When Reddit user AaronM97 was feeling blue, he asked the community to share a happy fact that would cheer him up. The post lit up with responses, receiving more than 11,000 comments containing fun and happy facts that make the world feel a little lighter.
“I can’t express how thankful I am to everyone that commented,” the user later wrote on the thread. “I’ve laughed, I’ve smiled, I’ve felt better than I have in a damn long time. So thank you to each and every one who took the time to put a smile on my face.”
Scroll through the list below to check out some of the world’s happiest facts according to Reddit users. Then tell us some of your favorite happy facts in the comments section.
If you were to take a live sea sponge, blenderize it, then leave the sea sponge smoothie to sit over night. When you woke up in the morning, you’d find that the surviving sea sponge cells have found each other and started to reform a new sea sponge.
Our world is awesome man. Check this out for example: A six-year old in UK once wrote to the Railroad Museum to apply for a job there. This is what he wrote them: “I have an electric train track. I am good on my train track. I can control two trains at once.” They invited him and named him “Director of Fun”.
Penguins only have one mate their entire life and “propose” by giving their mate a pebble.
Blind people smile like everyone else, even though they’ve never seen anyone else smile. It’s just a natural human expression.
The man who does Winnie the Pooh’s voice spends some of his spare time ringing up children in the cancer wards of hospitals putting on Winnie’s voice and telling them how much he loves them and how brave they are.
A baby puffin is called a puffling.
For a brief moment in time, you were a moment in someone’s life. A mere extra, passing through their thoughts in milliseconds, but milliseconds of their story nonetheless. For every person you’ve exchanged eye contact with, you have made a contribution to their existence, be it significant or not.
His Holiness, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who, according to a Harris Interactive poll conducted in May, was found to be the most popular world leader in the U.S. and six European nations, has spoken and written about health and wellness for many years, both from the scientific side, as well as the experiential side. But what can this wise man, the author of 72 books who refers to himself as a simple Buddhist monk, really teach world leaders — and all of us — about wellness in a world increasingly turning to high-tech, high-cost medicine? After all, this is a man who believes, “We have more experts but more problems … more medicines but less health.”
The answer is simply that His Holiness the Dalai Lama keeps wellness simple. He believes the purpose of life is to be happy, and he teaches an interfaith message of peace, understanding, responsibility, loving kindness and compassion — a path to wellness that can be achieved by being compassionate and caring to oneself and to others. A healthier life that can be achieved simply by taking time to care.
At a conference on wellbeing as it relates to global health and happiness, held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and moderated by Arianna Huffington, His Holiness observed:
Maybe it’s due to a fundamental misunderstanding that it’s the physical that you have to fix. We need to view these things in a different way. Because we take physical health seriously we have codes of physical hygiene; I’m proposing that equally important are codes of mental and emotional hygiene.
And it is likely that his audience at the Summit will learn that they are in complete agreement with His Holiness’ powerful argument that emotional wellbeing can have an immense impact on physical health. For decades spas have been dedicated to helping people live well through exercise, healthy eating and stress reduction; today, that focus is even stronger, as spas of all types around the globe rededicate their efforts to bring wellness to a 24/7 world where technology and high stress levels are the norm.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama once said, “Healthy, happy families and … healthy peaceful nation(s) are dependent on warm-heartedness.” We couldn’t agree more.
This blog post is part of a series produced by The Global Spa and Wellness Summit, in conjunction with Global Spa and Wellness Summit 2013 on October 5- 7 in New Delhi, India. For more information about The Global Spa and Wellness Summit, click here.
“So here’s the secret,” Brown says in the above clip from “Oprah’s Lifeclass.” “When perfectionism is driving, shame is always riding shotgun — and fear is the annoying back seat driver.”
“We struggle with perfectionism in areas where we feel most vulnerable to shame,” she further explains. “So we’re all comfortable saying, ‘I’m a little perfectionistic,’ which is code for ‘I do things really well’ — but I’m not comfortable saying I have shame.”
“But perfectionism, what is that?” Brown says. “I call it the 20-ton shield.”
Brown breaks down what perfectionism really is. “It’s a way of thinking that says this: ‘If I look perfect, live perfect, work perfect, I can avoid or minimize criticism, blame and ridicule,'” she says.
“All perfectionism is, is the 20-ton shield that we carry around hoping that it will keep us from being hurt,” Brown says.
Part two of Oprah’s conversation with Brown on “Oprah’s Lifeclass” airs Sunday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. Plus, Oprah is teaming up with Brown to bring you a six-week ecourse, “Oprah’s Lifeclass Presents Brené Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection.” Register now for a special offer!