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More And More People Are Talking to Their Plants - And It's Helping Their Mental Health
Plant care, or horticultural therapy, can be beneficial for overall health, including mental health, according to Gary Altman, director of the horticultural therapy program at Rutgers University. In a new survey, nearly half of respondents admitted to talking to their plants, with 62% believing it has helped their mental health. Altman describes the practice as “using plants for the purposes of treatment and rehabilitation for folks who are recovering from an illness or injury or adjusting to a disability.”
These Therapy Dogs are Supporting Families Following a Shooting in Nashville
Dogs and their heroic handlers from across America are on the road to Nashville. The "Crisis Response Canines" group is providing emotional support in the wake of a school shooting. "The interaction is very calming and very soothing," says dog handler R.A. “Bear” Berman. "Most people really like dogs and when they look at them, they just smile." These brave pups will be there for children and families until Monday, offering smiles and snuggles that can bring warmth during tough times.
Watch: This Retiring Therapy Dog Was Given a Special Farewell
In Australia, a beloved therapy dog named Norman has retired after seven years of supporting patients at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. To celebrate his final walk through the hospital, Norman was met with an honor guard of applause, cheers, and bubbles. Despite his retirement, Norman’s compassionate contributions will not be forgotten, as his visits have been a highlight for both patients and staff. Hospital staff and patients remember Norman for the happiness and comfort he brought to those he visited.
This Heroic Passerby Saved a Grandmother From a Burning Home
In West Linn, Oregon, a heroic man named Ronnie Coulam saved a grandmother from a burning home. Kai Brown was the first to spot the fire and called 911, but when he tried to help his grandmother down the stairs, she fell and was unable to get back up. Fortunately, Coulam happened to see the smoke and rushed into the burning home to carry the injured grandmother to safety. Thanks to Coulam's bravery, the grandmother was rescued and made a full recovery!
Solar Meadows: Inside the Pollinator-Friendly Solar Projects Doing it All
Amid blooms of black-eyed Susans and purple wildflowers nestled in between rows of gleaming solar panels, it's a pollinator paradise! At Connexus Energy's headquarters in Ramsey, Minnesota, you'll spot bustling bees and bumbling butterflies amongst the buzzing industry. More than 55 sites across Minnesota have attained "pollinator friendly" status with this initiative aiming to produce honey as well as carbon-free energy. A delightful dual use that brings smiles to people and critters alike!
This Family Just Took a Special Step to Help Their Son Through Cancer Treatment
Jasper O’Briant, a 16-year-old boy from Jal, New Mexico, has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer,. To show their love and support, Jasper’s father and older brother got tattoos that match one of Jasper’s scars from surgery. The tattoo, which runs along their left shoulder like Jasper’s scar, serves as a reminder of everything Jasper and his family have collectively gone through. By sharing their story, Jasper and his family hope to raise awareness and encourage more funding for osteosarcoma research.
50 Years Later, Lolita the Whale is Finally Going Home to Free Waters
Exciting news for animal lovers! Lolita, one of the oldest killer whales in captivity, will finally be returning to her home waters in the Pacific after more than 50 years. The Miami Seaquarium, where Lolita was being held, has signed an agreement with the non-profit group Friends of Lolita to relocate the orca to an ocean sanctuary in Washington state. The move is set to take place in the next 18 to 24 months with assistance from philanthropist Jim Irsay.
This 9-Year-Old is Going Viral for Sewing a Shirt For His Dad All By Himself
Nine-year-old Sam proudly presented his dad Aaron with a custom dress shirt—crafted by his own two hands! After taking sewing classes for over a year and honing the skill under great aunt Val's tutelage, this young tailor sewed up something special to show how much he loves his dad. Sam has made a pair of cat pajama pants for his brother, a dress for his cousin, scrunchies, a pillowcase, and now a shirt. Sam's father said that he and his wife encourage Sam to pursue his passion, and they are grateful to the local store where Sam hones his skills.
In Pictures: Scientists Have Spotted a New Galaxy Cluster Forming
ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile) has unveiled a cosmic surprise, discovering the formation of hot gas clouds in the birth of an ultra-distant galaxy cluster! Peeking out from its center is the Spiderweb Galaxy with its powerful supermassive black hole. By using ALMA's unparalleled resolution and sensitivity, researchers calculated 35 trillion times more mass than our sun, streaming into this universe-spanning "cosmic web". From now on it will be sculpting what will grow into an immense supercluster!
This Abandoned Train Station Has Transformed Into a Beautiful Hotel
Welcome to Canfranc Station - a luxurious hotel operated by the Barcelo Hotel Group and once an abandoned railway station! Against a snowy backdrop of the Pyrenees mountains, deep in Spain's Aragon Valley, stands this imposing yet beautiful building. The station opened grandly in 1928 with Spanish King & French President marking the occasion- but by 1970 it had closed its doors. Now, locals greet its reopening with enthusiasm as travelers come to soak up European rail history with panoramic mountain views & explore 100 years of fascinating past stories!
MLB The Show is Highlighting Historic Baseball Greats for the First Time
For the first time, MLB The Show is letting players step into a world of Black excellence! Eight legendary Negro League stars have been added to the 2023 version of the game- from Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson, to Buck O’Neil, Rube Foster & more. This multi-year partnership with Sony celebrates the history and heroes behind the league - bringing them alive in a way that'll wow gamers of all ages. Players can explore story mode videos about these greats - and enjoy gaming moments full of boldness & precision.