Did you know that just a few minutes spent consuming negative news in the morning can impact your mood for the rest of the day? Researchers have found that people who watched three minutes of negative news were 27 per cent more likely to be unhappy six to eight hours later, compared to people who watched solution-focused, uplifting news.
So forget negative news for awhile: prime your brain for the day with the following happy stories:
- We can’t believe everything we see in Disney movies, but it seems that the reindeer cyclone depicted in Frozen 2 is actually a thing. (What, no-one else has watched that film a thousand times?) Scientists have observed that when reindeers face a predator – such as a hunter – the herd will stampede in circles around the threat, making it next to impossible for an individual animal to be targeted. Reindeers have been known to create these cyclones when confined to corrals – it’s also believed they would’ve used the tactic to avoid Viking hunters. You can watch spectacular footage of this natural phenomenon here.
- In an Australian first, an Indigenous Traditional Agriculture Knowledge Hub is being established near Mallacoota in Victoria – one of the hardest-hit sites during the intense 2019–20 bushfire season. Having received $250,000 funding from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia, a group of Indigenous farmers will use traditional knowledge of fire and land management, practiced for tens of thousands of years by their ancestors, to respond to extreme weather events brought on by climate change.
- The COP26 summit may have raised more questions than it answered as far as Australia’s response to climate change is concerned; however, a recent report suggests the nation has almost all the tools it needs to become a world-leading renewable and clean-manufacturing exporter. Surveyed experts believe that the country’s existing pool of skills and natural resources could, with the right government support, see it fulfil its potential as a clean-energy frontrunner by 2040. Here’s hoping.
- Among the many positives to come out of the COP26 summit, more than 100 countries pledged to stop – and reverse – deforestation and land degradation by 2030. The Glasgow Leaders' Declaration on Forests and Land Use will seek to protect more than 14 million square miles of forest around the world – with leaders committing to accelerate restoration, promote sustainable development and consumption, and implement policies that incentivise sustainable agriculture, promote food security and benefit the environment.
- Your Lego-loving kids might be on track for a career in conservation. A team of marine scientists in Singapore are using the brand’s iconic bricks to rejuvenate the country’s coral reef populations, which have been damaged by decades of land reclamation, coastal development and seaport activity. In ‘aquarium nurseries’, scientists attach fragmented coral onto Lego bricks for regrowth and regeneration. When the coral is sufficiently restored and ready to be returned to the ocean, the Lego is removed and repurposed for another project. Genius!
Ready to face the day now? Keep looking for those happy stories (and avoid the bad ones when you can).
– The Coach Place Global
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