Tuesday Is Good News Day: May 21, 2013

You know that old saying about the news, “If it bleeds, it leads”? This weekly post is the opposite of that.

U.S. Murder Rate Still Falling!

It’s been falling since 1990, and this year it’s on track to be the lowest in a century. A CENTURY.

Kids In Texas Are Getting Healthier!

Their home environments are also improving, according to some measures.

Salt’s Not So Bad!

For decades, the average consumption of salt in the U.S. and around the world has been pretty constant, at about 3400 milligrams a day. The American Heart Association has long urged people to aim for 1500 milligrams a day, which is the lowest you can take in and still get enough to eat. Recent studies have shown no advantage to that kind of very low sodium diet. It might not even be good for you to restrict salt that much. You still shouldn’t go crazy with the salt, but some is fine.

Happy Music Makes You Happy!

If you downloaded the new Vampire Weekend album, you may already have already discovered this, but a study has proved it. A co-author of a study, Kennon Sheldon, says “we can intentionally seek to make mental changes leading to new positive experiences of life. The fact that we’re aware we’re doing this has no detrimental effect.” Another study suggests that people want to listen to sad music when they’re sad, but that doesn’t mean it’s the helpful thing to do.

 75-Year-Old Woman Graduates!

Janice Witheridge of Neward got her degree in Art History last week. Nice! She says she didn’t get invited to any frat parties. You didn’t miss anything special, Ms. Witheridge. Oh, and you know what else is cool? This father and son both graduated from Morehouse.

Have more good news to share? Let us know!

By Bryn Donovan

Romance writer, poet, quilter, and dog cuddler.

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