Updated: November 28, 2023
To keep our minds happy and energetic you need to read and listen to some good positive news every day. But, the fact is, we are usually flooded with a barrage of negative news on media channels the whole day. One can’t blame the media because negativity sells and they are here to make business and not charity. We as intelligent beings should train our minds to listen to and read contents that are positive and have happiest facts. The following list of 30 happy facts is a good way to bring to light some happiest facts we tend to ignore.
The reason to start this list was to post happy facts that would make people happy and bring back that precious little smile on their faces, which is a necessity in today’s stressful times. Sometimes knowing the simple facts around the world will make you smile for a while and make the world a better place to live.
The following list of happy facts that has been accumulated from around the world hopefully will make you read more about them.
1.Sea Otters hold their hands when they sleep to keep from drifting apart. Yes, this is true that sea otters hold hands and this image of them holding hands has taken the internet by storm. Often, it’s the mother and the pup that hold hands to prevent from drifting away in the sea. This is not the only solution that otters rely on; they wrap themselves in long strands of kelp that grow from the bottom of the sea floor to all the way up to the surface of the water. The otters use this kelp as an anchor, so they don’t have to worry about drifting away in the sea.
2.When you are born for a moment you are the youngest person on the earth. Given the fact that there are countless number of births every day around the world, it is a nice happy feeling that at least for a second you are the youngest person in the world. Quite an interesting happy fact. Doesn’t that bring a smile onto your face?
3.The elements that we are composed of were formed in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made up of star dust. A new study has proven that humans are really made of stardust. The new survey of 150,000 stars shows and proves this happy fact. Humans and their galaxy have almost 97 percent same atoms, and the elements of life appear to be more prevalent towards the center of the galaxy according to a new research.
4.Cows have best friends. A research done by Krista McLennan of Northampton University indicates that cows indeed have best friends. For the research the cows were penned for 30 minutes intervals two times, one with their so called friend cow and the other with a cow that they didn’t know. The heart rates were checked and measured during this period. It turned out that the heart rate was rather stable or lower when they were with their friend cow and they experienced stress when they were with a new cow. The research will be of great use for the dairy industry and also for the well-being of the animals.
5.A new cat therapy program implemented in the Washington State Prison has already started showing positive results. Inmates here are screened properly before they are considered for fostering the cats. These inmates should have non-violent cases against them especially crimes against animals. They have to have good conduct in the prison for at least six months and these foster carers should be in the prison for at least a year after they receive the cat. With proper care and love from these carers, the behavior of some cats showed a drastic change. Their behavior improved exponentially. These cats even changed the lives of the inmates. Seeing this positive change in the lives of cats as well as the inmates, the prison officials have decided to add few more cats to the prison.
6.Blind people smile even though they have not seen anyone smiling. They enjoy the moment and remain happy whatever maybe the shortcomings. This is a natural reaction to happiness. Smiling is not something that you learn through exposure; even babies smile most of the time. It is an instinctive behavior that allows people to recognize the expressions of strangers that allows us to have an idea about how to interact with them.
7.Turtles can breathe through their butts. Breathing technique is a survival mechanism for certain turtles like the Australian Fitzroy river turtle and North American eastern painted turtle, both breathe through their butts. Both these turtles can breathe through their mouths if they wish to. Scientists placed a small amount of food color in the water near these turtles to check their breathing and they were found breathing from both sides and sometimes just from their hind. The question is why they breathe like this and the possible answer according to the scientist’s lies in their shell.
8.Did you know that The Beatles used the word “love” 613 times in their songs? That is kind of cool and interesting fact that many were not aware.
9.Squirrels usually forget the place where they have put their acorns, which is one of the reasons for thousands of new trees every year. Tree squirrels are important animals that help plant thousands of oak trees because they store the acorns in the ground. They practically plant oak trees. Squirrels play a crucial role in maintaining and regenerating the oak forests and may be the ones responsible for the vast forests of oak trees in the North America.
10.Did you know that Macaques in Japan use coins to buy snacks from vending machines? These macaques in Japan steal coins to use them in the vending machines. They have learnt to steal wallets and purses to take out coins so that they can use to purchase drinks and snacks from the vending machines. This is a terrestrial old world monkey species that is native to Japan. They are the smartest and evilest primates. They are not very aggressive, but can make your life hell if they steal your purse or wallet.
11.A BBC program ended with a three minute hoax broadcast on the April fool’s day in the year 1957. The program named Panorama showed a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from their family spaghetti tree. At that time Britons were not aware of Spaghettis and didn’t know that it was made from wheat flour and water. After the program, a large number of viewers contacted the BBC office to get advice on how to grow spaghetti on trees. Decades later CNN termed it as a biggest hoax a reputed news channel ever pulled.
12.Norway knighted a Penguin. Nils Olav is a decorated penguin with medals for long service and good conduct. He was made colonel-in-chief of the elite Norwegian King’s Guard in the year 2005. In the same year this penguin was knighted. Nil Olav is a resident of Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland. The king penguin was named after Egelien and Norway’s the king Olav V. When the penguin died he was replaced by a second penguin who inherited Nils Olav’s rank and name. The current Nils Olav is the third penguin to serve as the guard’s mascot.
13.In China, killing a Panda is a crime and the violator is punishable by death. Before, 2011, even smuggling a panda could lead to harsh penalty. In 1987, China had announced that killing a giant Panda could lead to long jail terms or even invite capital punishment. In 2011, even smuggling can lead to a death penalty in China. Several people recently have been convicted of killing or smuggling a giant Panda for personal gains. Giant Panda is an endangered animal and capital punishment is a legal penalty in China.
14.Rats laugh when they are tickled and that too when they are in good mood. Researchers at a German University tickled young male rats for a new study published in science shown that rats can laugh when stimulated. Tickling induces a primitive form of joy in animals according to a Neurobiologist Shimpei Ishiyama. Ishiyama and Dr. Michael Brecht tickled the rats on their tails, stomach and backs and studied their responses. This led to high-pitched vocalizations or laughter that is inaudible to human ears. The rats enjoyed the process and indulged in running around and chasing the hand, pretty much like human kids.
15.These happy facts make you all happy for sure. The voices of Mickey mouse and Minnie mouse got married in real life. The man who gave voice to the iconic cartoon character Mickey Mouse, Wayne Allwine, is married to the women who gave voice to Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor in the famous cartoon series. The two were married for two decades until Wayne Allwine passed away due to some complications caused from Diabetes. Until it was announced in the media, people were not aware that Wayne was married to the woman who was his love interest in the series.
16.Let’s be thankful that spiders can’t fly. The creepy spiders are one of those insects that can’t fly and thank God for that. Most people are scared to death on seeing a spider and wouldn’t come near these creatures. Some spiders that are found in the Sub Saharan deserts are so large that you would not want to go anywhere near these creatures and probably they too don’t want to come in contact with humans. It is comforting to know that these creepy crawlies can’t fly.
17.Did you know that Sweden conducts a rabbit show jumping competition called Kaninhoppning? Yes, there are strange competitions around the world and they all are for real. But, none is as cute as the Kaninhoppning or rabbit show jumping. In this competition, rabbits jump over a mini version of fence similar to the ones found at equestrian competition. This show dates back to the 1970s or the early 1980s and is similar to the equestrian in many ways. The rabbit’s owners guide them through the obstacle course by a command or leash and the winning rabbit and the owner who completes the course with least number of errors and the lowest time is declared the winner. The owners are allowed to redirect their rabbits for a predetermined time that is typically three times without incurring any penalty.
18.Gentoo Penguins propose to their life mates with a pebble. The Adelie penguin is a species of penguin that are commonly found in the Antarctic coast. They have distinctive white ring surrounding their eyes and feathers at the base of the bill. They have longer tails compared to the other penguins. The unique feature of this penguin is the use of pebble for proposing marriage. These cute penguins use pebbles to propose to their partners. The pebbles for them are similar to a diamond ring for humans. Gentoo Penguins use pebbles and rocks to make their nests. Since pebbles are hard to find in the frozen land, they are very precious. Often these pebbles get stolen by other penguins and they are often seen fighting with each other for their pebbles.
19.Dolphins have name for each other. Marine mammals call each other by whistles that also act like names. Studies have also found that individual dolphins have a unique whistle that also acts like their signature whistle that they often use in a large setting especially when large number of dolphins meets at the sea. The idea that dolphins have names has been around since the 60s, but the studies found that in captivity dolphins have shown that they responded to the whistles of dolphins that they know. A new study has asserted that dolphins will respond when they hear the sounds of its own signature whistle and repeating the whistle back just like the partner dolphin.
20.Kissing burns 2 calories a minute while undressing 8 calories. Smooching and snuggling are great for any relationship and happiness. An intimate moment with your partner is a great way to reduce calories. The loving feeling helps improve your heart rate; it can also help burn calories. Even undressing is an important factor when you are intimate with your partner, but an Italian researcher looked into this matter and found out that this mere act of taking off clothes can burn 8 to 10 calories. The more you put your energy in undressing; you can burn even more calories.
21.Puffins mate for life. They make their homes on a cliff and even leave some room for a toilet. Puffins get their name from their puffed-up appearance. Puffins are remarkably monogamous for the animal world and they rarely change their partners. They usually go back to the same place to nest every year. The males and females take turns to nurture their eggs until they hatch. Puffins are also called the clowns of the sea due to their unusual appearance.
22.Happiness and well being is the goal of development of the Bhutanese government. The Gross National Happiness (GNH) is based on the belief that happiness is the final goal of every individual and also the aim and responsibility of the state to create conditions to enable the citizens lead a good and happy life. The GNH supports the notion that happiness realized within the context of greater good for the society offers sustained happiness to the individual. Happiness can be addressed through public policies in which happiness becomes explicit criterion in all the development related projects and programmes of the state.
23.Did you know that when playing with female puppies the male puppies always let them win even though they may be physically at an advantageous position? According to a recent study male puppies place themselves in potentially disadvantageous position that could make them more susceptible to attack and researchers feel they give more importance to play than to winning. This defensive behavior can be found in some other animals too like the squirrel monkeys, wallabies, certain baboons and humans. They take this stand while playing with youngsters.
24.Orgasms in pigs last for thirty minutes. This may not be true at all times. It is not known what sensations the males or females experience when they mate so any talk on orgasms can be purely speculative. But, based on the gloved hand method, male pigs ejaculation does appear to last long. A study of high performance wild boars found that the average duration of ejaculation was 6 minutes and only one male ejaculated for 31 minutes. It is difficult to know whether this kind of protracted ejaculation can be possible without the gloved hand, but there is a certainty.
25.Studies conducted by researchers have found that cows produce more milk when they listen to soothing music. According to modern farmer magazine cows are at peace and more relaxed when they listen to music and hence they produce more milk. There is no scientific explanation to this. The results are not the same when they listen to all kinds of music. There was no significant increase in milk production when they listened to techno or rap songs, but when they listened to songs like Everybody hurts and Bridge over troubled water they showed an increase in milk production. Cows find it easy to release oxytocin a hormone related to milk production when they are listening to music. Their stress level decrease resulted in more milk.
26.There is a program that makes prison inmates responsible for the training and the raising of seeing eye-dogs. The inmates have reported a positive change in their behaviors and welcomed this new initiative by the prison authorities. Many of the inmates after coming in contact with these dogs have felt like making amends for their past actions by spending their time and working with these puppies.
27.Google, the periodic table, the structure of our DNA, and “Yesterday” by the Beatles are all the ideas that have been conceived in the dreams. All these breakthroughs were conceived by people in their sleep and how these have changed the way people look at things.
28.Marvel usually get letters and emails from fans asking them detailed questions about their favorite characters, but one question from a desperate mother led their staffers to put their thinking caps on. This led to the birth of a new superhero Blue Ear. This superhero with a special listening device give him the super-sonic hearing power, this was created for Anthony Smith a four year old boy with mosaic trisomy 22. This superhero was created by Marvel to encourage the boy to wear his own device.
29.Good news is more likely to be shared on the social media than the bad news. Research of people’s social media habits found out that stories that aroused emotion especially positive ones were more likely to be shared on the social media. News that was exciting or funny topped the list. Articles on science were more likely to be shared than non-science articles. Science aroused feelings of awe in the minds of the readers and made them share that emotion with others.
30.Oops! We are missing one. What other happy facts do you know? That someone somewhere around the world is having their best day of their life today isn’t it a happy fact.
It is always nice and positive to read and listen to happy facts that many of us are not aware. These happiest facts make our lives happy at least for a moment. These little facts have the power to make you feel positive about things in the otherwise stressful world.
Reference : Boredpanda