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“Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.”

– Valerie Bertinelli

Life can really have its moments, as it is full of ups and downs, right? That’s why it is so important to keep some happy thoughts in mind, especially when you can use a pick-me-up. Here’s to the sweet, funny, and downright weird things that will surely put a smile on your face.


43. Panda Panda Panda

Giant Pandas are no longer listed as endangered.

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42. Sufferers Of Arachnophobia Rejoice

Spiders cannot fly. Thank you evolution.

41. Saintly Squirrels

Squirrels will adopt a squirrel baby if it has been abandoned. Also, thanks to squirrels forgetting where they stash their nuts for winter, thousands of trees sprout from forgotten acorns.

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40. Winter Playtime

The Japanese Macaque enjoys making snowballs for fun. They also enjoy snowball fights.

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39. Forever Love

There are a few animals that are committed to their relationships for life. Seahorses will travel holding their partner’s tails. Puffins make their nests with their mate on the sides of cliffs. And last but not least, penguins will offer their most treasured pebbles to their mate.

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38. Cue The Music

Cows produce more milk when they hear music that is soothing.  A study in 2001 determined songs like “Everybody Hurts,” by R.E.M caused cows to produce more milk.

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37. Not Kidding Around

Goats have accents, just like people.

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36. Smell Again

The Fitzroy river turtle is able to breathe through their butt. Mother Nature has a real good sense of humor.

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35. Milk Buds

Cows have best friends, and cows love to spend time with their buddies.

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34. The Happiness Instinct

Smiling is something that is innate and instinctive in human. Even though many visually impaired people have never seen a smile, they still smile when happy.

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33. VIP For A Moment

At one brief point in your life, you were the youngest person on the planet.

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32. Never Let Me Go

Sea otters hold hands when they go to sleep, so that they will not drift apart in the ocean.

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31. A Mini Faux

A shaved guinea pig looks a lot like a miniature hippo.

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30. Long Distance Cousins Perhaps

The closest related animal to the elephant shrew is not another shrew. Believe it or not, elephant shrews are related to actual elephants! Someone has some explaining to do.

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29. A Rat’s Life

Rats laugh when they are tickled. Humans need special equipment to hear a rodent’s laughter, but it has been undeniably proven that they laugh.

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28. The Most Valuable Numbers For A Nation

Bhutan is perhaps the only place on the globe, which focuses on measuring its country’s gross national happiness as a measure of progress.

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27. Happiness Is Dough Full

Canada consumes more doughnuts and has the highest number of doughnut shops per capita of any country in the world. You cannot enjoy a doughnut without smiling.

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26. Say What

When a rabbit gets excited and begins hopping around, it’s called a binky. When describing a large number of bunnies, it is called a fluffle. In Sweden, there are competitions that focus on rabbit show jumping, known there as Kaninhoppning.

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25. It Just Starts With One

If you start laughing long enough, even if you don’t feel like doing it at first, you will begin to start laughing for real. Try it and see!

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24. All You Need

The Beatles used the word ‘love’ an amazing 613 times in their songs.

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23. A Good Deed Is Never Forgotten

Each year, over 20,000 tulips are sent to Canada by the Netherlands. This is a thank you gift, for the country’s aid in WWII.

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22. Don’t Sweat It

It only takes 17 muscles to break out into a smile, but a whopping 43 muscles to frown.

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21. The Contagious Effect

Seeing someone else with a smile on their face, will not only make you happier, but might encourage you to smile too. Share the happiness!

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20. Putting Things Into Perspective

Every single human being started out as a single cell, for about half an hour. Also, despite the dangers of life, none of your direct ancestors died without having some offspring.

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19. Always Room For More

No matter how old you get, there will always be something new to discover.

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18. No Monkey Business Allowed

In the city of South Bend, Indiana, USA, a monkey was not only tried, but charged for smoking a cigarette.

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17. Can’t Stop Me Now

If a sea sponge gets blended in a blender, it can still reform back into a sea sponge. How’s that for tenacity?

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16. Skills That Always Count

Happiness is a learned skill, and it isn’t super challenging to achieve. It’s a reason to feel great and full of potential, yes?

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15. Share The Joy

Social media is used to share more good news than bad. Pass on the good news.

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14. We are the Universe

Everyone are literally made of star dust. Hydrogen and Helium (what stars are made of) are fused in the cores of stars and form all the heavier elements. When stars explode their contents are scattered across the universe and those scraps became everything and everyone.

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13. Doing It For The Kids

In certain hospitals, window washers will dress up like superheroes, bringing a much needed smile to sick kids who are patients.

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12. Float On

Somewhere in the world, there is a baby discovering bubbles for the first time.

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11. Down Under Surprises

The quokka is probably one of the happiest animals on the planet Earth. It has no fear of humans, and almost always seems to have a perpetual smile on it’s face. The quokka likes to give hugs, is naturally curious.

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10. A Trip Down Memory Lane

Taking a look at old photos can help improve your mood (even more than eating chocolate or drinking wine.) Here’s to good memories!

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9. Two Paths To Getting Happy

Trying new things and exercising not only help make people feel happier, but also helps them to retain more positive feelings.

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8. Dolphins Are Dears

Dolphins call to each other with distinct sounds i.e. names. They also remember their friends.

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7. Sleep On It

Getting enough rest not only helps the body recuperate, but also makes you less sensitivity to negativity. Getting enough zzzs increases happiness.

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6. Beat Out By A Doppelganger

Actor Charlie Chaplin once entered into a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest. He actually lost to another competitor.

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5. Good For More Than One Thing

Viagra has the ability to extend the life span of fresh cut flowers for up to a week longer than their normal limit. Zing!
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4. Friends From A Galaxy Far Far Away

Star Wars characters C-3PO and R2-D2 made a guest appearance on an episode of Sesame Street. The two played games and sang along with members of Sesame Street. R2-D2 even managed to make a love connection with a fire hydrant.

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3. The Never Ending Jelly

There is a jellyfish which is scientifically proven to be immortal.

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2. Thumbs Up

The well known ‘like’ button on Facebook, was originally going to be called the ‘awesome’ button.

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1. The Power Of Helping

Chimpanzees will not only help chimps they don’t know, but also help humans to grab an object out of their reach. They will aid others, even if there is no reward for the good deed.

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