We are often bombarded with fear-mongering and shocking headlines that make us feel that the world is falling apart.

While it’s important to report problems and issues, I believe there is so much good in this world that just needs to be found and promoted. This is especially true after the last few years we have had with COVID, political, and social unrest, and seemingly more negative headlines than we care to count.

That’s why I started The Happy Broadcast and, this year, it's why I am so proud to announce WHOLE, the free happiness app. WHOLE is a culmination of what we started 4 years ago with The Happy Broadcast, a positive place filled with activities aimed at improving your mental health and happiness. We partnered with science to identify activities that are known to boost happiness, and then built them into a daily tracker that suggests simple things you can do to boost your mood.

Consuming positive news is one known activity that can boost your outlook and mood. We need more positive news to acknowledge that the world is actually getting better little by little. So, with that said, here are some of the top performing positive news illustrations from 2021.

You can find my previous articles about The Happy Broadcast on Bored Panda here (2020), here (coronavirus), and here (2019). And if you'd like to read about the good news in more detail and see the sources that I used, you can go to my website, here.

More info: Instagram | WHOLE

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Josy Bannon
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9 months ago

Wow thats genius. Whats the name of the "italian activist" thou??

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2020 and 2021 feel very much the same. The challenges facing the human family right now are big and scary and there’s no guarantee we will overcome ALL of them. But, as millions of people have demonstrated in the past 24 months though, action is possible, better solutions are available and a better future can be built. Science has really helped us overcome a pandemic but it is the people that have shown their kindness and love for one another.

One at a time, we can all make a positive impact. While I don’t want to be cynical and stop believing that the world can get better, I’m also not naive to think that the world can change if I don’t contribute. That’s why the future will be better if, instead of getting overwhelmed, we celebrate and get inspired by the millions of people that have shown us that we can all have a positive impact.

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Jo Choto
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9 months ago

Well done, Mexico! Canada, everyone is looking at you.

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Jo Choto
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9 months ago

This should apply to every situation.

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I’m always optimistic. Every year is better than the one before and even in the past couple of challenging years, there have been several silver linings. The new generations are becoming more and more aware that we need to advocate for a better future, and we need to do that fast. I see more and more kindness and more and more people acting selflessly to change what’s wrong and help whoever is in need.

Even small acts of kindness towards the environment will, in turn, benefit all and I see that happening. That’s why I’ve built The Happy Broadcast, to highlight the selfless actions of many amazing human beings.

2021 has been a great year filled with hard work, fun, kindness, pizza, and dogs. I always have to keep my mental health in check, but that’s why I love to use my art as a beacon of positivity for me and the people that are kind enough to follow my projects.

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Josy Bannon
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9 months ago

Aww the picture

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Susan Green
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9 months ago

Awesome. I love rhinos.

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TheVioletDragon
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9 months ago

I commend you norway

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The biggest challenge (and reward) has been the launch of WHOLE. After three years of hard work on The Happy Broadcast, I met Keith, who is now my partner in this amazing company that wants to become the one-stop source for happiness. We created WHOLE, an umbrella brand that included The Happy Broadcast and other projects focused on mental health and happiness.

Ultimately people are not seeking to be “meditators,” “mood trackers,” or “journalers,” they want to be happier. WHOLE is a brand, community, and all-in-one mobile app focused on delivering all the “spokes” of mental health training within a single app that guides users towards the ultimate goal of increased happiness. The first big milestone was the launch of our WHOLE app, now available in the App Store and Google Play Store.

Our goal is very simple yet ambitious: To provide comprehensive solutions that increase the overall happiness of individuals while improving society as a WHOLE.

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Mazer
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9 months ago

Let’s hope it isn’t patented 200 times in order to keep costs out of reach

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Romenriel
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9 months ago

That's great!

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Bobby
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9 months ago

I didn't even know this was a thing

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One of the best things I heard in 2021 involves an organization in Finland called Aktivistimummot, meaning “Activist grannies.” It’s a group pushing for environmental change that delivers a lot of information about climate change. Their aim is simple: to ensure their grandchildren have a safe and sustainable future.

It’s a great example of how we can all come together, despite our age difference, for the greater good of a sustainable and fulfilling life for everyone.

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Ozzie Ogawa
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9 months ago

It's not just the number of the trees but the species as well. They should plant not just native trees but natives plants as well. A healthy forest should be diverse, both genetically and species.

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Auntriarch
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9 months ago

They are still bored though

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Jo Choto
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9 months ago

Thank goodness. Horrible practice.

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Last year, I told Bored Panda about how rough it was in 2020, what helped me keep my sense of direction and not get lost during the pandemic, and what new artists should keep in mind. I think that 2020 was definitely a rough year, but I’ve never seen so many great stories of human kindness like then.

Despite all the challenges, it looks like humanity understood how deeply we depend on each other and how much our mental health is central to everyone's recovery and well-being. Sharing good news is a joyful experience for all and also an important part of daily conversations.

There is so much good in this world that just needs to be found and promoted. Never forget that the reason why we have positive news to share is that some amazing and brave individuals did something to solve an issue that worries us all. So, one at a time, we can all make a positive impact. It's our time to BE the positive news.

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Ikonye St. Jude
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9 months ago

This just makes sense.

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Jerry Mathers
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9 months ago

I hope they take it a step further and prohibit all goods by companies use shark fins in any product.

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MikeWheelerFan
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9 months ago

Yessssssss

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One of the things that helped me through the pandemic was working on The Happy Broadcast and interacting daily with my community. Sharing good news is a joyful experience for all and also an important part of daily conversations. Also, baking bread and pizza had a huge impact on my sanity during lockdown.

One of my favorite pizzas, besides the classic Italian Margherita, is pizza Bianca (which means no cheese and no sauce) topped, after being baked, with a cold mix of vegan feta, arugula, olive oil, salt, and fresh thyme. It’s very fresh and different from the usual pizza we eat at a restaurant, but I’m a creative person, so cooking is another avenue to express that.

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M Calad
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9 months ago (edited)

I'll be swiping right all the time 🙈

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brad Toy
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9 months ago

what a great idea!!! imagine if everyone did that!!!

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Rissie
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9 months ago

That's a big one! Go science!

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Having a sense of purpose makes me feel less lost. I also try to not spend too much time on my phone scrolling through hundreds of posts and I turn my phone off before I go to bed. If I’m feeling blue, I put on some songs that make me want to play the air-guitar and the air-drums, like ‘Gloria’ by ‘The Lumineers.’

I've always loved doodling... especially things with cute faces because it's so relaxing, creative, and fun! I like the message more than the style, so I don’t spend a lot of time on an illustration. Most of my time is spent sketching all the ideas that float in my brain. My advice to young artists is not to focus on trends; focus on what you like to draw. 

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Craig Aitken
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9 months ago

When did this start? The population of Wales is only 3.1 million.

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Jo Choto
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9 months ago

We really don't need to keep people in dangerous underground slavery conditions, and allowing a very small number of people to control the supply and get rich on the backs of the workers, just for a tiny gemstone that can be safely replicated in a lab.

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Auntriarch
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9 months ago

At last

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Rissie
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9 months ago (edited)

Not to be a doozy, because it's admirable that we are capable of change if we set our minds to not using cfc's, but sadly CO2 emissions need to get down (which is a lot harder) to not undo that success in the long run. Bad news stinks of course so, see we can do it, go humans!

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MikeWheelerFan
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9 months ago

Amazing!

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Josy Bannon
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9 months ago

This makes me happy

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Jo Choto
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9 months ago

We just don't need everything to be wrapped in plastic.

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Calvin Girvin
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9 months ago

I'm suddenly a fan of the Serbian team!

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JuJu
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9 months ago

We have a few hundred of these in Leipzig. And nobody gets stung.

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Josy Bannon
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9 months ago

Thats a really good idea. I hope it works.

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Stacy Parker
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9 months ago

I believe that Iceland, Sweden, Costa Rica, and Uruguay are part of that group. Not sure about the rest.

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Romenriel
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9 months ago (edited)

Very good, also helps with poverty that is endangering humans.

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Jo Choto
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9 months ago

The seals are not applauding.

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Alexia
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9 months ago (edited)

Here is a photo from the campaign. It was actually efficient, several dogs were adopted. It also produced some sweet moments, as some dogs woulnd't leave their humans' arms or would run away on the field :))) 646x528-61...b422a5.jpg 646x528-61b3513b422a5.jpg

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TheVioletDragon
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9 months ago

I love this so much

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
9 months ago

In short: Common sense! Nature has its pest control. Just make friends with it. (Yes, I am okay with snakes. One black ratsnake native to my area means you won't see rats, mice, or the venomous snakes!)

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Jo Choto
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9 months ago

Thank you, Chile!

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Romenriel
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9 months ago

I'd like to see a source on this one, it would be awesome but I don't see how it could happen.

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Auntriarch
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9 months ago

Do not mess with the mummots!

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Tunder
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9 months ago

And now shell is leaving the netherlands

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ivan bolitekurac
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9 months ago

Tbh,if it isn't durable i won't buy it.I have a leather jacket that is 10 years old and it is the same as the first day.I would call that a sustainable piece of clothing.Fake leather will have cracks after a few years so you need to buy new furniture/clothing

DramaDoc
Community Member
9 months ago

Agreed. I have a leather coat that i bought over 20 years ago and still wear, and pleather shoes that only last a year. If I have to buy a $40 pair of fake leather shoes every year versus buying genuine leather shoes for $200 that last me 15+ years...

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
9 months ago

As a vegetarian, I still buy leather. I have had one pair of leather shoes last me two decades, and one pair of synthetic material shoes be toast in less than five years. I can use the hide of a cow my neighbor ate, or I can ask Big Chemical to make me something. Let me think...

Yort
Community Member
9 months ago

Plus the leather is more biodegradable when you eventually get rid of it.

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Troux
Community Member
9 months ago

I learned about this a few years ago, it's called Piñatex. Unfortunately, it's being sold as more of an upscale luxury item, rather than a budget alternative like pleather. For those wondering, this is made from the leaves, not the spiny skins.

Joey Marlin
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9 months ago

Includes synthetic crap as well.p unfortunately.

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Brandy Grote
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9 months ago

Also mushrooms. Just... vegan leathers require as many if not more chemicals to make it close to real leather. Nasty. Just use the whole cow already.

Kira Okah
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9 months ago

The whole cow is used. Any subpar hide gets strengthened and formed into bargain leathers and leatherettes, or cut and cured into rawhide for animal treats. Not one single scrap of cow is wasted.

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Gwen
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9 months ago

There is also a company that does this with mangos.

Kira Okah
Community Member
9 months ago

Who are very vague about what their additives are, and their finishing company states that they use a mix of resins for durability in the finishing stage. Still very plastic.

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Sasha
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9 months ago

So the thing about leather is that we currently cant make ANYTHING close to it in actual properties, only in looks. Lab grown diamonds are really no worse than real ones, leather on the other hand has a lot of unique properties. Its conforms to the wearer through heat and use, softens up and basically fits like a second skin, if its well taken care of it lasts basically forever, shoes can last for decades with good care. Hows that for reducing waste? Its an incredibly tough material with many hard wearing applications, theres a reason we still make saddles and belts from it, they go through a ton of strain. Also its worth remembering that a lot of leather is also a byproduct of waste. Animals slaughtered for meath is where it comes from. Imagine how much beef the western world consumes, every cow has a massive hide that is basically wasted unless you turn it into leather. Vegan leather might look alike and for some things its fine, but i dont think real leather is all that bad.

Jo Choto
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9 months ago

Does it smell good?

Vicky Z
Community Member
9 months ago

No but it tastes good!

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Okatango
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4 months ago

For the people still buying leather: I would have to substantiate, but I do remember reading that a surprising number of shoes are made from dog leather. Not that one animal is more worthy of life than another, but there are a lot of people out there who dearly love their pets, yet have no issue consuming products made of animals whose short existence is only misery.

jpaul
Community Member
8 months ago

i'm highly interested into vegan leather

Jonny Chevalier
Community Member
9 months ago

if you are killing an animal for food. then it is wiser not to waste any part of the beast.. but I have given up on most meats. It's a start.

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
9 months ago

The mice will like that

Evelyn Haskins
Community Member
9 months ago

I just don't get this. Synthetic 'leather' has to be manufactured - what is used (and wastes) as a by-product of this. Then since we humans eat so many animals as well as 'culling' them, why NOT use their hides as well! Then HOW does synthetic leather substitute break down? Animal hides are totally broken down when discarded.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
9 months ago

Love it.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
9 months ago

wow

Sandra Llewelyn
Community Member
9 months ago

If we kill an animal for food we should use the whole animal and leather is part of this.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes yes yes.. and the more that can be from all discarded vegetables and fruit skins and fibres..wonderful .

Mumof1
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

The leather industry is a cruel by product of the meat industry - let's not forget that. Don't make the mistake of thinking that all your leather goods come from animals that are going to be killed anyway - some of it comes from animals killed specifically for their skins. All this talk about leather garments lasting 40 years and still looking as good as new is missing the point. The leather industry, apart from the cruelty aspect, is disgustngly filthy and polluting. And before you ask - no I don;t possess anything that has come from an animal. My clothes and shoes are all synthetic - and have lasted for years even in the rotten UK climate.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
9 months ago

Finally. Real vegan leather. None of that plastic bullsh*t.

Kira Okah
Community Member
9 months ago

Afraid not, it adds PLA and synthetic resins. It's plastic with a bit of added pineapple.

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E. Rangel
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9 months ago

Someone tell which company this is plz

Kira Okah
Community Member
9 months ago

Luxtra. But don't get your hopes up, Piñatex is still mostly plastic.

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Aitsuki Kitsune
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9 months ago

Hrm.... While I am against fur 100%, leather not so much. Leather tends to come from animals we also eat, after all. Cows, goats, sheep... Isn't it better to use more of the animal? Honor the life you are taking? It's why I don't understand people getting angry over leather product.

Glirpy
Community Member
9 months ago

What exactly is pineapple waste? It’s a plant and it biodegradable. There is no waste. Are they saying that after pineapples are sliced up and canned they take what’s left over? Why wouldn’t the producers in the Philippines take that “waste” and make compost out of it and use it to feed more pineapple plants? Something about this whole thing feels odd.

Earl Grey
Community Member
9 months ago

Google “oversupply of leather” to get an idea of what the situation has been since 2018.

Sawdust
Community Member
9 months ago

Those'll be some spiky jackets!

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superlashes
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9 months ago

So no aircon?

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