Bad news generates clicks and dollars, so the media focuses a lot more on the negative than the positive. It's easy to get caught up in reading how the world is going down the drain, but that's not the case.
To remind themselves and everyone else about the bright side of life, redditor ExtraterritorialBird asked people to post 'very comforting facts'. And they delivered. In just 6 days, the request has received over 15K comments, many of which are so wholesome, you simply can't help but smile. After all, what's better than knowing random trivia about Mother Earth? We coupled the facts with relevant pictures to make your experience even more pleasurable, so put everything on hold, continue scrolling, and enjoy!
During the Second World War, a Muslim man owned a mosque in Paris. After France got captured by the Germans, the french Jews were being killed. The Muslim man offered every Jew he could find shelter in his mosque and handed out fake Muslim certificates so they wouldn’t be questioned. He saved over 400 lives. No ones your enemy, except for the ones you make yourself believe are.
Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for insisting on going to school, recently completed her final exams in the University of Oxford.
Swedish blood donors receive a text whenever their blood is used to help someone.
My boyfriend has a panic and anxiety disorder. Whenever he gets a panic attack, one of our cats will sit on him and purr loudly. It always comforts him and calms him down. We always joke that she is our little support animal.
She is very attuned to our emotions and feelings. When my grandmother passed away and I was very sad, she would not leave me alone. She would just sit next to me in silence or occasionally let out a small mrew to inform me she was still there.
So, as conclusion, even if you are having a s**t day, your pet still loves you.
America had a black President longer than the confederacy existed.
In Switzerland, it is Illegal to own just one guinea pig because they are very social animals. Its considered animal abuse to only have one.
Elephants think you're cute just like humans think dogs and cats are cute.
All of the cardigans Mister Rogers wore on camera were knit by his mother.
My country is pushing for a series of laws that would make "ecocide" (the destruction of the ecosystem) a punishable crime.
The voice actors of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse got married in real life.
The word for ‘penguin’ in Mandarin translates to ‘business goose’.
Van Gogh didn’t start painting until his late twenties. JK Rowling didn’t publish Harry Potter until her late thirties. Samuel L Jackson didn’t get his first big role until his 40s.
It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
Otters hold each others hands when they sleep so their mate won’t drift away.
It's highly likely your pet dreams of you in their sleep
Scientists have discovered that rats LOVE playing hide and seek and squeal with joy when finding/being found.
There's a volunteer organization called 'No One Dies Alone'. You're at Sacred Hearts medical center, you're terminal, you need a companion. From someone to talk to, or just someone to hold our hand. They'll make sure someone will be there for you.
Other hospitals have this too.
Cheetahs are very shy animals. So some zoos give them support dogs like those for humans. Its the cutest thing ever.
Cows have best friends.
Dogs make cute little sneezing sounds to tell you they are playing and not fighting.
I’m 19 weeks pregnant today, so my miscarriage rate has dropped to 0.1%.
After undergoing 6 rounds of infertility treatments and 2 miscarriages, this stat is very comforting to me!
Scientists, earlier this year, made a massive breakthrough in curing blindness, like verging a cure. It was masked by the virus headlines though.
Given all the atoms in the universe are recycled in various ways (having formed in the first stars), our entire body has already experienced billions of years of each atoms own personal history. Even more comforting, it's plausible those atoms will eventually become part of someone else in the future and will continue to exist in various forms - transforming continuously - until the end of time itself. So in a way, we're connected to something absolutely eternal and our ultimate fate is to be spread across the stars. Hell, depending how deep you want to get, there's also a tiny, tiny chance that your pattern of DNA will form entirely by chance again, creating someone that is biologically you but with a whole new memory, experiences and history. Basically, everyone and everything is connected. The best part? None of this is based on religion or wishful thinking, it's actual established and current scientific fact.
Jupiter gravitational mass is so immense modern science believe it's been protecting us from meteors for millions of years.
Crows and ravens love to play in snow. One of their favorite activities is rolling hills.
Liechtenstein once deployed 80 men for protecting the border against Austria. Despite their worries, they saw exactly zero combat.
When they called it a day they returned home - with 81 men. Because an Italian bloke bumped into them and wanted to come live in Liechtenstein.
They literally made a friend on the way.
Since animals have evolved next to human for thousands of years, they have learned to show their feeling towards us; Dogs will wag their tag, lick you, step on your feet, press their body against your legs, lay on you, etc, all in effort to show affection and be as close as physically possible to you. Cats make eye contact and slowly blink at you to say 'i am comfortable, I am pleased', they headbutt you as their form of a hug, they groom you as they would a kitten to care for you, they rub their scent on you to say 'this is my human, all mine' and it reassures them of your bond. Cows will also groom you, and enjoy being pet as it is relexing and they truly trust you. Also elephants get excited and happy looking at humans because we are to them as dogs are to us- they think we're cute, and want to play and pet us.
Bees take naps in flowers! so yeah, it’s okay to need a nap, even busy bees do.
In dog/wolf movies where they use real life dog actors, the people who have to edit all that sometimes have to add cgi tails because their dogs can’t stop wagging their tail as they are so happy.
Blind people can smile even though they have never seen one. It is human nature.
People see you 20% more attractive than you see yourself.
Spiders can't fly. Lets all take a moment and appreciate this fact.
An eiderdown comforter by Matouk sells for over $16,000. Eiderdown is harvested by collecting it from the eider's nest, making it the only down product that doesn't result in harm to the bird.
It doesn't matter how old you are, it's still OK to hug a teddy bear or soft absorbent toy of your choice when you are heartbroken and need someone to cry on.
2020 is halfway over.
If you make it to the airport without dying, you've already passed the deadliest part of plane travel.
A penguin was once knighted in Norway.
If you’re ever feeling lonely, remember there are billions of cells in your body and all they care about is you!
if only 1% of the world population liked you, that would still mean 70 million people likes you.
Don't feel bad next time you mess something up. Every single living thing is an accident! Evolution was just a series of some cell messing up. It's literally nature to make mistakes!
If you've lost someone, and you feel like that are completely gone from you life. Think about the impact they have had on you, on your loved ones, on others and think of how that impact continues to live on throughout all of life, that impact won't die with them either. The chain of life goes on.
You are living a second on earth that nobody has ever lived before. So every moment of your life you are making history
Smiling is actually contagious.
Once an unborn child starts develops hearing, they’re able to hear their mother’s heartbeat.
Despite the fact that the universe is roughly 13.8 billion years old , you managed to exist around the same time as Bob Ross and mr Rogers
Stan Lee started creating the fantastic 4, Spider-Man, iron man, etc at around 40, so even if you think that you can’t get anything out of life, you still can push yourself creatively and leave a lasting impact on the world at an older age.
Pillow fighting is a real, recognized sport in Canada. It was founded in Toronto in 2004 by the Pillow Fighting League.
Your body is home to its own unique ecosystem, the human gut. Sounds gross, but billions of little creatures living inside you are helping you digest things, dispose of waste, and survive natural toxins in the food you consume.
If you ever feel like you're useless, or that your existence means nothing, that's not true. You literally mean the world to your gut flora.
Think of all the worst days of your life.
You've made it through every single one of them and are still going strong. There's always another day on the other side.
Admitting you're wrong is not show weakness. It's the necessary step to become better!
All those embarrassing/cringy memories that come flooding into your mind when you least expect it?
Nobody else remembers them.
Every last one of us has them, it's part of this complicated process called living. While you're busy remembering yours', everyone else is remembering their own.
Its in the past, nothing you can do right now can make it any better; chalk it up as a lesson and reap the exp.
Whenever I’ve experienced heartbreak or something scary or intimidating, I remind myself Im not the first person ever to have gone through and for some reason I always find it comforting. I’m not the first person to be scared or sad and thousands of others have gotten through what I’m going through and if they can get through it, why can’t I?
Your dog loves you.
Whatever has happend to you in your life, you've made it this far, so well done!
We are made of star matter. That has always comforted me
"About 65 % of America's aluminum is currently recycled. Every minute an average of 123,097 aluminum cans are recycled. On average, Americans recycle 2 out of every 3 aluminum cans they use. The average aluminum can contains more than 50% post-consumer recycled aluminum."
Its just aluminum but it shows that we CAN as a society recycle over half of the stuff we use and we can start keeping the world clean. That and a push to renewable energy would be nice.
Everyone has that fear of not fitting in, which consequently makes everyone the same.
When you were born you were once the youngest person in the world.
No one remembers all the stupid s**t you did as a teenager.
After nearly two years, the DRC finally declared the end of its ebola outbreak.
You are not as bad or as troubled as you paint yourself to be in your head.
A group of pugs is called a grumble.
There is another person in the world who's heartbeat is synced with yours. Helps me sleep at night.
Toads can eat bread. And toast.
We have been born into arguably the best point in human history.
True that we have a whole slew of troubles. These issues are only minor examples compared to the plagues, social Darwinism, and overall pretty crap quality of life you’d live say 100 years back.
We still have those plagues, racial biases and hatred but we are lucky that we are alive in a time where over the past century so many strives towards equality have been made.
Except Black Licorice, we are unfortunately still in that era.
You will always have a second chance as long as you still want to get better.
When I sit on the couch my dog likes to cuddle between my body and the cushion and sleep with his head resting on my shoulder.
When the gas gauge first reads empty, you usually have 50-60 miles of fuel left.
Existing is hard, but most things around you are also alive and going through their own cycles, so in a way, you're on this together.
It's in our innate nature to love and be connected.
When you die, if you cease to exist, then you won't be able to miss things. So if the thought of losing everything in life causes you distress, think of the fact that you won't be here to miss it. That thought saved me from a lot of sorrow one night.
Nothing is permanent
So even if you have no hope, everything sucks, or you've f**ked up, nothing is permanent.
When you die your brain shuts of everything unnecessary, so when there is absolutely no hope one would feel piece and acceptance, no pain, no fear.