13 Surprising Facts That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

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The truth is that we are surrounded by bad news every day, especially since the new virus – COVID-19 -has appeared and sometimes it is quite difficult to remember that there are a lot of good things that happen in our world as well. You need to realize that we have a beautiful planet and it is not just full of bad news, but you have to always see the glass half full when it comes to the state of the world.

Even though we are not living in the greatest moment in our history, we should stay positive and safe. It is very important to get rid of social anxiety and panic as soon as possible and it is time to forget for at least a few minutes about coronavirus news and make yourself smile again. 

Happily, there are a lot of things that can make you happy and smile. For instance, did you know that there are animals that always smile and look bright? They literally look like they are always smiling and it is amazing. Or did you know that the voice actors of Minnie and Mickey Mouse were actually married? And this is not all! Seahorses can also get married and stay with their partner for life.

So, read on for more feel-good facts that will bring a smile to your face!

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The romantic side of bobbing for apples

Bobbing for apple is a traditional game often played at Halloween parties. In this game, people have to catch apples with their mouth from a tub or a large basin full of water. Most often, players’ hands are tied behind the back because they are not allowed to use their arms and this way they can prevent cheating. But what many people do not know is that apple bobbing started as a British courting ritual in the 18th century and it was a popular tradition among girls and their potential beaus. 

According to History.com, “the bobber would then attempt to bite into the apple named for the young man she desired. If it only took her one try, they were destined for romance. If she succeeded with her second attempt, he would court her but their love would fade. If it took three tries, their relationship was doomed.”

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Bats and love songs

Did you know that bats can actually sing love songs? Well, it seems that we are not the only ones who sing to our beloved partner when we want to steal their hearts. There are some studies published in 2009 in the journal PLOS One that analyzed the behavior of bats and they found out that the Brazilian free-tailed bats emit different songs and voices when they encounter a potential mate. 

“The sounds are made in a specific, arranged pattern to form a song, and there are actually organized sequences within each phrase. They are made to attract and lure nearby females,” lead researcher Kirsten Bohn said in a statement.

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Fred Rogers and his beautiful sweaters

Fred Rogers was a television host, musician, puppeteer and considered to be an American icon. But besides the fact that he was considered one of the best men in the U.S., Fred Rogers was known for his beautiful cardigans as well.

But these impressive sweaters were made by his mother and he publicly said it in an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, “That’s one of the ways that she has of saying she loves somebody.”

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Your smile is innate

Well, if you thought that you learned to smile over the years, you are wrong, because it seems that we were born with this instinct and this is simply amazing! 

“Individuals blind from birth could not have learned to control their emotions in this way through visual learning, so there must be another mechanism,” San Francisco State University psychologist David Matsumoto told Live Science. “It could be that our emotions, and the systems to regulate them, are vestiges of our evolutionary ancestry.”

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Quokkas: the animals that always look like they are smiling

Quokka is the happiest animal in the world! Quokkas are nocturnal marsupials and they are the smallest members of the macropod family. It looks like a hybrid of a rat and a cat. The happiest animal in the world lives in southwestern Australia.

Unfortunately, you can’t have a quokka as a pet because it is a protected species in Australia. Moreover, you can’t even pet this beloved animal, because it is illegal. They are just like kangaroos (they are the same family) and carry their babies in their pouch. In addition, quakkas throw their babies when threatened, because they need to save their life.

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Customized dolls for children who suffer from various diseases 

Unfortunately, we live in a world where society promotes only a specific type of beauty and this can lead to anxiety in children and make them feel excluded and discriminated, especially when they have different physical problems.

But Amy Jandrisevits wants to get rid of these social stereotypes and she started to create customized dolls for people who suffer from different physical diseases, such as scars, birthmarks, disabilities and other illnesses. 

“It makes them not feel so alone,” Jandrisevits said. “Their logical brain knows this is just a doll. But the very innocent child part of them still feels like, ‘Now I’m not the only one that looks this way.'”

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The voice actors of Mickey and Minnie Mouse characters were actually married

As you already know, Mickey and Minnie Mouse were the most romantic characters in the cartoon world, and this love story happened even behind the scene, namely that in real life the actors were actually married.

To be more specific, Wayne Allwine the man who played Micky’s voice was deeply in love with Russi Taylor, the woman who played the voice of Minnie and they had an amazing love story!

“We just started hanging out as pals, and the next thing you know, we were an item,” Taylor said. “We just had fun. He was the best. He was a wonderful man, he was a good man, and he was a kind man.”

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The man who invented the polio vaccine could have been a billionaire

Jonas Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist who discovered the first polio vaccine. He was born in New York City and was always passionate about medicine. 

So, Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine, could have been a billionaire if he could have patented it. But he chose to stay silent and elegantly refused the money. Nonetheless, in 1955 when a journalist asked Jonas Salk who owned the rights to that vaccine he said “Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”

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Lucky charms really work for people who still believe in them

Some people love and believe in lucky charms and other individuals think that they are silly, but it is said that they really work if you believe in them. 

For instance, four-leaf clovers are an Irish symbol of luck and the Celts strongly believed in them. These lucky charms were supposed to have mystical powers and the four leaves represent faith, luck, love and hope.

So, if you do not have a horseshoe, a lucky number and coin or other lucky charms you should find some now because it has been scientifically confirmed that they do bring good luck. In a 2010 study published in Psychological Science, individuals who brought a lucky charm with them won a memory contest, unlike those who did not have a lucky talisman.

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Volunteering can help you live longer

Well, it seems that what goes around comes around and volunteering will not only help other people but will also help you. A study from the University of Michigan discovered in 2010 that people who volunteer live longer than individuals who do not.

“This could mean that people who volunteer with other people as their main motivation may be buffered from potential stressors associated with volunteering, such as time constraints and lack of pay,” said researcher Sara Konrath.

“Many people find volunteer work to be helpful with respect to stress reduction, and we know that stress is very strongly linked to health outcomes,” says Rodlescia Sneed, a doctoral candidate in social and health psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Superheroes that wash hospital windows

We have to admit that being in a hospital is not a good experience for anyone, especially for kids. And this is why a lot of window washers around the world dress up as superheroes to amuse and enchant sick children in the hospitals.

“We donned the Spider-Man costumes and we rappelled down the side of the buildings,” Harold Connolly, president of Highrise Window Cleaning. “We knocked on the glass, waved hello – there were a lot of big smiles.”

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Chocolate can stimulate your mind and improve your health

If you are ever looking for an excuse to eat chocolate, well you are in the right place, because chocolate is really good for your health.

According to a 2019 study made by University Health News, “eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate benefits health in many ways. In fact, chocolate is now considered an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory ‘superfood’ for the brain and body.” Moreover, “[chocolate] can help keep your cardiovascular system pumping, your mind sharp and alert, and your mood calm and happy.”

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Cats hunt for their owners as well

Did you know that your cats bring you dead mice because they want to help you? In their mind, you can’t hunt for yourself and they want to help you not die of hunger.

“In the wild, cat mothers teach their young how to eat their food by bringing home dead or injured prey,” according to LiveScience. “Domestic cats are no different. But in this modern age of spayed domestic cats, many female felines have no young to whom they need to pass on their hunting wisdom. By leaving a dead animal on the back porch, your cat is acting out its natural role… Frankly, she knows you would never have been able to catch that delicious mouse on your own.”

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