What went right this week: a round-up of the latest good news stories – Positivity Article

Listening to Mozart could reduce epilepsy seizures Listening to Mozart daily could reduce the number of seizures a person with epilepsy experiences, according to a new study. The news could bring hope to the estimated 50 million people worldwide living with epilepsy. Led by researchers at the Krembil Brain Institute at Toronto Western Hospital, the study exposed 13 participants to two different audio clips over a six-month period: some were played Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D major (for…

Read More

How Adults Can Support the Mental Health of Black… – Happiness Article

With his last breaths, George Floyd called out, “Momma!” before he was killed in Minneapolis. He was one of nearly 1,300 black people have been killed by police in the last five years. They are two times more likely to be killed by police than white Americans. Riana Elyse Anderson, University of Michigan Facing destructive policies and attitudes in the United States, mothers and fathers try to safeguard their black children from racism. This often takes the form of preparing…

Read More

How Vanraj Upgraded Himself To Vanraj 2.0 – Self Improvement Article

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly” For millions of people, this quote is a perfect description of their lives. Vanraj is one of them. Vanraj, 22, is a final year engineering student at Parul University, Vadodara, one of Gujarat’s top private universities. In fact the day we caught up with him, he had just written the last exam of his programme. Confident, wise, and fluent are some terms that come to mind when…

Read More

What went right this week: a round-up of the latest good news stories – Positivity Article

Paris prepares to open world’s largest urban farm A culinary revolution is taking root on vacant rooftops in Paris, which are being transformed into the world’s largest urban farm. Delayed by coronavirus, the closed-loop farm is now set to open at the end of June and will, it is estimated, produce around 1,000kg of fresh food daily, to be used by restaurants and residents. “Our farms are great for biodiversity and efficiency, and they have a very low carbon footprint,”…

Read More

Crowdfunding success: 9,000 copies of Positive News magazine for NHS workers – Positive News – Positivity Article

Thousands of copies of Positive News magazine will be distributed to healthcare workers across the UK, following a successful crowdfunding campaign. The 35-day campaign, Positive News for the NHS, was launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic and on 16 May surpassed its its initial target of funding the print and distribution of 4,000 copies of the magazine. The crowdfund has since gone on to raise more than £15,000, funding 5,000 copies of Positive News magazine for NHS workers. Another…

Read More

What went right: a round-up of good news stories from the week just gone – Positivity Article

African tailors sewing face masks to halt coronavirus An initiative to provide free face masks to people living in the world’s poorest communities has been expanded to more African nations in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus. The WHO warned last month that Africa could be the next epicentre of the outbreak. African Masks, a non-profit supported by crowdfunding, employs tailors to sew face masks, which are distributed for free in impoverished communities in the Democratic Republic of…

Read More

How a Hollywood war film inspired one Italian city during lockdown – Positivity Article

People in Genova felt like they were at war with coronavirus. So they turned to a classic Hollywood film for inspiration The Italian city of Genova has been reunited, almost two years after the collapse of the Morandi bridge, which fell to the ground in August 2018, killing 43 people and splitting the city in two. A replacement was inaugurated yesterday, reconnecting Genova’s eastern and western neighbourhoods. The new bridge offered a rare cause for celebration in a country that…

Read More

What Happens When We Lose Our Social Rituals? – Happiness Article

When the shelter-in-place orders came down in California, the first thing I thought of was my cousin’s wedding—the one I was supposed to officiate. I’d been working on creating a special ceremony since the fall. But once the pandemic kicked in, everything was cancelled. Perhaps my cousin is luckier than some—after all, a wedding can be rescheduled. Even so, he had to let go of a cherished dream of when and how his wedding would take place. He’s certainly not…

Read More

Psychological Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Self Improvement Article

A pandemic and an ensuing lockdown, never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined that we would experience these outside of movies. Yet, here we are, confined to our homes, for the sake of our safety and good health. This, of course, brings with it, it’s own set of challenges.  There’s a lot of talk out there about the business aspects, the economic aspects, or the financial aspects of this strange-strange situation. But a topic that isn’t getting sufficient…

Read More

How To Deal With Coronavirus Blues – Self Improvement Article

The Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting safety measures have completely taken over our lives. The uncertainty of it is unsettling, and as was discussed in our earlier article, adverse effects on our mental health are real.  We’ve all read about the precautions to take to avoid contracting the virus – washing hands, social isolation, etc. But are there any must-take precautions to cope with the mental toll this situation might have? Let’s have a look: 1. Fear and Anxiety Fear…

Read More

When Coronavirus Anxiety Is Useful and When It… – Happiness Article

Excessive worry about COVID-19 is becoming a mental health pandemic unto itself. Fears and questions about the future can keep us up at night, distract us during the day, and make it hard to find the motivation and energy to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. But anxiety can also be useful, explains UC Berkeley professor Sonia Bishop. Negative emotions like fear are a natural response to what’s going on in our environment. The key is to channel…

Read More

Separating fact from deadly fiction: the London team factchecking the coronavirus – Positive News – Positivity Article

As Covid-19 spreads, misleading information in the news or on social media can be at best confusing and at worst fatal. Full Fact, the UK’s independent factchecking charity, is working flat out to tackle a flow of falsities The arrival of the new coronavirus has sent factchecking charity Full Fact into overdrive. It’s no exaggeration to say that at a time like this, ensuring the accuracy of information that people receive is a matter of life or death. In our…

Read More

10 ways to help others during the coronavirus outbreak – Positive News – Positivity Article

10) Life on the margins: help homeless people better protect themselves People who are homeless face a particular risk from Covid-19, according to experts. They have poorer health in general, including pre-existing conditions that have weakened their immune systems. Jon Sparkes, chief executive of the charity Crisis, has urged the government to introduce testing and emergency housing for homeless people during the pandemic. “Let’s not forget that the average age of death of someone who is homeless is 45, substantially lower than…

Read More

How to Help Teens Shelter in Place – Happiness Article

Last weekend, my kids began arriving home from their various schools. We invited our oldest daughter’s longtime best friend, Lena, over for a homecoming dinner. She’s like a member of our family, and we were excited to see her, too, despite closing schools and social-distancing recommendations. The kids are all healthy, we reasoned. We had Lena wash her hands when she came in; we resisted hugging her. On Monday we got a government order to shelter in place, and having…

Read More

‘Caremongering’ is Now Trending – Growth Guided – Self Improvement Article

‘Caremongering’ is Now Trending – Growth Guided When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers…. When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always…

Read More

Undergrads can now study social progress – Positive News – Positivity Article

Undergrads can now study social progress – Positive News – Positive News Could a new ‘social change’ degree help young people to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social issues? Could a new ‘social change’ degree help young people to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social issues? A London university has launched the UK’s first ‘social change’ degree, to create a diverse new generation of young professionals in the third sector. Students of the course, which is…

Read More

University teaches students how to be happy – Positive News – Positivity Article

The University of Bristol is offering a ‘science of happiness’ course designed to teach students a set of science-based strategies for living a happier and more fulfilling life. Following a successful pilot in 2018, the course draws on the latest research in psychology and neuroscience to teach what happiness is and how to achieve it, including tangible practices to apply every day. The 12-week course has been offered since October 2019 to all new students, and so far about 400…

Read More

Why Plain Language Is Better Than Complex Jargon – Self Improvement Article

“If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.” Daniel Kahneman Simple communication is often better than using complex language, especially if you are trying to reach out to the biggest audience possible. A new study published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology discovered that the use of complex jargon can often turn people off from learning topics like science and politics, even when specialized words are defined.…

Read More

Three good things: virtuous video games – Positive News – Positivity Article

1. Simulating a civilisation A far cry from the shoot-‘em-ups often blamed for corrupting young minds, Eco is a simulation game that challenges players to build a civilisation without trashing the planet. Gamers must work together to survive by developing a sustainable economy and laws that benefit the environment. Eco was developed by Strange Loop Games, which is a founding member of the Playing for the Planet Alliance, a group of studios that have agreed to address the climate crisis…

Read More

Chasing The Carrot To Happiness [Video] – Self Improvement Article

Chasing The Carrot To Happiness [Video] – Growth Guided As the quote mentions below the video: this a story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment. While we find it quite… As the quote mentions below the video: this a story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment.While we find it quite laughable, it is at the same time sadly realistic. The human experience often looks like the life of this rodent.Is there a better way?…

Read More

Chasing The Carrot To Happiness [Video] – Self Improvement Article

Chasing The Carrot To Happiness [Video] – Growth Guided As the quote mentions below the video: this a story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment. While we find it quite… As the quote mentions below the video: this a story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment.While we find it quite laughable, it is at the same time sadly realistic. The human experience often looks like the life of this rodent.Is there a better way?…

Read More

The Welsh Government renews funding to tackle period poverty – Positive News – Positivity Article

Schools in Wales are set to benefit from more than £3m in 2020 to help address period poverty. The funding from the Welsh Government will allow primary and secondary schools and colleges to provide free sanitary products to students who might need them. In addition to the £3.1m for schools, the Welsh Government has pledged a £220,000 fund for local authorities to provide free period products in public buildings such as libraries or community hubs. The funding has been welcomed…

Read More

It pays to be kind: improving workplace culture through kindness – Positive News – Positivity Article

Kindness might not be the first thing to spring to mind when you think about work. But more businesses are recognising that it is just as important to company culture as communication or collaboration. Being kind to others stimulates serotonin and oxytocin – hormones associated with happiness. Research also shows that people who are regularly kind have significantly lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Now, the business world is starting to take note. “We’re a small, close-knit team, and…

Read More

In the Long Run, Diversity Wins – Happiness Article

Around the world, religious bigotry is on the rise. In a number of European Union countries, rising Muslim migration seems to be driving support for anti-Muslim political parties. This has also been true, to a lesser extent, in the United States. On both sides of the Atlantic, open anti-Semitism appears to be increasing. Is religious diversity too politically difficult and socially disruptive, as many argue? Perhaps, the argument goes, the stability and social peace of these countries is maintained by…

Read More

How Compassion Helped One Woman Leave an Extremist Group – Happiness Article

I first became aware of the Westboro Baptist Church when it threatened to picket my son’s preschool, which was at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Megan Phelps-Roper I wondered: Why in the world would anyone do that? Some Googling revealed that Westboro was based in Topeka, Kansas, and for a quite a few years had been very active in picketing Jewish organizations and the funerals of people who died of AIDS/HIV or gay-bashings, with signs that famously said…

Read More

Three good things: combatting loneliness – Positive News – Positivity Article

1. Intergenerational nurseries Research suggests that interactions with children can combat loneliness, lower blood pressure and delay mental decline in older people. But according to the Intergenerational Foundation, since 1991, the number of areas in which half the population is aged over 50 has increased seven-fold. Intergenerational nurseries aim to bridge this divide, uniting young and old in communities. One example is Apples and Honey, which sits in the grounds of Nightingale care home in Wandsworth, south London. The nursery…

Read More

‘First-of-its-kind’ community restorative justice hub opens in California – Positive News – Positivity Article

A community hub in Oakland, California, has opened offering conflict resolution through restorative justice circles, alongside legal services, job training and business advice The Restore Oakland centre, which opened in July, is a partnership venture between the Ella Baker Centre for Human Rights, a non-profit organisation, and Restaurant Opportunities Centres United, a group working to improve wages and conditions in the restaurant industry. It will also serve as a base for local non-profit groups that work in restorative justice. “I…

Read More

What went right? July–September 2019 – Positive News – Positivity Article

Amazon wildfires and political disarray were among the major headlines this summer. But from a new record in renewable energy, to defeating a deadly disease, there was also plenty to be positive about 1. Renewable energy sources provided record levels of electricity to UK homes and businesses between July and September Zero-carbon energy sources (renewables and nuclear power) provided the majority of electricity for homes and businesses in the UK this summer, overtaking fossil fuels for the first time. The…

Read More