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Life is downright mean sometimes isn’t it? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you get fired from your job, dumped by your girlfriend and evicted from your apartment. On top of it all you’re still not completely over the ending of How I Met Your Mother and your cat has this gross eye infection that makes it a gruesome chore to even look at. Well fear not friends, because life really isn’t that bad. If the Grinch’s heart can grow three sizes so can yours. Here are 16 amazingly heartwarming facts to provide you with some joy today.

1. When two lovers stare into each others eyes their heart rates actually synchronize.

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You know how people say that when two people are in love it’s actually like they’re one complete being? Well in a way it’s kind of true – a persons heart rate will actually match up with another’s if they’re in love and staring into each others eyes.

2. Some sets of twins actually speak their own language that only they can understand.

Even though the it may sound hauntingly similar to that old possessed Furbie you’ve abandoned in your basement, twins can actually understand the gibberish they spurt out to each other. This is calledidioglossia.

3. Rats and mice are actually ticklish and even laugh when they’re being tickled.

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You may not want to try it out, but rats and mice are actually extremely ticklish, and are even known to laugh hysterically.

4. Smiling actually activated memories associated with happiness – even if it’s fake.

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That’s right, when people tell you to turn that frown upside down, you should probably listen to them.

5. Looking at cute things actually improve your mood and level of concentration.

This one isn’t that hard to believe – I mean who can be ticked off while looking at videos of bulldog puppies playing?

6. Honey bees communicate through dance.

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Turn up the volume, honey bees tell each other what’s up by shaking everything they’ve got.

7. Holding hands actually relieves stress.

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Science has proven that a persons stress level can decrease after holding hands with a loved one.

8. In Japan, Macaques are known to buy snacks from vending machines.

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No that’s not a strange looking old man buying a bag of potato chips, it’s actually a Macaques.

9. Cuddling releases natural painkillers.

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Ever hear of oxytocin? It’s created when two people cuddle or embrace one another and is said to relieve everything from headaches to joint pain.

10. The Quokka is known as the happiest animal on earth because it is constantly smiling.

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If you’re ever in a bad mood just start looking at pictures of quokkas. They legitimately never stop smiling – how awesome is that?!

11. Male puppies intentionally let female puppies win when they are play fighting.

So called ladies men could learn a thing or two from male puppies – they actually let their female counterparts win when they’re play fighting. Talk about puppy love…

12. Cows actually love music.

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If you’ve ever thought that cows were a pretty cool and laid back animal you’d be correct. A study proved that cows actually produce more milk when they’re listening to soothing music.

13. Dancing actually increases happiness.

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Some people hate dancing, but it can actually increase your happiness levels immensely. So stop being a party-pooper and shake what your momma’ gave you!

14. Cows have best friends.

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Another example of how cool cows are – it’s of scientific fact that cows have best friends that they “hang out” with for the majority of their life.

15. Cats greet one another by pressing their noses together.

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Forget about the handshake, in perhaps the most adorable way possible cats say hello to each other by touching noses.

16. Squirrels adopt babies that have been abandoned by their parents.

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You’ve probably never met an orphan squirrel, mainly because the species is known to take in abandoned babies as their own. Now that fact has some definite awe-factor.

 

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