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Don't you ever find yourself wishing the world was easier to handle?

With all the division, death, disease, and sadnesss, it's nice to every once in awhile find moments of joy and levity, be they few and far between.

The joys of life are there, though. If you know where to look.


u/bonqz asked:

What is an uplifting and happy fact?

Here were some of those answers.

The A-Panda Show

Pandas are no longer considered an endangered species. Also, being a professional panda caretaker is one of the highest paying jobs in China, if I remember correctly, their average salary is about $32.5k.

theasianLiuKang

Pet Ze Fish?

Fish can learn to recognize their owner. People have a misconception that fish can't see out of the glass of their aquariums, but the reality is that they have surprisingly good eyesight.

They also tend to have different personalities. Like, for example, some fish like to be pet:

https://youtu.be/vVnE9o5Uxik

People don't give fish enough credit.

beepborpimajorp

Frission And Frusion

That chill down your spine when you listen to music is called frisson. It's a leading principal behind ASMR and can be triggered by, among other things, irregular music patterns. If your song ever just stopped the music for a beat then started again, this can cause it. Frisson is a fantastic feeling and it has been described as a 'skin orgasm' so take that as you will.

Goodpun2

Fun Little Satires

There is a heavy metal band called "Hatebeak".

Their lead singer is an African Grey Parrot.

Albums like "Hellbent for Feathers" and "Bird Seeds of Vengeance". Its kinda awesome.

theenigma31680

Slow And Steady Progress

The leading cause of death is heart problems, Alzheimers, and cancer not because we are getting unhealthy but because we aren't dying from more horrible diseases like Cholera, the plague, or any other nasty microbial diseases. More humans are able to reach older ages where natural age killers are more likely to end us rather than invading microbes.

Dr_Wanabe

Excited Beaks

Members of at least one type of parrot give themselves a unique name. It's a variation on their parents' names which they learn cause these parrots announce themselves. "Hey, it's me! <parrotname>!"

So just imagine a bunch of birds all excited about being themselves

DaughterEarth

Man's Best Friend

Your dog really does genuinely love you, it's not just a case of depending on you for toys and food.

It's been studied that the oxytocin levels in a dog's brain sharply elevate when they see a human they have a positive relationship with. When exposed to the scent of their owners in an MRI machine, the dogs' levels elevated higher than any other scent.

bertrandite

Stomped Out

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.

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.

Zombie_John_Strachan

Pet Pets

When a dog puts his or her paw on you that's their way of petting you. And when they lean on you and put their whole weight on you, that's their way of telling you they love you.

When a cat blinks slowly at you, that's a "kitty kiss". It's their way of telling you they trust you. When they run their face on yours that's them saying that you're part of their family.

Tibbersbear

Hohoho, Hehehe, And A Couple Of Tralalas

Something I've been thinking about the past few days is laughter. We all have a distinct and unique laugh. People often mention how your fingerprint is unique and all that but I don't much care about some lines on my hands as much as I care about the way I express my joy. Try and emulate another person's laughter and it just won't be natural, because we all have our own special sound to tell others we're happy and we're having fun. I find it beautiful.

PacificPeace

George Takei's Halloween Costume Contest 2019

Image by Mary Pahlke from Pixabay

There are few things more satisfying than a crisp $20 bill. Well, maybe a crisp $100 bill.

But twenty big ones can get you pretty far nonetheless.

Whether it's tucked firmly in a birthday card, passing from hand to hand after a knee-jerk sports bet, or going toward a useful tool, the old twenty dollar bill has been used for countless purposes.


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I realize that school safety has been severely compromised and has been under dire scrutiny over the past decade and of course, it should be. And when I was a student, my safety was one of my greatest priorities but, some implemented rules under the guise of "safety" were and are... just plain ludicrous. Like who thinks up some of these ideas?

Redditor u/Animeking1108 wanted to discuss how the education system has ideas that sometimes are just more a pain in the butt than a daily enhancement... What was the dumbest rule your school enforced?
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One of the golden rules of life? Doctors are merely human. They don't know everything and they make mistakes. That is why you always want to get another opinion. Things are constantly missed. That doesn't mean docs don't know what they're doing, they just aren't infallible. So make sure to ask questions, lots of them.

Redditor u/Gorgon_the_Dragon wanted to hear from doctors about why it is imperative we always get second and maybe third opinions by asking... Doctors of Reddit, what was the worse thing you've seen for a patient that another Doctor overlooked?
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When we think about learning history, our first thought is usually sitting in our high school history class (or AP World History class if you're a nerd like me) being bored out of our minds. Unless again, you're a huge freaking nerd like me. But I think we all have the memory of the moment where we realized learning about history was kinda cool. And they usually start from one weird fact.

Here are a few examples of turning points in learning about history, straight from the keyboards of the people at AskReddit.

U/Tynoa2 asked: What's your favourite historical fact?


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