from 60% to 3.5%.
27/38. Heard this a while ago.
We are created from the universe, but we are the ones who named the universe and everything in it so far. So we are the universe discovering itself.
28/38. Four years ago I was suffering from major clinical depression, suicidal every now and then, and didn't really see a way forward in life. But today I'm doing fine. I'd even venture to say I'm happy. (continued...)
I suppose that's pleasant and I hope someone finds it uplifting? Especially if you're reading this while depressed I know it doesn't feel like it at the moment, but things getting better is a possible outcome.
29/38. Cows have best friends.
You just beat your personal best for being alive.
30/38. Sunrises and sunsets are beautiful and you can watch them every day for free.
31/38. Any of us can make a positive difference in a person's life with the slightest kind gesture. Kindness radiates between people, and one smile or "How is your day going" to a complete stranger can ripple down to many people.
32/38. I work at a hospital. The majority of people who donate blood (for free) are new American citizens. The county I live in is predominately white, middle class.
So far this week we've had people from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Kenya, South Africa, and Turkey donate blood on their lunch break.
33/38. We are programmed in such a way that we go to sleep and can wake up with a new day, one where we can pretty much decide to just start anew.
A friend of mine worked with a guy who went on vacation to southern Utah. Two weeks later he called the office to say he wasn't coming back--he'd fallen in love with the place. That's what I mean by what can happen on any given new day.
34/38. JM Barrie donated all copywriter royalties of Peter Pan to a children's hospital (GOSH) to fund healthcare and research for sick children.
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35/38. There was a doctor that saved a newborn baby's life, and the baby grew up to become an EMT who returned the favor when the doctor was in a serious car wreck.
36/38. Dogs exist.
37/38. No one can really know what you are thinking.
38/38. That hole in the Ozone layer that was the Oh No! of climate change in the 90s/00s is closing and should be closed by 2050.
Racism is an insidious, and unfortunately prevalent, force in all of our daily lives. Maybe we're on the receiving end of it, being treated differently and losing opportunities because of others' preconceived notions.
Or maybe we're on the other side of things. Even those who aren't actively racist or discriminatory still have to process the world through the filters of the things they've been told about people who are different.