Everyone who knows me, knows I am an active Redditor. That’s a bit wrong as I’m more of a lurker who posts once in a while. Although, I view the website multiple times daily because I’m so fascinated by it and all the content. A decent chunk of content for my other sites comes from Reddit along with my own investigating. I’ve used it on this site and others. It is a great tool to be up-to-date on information as well as the latest internet memes.
That brings me to this blog post. The other day, I was reading an AskReddit post titled “What’s a fact you know that will cheer me up?” As you can figure out from the title, the person who wrote this post was going through just a difficult time and wanted to be cheered up by some simple facts of life.
This made me take a step back into my own life. I’ll admit, I’m in a pretty good place right now. I have been put in a difficult place before and I do not doubt I’ll find myself between a rock and a hard place again. Although, my own life doesn’t just include me (I’m not that egotistical); it includes my friends, my family, those who’ve influenced me, and those who’ve tried to discourage me. Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, I’ve been able to see what’s going on with people’s lives.
With the help of Reddit posts (and some Google), I’m going to post a list of 50 reasons that hopefully cheer you up, put a smile on your face, and hopefully give you a nice chuckle. Hopefully you see this on here first because I don’t doubt that this list will be (or already is) on Buzzfeed.
1. First and foremost, this list is for YOU. If you’re reading this, I’m thinking about you and making the time to tell you about that. I highly doubt I’m the only one, but if you don’t believe anyone is, know that at least one person does; that person is me.
2. You are special.
3. You are amazing.
4. You are fun.
5. You are unique.
6. You are someone.
7. Blind people do in fact smile even though they have never seen anyone else smile. It is a human expression.
8. Otters have a physical trait where there is a pocket in hotelier skin solely for their favorite rock.
9. Otters also do not sleep without holding hands to prevent their significant others from floating away.
10. Every cow has their own best friend that they hang around with every day.
11. While this drives squirrels nuts, each year, hundreds of trees grow because squirrels forgot where they bury their food.
12. The quokka exists just to dedicate its life to being happy.
13. In the he United Kingdom, gardeners cut little holes in the fence for he’d hogs because they’re not only adorable, but beneficial to gardens.
14. Wayne Allwine (the voice of Mickey Mouse) and Russi Taylor (the voice of Minnie Mouse) were actually married in real life.
15. Ryan Seacrest once tried to high five a blind person.
16. For a brief moment in time, you were a moment in someone’s life. A mere extra, passing through their thoughts in milliseconds, but milliseconds of their story nonetheless. For every person you’ve made eye contact with, you have contributed to their existence whether it was significant or not.
17. Humpback whales have their own genres of music.
18. Elephants will put themselves in harm’s way to save a life of another species.
19. Baby chimpanzees play with toys and dolls.
20. Beluga whales like listening to fine arts.
21. Rats and mice are ticklish and laugh.
22. There is a spooky skeleton inside of you.
23. Smiles exist.
24. Mr. Rogers would be proud of you.
25. Back in the 1960’s, people speculated that Chrysler had NASA design the wing on Plymouth Super Bird for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. Years later, Chrysler engineers admitted that it was moly made that way so the trunk could open.
26. If you took our whole solar system and shrunk it down so that the sun was at your head and Pluto was at your feet, Uranus would just be where you’d expect it.
27. If you were to take a sea sponge, blend it, then leave it to sit overnight; in the morning, you’d wake up and see the surviving sea sponge cells have found each other and started to reform a new sea sponge.
28. If you do that with two different sea sponges, they’ll reform into two separate sea sponges.
29. The act of smiling inadvertently improves your mood.
30. Penguins only have one mate their entire life and “propose” by giving their mate a pebble.
31. When you dream of a random person, your brain doesn’t just invent a person. You dream of someone you have seen before even if it was only for a brief second. Chances are, you have walked through someone else’s dream.
32. The Roman empower, Caligula once tried to wage war on the god of the ocean, Neptune. He had his soldiers run up and stab the water.
33. During the space race, the Apollo astronauts were given sleeves to urinate in a bag with. The problem was that they kept slipping off because none of them would take the first two of the three size options: Small, Medium, and Large. Instead of redesigning the system, NASA relabeled the sleeves: Large, Gigantic, and Humongous.
34. Definition of the made up word: Sonder – noun. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
35. Turtles can breathe out of their butts.
36. The man who voices Winnie the Pooh and Tigger spends some of his spare time calling up children in cancer wards of hospitals and in Winnie’s and Tigger’s voice, he tells them how much he loves them and how brave they are.
37. Octopus have testicles located on their head.
38. Mr. Rogers once said, “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
39. Every day is a battle and you’re winning every single one because you are here.
40. Despite high infant mortality rates and lower life expediencies, not one of your direct ancestors died childless and despite everything, they got laid.
41. If you fake laugh long enough, you will start to laugh really hard. It is like inducing fake happiness.
42. There are good people in this world.
43. Humans laugh before they know how to speak. Our sense of humor is one of the first things we communicate to the world. Laughter is primal!
44. Somewhere in the he world, someone is pushing on a pull only door.
45. You have as many Oscars as Leonardo DiCaprio and as many Tour de France wins as Lance Armstrong.
46. Charlie and the waitress from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” are married in real life.
47. When you cuddle with someone, your brain releases a chemical called oxytocin. This chemical establishes a greater sense of intimacy and attachment, induces optimism, raises self-esteem, relieves physical pain, is an antidepressant, and a stress reliever.
48. At certain children’s hospitals, the window washers dress up as superheroes to cheer up the kids.
49. That JD (Zach Braff) and Tuck (Donald Faison) from “Scrubs” are best friends in real life.
50. A group of flamingos are called a flamboyance. You go Glenn Coco!
For the sheer fact that I loved the show and believed it somewhat helped shape who I’ve become, I feel like I’m obligated to post this video just to say that I added Boy Meets World into this list (unfortunately it isn’t where Cory marries Topanga, but that could be fact 51 if you want). “Life’s tough, get a helmet.”
Hopefully, if you made it this far, you have at least cracked a smile, said aww, laughed, or a combination of the three and I achieved Pro challenge: if you repeat at least one fact to someone or share this page, you can possibly cheer someone else up.
Happiness depends upon ourselves. – Aristotle