It's hump day, and even on a short week, we need a little positive pick-me-up. Let's start with: it's nice to know the universe isn't always working against us.

There is good out there. if we are willing to allow ourselves to focus on it, it may change our lives.


u/cukatie2983 asked:

What's the happiest fact you know?

Here were some of those answers.


50. Every Villain Is Lemons (E.V.I.L.)

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The fact that we are still here and have progressed as far as we have is evidence that humanity's capacity for good has so far outpaced humanity's capacity for evil.

BitterFortuneCookie

49. That Sloth Life

Young sloths are so dopey and incompetent that while climbing, sometimes they will grab hold of their own arm or leg instead of a branch, and fall out of the tree.

MudShark419

48. Oh!....M.

My work colleagues and I love collective nouns and we make them up for things if one doesn't exist. My team of engineers is called an Ohm.

The ohm is defined as an electrical resistance between two points of a conductor.

One member of my Ohm is an actual train conductor in his spare time. This makes me incredibly happy.

CantfindanameARGH

47. It's Time To Reverse Climate Change

Scientists estimate about 5 more years until we'll be able to harness power from fusion nuclear reactors that can provide a lot of cheap and clean energy. So that picture on Reddit's popular page about the iceberg melting? We can reverse that damage.

Bosco00

46. A Drop More Energy, Optimism, And Perseverance 

One of the happiest facts I learned was in the book The beginning of infinity by David Deutsch, that all problems are solvable, within the laws of physics. That there aren't any physical limitations between one state and another, and the only thing keeping you from solving any problem is knowing how to.

nate_rausch

45. My Life

Life is like a "choose your adventure" book. You get to pick if you stay in bed all day or go out and seize the day.

tea_alternative

44. AWWWWWWWWW

I asked my wife to marry me. She said yes.

She showed up to the wedding, walked down the aisle, spoke her vows and said "I DO".

Every day I wake up in the morning and she's sleeping next to me. I breathe a little easier. Super happy it wasn't all a dream.

I know that sh*t sounds sappy but it's the fact of my life.

ksozay

43. YAYAYAYAY

When mammals are happy they do these things behavioural scientists call "joy jumps" which is just like straight leg bounces. They have seen that behaviour in rats a lot and use it to make sure that the tests they are doing are not harmful. Humans do joy jumps as well, more commonly as young children.

rosejane42

42. Honestly The Best Fact

My 9 year old son likes it when I pick him up and spin him around a bunch, hang him upside down by his ankles, flip him over my back, etc before putting him down on the couch.

My 7 year old daughter likes scissors and glue and dinosaurs and birds.

Both children are special needs, and cannot walk or talk. For the first several years, we weren't sure if my son would make it. The fact that they can now communicate what they like (and dislike) is a very happy thing.

dexx4d

41. The Happiest Happy Metal

There's a metal band called Freedom Call, and they're the happiest metal band you've ever heard. In pretty much every instance where they could be singing "heavy metal" in their lyrics, they sing "happy metal."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pOXw-qMX24

grizzfan

40. I'm Worthy Of This Love

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This isn't really a fact but more so a thought. Think about all the times you've fallen in love with a stranger for 5 seconds, that feeling of love for even a brief moment is something that brings you joy. Now, think about how often that happens to you and you'll realize at some point, you've been that stranger to countless people who you don't even know. Makes me smile.

the_dooood

39. Star Stuff

You are composed of the same stuff that stars create. You are 1;1 the same ratio of elements as what is created in most stars, and we're composed of all of that material. It makes me feel really connected to the universe when I think of that.

idiotsonfire

38. The New Renaissance

That humankind advanced more in the past 130 years than any time before that. In like the equivalent of a second, if a day was human existence. Chances are pretty good this will happen again as we continue developing. Pretty amazing, inspiring.

The_SpellJammer

37. Growing On Me

That people who are given their second choice of something rather than their first end up happier with what they have than those who think they got the perfect thing off the bat. In other words, you can grow to love something, sometimes even more than the thing you thought you originally wanted.

0nlyhalfjewish

36. Nom Nom Nom

A baby Seahorse will make a high pitch, excited squee after finding its first meal.

Radical-Penguin

35. Life Mates

Albratrosses mate for life. Typically, an Albatross will be alone for long journeys through 7-10 months of the year, mostly living off of fish caught in the open sea and small islands they stop by on their journey. Each year, the Female and Male Albatrosses return to their home island to see each other. They click their beaks together and nuzzle, recognizing each other as a symbol of their love.

blizzfreak

34. 143

Mr. Rogers always weighed 143 pounds throughout his adulthood. He equated it with I (1 letter) Love (4 letters) You (3 letters). 143.

PaintedLady5519

33. Happiness At All Costs

Scientists say that if you're having a panic attack or just anxious fake a smile or laugh and your brain will think you're not stressed anymore and the panic will stop.

Lord-AG

32. Neo With A Heart

Keanu Reeves donates millions to children's hospitals without telling the world about what a good deed he's doing. He's genuine such a nice guy and I respect his personality as much as his acting career. It's also nice to know he genuinely loves his profession. It's amazing what he's done considering all the tragedy in his life.

Cardigan_B

31. This Is Why We Don't Deserve Dogs

Dogs can smell your feelings and learn to respond accordingly.

SpookyFrost

My dog is super supportive of anyone who is crying in her vicinity. She goes over and cuddles them and tries to get her head on their chest and whatnot. Everyone, except me. If I start to cry, she goes and hides under the bed. She's lucky I love her so much, the damn mutt.

hochizo

30. This Is For U, Hooman

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Cats only meow to humans and not other cats, because humans talk they think meowing is a similar way of communicating so humans understand.

swolbeans

29. Bye Bye Bad Games

EA is probably going to lose their rights to Star Wars very soon.

SleeplessShitposter

28. The 90s Didn't Kill Us

The hole in the Ozone Layer is healing, and is expected to completely disappear in 2050 <3

bunnielune

27. Bb

My wife is 8.5 months pregnant. I saw my baby's face (not just profile) from the sonogram yesterday. Seeing your child's face (especially for the first time) is an amazingly beautiful moment. But it's also very hard to put into words.

Citizen_Spaceball

26. Our Alien Friends

Milky way and andromeda galaxies will collide in the future. Just imagine seeing a night sky when those two connect to each other.

Roll3r1337

25. Universal Donors

O+ blood type helps people with A+, B+. AB+, O+ blood types.

O- blood type helps people with A-/A+,B-/B+, AB-/AB+, O+/O- blood types.

SPREAD THE WORD!!!

Angel_Witch5

24. Tourist Dream

There is a post office at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, because every citizen is entitled to receive mail via the USPS.

They get junk mail and Amazon packages, just like everyone else, and it's frequently taken down by mule, since vehicles can't go down there (easily). Sometimes it's flown in via helicopter.

If you go there, you can send yourself a post card from the post office down there and it will be stamped "sent from the bottom of the Grand Canyon" or something similar (I forget the actual stamp).

Qubeye

23. Keep Smiling

"Otters hold hands to keep from drifting apart,"

"Elephants react to us like we react to puppies,"

And "Swans can be gay,"

Are the three biggest responses in this thread. If you're just checking in, prepare for that.

But! Someone, somewhere, even if it's a stranger whose eye you happened to catch, is hoping you're happy right now. Even if it's just me, not knowing you or your life, I hope you're smiling. :)

credd707

22. Big Libra Energy

That the good always comes with the bad and vice versa. Learn to enjoy the negative times for they are what make you appreciate the good times.

Theaches

21. Oh Mister Grape

Grape the Humboldt Penguin who lived in the Tobu zoo in Japan fell in love with a cardboard cutout of an anthropomorphic Humboldt Penguin that was installed in his habitat as a cross promotional event for an educational children's wildlife show. https://imgur.com/a/UcazouO

Grape would offer Hululu (the name of the character of the cutout) rocks and fish, and would spend all his time near her. When the promotion ended and all the cutouts from the show were to be removed from the zoo Grape was allowed to keep Hululu in his habitat.

Late in 2017 Grape's health began to deteriorate due to his advanced age. Grape kun was sent to a local animal hospital when it became clear there was nothing more the zoo could do for him, the zoo sent Hululu with him. Grape the Humboldt Penguin would peacefully pass away in his sleep of old age next to his fictional penguin wife.

There exists fanart of Grape-kun and Hululu. https://imgur.com/a/u4rURqP

https://imgur.com/a/9KZlnGV

https://imgur.com/a/bLGG0uj

Renegard

20. Are We The Next Dinosaurs?

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That regardless of how badly we might fuck the Earth up with our selfish, short-sighted bullsh*t, life will go on. We're barely a speck on the planetary time scale, and that really needs to be more widely acknowledged and embraced.

Sometimes I wonder if the best legacy that we can hope for is to be the next fuel source that the new civilizations will fight over once they start digging underground.

If we wipe ourselves out, I sincerely hope that whatever species rises to dominance examines our moldering foundations and says: "Damn! Those guys really fucked things up! Let's not do that, okay?!"

xenobuzz

19. Whoop!

Honeybees make a "whoop" noise when they bonk into each other. If that isn't the cutest sh*t you ever heard, I don't know what is!

My girlfriend and I love bees. I bought her a bumblebee stuffed animal when we first started dating a few years ago and we went bee crazy ever since. So much so that when we bump into each other, we both go "whoop" and laugh.

Ricky_Bobby_67

18. The Exponential Rise

Since the first animation was created to now has been a span of 200 years. However, it took us 20 years to go from 2-D hand drawn games to the Virtual reality games we have today, and spatial (3-d area movement) games were created in only about 10 years of that time. Makes me happy because you can just imagine how games in 20 years will be way better than what we even have.

Casiorollo

17. Communication

Deaf babies will sign gibberish to their deaf parents at about the same time that a normal baby starts doing baby talk. It's really well documented that they are developing communication skills, just in a totally different way. It's adorable.

FiveFingersandaNub

16. Dilation

That the pupils in the eyes get bigger when we gaze at someone we love.

I had to test this out for myself, so I went over to my dog Levi, and stared into his eyes in bright daylight and sure enough they widened, as I'm sure mine did too. :)

Eveningchant

15. The Creys

When The Office employees sing 9,986,000 minutes to Michael Scott for his goodbye, that was an actual surprise for Steve Carell. His reaction was genuine.

WakeyWakeyEggsNJakey

14. People Having A Better Life

Every year for the last 20 years, more and more people around the world are being lifted from abject poverty.

And each it seems to compound.

This is why I donate to Wikipedia.

i_Got_Rocks

13. MOAR ENERGY

All of the solar energy the entire Earth receives comes from a spot on the sun the size of a postage stamp. Happy? Yes! Maybe eventually we'll be able to harness moar!!!

Cribsby_critter

12. The Best Ewok Roles

It may be fiction, but it's still great. In Star Wars episode VI, after everything was finished and the Death Star went boom; a lot of the rebels were given an emotional support Ewok.

XiumPrimordium

11. A Good Señor Woofer

My dog always pick up on my mood and will sit with his back in front of me to protect me. He doesn't even know from what. He also protects me when he is scared himself. Like new years eve. He shows me if he is annoyed or in pain. I pick up on his mood in seconds. He sleeps in front of the bedroom entrance or door to the balcony. This is also for protection. He is a mental guard dog and I love him so much.

zhantiah

10. We Aren't Killing Everything

Some of the animals removed from the endangered species list in the last few years due to population increases

  • American Alligator
  • Southern White Rhino
  • Siberian Tiger
  • Panda
  • American Grizzly Bear
  • Gray Whale
  • Stellar Sea Lion
  • Gray Wolf

and there's more. :)

c9IceCream

9. Natural Eradication

The New Guinea worm, which burrows into the skin and needs to be slowly pulled out by twisting it around a small stick, is on track to be the second human disease in history to be eradicated thanks in part to the Carter Center. Cases went from 3.5 million per year in 1986 to 28 cases in 2018. This will be the first parasitic disease to be eradicated and the first to be eradicated without medication (as there's no cure) but pure education and water filtration.

giraffesheeps

8. Little Bunny FooFoo

In rabbit culture, it is considered extremely rude to pass directly in front of a relaxing rabbit without booping it on the nose. Rabbits passing each other will touch their noses together, it's how they say hello.

Rabbit social behaviors are a fascinating part of what makes them such good pets.

rexxar-tc

7. The Final Frontier

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I guess it is not inherently happy but it makes me happy thinking about it: both voyager 1 and 2 now as of 2018 are flying in interstellar space. No matter what happens to humanity now, no matter if we all perish tomorrow in a nuclear holocaust, there is still those two pieces of us floating through the stars just waiting to be discovered.

Who knows, maybe someday billions of years in the future, long since humanity has reached its end, some space faring race will come across a silly little robot looking thing the size of a school bus carrying with it a shiny little golden disk with drawings etched on the exterior of the disc showing how to play it.

Playing it, the aliens will be greeted with Bach, Beethoven, Chuck Berry, and different music from around the world. Also, they will have a small assortment of pictures showing our long dead little world. They will have soundbytes of different human greetings, and samples of our mathematics. It isn't really a lot, but it is still a small snippet of humanity floating through the vast emptiness of space just waiting for someone to find it and learn just the smallest bit of our story. We made our mark, and as small of a mark as it is, it still could very well outlast us by eons.

WaviestMetal

6. Taking Life Into Our Own Hands

A man named Jarrett Adams spent 10 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He spent that decade researching his case and studying the law in the prison library and was able to have his conviction successfully overturned in 2007. He then went to college to earn a Bachelor's degree and attend law school, which he graduated from in 2015.

He went on to take a case for a man wrongfully convicted 1990 and was able to get his sentence overturned as well based off wrongfully identified DNA from a hair sample the FBI gathered at the scene of the crime.

Adams now continues to find cases similar to his and uses everything in his ability to prove wrongfully convicted individuals innocent.

Article with more information

to_the_tenth_power

5. Cats Have A Staff

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Cats also domesticated themselves! They saw rodents were mostly around humans because of food storage like grains. So cats basically moved in to get to the rodents.

randomlycandy

4. The youngest 

When you were born, you were, for a moment, the youngest person on earth.

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3. Simple Adjustment

Cows have best friends.

Lord-AG

2. You Are My One And Only Albatross

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Albratrosses mate for life. Typically, an Albatross will be alone for long journeys through 7-10 months of the year, mostly living off of fish caught in the open sea and small islands they stop by on their journey. Each year, the Female and Male Albatrosses return to their home island to see each other. They click their beaks together and nuzzle, recognizing each other as a symbol of their love.

blizzfreak

1. Birds Are People Too

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Green-rumped parrotlets actually give unique names to their children that they keep for their entire lives. In cases where the chicks were replaced and given to another set of parents, names given to those chicks were more reminiscent of their adopted parents than their birth parents. This indicates that different families have unique ways of giving names with slightly different sounds. All this meaning that the naming process is a learned behavior rather than being something biologically instilled, thus the parents are literally naming their children.

ThinkFact

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