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5 stories to make you feel good

As Eeyore once said, ‘It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine’
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Each fortnight, we like to share a round-up of some of the amazing things happening in the world – and we also like to tell you why we do it: you’ll live longer, you’re less likely to have a heart attack, you’ll be less stressed, and happier!

But this week, we’re going to lead with the simple ‘reading good news feels good’ narrative. Because who among us needs data and ‘reasons’ to make us feel better?

On that note, prepare to have your cockles warmed by these five feel-good stories:

  1. Though there are only four main types of flu virus, the pandemic has taught us that these wilful beasts often go haywire and mutate into all kinds of nasty strains. So it’s good to know that one such strain – the Yamagata virus – is believed to be extinct. Once responsible for between 290,000 and 650,000 global deaths each year, this particular lineage hasn’t been detected since April 2020. Happy days.
  2. Here’s one to lift the spirits: according to a new study, most people believe cultural diversity improves society. In countries including Singapore, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and Taiwan, at least 8 in 10 describe where they live as benefiting from people of diverse ethnic groups, religions and races. Hallelujah!
  3. The post-COP26 protests and accusations of ‘greenwashing’ may be getting you down, but some positive commitments did come out of the summit. India announced it would reach net zero by 2070 and generate 50 per cent of its energy from renewables by the end of this decade. More than 100 countries signed up to the Global Methane Pledge to slash emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. Importantly, countries have agreed to reconvene next year with stronger emissions targets to limit global warning to 1.5 °C. Yes, there’s still a long way to go, but momentum is building.
  4. Speaking of positive change for the environment, in September the Tesla Model 3 was the bestselling car in Europe – the only electric vehicle (EV) to feature in the top 10. People are jumping aboard the EV bandwagon, with car rental company Hertz recently placing the largest EV order on record, buying 100,000 Teslas for its new fleet.
  5. Time Magazine has released its annual list of best inventions from the year that’s been – and we’ve got to say, there are some winners in there. From mind-controlled computing, to a wearable phone device that transmits sound as vibrations in your skull (so you can have conversations in noisy places), there are incredible things being made by some amazing minds. You can read the full list here.

Feel better? Good. Keep looking for the sunshine!

– The Coach Place Global

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