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A New Study Shows Gardening Can Be An Instant Mood-Booster
The therapeutic benefits of gardening have been known for centuries, but a new study shows that even healthy people can experience a boost in mental wellbeing from gardening. The study, which compared the effects of gardening and art classes on a group of healthy women, found that gardening can help improve mood and reduce anxiety. The participants in the study enjoyed the gardening courses and plan to continue growing long after the study is over.
After Fleeing War, This Ukrainian Ballerina is Now Shining in Swan Lake
Ganna Muromtseva, a Ukrainian ballerina, had to flee Kyiv due to the war, leaving her career behind. A year later, she has found herself performing Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Hungarian State Opera, taking on the dream dual role of ethereal white swan Odette and deceptive swan Odile. Ganna had previously danced the role for more than five years with her home company in Ukraine, making her return to the stage even more meaningful. Despite the challenges, Ganna remains resilient and passionate, reminding others to never give up on what they love.
A Flight Attendant and Delivery Driver Reunited a Stranger With Her Lost Luggage
In a heartwarming story from downtown Toronto, a delivery driver went above and beyond to reunite a stranger with her lost luggage. Spotting two bags in the middle of the street with Air Canada tags, he decided to take action and drop them off at a nearby police station. This act of kindness sparked a chain of events that led to the bags being reunited with their owner. A Facebook post by a friend of the delivery driver caught the attention of an Air Canada flight attendant, who tracked down the owner, and let her know her luggage was waiting for her!
These Elementary School Students Came Together to Donate Essentials to Those in Need
The students at Lincoln Elementary School spent most of the month collecting dental items for the homeless community in Springfield as part of a school-wide supply drive. Spearheaded by kindergarten teacher Aimee Newton, the drive not only taught the kids about healthy dental hygiene habits but also encouraged friendly competition between classes to collect the most supplies. The students collected over 2,000 items, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss, which will be donated to organizations supporting the homeless community in Springfield.
Here Are Six Times Mister Rogers Made the World a Better Place
Today would have been Mister Rogers' 95th birthday. In honor of him and his beloved show that was the soundtrack to many of our childhoods, fans shared ways in which Mr. Rogers impacted their lives, including how he helped a child overcome her fear of the drain, how he welcomed guests of different abilities, and how he helped a them learn English. Fans also shared how Rogers became a treasured friend, providing comfort and reassurance through his kindhearted messages.
These Two Rival Teams "Banded" Together in Great a Display of Sportsmanship
In a heartwarming display of camaraderie, the Pike Central High School band stepped up to fill the silence left by a bus driver shortage, playing for the Martin County Cardinals in a high school basketball game in Eastern Kentucky. Despite being rivals, the Pike Central Band was moved by the chants of the Martin County fans, and their performance helped the Cardinals secure an 80-71 victory in overtime. The excitement was infectious, and the two schools joined forces to cheer each other on, culminating in a beautiful display of sportsmanship.
The Hubble Telescope Has Snapped a New Photo of a Special Spiral Galaxy
Get ready for a space adventure! The Hubble Space Telescope has just captured an amazing new image of a distant galaxy, NGC 5486, that is bursting with new stars. This irregular spiral galaxy is located 110 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major, and its unique shape is likely due to the gravity of a larger neighboring galaxy. But don't worry, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning view of NGC 5486, with its sinuous spiral arms and bright core, along with several other dim, distant galaxies in the background.
India is Getting a New Lion Sanctuary to Ensure Their Protection
Great news for wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists! The Indian state of Gujarat is home to the only population of Asiatic lions outside of Africa. Thanks to successful conservation programs, their numbers have grown so much that the state government plans to relocate some of them to a new wildlife sanctuary to expand their territory and ensure continued growth. The nearby Barda Wildlife Sanctuary will soon become the second protected area on Earth where these majestic creatures can be seen.
Inside the Moroccan Mountain Village Preserving Historic Traditions
Ait Kine, a Moroccan mountain village, is home to a centuries-old collective granary that preserves the ancient practices of the Amazigh culture. The fully functional structure is used to store and protect produce, valuable documents, and traditional medicine recipes. The village's elder, Hossine Oubrahim, proudly states that the traditions are vanishing but not here in Ait Kine. This granary has even attracted the attention of tourists and researchers, with one Italian visitor describing it as a magical place.
This Couple is Travelling From the North Pole to the South Pole Using Renewable Energy
Chris and Julie Ramsey, a husband and wife from Aberdeen, are setting out to drive from the Arctic to Antarctica in an electric car this week! The couple will navigate into Canada, then head south through the United States and into warmer temperatures in South America over the space of 10 months. Their vehicle will be powered for much of the trip by solar and wind energy. They accept the journey could put a lot to the test, but are excited for the challenge.
Herbal Teas Could be the Hidden Key to Unlocking a Healthy Lifestyle
Get ready to cozy up with a cup of herbal tea, because not only is it a relaxing ritual, but it can also support various aspects of your health! Herbal teas are made from an infusion of ingredients like fruit, herbs, roots, bark, seeds, and flowers, and unlike true teas, they are caffeine-free. There are countless varieties of herbal teas enjoyed throughout the world, each offering unique health benefits. Chamomile, rooibos, peppermint, and ginger teas are all herbal teas that can improve your physical and mental health.