Have you ever considered the fact that you may be suffering from low blood pressure? Do you find yourself having an existential crisis every now and then because everything in front of your nose looks completely normal on a macro level, only for the micro details and tiny things to make absolutely no sense whatsoever? Are you constantly searching the internet in search of a reason behind your constant questioning and self-questioning of whether or not we even have anything worth living for, but never come up with a viable solution to any of your problems?

Are they ever going to find the cure for cancer in this lifetime after all those billions being spent? How many years have they wasted on useless research? Does it matter if it took all that time anyway as long as a treatment eventually comes out to fix this mess?

Okay, we can't answer all those questions. But we can give you a list of 15 reasons why things aren't really so bad:
 

Material Girls are on the endangered species list.

The pandemic is making people less materialistic. A 27% rise in media consumption during the pandemic and lockdowns seems to have reminded people that life is too short to focus on money and material things. CRACKED.COM

Source: PsyPost 

McDonald’s is taking the fry-o-matics out of Russia.

McDonald's is closing restaurants in Russia, but still paying its workers. myme McD m MyMeC Myttal M M on al Though the fast food chain is temporarily shutting down their kitchens, it will still support it's 62,000 workers. The ice cream machines will remain closed even after the stores reopen, presumably. CRACKED.COM

Source: Newsweek 

Chile now recognizes gay marriage.

Gay couples in Chile are finally tying the knot. Same-sex couples have been able to enter into civil unions since 2015, but marriage between the couples was not recognized until a bill was pushed through at the end of 2021 in the overwhelmingly Catholic country. CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC 

Valve’s console will be easy for at-home repairs.

The Steam Deck will be Right-To-Repair friendly. الصافي UN ALL CONT NE lak ENVORITES hik COLLECTIONS PORTAL 2 MT DEATHLOOP Starbew TALESANASA MILANO HTT AYSAN MENU BA BY OPTIONS SPORT The handheld PC from Valve has the consumer in mind, being mostly held together with screws instead of soldering, making it easy to repair without bringing it to an authorized retailer. CRACKED.COM

Source: Vice 

A kindergarten class set up a pep-talk hotline.

You can call a hotline to get a pep talk from kindergartners. The free hotline Peptoc was started by students of West Side Elementary, a small school in the town of Healdsburg, CA. At a menu prompt, you can choose to receive words of encouragement, hear joyful laughing, or get a pep talk.0M

Source: NPR 

Whaling is on the way out.

Iceland will stop whaling by 2024. Only one whale, a Minke whale, has been killed in the past three years. There is little proof that there is any economic advantage to this activity, said Svandis Svavarsdóttir, a member of the Left Green party. CRACKED.COM

Source: The Guardian 

One NBA player is sending his whole paycheck back home.

An NBA player is donating his entire season salary to build a hospital in DR Congo. Phoenix Suns player Bismack Biyombo is taking his seven figure salary back to his home, in memory of his late father who he lost in 2021. CRACKED.COM

Source: CNN 

Dogs really do have medicinal benefits.

Dogs have pain-relieving properties. Just a 10 minute visit from a friendly pup is enough to reduce the pain of emergency room patients, according to a study with hospital therapy dogs. CRACKED.COM

Source: CNN

Masks and social distancing is working for more than just Covid.

Pandemic related precautions may have eliminated a certain strain of flu. Scientists suspect that masks and social distancing, which have time and time again been proven to work in slowing the spread of airborne diseases, have caused one of the major strains of influenza to go extinct. CRACKED.COM

Source: WebMD 

Vaccine patents won’t be enforced in some countries.

Moderna is committing to not enforce Covid-19 vaccine patents. COVID-19 Vaccine Injection Only The biotech firm will share it's vaccine tech to low and middle-income countries, as well as site a $500 million vaccine production facility in Kenya. CRACKED.COM

Source: Politico 

Declawing cats will land you in hot water.

Mayland has outlawed cat declawing. Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan says that declawing takes not just the nail, but the nail bed and part of the bone and cuts it off. What happens is that leaves a cavity there, and that makes it very painful for them to walk. CRACKED.COM

Source: People 

Six-pack rings are being made more eco-friendly.

Coors is replacing plastic six-pack rings with an eco-friendly alternative. Starting later this year, the beer will come in a recyclable, sustainable cardboard alternative to the plasting rings, which have long been death traps for marine life. Coors said it was the largest U.S. beer brand to make the change. CRACKED.COM

Source: CNN 

New Mexico made college free.

College just became tuition-free in New Mexico. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship Act., first introduced in 2019, will waive tuition for any students attending any in-state public school or tribal college, including community colleges. CRACKED.COM

Source: CNN 

Russians are going around the government’s internet restrictions.

Russian civilians are circumventing the country's internet blockade. VPN In order to bypass restrictions on accessing foreign social media and news sites, Russians are turning to VPN services to mask their location. CRACKED.COM

Source: Bloomberg 

The Pope is pumping gas in Kyiv.

Food trucks in Kyiv had their fuel paid for by the Pope. There is a big problem with fuel, so the Holy Father paid for the trucks' gasoline today, so that they could get to Kyiv and return to Lviv safely, said Cardinal Krajewski. CRACKED.COM

Source: LB 

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