From the incredible resilience of nature to heartening human achievements, we have compiled a list of 20 facts that will wrap you in a warm embrace and remind you of the beauty that surrounds us each day.
So, get ready to embark on a comforting journey filled with delightful tidbits, straight from the collective wisdom of the Reddit community, that will lift your spirits and fill your heart with joy.
Someone posted, “What are some VERY comforting facts?” And the thread was flooded with incredible nuggets of knowledge shared by the kind-hearted humans of the internet.
1. One Time Seizures
Someone commented, “The vast majority of people with a first-time seizure will never have another seizure again and will not need lifelong anti-seizure medication. Everybody gets one freebie!”
A mom shared, “When my son’s neuro told us this, I cried in relief. It’s only been 6 months, but it has been true so far!”
Another individual replied, “Wow, this is actually awesome to know. One of the scariest moments of my life was when a friend had a seizure, but she hasn’t had one since!”
2. Befriending Crows
A Reddit user shared the following interesting tidbit, “Crows will let other crows know if you’re a good person. Feeding a crow in your backyard can quickly become many crows over time since the rumor spreads.
“And nearby crows in your area will know you as one they like. They can also be known to be protective of you and even bring you gifts. Sufficed to say, crows are one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet, and they are truly underrated.”
Someone else recalled, “Yes! My high school biology teacher told us a story of a guy who would feed the crows so much that they started to protect him by attacking any neighbors that got close to his property.
“He told his neighbors to start feeding the crows too, and soon the whole street was friends with the crows. One day the crows were being really loud and seemed really distressed, so someone came out, and the crows led the neighbor to an elderly woman who had collapsed while gardening. She survived because of the crows.”
3. Dogs Can Tell Time
Someone wrote, “Dogs can tell the time by the strength of your scent in your home; they’ll learn when your scent is at a certain weakness, that’s when you come home, and that’s why you’ll notice a lot of dogs preparing for their owners to come home. It’s proven that if you leave out clothes that smell like you, it’ll confuse the dog, and they can’t do that anymore.”
Another Reddit user hilariously shared, “Fun fact, I have this as my fun fact prompt on Hinge and Bumble, and it has gotten me more likes than anything else I’ve ever put on a dating profile.”
4. Brand New Person
Someone said, “Your body’s cells constantly regenerate to the point where you could say you’re a whole new person every 7 years. Very therapeutic to those with trauma.”
To which another person wrote, “I have used this fact as comfort for 5 years now. Every year in June, I celebrate the fact that it has been one more year since the last day he touched me, and I am almost a completely new person.”
Another girl wrote, “Only 2 more years to go, and I’m a brand new person from the trauma my ex left on me then.”
So much love and power to anyone battling through past traumas. You got this!
5. The Kitty Cares
One Reddit user wrote, “Housecats would meow and wait by the bathroom door if you don’t let them in while you’re inside. They do this because in nature, animals are open to dangers while “using the bathroom”, and your cat is just trying to protect you from the dangers of indoor plumbing!”
Someone else added, “If I shut my cat outside the bathroom door, he’ll stick his paws underneath and try to reach for me.”
Maybe cats aren’t as heartless as they’re portrayed to be. They’re adorable inside and out!
6. Thank you Jupiter!
A Reddit User wrote, “Jupiter has been protecting Earth from almost every stray asteroid strike coming in from out of the solar system since the planets first formed.”
To which a confused Redditor replied, “This is neat…please explain!”
A helpful user then explained, “Jupiter’s gravity is really strong, so most asteroids go that way instead.”
7. Man’s Best Friend
Someone wrote, “Dogs love us as much as we love them. Studies have found that when dogs look at each other, they get an oxytocin surge, but they also get a surge like that when they interact with us. Cats do as well, but they don’t get quite the same level of surge that dogs do.”
Someone else replied, “They get rushes of oxytocin just like we do when touching us. Truly the best damn creatures. 11/10.”
8. Switzerland’s Time Bank
A Reddit user commented, “Switzerland has implemented a scheme ‘Time Bank’, which is an old-age assistance program, under which people can volunteer to look after the elderly who require assistance, and then, the number of hours they spend with or caring for seniors gets deposited in their individual social security account.
“Eventually, when the volunteer reaches that old age when he or she requires support, this ‘Time Bank’ can help them by providing time-based services which include consultations, babysitting, hairdressing, gardening, tutoring, or any other time-consuming job in addition to being looked after by a volunteer as well. About 34 countries are trying to apply this scheme.”
Very Wholesome and humane!
9. Otter Link
A Redditor shared this adorable fact: “Sea otters hold hands when they sleep to keep from drifting apart.”
To which a mom responded with an equally adorable story about her daughter, “My daughter found this out when she was little, and ever since, when we lie down together, she asks for an “otter link”. She’s in college now and still asks.”
So OTTERLY adorable!
10. Guinea Buddies
A user commented, “It’s illegal in Switzerland to own just one guinea pig. You have to have at least two if you want to have any. Guinea pigs get lonely.”
Another user added, “When one (of two) of my Guinea pigs died, the next week, my other one got noticeably depressed. Didn’t run up for her treats anymore, didn’t run around playing; she was just sad and depressed. Got her two new friends, and she perked right up.”
11. Bikers Against Child Abuse
A Reddit user commented, “There is a group of bikers called bikers against child abuse who support child abuse victims in court by looking tough and giving the kids confidence to testify against their abusers; it’s actually an international group.”
Someone else added, “They’ll also act as security outside a child’s house leading up to the trial. I recall reading that in an article about BACA.”
Another user shared, “I used to work as a victim advocate for a rape crisis center. My one and only case that went to trial involved a child. BACA came every day, escorted the family from their house to the courthouse and back daily, sat through the entire trial, and was there for support after. They are amazing people; I will never forget them. Big teddy bears.”
A cat owner shared, “Adult cats only meow at humans! Kittens meow to get their mother’s attention, but wild cats stop meowing at each other as they move into adulthood. However, pet cats have realized that their cute chirps have the same effect on people as mother cats. So meowing is basically a form of cat communication specifically for humans!”
Brb, our hearts are so full; gonna go cry now.
13. A Bird’s Love
A Redditor commented, “Parrots (specifically Cockatiels) will raise their wings when they see someone/thing they love. When looking from behind, their raised wings resemble a heart.”
Someone else responded, “Oh my gosh..my birds do that a lot when I pick them up, and I always thought it was adorable because they look like little ladybugs…. I’m going to cry now.”
14. Airplane Safety
Someone wrote, “Commercial airplanes are made to withstand turbulence MUCH worse than anything you’re likely to ever experience on a commercial flight.”
An aviation engineer responded, “I study aircraft engineering, and let me tell you: aircrafts are the one safest mode of transportation, and that is because entire teams of people make it their entire career to make sure mechanical failures don’t happen.
“Every part can take loads stronger than what they’ll ever be subjected to. Every possible scenario is thoroughly considered and planned for in advance, and every aircraft is regularly taken down piece by piece to make sure everything is in working order. Accidents are so rare because we don’t let them happen.”
15. Scientific Advancements
A drug researcher shared the following hopeful and inspiring news, “I work in drug research for neuropathic pain.
“New drugs are being developed to treat pain without crossing the blood-brain barrier. This will eliminate negative side effects like tolerance, addiction, tremors, schizophrenia, etc. Most people under 40 will receive this type of medication before they die, and it will be a huge advancement for society.
“Drug design and drug research are progressing orders of magnitude faster than we were a decade ago. The future of drug research is incredibly exciting.”
16. Giant Sea Squids
Someone commented, “This is one of my fav facts: giant sea squids were thought to be a myth until 2000/2001 when one washed ashore. In 2004, one was first photographed live. It helps me remember that just because I can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s impossible.”
They added, “It also leaves room for magic and hope and something redeeming. All those people who told sea stories of the giant squid were vindicated. And that makes me feel hopeful that the good things and true things will all eventually surface.”
To which another user responded, “Love it. Gorillas were thought to be a myth before they were officially discovered in the late 1800s too. I think many of our legends have some truth behind them.”
17. Book Buddies
A Redditor shared, “There is a book buddies program where young kids read to shelter cats. The kids improve their reading, and the cats love the attention. We tried this at home. My cat now sits in my son’s favorite spot waiting for him to come read.”
18. It’s Never Too Late
A Reddit user wrote, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been. Van Gogh didn’t start painting until his late twenties. JK Rowling didn’t publish Harry Potter until her late thirties. Samuel L Jackson didn’t get his first big role until his 40s.”
It is never too late to start anything; remember, life is a marathon, not a race.
19. You’re Not Alone
Someone shared a helpful reminder, “There is nothing new under the sun. It may seem odd at first, but I take comfort in knowing that, except for some extremely special circumstances, we are not alone in our feelings and experiences.
“Unrequited love? Countless stories about it. Unimaginable loss? Someone else has gone through it, no matter how tragic and terrifying. Your worst mistake? Others have made the same one and recovered.
“We are never truly alone. It’s scary to make ourselves vulnerable, but if you look, there is someone who knows your story, and many of them want to help.”
20. Fear of Going Under
A nurse shared the following comforting fact to help those with a fear of being put under, “Nurse here. If you’re having a general anesthetic for a routine operation and worried about dying while under, please be aware there are about 7 different “levels” of stuff we can do to bring you back.
“So if the thing we normally do doesn’t work, we’ve got plan B, then we’ve got plans C, D, E, F, G& H. (and we rarely need to even go to Plan C, let alone the rest!)
“It’s ridiculously rare for you to never wake up from a routine op; of course, it happens occasionally, but for every case you’ve heard about it happening, there are THOUSANDS of identical operations where it didn’t. I’ve been working for 15 years, and it’s literally never happened anywhere I’ve worked.”
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