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Good news alert! 6 positive things that happened this week

Country Living (UK) logo Country Living (UK) 2021-03-19 Emma-Louise Pritchard
a bowl of food on a table: Here, we collate five good things that have happened this week, to make you smile, laugh and feel hopeful... © Jenny Dettrick - Getty Images Here, we collate five good things that have happened this week, to make you smile, laugh and feel hopeful...

A little bit of good news goes a long way in cutting through less encouraging headlines and lifting our spirits. Here, we round-up six good things that have happened this week (from Monday 15th March), to make you smile, laugh and feel hopeful...

Being around birds makes us happy, science confirms

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Not one but two pieces of research have found that being in the presence of birds makes us happier. One of the studies, by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, concluded that it can increase life satisfaction by the equivalent of adding $150 a week to our income.

“According to our findings, the happiest Europeans are those who can experience numerous different bird species in their daily life, or who live in near-natural surroundings that are home to many species,” said the study’s lead author, Professor Joel Methorst, in a press release.

Time to go for a walk in the woods this weekend, then!

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There's a new "groundbreaking" arthritis treatment for dogs

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The roll-out of a world-first biological therapy for canine arthritis has begun. Manufactured in America by Zoeitus, the largest global animal health company, the new technology will use antibody molecules to help stop arthritic pain in our dogs. Eight vets in Scotland are the first to trail the treatment and it's already going well.

For many dogs who find walking and daily activities painful, this will give them a new lease of life.

Spain agrees to trail four-day working week

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Spain has become the first European country to trail a four-day working week with companies who are interested in conducting the experiment. They want to see if a shorter week and a better work/life balance could lead to increased productivity, improved mental health and less commuting emissions. We're sure the rest of the world will have their fingers crossed for positive results!

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Comic Relief's plastic-free red noses are on sale

Comic Relief Launches Plastic-Free Noses For Red Nose Day 2021 © Comic Relief Comic Relief Launches Plastic-Free Noses For Red Nose Day 2021

Comic Relief's first ever 100% plastic-free, plant-based Red Noses have gone on sale, along with a range of other Red Nose Day 2021 merchandise, ahead of the TV show on Friday 19th March.

The new noses – which took over 18 months to develop — are made from bagasse, a natural sustainable by-product of sugarcane. Instead of existing for hundreds of years as plastic waste, these noses will naturally biodegrade.

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IKEA launches cookbook all about kitchen scraps

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The famous flat pack furniture company have collaborated with 10 chefs on a new cookbook which focuses on recipes using kitchen leftovers. Scrapsbook is home to 50 recipes which make the most of vegetable cuttings, fruit peel and apple cores. One recipe even turns banana skins into bacon!

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UK unveils plans for zero-emission home boilers

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Heat Wayv, the designers behind the first ever microwave boiler, have laid out their plans to trial their eco-friendly boilers across the UK. The pilot is set to start in 2022 and they hope to start selling the boilers in 2024. Heat Wayv say the boilers provide zero-emission heating at the same cost as gas equivalents.

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