Feel Good Friday
By Admin on March 10, 2021
HAPPY FEEL GOOD FRIDAY!
With all the negativity in the world right now, we want to bring you some good vibes as you’re heading into the weekend. So, we’re making every Friday a Feel Good Friday. Tune into MIX 96 on your radio and check out our social media pages (@mix96sac), where we’ll be sharing stories that will make you feel good, every Friday!
Share your Feel Good Friday stories on social media using the hashtag #FeelGoodFriday and tag us to have your story shared!
March 31, 2023
A blind Elk Grove dog has inspired a book, “Crooze On, Croozer”. The book, written from the pup’s perspective, takes readers through the true story of Croozer’s adventures and challenges in navigating his blindness. Croozer’s owner is travelling the country, talking about the book and it’s message…wthat the things that make you different can often be your “superpower.” Here’s the link to buy the book. Proceeds will be donated to Paws for a Purpose, which helped save his life.
March 24, 2023
The Houston Zoo announced this week that a 90-year-old tortoise named Mr. Pickles became a father for the first time. His species is critically endangered, so they joked that it’s a really “big DILL.” His wife Mrs. Pickles is 53, so it’s a real May-December romance. They welcomed three hatchlings named Dill, Gherkin, and Jalapeño. HERE’S a photo.
March 17, 2023
Who couldn’t use a little extra inspiration in their life? Have you heard of Positive Potato, the little crocheted potato that comes with a tiny inspirational sign? These adorable accessories are popping up everywhere, holding signs that say things like “I may be a tiny potato, but I believe in you. Go do your thing!” They make great gifts for anyone who could use a bit of encouragement, including yourself. You can find handmade Positive Potatoes, or buy a pattern to make your own
March 17, 2023
Sac State celebrated its first ‘Happiness Day’ yesterday. It was hosted by the Psychology Department to educate students about the benefits of happiness, like a longer life and more career success. On average, happy people live 10 years longer! Students were taught various ways to boost happiness and Herky the Hornet was there giving out free hugs. International Happiness Day is Monday, March 20.
March 10, 2023
A big breakthrough in breast cancer research! A team of Texas A&M researchers found that a hormone secreted by muscles during exercise can reduce tumor growth and even kill cancerous cells. Here’s even more good news, you don’t have to be super fit for this to benefit you. They found that this prevention mechanism works in both long-time fitness enthusiasts and exercise newcomers.
March 10, 2023
This is so heartwarming. A nonprofit called Loose Ends was recently formed by longtime friends. If someone passes away . . . like a grandparent . . .volunteers take their unfinished knitting project, and finish it for you. It’s free. You just pay shipping. They’ve only been around six months and already have thousands of volunteers from all around the world. It’s like getting a piece of your loved one back.
March 3, 2023
Three nights into a stay at Excalibur in Vegas, a couple discovered someone’s cat was living in their hotel room, explaining why their personal items had been knocked from the bathroom counter during their stay and the shower smelled like urine. Turns out the cat had gotten separated from its owner, who had stayed in the room previously. It was living in a tiny space under the sink and drinking toilet water to survive. Poor kitty. Thankfully, the rescued cat was found to be in good health and was recently reunited with its owner. Ironically, the couple who found the cat are veterinarians.
March 3, 2023
If you’ve ever lost your phone, you know how quickly the panic sets in. When someone lost their phone at Walmart the family that found it decided to record a fun video for the owner to find later. The mini music video begins with the dad singing, “”We found your phone! We found your phone!” The mother pops in with, “He found your phone! He found your phone! And we found your phone!” “In the baby section! In the baby section!” While their sons excitedly join in, their daughters look like they might die from embarrassment. Once the phone’s owner discovered the video they posted it on TikTok so we could all enjoy this gem. See the video HERE
February 23, 2023
Bindi shared a warm tribute to her dad on what would have been her father Steve Irwin’s 61st birthday. “Happy Birthday, Dad. Thank you for instilling a love for all species, courage to follow my heart and determination to make a difference in the world for wildlife and wild places. Your legacy lives on and the world is forever changed because of your dedication to conservation. Mum, Robert and I love and miss you so much.” Even though he passed away suddenly in 2006, he is still adored by fans around the world with the sweet message prompted an outpouring of love for the family of The Crocodile Hunter.
February 17, 2023
A California start-up has saved thousands of used electric vehicle battery packs from landfills by diverting them into an energy storage facility. BWU Storage Solutions made a million bucks last year selling stored renewable energy to the CA power grid, thanks to 1,300 used battery packs from Toyota and Honda EVs. Worn out over long years of powering cars, the batteries nevertheless have continued use as a way to store excess solar and wind energy for times when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. Grid storage in large-demand states like California is a useful destination for these battery packs, and could potentially lower storage costs by 40%”
February 17, 2023
This feel good story comes out of Missouri, where a desperate mom went on Facebook looking to PAY someone to hang out with her 24-year-old son, Christian, who has Down syndrome. “I’m looking for a young man, between the ages of 20-28 who would like to make some extra money,” Donna Herter wrote. “Two days a month for two hours, I’ll pay you to be my son’s friend. All you have to do is sit with him and play video games in his room. Nothing else.” The post quickly went viral. Tons of people got in touch and said they’d love to be his friend, filling their calendar for the next several months. “He has not been this happy in years; this is the happiest I’ve seen him in years.”
February 10, 2023
Two giraffes at the Des Moines Blank Park Zoo are predicting a Chiefs Super Bowl win. Zoo staff set up two bundles of food along an enclosure, with a Chiefs and Eagles logo on each container. 5-month-old Bacari and his mom both ate from the Chiefs side, so zookeepers think that means a win for the Chiefs. Zoo spokesperson Ryan Bickel said he originally wanted an eagle to make this year’s prediction, representing the Philadelphia logo. Unfortunately, the logistics weren’t as easy as the giraffe’s setup. “I talked with the keeper about how we could do this, how we could set this up. They said the eagles don’t really care about football,” he said. We will see just how accurate the giraffe’s predictions are tomorrow. What’s yours?
February 10, 2023
Here’s your gentle reminder to get outside. The cure for what’s ailing you may be as simple as hanging out at your local park, lake, or garden. A study out of Finland found visiting green spaces 3 or 4 times a week may lower your need for medication for depression, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, and asthma. The key seems to be actually leaving your home to enjoy these natural environments and not just viewing them from your window. The more frequent the visits, the better the outcome. More and more scientific evidence points to the health benefits of being exposed to nature and the increase of the quality of life.
February 3, 2023
There’s a guy in Long Island who has an interesting hobby. He visits estate sales and secondhand shops weekly to buy old home movies and photo albums JUST so he can reunite them with the families featured in them. While he enjoys the detective work involved, his favorite part is the reactions people have to being reunited with these items. He says “People are often quite emotional when we get in touch – most of these items are lost after a house move or a family death: the people clearing someone’s stuff don’t always know what they’re getting rid of.” You can follow him and see if he’s got any of your family memories at @museumoflostmemories and www.museumoflostmemories.com
February 3, 2023
A food truck provided free healthy meals and fresh produce to 200 people in Stockton who needed it most. Las Maris Vegan Food Truck was cofounded by south Stockton native Carlos Bryant, who grew up watching his neighbors struggle to find affordable and healthy food options. Bryant and Stockton City Councilwoman Kimberly Warmsley teamed up with PETA to give out free vegan chicken burritos and watermelon aguas frescas from his food truck. Free bags of food along with fresh produce and other healthy vegan options like tofu and lentils were also given out. Bryant said this is the first of many plans to confront food injustice along with other issues in the community.
January 27, 2023
JC Penney is helping senior dogs find their fur-ever homes! Their Portraits by Lifetouch business is taking portraits of senior dogs at 10 rescues or shelters across the nation to help them get adopted through “Portraits for Pups.” The older dogs debuted on the website today and will be featured through Feb. 28. Customers can go to the shelter’s website from the page. JCPenney said it also will donate $1,000 to each shelter and provide each with a $500 JCPenney gift card to purchase supplies such as towels, blankets, cleaning equipment, bowls and beds.
The shelters feature include PAWS Philadelphia as well as PAWS Atlanta, Georgia; Austin Pets Alive, Austin, Texas; PAWS Chicago, Illinois; Dallas Dog and Dallas Pets Alive in Texas; LA Animal Services in Los Angeles, California; MisPits and Friends in Louisville, Kentucky; Humane Society of Greater Miami, Florida; The Animal League, Orlando, Florida; and HALO Animal Rescue, Phoenix, Arizona.”
January 27, 2023
On Christmas morning, a 10-year-old girl gathered the leftover snacks believed to have been sampled by Santa, and sent them to the police. Along with the evidence she included a handwritten note saying “Dear Cumberland Police Department, I took a sample of a cookie and carrots that I left for Santa and the reindeer on Christmas Eve and was wondering if you could take a sample of DNA and see if Santa is real?” A full-scale investigation was launched. However, the Rhode Island Department of Health says it was not able “to definitively confirm or refute the presence of Santa.” The department tweeted that “we all agree that something magical may be at play.”
AirTags have been in the news as people have used them to track lost luggage, but now they are getting credit for helping to save the life of saved the life of Seamus, an 18-month-old Australian Shepherd dog in San Bernadino, CA. Seamus was swept away from his owner in flood waters earlier this week. The dog was swept downstream and was spotted by witnesses for around a mile, until he disappeared. Using the AirTag in Seamus’s collar, firefighters found him in an access tube.”Seamus was equipped with both Apple AirTag and a conventional ID Tag,” the local fire department posted online, “which aided rescuers and owners in tracking the pup and reuniting them.”
After the most recent storms, a man in Rancho Cordova posted on the Next Door app offering his phone number to help anyone in surrounding areas, cutting down fallen trees, repairing fences and clearing out their gutters. He’s traveled all over the Greater Sacramento Area, offering his services for free to anyone that needs it. He says he began trimming tree’s when he was 16 years old so he has been buying tools and collecting gear over the years, and now he wants to help out anyway he can. Read more, here!
A man who is being credited with saving the lives of 24 people by breaking into a school in upstate New York during the ‘worst storm in a generation’ has been gifted Super Bowl tickets from the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. Jay Withey broke into a school building on Christmas Eve to get 2 dozen people, including several seniors and two dogs, out of the deadly storm. For his heroic efforts he’s been gifted two tickets to next month’s Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona. “The selflessness that people showed to help others during the storm is what Western NY is really made of,” a Police spokesperson.
Volunteers have been popping up at schools and malls to help busy parents wrap Christmas presents. The Grandparents Club at St. Michael’s helped wrap presents in exchange for donations that go right back into the school. You’re are also welcome to bring your gifts to Sunrise Mall where the Bella Vista Jr. Broncos are wrapping presents all the way though Christmas Eve. For any parent who has stayed up into the wee hours wrapping gifts, this is a big help.
An L.A. County girl named Madeline just became the first person to ever receive an official license for a pet unicorn. Madeline was covering all bases, in case she finds a unicorn or gets one for Christmas, so she wrote a letter to L.A. County Animal Services & Control, asking their permission to keep a unicorn in her backyard. Two weeks later, she got their approval and an official unicorn license. Director Marcia Mayeda said: “It is always rewarding to hear from young people who thoughtfully consider the requirements of providing a loving home to animals. We commend Madeline’s sense of responsible pet ownership to seek permission in advance to keep a unicorn in Los Angeles County. As a result, we issued her a preapproved unicorn license.” The conditions to house a mythical creature included that the unicorn must be provided ample exposure to sunlight, moonbeams and rainbows and have its horn polished at least once a month with a soft cloth. Any glitter used on the unicorn should be biodegradable and nontoxic and that it can be fed its favorite treat of watermelon at least once a week. You can see Madeline’s letter here. I hope Santa brings that unicorn to Madeline this year!
In and around more than a dozen cities in India, brightly colored caterpillars, octopi and elephants have begun appearing in empty lots, much to the joy of local children. Built from old tires and industrial waste like scrap metal and ropes, these climbers, jungle gyms and swings are low-cost, sustainable play spaces created by Bangalore’s Anthill Creations. A new playground can be built in just five days for around $2,500, a fraction of the cost of a standard playground. Reusing some of the 100 million tires discarded in India every year also helps the environment, reducing the air pollution created by tire burning. Each tire is carefully cleaned, inspected and painted before being repurposed in the 300 playgrounds Anthill has so far built across India. Happy kids + cleaner environment = Big win for everyone!