The Brighter Side: Top Positive Things Happening in the World Today

Our news feeds burst with negativity. Here are some positive happenings to improve your outlook and boost your mood!

Tissue Cultures Save Endangered Plants

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Modern technology saves the day yet again! Advances in tissue culture technology can bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction. 

Two years ago, Brazil was freaking out trying to keep their last remaining spiritus sancti plants to themselves, and today, anyone can have them in their house, and there is no market for poachers,” explained one Reddit user. 

Malaria Vaccine

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Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases on Earth, and a new vaccine may save millions. The vaccine is in the final stages of development, undergoing human trials to verify efficacy. 

We Saved the Pandas!

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The giant panda, the symbol of the World Wildlife Federation, no longer tops the endangered species list. Though still at risk, they’ve been downgraded from endangered to vulnerable. 


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Water scarcity is a real problem, even though water covers 70% of the Earth. The problem lies in salt: ocean water is undrinkable and unusable for agriculture. 

Researchers at MIT may have solved the problem with new technology that can quickly and easily desalinate water. 

Poverty on the Decline

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Though the crisis is far from over, global poverty is declining. Of course, these statistics only highlight extreme poverty and cover the global scale. 

Tree Growth

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The United States has more trees today than 100 years ago, highlighting our growing desire for green spaces and understanding that plant life is essential to a healthy planet. 

Teen Pregnancy Down

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As education and access to contraception increase, teenage pregnancy rates decrease. Teen pregnancy rates peaked in the 90s but have been declining ever since.

Facing Trauma

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People look down on millennials and Gen Z for all their labels and talk about mental health, but it’s actually a positive. 

As we better understand mental illnesses and trauma responses, we can avoid making the same mistakes in the future. 

Green Energy

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A German company developed a process to create energy from waste. They produce energy from wastewater, which may help solve the world’s energy crisis. 

More Water in California

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The rains in California this past year have helped alleviate the worst drought symptoms. Some reservoirs even returned to their pre-drought levels. 

Knowledge and Connectivity

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We don’t often pause to consider the world of knowledge available at our fingertips. Unlock the secrets of relatively, learn calculus, connect with friends on the other side of the planet, and find out what a sperm whale eats, all with the click of a button.

Strides in Public Health

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We’ve ended epidemics and shown folks the dangers of smoking. Though we still have a long way to go in public health, we’re making a lot of progress. 

More People Understand the Importance of Self Care

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Self-Care is essential to wellbeing. Try one of these indulgent self care activities when you have a moment of spare time

A Mental Health Boost is Easier than Ever with a Journal

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Increase your health and wellness with a simple, low cost tool: Journaling. But don’t take our word for it. 

Mental health experts speak out about all the benefits journaling offers

Improve Your Life

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If you’re not ready for the hard work, take smaller steps that will help you improve your life starting today. 

Find out more: How To Improve Your Life Right Now

Find Your Purpose

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If you’re feeling depressed because your life lacks meaning, explore ways to bring more purpose to your life. 

Here’s how to find your purpose

How to Find Your Passion and Live Your Dream Life

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Your dream life is within reach. Your passion is buried deep inside of you, aching to burst free. Here’s how to rediscover your passion and life the life you always wanted

Source: Reddit