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The Good News: Peace for Today 
23rd-Jan-2008 11:10 am
The following is a message cumulating research on the effects of "happy news" on a person's brain (and is relevant to peace by drawing the conclusion that more happiness makes for a more peaceful day and/or person).

And this is a happy monkey.

The idea is inspired by Matthieu Ricard, kinda.

[link] To scientists, he is the world's happiest man. His level of mind control is astonishing and the upbeat impulses in his brain are off the scale.

[link - #2, "Happiness"] "... those who test high for hopefulness can endure the pain of freezing water twice as easily as those who don't..."

Many psychologists and others working towards mental health will ask people to stay away from the news for a week to see if it makes them feel better. Usually the news reports mostly on what's going on that's bad in the world. The popularity of websites like I Can Has Cheezburger? and Cute Overload are due to work-hour (mostly, lunch-break-hour) visitors who say seeing something funny and fuzzy in the middle of the day makes them think the world isn't such a crappy place after all; it cheers their spirits.

Maybe giving up the news altogether would be out of the question for some people - so here's to spreading a little good news going on around the world, too.

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A livejournal community, happy_news, picked up on the idea of happier news, also. Although they only update as often as people post good stories, it's still probably worth it to read back a couple pages if you're hungry to hear good stuff going on in the world.

A slew Mother Teresa quotes, which are pro-peace and involve people's daily lives. @WikiQuote and @BrainyQuote.

Even a little bit of good news (or cats with funny captions) can have a positive effect on a person.

Thank you for reading.

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If you have any suggestions for inspiring more peace in your day, please send a message to leovoti, or leave a comment.

If you'd rather direct someone to some happy news instead of this little compilation article, that'd be great! but here are some links in keeping with this blog's style...


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