by Kevin Burton
Your favorite news source is going to bring you down chances are, with relentless bad news. So every now and then we celebrate the positive on Page 7.
It’s an idea that comes from Philippians 4:8 (KJV) “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
All stories are courtesy of the Good News Network. You ready to smile? The first is of one man’s determination, not to mention fitness, to get his job done.
“Stuck in total gridlock, an Indian doctor ditched his car and ran 1.8 miles to the hospital where one of his patients was awaiting him for gallbladder surgery.”
“Traffic in the 8-million-man metropolis of Bengaluru can be so bad, it’s ‘meme-triggering’ according to the Times of India.”
“Heavy rains on Aug. 30 had caused a particularly infamous stretch of road in the capital of the state of Karnataka to become partially waterlogged. With traffic showing no signs of easing, gastroenterological surgeon, Dr. Govind Nandakumar, made a decision.”
“He knew he already had a patient prepped for surgery, and two other patients later in the day with scheduled procedures.”
“‘I did not want to waste any more time waiting for the traffic to clear up as my patients aren’t allowed to have their meals until surgery is over,’” Nandakumar told the Times. “‘I did not want to keep them waiting for so long.’”
“The traffic in Bengaluru has prevented patients from reaching hospital emergency rooms before, so Nandakumar didn’t bother to chance it.”
“‘The patient recovered well, and the surgery went smoothly,’” he said. “‘I run every day and in fact before I had to do this I just finished in the gym. Normally I run 3-5 kilometers a day, but running in the middle of the road in formal shoes is not ideal.’”
This next story proves there’s something cool about school.
“A solar-reflective paint has been used to coat the asphalt playground of a school outside Atlanta, relieving the children from baking in the “urban heat island effect.”
“Despite mid-September weather sitting around a perfect 75°F for sports, surface air temp of the SAE School playground blacktop routinely tops 120°F.”
“Recently however, teams of volunteers and students armed with blue and tan paint turned their blacktop into a “bluetop” thanks to a special radiation-reflecting paint created by StreetBond. Thanks to the paint, the playing surfaces and surface air temp are now 12°F cooler, a welcome relief for the kids during recess.”
“‘Is it still hot? Yes. But is it as hot as it was? Absolutely not,’” Shannan Tilson, cofounder and director of operations at the school told Fast Company. “I don’t feel like I’m in an oven.”
“The paint is specially-designed for cement and asphalt demarcations like bike lanes, playgrounds, crosswalks, hotel driveways, or parking lots, and is made to prevent the flat, black surface absorbing solar radiation.”
“Cities on average are far hotter than the countryside, or even well shaded urban areas, because of the amount of flat black surfaces. They absorb copious solar energy and then radiate it out, raising the surrounding temperature on the ground and in the air. This is known as the urban heat island effect, and has the added inconvenience of molecularly damaging the asphalt even faster, in addition to roasting anyone who wants to sit down on it.”
“Children’s bodies are more vulnerable to the extreme heat, and for the SAE School, a private institution that incorporates many projects into the curriculum including those relating to environmental challenges, it’s a great example for the students of modern solutions to modern problems.
The last story is appropriate since Wednesday was National Thankfulness Day.
“The secret to maximum happiness may be expressing gratitude, a new poll suggests. The random double-opt-in survey of 2,000 Americans looked at the potential connection between gratitude and happiness — revealing that 65% of respondents who report that they’re “very happy” on a daily basis were more likely to “always” give thanks.”
“While looking at the correlation between life satisfaction and gratitude, one-third of respondents said they “always” express gratitude in their everyday lives. Of those, 62% noted they were “very satisfied” with their lives.”
“Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Motivosity, the survey also found that, on average, respondents believe they express gratitude to others about six times a month – and they receive the same amount of appreciation back.”
“There’s a dramatic correlation between gratitude and happiness,” said Logan Mallory, vice president of marketing at Motivosity. “When people are proactive about being grateful, it rewires their brain to look for positives instead of the negatives around them.
“Previous studies and these survey results tell us that if you want to experience an increase in life satisfaction, just express gratitude more often!”
On that note, thanks for reading! See you here tomorrow for some more positive news.