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Tree-Filled City Parks Make People as Happy as Christmas Day, Says New Study of Twitter Posts

This first-of-its-kind study used people's tweets to track their moods after visiting public parks—and they found that trees make us as happy as Christmas.

Good News in History, August 19

This daily column features all the good news, anniversaries and birthdays from this day in history—August 19.

Good News in History, August 4

35 years ago today, Prince began a 24-week run at the top of the US album charts with Purple Rain. His sixth studio album,...

Good News in History, August 1

200 years ago today, the great American author Herman Melville was born in New York City. Though his masterpiece, Moby Dick, eventually became beloved...

Good News in History, July 28

60 years ago today, in their preparation for newly-declared U.S. statehood, Hawaiians voted to elect the first Asian-American—Hiram L. Fong (R)—to the U.S. Senate,...

Good News in History, July 11

50 years ago today, David Bowie released his renown single Space Oddity. A song about the maiden launch of an astronaut named Major Tom,...

Good News in History, June 26

On this day 60 years ago, the 370-mile St. Lawrence Seaway was officially opened, marking the completion of one of the greatest engineering feats...

Good News in History, June 13

30 years ago, the 16th James Bond film, License to Kill, premiered. Starring Timothy Dalton in the role of the fictional spy, it is...

Good News in History, June 9

On this day 110 years ago, Alice Ramsey, a 22-year-old mom from Hackensack, New Jersey, began a journey that led to her becoming the...

Good News in History, June 3

Starting on this day 55 years ago, Jimmy Nicol got to be a Beatle for 13 days during the height of Beatlemania. When Ringo...

Instead of Excess Produce Going to Landfills, Companies Are Sending It Off to Be Dried into New Snacks

Rather than letting thousands of pounds of fruits and veggies go to a landfill, companies are sending them to a startup that turns food waste into snacks.

Good News in History, May 31

200 years ago today, Walt Whitman, one of America’s greatest poets, was born in New York. He published his seminal collection, Leaves of Grass, when he...

Good News in History, May 28

Happy 75th Birthday to Gladys Knight, the singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and author. She won two Grammys in one year with her group Gladys...

Good News in History, May 27

25 years ago today, the Nobel prize winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn flew back to his native Russia after 20 years of exile in the...

Construction Begins On First Ever Commercial Plastics-to-Fuel Factory in the US

The new factory is being hailed as the first ever commercial-scale factory for turning plastics into fuel in the United States.

Good News in History, May 10

150 years ago today, the eastern and western territories of the massive United States were finally linked by a golden spike that completed construction of...

Good News in History, April 28

150 years ago today, Chinese and Irish laborers working on the First U.S. Transcontinental Railroad laid ten miles of track in one day, a...

Good News in History, April 25

300 years ago today, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe was first published. Most people consider it the first novel in the English language, it...

In Groundbreaking First, Doctors Say They Have Cured Several Infants of ‘Bubble Boy’ Disease

Scientists have developed a groundbreaking new gene therapy treatment for infants born with the life-threatening “bubble boy” disease.

Good News in History, April 15

Happy 60th Birthday to the beloved British actress, writer, and comedian Emma Thompson. She won two Academy Awards (the only person ever to win both)—one...