Some good news to brighten up the January Blues

For a while now, I have tried to stay away from mainstream news because, simply put, I have never felt good after watching it. I would often be left thinking or saying “how could someone do that?!”, “that poor child!”, “why are we not helping them?!” with a few frustrated, angry expletives added in there somewhere. So, I decided the best way I could be productive in this situation is to focus my energy on more positive things or on more positive news. Don’t get me wrong, it is tempting sometimes to listen to that breaking story on the radio, have a quick flick through the metro or open up a news feed on my browser. Sometimes I do slip up for sure! However, overall, I feel better for having a break from the negative reporting that seems to be the main focus in mainstream news. So, here’s a quick snippet of 12 amazing, inspiring and light hearted news stories that are available in the world right now:

 

 

 

A 93 year old, American World War II veteran has left $37 million to a local  charity. 

Unknown to even his closest companions, Raymond Suckling had accumulated millions including money he inherited from his parents and from his own investments. In his will, Suckling left the money to non profit programmes benefitting low income youth and families in his own community.

 

 

Doctors have reversed a 2-year-old girl’s brain damage.

Researchers in the US have reported what they believe is a first-of-its-kind reversal of brain damage on a two-year-old girl who drowned in a pool and was resuscitated after two hours of her heart not beating on its own.

 

 

 

 

More and more countries and companies are coming forward to donate unsold food to the needy.

Just few days ago Italy changed it’s laws to make all supermarkets give unsold food to needy and Starbucks has pledged to donate all of its unsold food to America’s needy. Morrisons, Tescos and the whole of France are just to name a few more on the list.

 

 

Saving lives with the creation of synthetic Blood.

From prosthetic limbs to artificial hearts, pacemakers to ear implants, we’ve figured out how to replace nearly every part of the human body. But until fairly recently, blood was a bit of a pipe dream. Not so anymore.
In 2017, England’s National Health Service (NHS) will conduct early safety trials, in which about 20 people are given small amounts of synthetic blood made from stem cells. The short-term goal is to create red blood cells to treat specific conditions and illnesses, like sickle cell anaemia. The long-term goal? NHS scientists hope to make enough for transfusions for people with rarer blood types.

 

 

We can now ‘listen in’ to the Universe

By now you’re probably very familiar with the huge gravitational wave breakthrough that happened in 2015. But what you might not know is that we’ve continued to detect at least two more gravitational waves since then.
And with a new space-based series of detectors known as LISA coming online by 2034, we’re going to soon be able to use them to test all kinds of crazy hypotheses – including the idea of multiple dimensions within our Universe.

 

 

 

Three Innovative and uplifting stories linked to rehabilitation and prisons globally.

Netherlands has closed more than 27 prisons since 2013 due to it’s great focus on the rehabilitation system over punishment. Other factors included in the decreased crime rates includes it’s relaxed drug laws and an electronic ankle monitoring system that allows people to re-enter the workforce.

 

In America, canine Cellmates allows for prisoners to be with pups before they go to their forever home. The results were amazing with the prisoners saying the program changed their life. Six days a week women at the prison are moved to the shelter as part of the 30 day program. Since 2000, the shelter’s provided a place where dogs, cats, and horses can be cared for until they’re ready to move to a permanent home, and where inmates can get some much needed interaction with animals.

 

 

The Prison Freedom Project in South Africa has been running since 2010. Starting initially with one yoga and mindfulness class, it now reaches over 350 in mates and is rapidly expanding all the time. If inmates really do enjoy it, they can also enrol on a six module Teachers’ training course gaining a qualification.

 

I felt depressed and angry at everything and everyone. I did not know that the mind is capable to change from negative to positive with just a few easy breathings and at the same time the body and spirit can become one with just a few easy poses. But after I started with this yoga course I felt the changes throughout my whole body. I have a whole new outlook on life. I thank you Prison Freedom Project for setting me free from my own mental prison.
– Graham, Brandvlei Max

 

 

 

 

Canadian restaurant run by HIV-positive staff aims to smash stigma
A pop-up Canadian restaurant run by HIV-positive staff aims to smash stigma surrounding HIV and Aids
Despite the fact that HIV cannot be transmitted through the preparation or sharing of food, only 50 per cent of Canadians would knowingly share food with, or eat food prepared by, someone who is HIV-positive.
The employees have worked with Toronto-based chef Matt Basile to devise a menu that includes Thai potato and leek soup, and gingerbread tiramisu. Chefs wore aprons printed with messages including ‘kiss the HIV+ cook’ and ‘I got HIV from pasta. Said no one ever’.

 

 

 

The four-day working week could become a thing!

It turns out working less might mean more work gets done. A raft of studies have shown that with less time to work, less time is wasted. A more compact working week has also been shown to encourage employees to stay with companies for longer, and works as a recruitment tool. A shorter working week could even reduce global carbon emissions, with fewer commuters clogging the roads on certain days.

 

 

 

A vitamin that could reduce the incidence of birth defects and miscarriages worldwide has been discovered.
In what scientists are calling “the most important discovery for pregnant women since folate”, a 12-year study has revealed that women could avoid miscarriages and birth defects by simply taking vitamin B3 during pregnancy.

 

Child mortality is the lowest in human history. —msouthwo
“Rising prosperity, rising education and the spread of health care around the globe are the major drivers of this progress.”

 

Scientists Think They’ve Found A Way To Cure Baldness

While being bald used to come with a bit of a stigma, that’s no longer the case. For a start, the two highest-grossing Hollywood actors of 2017 were Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, whose heads are both as smooth as silk. We’d imagine. We haven’t actually touched them. -Lad Bible

And for anyone out there that doesn’t like the idea of going bald no matter what the Hollywood stars are doing, look no further…Professor Karl Koehler has been using stem cells from mice to grow what they’ve dubbed ‘hairy skin’. Apparently, this is just another way of saying that this lab grown skin tissue more closely resembles natural hair than any previous models. So, for anyone out there looking at their Grandad, Dad or even brother and stressing if it’s you next, I wouldn’t worry for too much longer!

 

 

 

 

There’s a cat that has been stealing men’s underwear in New Zealand. —New home world
The 6-year-old Tonkinese cat is named Brigit. There’s a cat in New Zealand who has been sneaking out and stealing men’s underwear and socks.

It’s not good news for the guys who keep getting their undies robbed but it’s gonna put a smile on our faces.-Huffpost

 

 

 

 A Nottingham Music event has raised £100,000 for a local homeless organisation.

Last and not least, it’s a story about my home city and the best city in England (completely unbiased opinion of course). Last Sunday am musical event was held called ‘Beat the Streets’. Over 80 local and live music acts came together on the streets of Nottingham to raise money for Frameworks. Thousands turned out on this cold, winters day due the talented line up. All the donations go to the charity which works with the homeless community, helping many vulnerable people to piece their lives back together.  Well done Notts!

 

 

And with that I wish you all a good night! xxx

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