The world is feeling better

Daily Edition • July 1, 2024


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Stress Is Down and Positive Experiences Are Up, Global Emotions Report Finds

Every year for the better part of the past two decades, polling organization Gallup has been taking the temperature of the room, so to speak, with its Global Emotions Report. The results are in from its latest survey, and the news is positive, if a bit surprising: The world is feeling better.

The findings were derived from nearly 146,000 interviews conducted in 2023 with people ages 15 and older in 142 countries and areas. Researchers asked participants questions about their feelings and experiences the previous day, then created two index scores, positive and negative, reflecting the responses.

For the first time since 2014, experiences of stress, sadness, anger, worry, and even physical pain all decreased. The downturn resulted in the Negative Experience Index dropping two points from the previous year to 31, the same as it was in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversely, the Positive Experiences Index jumped up one point, to 71, also returning to pre-pandemic levels. Read about more of the noteworthy takeaways.

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Theodore Roosevelt’s 126-Year-Old Pocket Watch Returns Home After Theft

A pocket watch that belonged to Theodore Roosevelt has been returned to the former president’s summer estate on Long Island, New York, after it was stolen in 1987. The silver timepiece was gifted to Roosevelt by his sister Corinne and brother-in-law Douglas Robinson, and as such features the engravings “Theodore Roosevelt” and “From D.R. & C.R.R.”

“Darling Corinne, You could not have given me a more useful present than the watch; it was exactly what I wished…Thank old Douglas for the watch — and for his many, many kindnesses,” Roosevelt wrote to Corinne upon receiving the watch in 1898, the year he was elected as New York’s governor. The watch remained with him when he became vice president in 1901, and then president upon William McKinley’s assassination that same year.

It was stolen from a Buffalo, New York, museum by an unknown thief, and remained missing for nearly four decades. Last year, however, the watch turned up at an auction in Florida and was recovered by the National Park Service in collaboration with the FBI. Now returned to its rightful place — Roosevelt’s family home at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay — members of the public can view the historic pocket watch.


Innovative Researchers Are Looking to Save Rhinos via Radioactive Horns

Anything “radioactive” likely doesn’t bring up positive connotations, but in the case of South Africa’s rhinoceros population, radioactivity could be lifesaving. Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have successfully inserted low doses of radioisotopes into 20 live rhinos in an effort to stop poachers.

Every 20 hours in South Africa a rhino dies for its horn,” project lead James Larkin said in a statement, explaining that trafficked horns are “currently being the most valuable false commodity in the black-market trade, with a higher value even than gold, platinum, diamonds, and cocaine.”

The goal with the radioisotopes is to take advantage of the existing nuclear security infrastructure at ports of entry around the globe. Poachers who transport treated horns through radiation detectors will be found out, hopefully discouraging further poaching. “Ultimately, the aim is to try to devalue rhinoceros [horns] in the eyes of the end users, while at the same time making the horns easier to detect as they are being smuggled across borders,” said Larkin.

In Other News

  1. New York City libraries will have their budgets restored and resume seven-day service, thanks to public advocacy.
  2. Pope Francis announced plans to install solar panels near Rome that could supply all of Vatican City’s energy needs.
  3. Uber and Lyft drivers in Massachusetts secured a minimum wage, as well as sick leave, accident insurance, and health care benefits.
  4. The recently named World’s Ugliest Dog, Wild Thang, will appear on a limited-edition Mug Root Beer can.
  5. NASA is flying planes low across the U.S. to learn more about where air pollution is coming from and help mitigate emissions.

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Inspiring Story

Mental health matters

Singer Noah Kahan has exploded in popularity since the release of album Stick Season, and he’s put that popularity to good use. Within a year of launching The Busyhead Project, he raised $2 million to fund mental health care in rural areas.

Photo of the Day

It’s officially bear cam season! For those unfamiliar, that means the wildlife cameras at Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve are turned on 24/7 and poised to capture scores of bears searching for salmon in Brooks Falls. July is one of the most active months on the bear cam, so be sure to take a peek.

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“Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields. … Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”


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