With all the negativity brought by the pandemic crisis, we can’t help but feel low. Sure we’ve been hearing bad news on TV almost everyday, or reading complaints online all the time, but being stuck at home and having limited things to do? We’re not used to that. Hence, we get frustrated. 

But that’s okay. It’s normal to feel that way in this challenging time. But hey, look on the other side. There’s still some things to be happy about.

Check out these good news that will definitely put a smile on your face and will inspire you to keep going.

1. Free concert by artists around the world 

Here’s something to get you entertained and sing along with the iconic artists around the world while raising funds to help the needy.

One World: Together At Home global special will be aired on April 18, 2020 in celebration and support of healthcare workers. 

Historic broadcast to be hosted by Jimmy Fallon of ‘The Tonight Show,’  Jimmy Kimmel of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and Stephen Colbert of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ Friends from Sesame Street Also on hand to help unify and inspire people around the world to take meaningful actions that increase support for the global COVID-19 response.

Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, broadcast to include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas,  Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.

This will also feature real experiences from doctors, nurses and families around the world.

To know more details about this concert, read here.

2. Free online courses by top universities


Self-improvement is a productive thing that you can do while at home. Take advantage of the free online courses offered by some of the world’s leading universities like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, and Harvard.

Here are some of the courses available:

Finance for Everyone, University of Michigan

Child Nutrition and Cooking, Stanford University

Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace, University of Maryland

The Science of Well-Being

You can check out all the free online courses available at Class Central or https://www.classcentral.com

Aside from these links given, there are more courses to learn offered online. Let your mind travel and explore the amazing world of the internet. Take advantage of this free time of yours adding more knowledge. 

3. 107-year-old Dutch woman is the world’s oldest person to survive COVID-19

This is something to give hope to those battling with COVID-19. Centenarian Cornelia Ras fell ill on March 17, a day after her 107th birthday, after attending a church service with fellow residents of her nursing home on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee, south-west of Rotterdam. On April 6, the pensioner was told that she had beaten the virus.

4. The environment is healing


Air quality is significantly improving. Secretary Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that the major cause of climate change, which is air pollution mainly due to industrial and transport-related carbon emissions, is being abated significantly.

He also highlighted the reduced volume of waste in public places because people are in strict home quarantine while factories, offices, buildings and businesses like restaurants are closed.

Canal water in Venice has cleared up without boat traffic. Air pollution in China has plunged amid unprecedented lockdowns. In Thailand and Japan, mobs of monkeys and deer are roaming streets now devoid of tourists.

5. Free counseling or psychotherapy services


The University of the Philippines Diliman Psychosocial Services (UPD PsycServ) is offering free counseling or psychotherapy services for those affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the Philippines.

UPD PsycServ is temporarily offering telepsychotherapy sessions or consultations for free to:

– Frontline workers (e.g. health care workers, service providers, etc.)

– COVID-19 patients, PUMs & PUIs

– Relatives of frontliners, patients, and PUMs & PUIs, and

– Anyone who is affected/disturbed by the COVID-19 pandemic

To avail of this, just send a text or Viber message to 09063743466 or 09167573157 with your name and concern.

You can also accomplish a form on the link http://bit.ly/PsycServPH to receive a call from a PsycServ volunteer from Monday to Friday,  9 am to 5 pm.

Aside from this, there are many people, organizations, companies and governments around the world, stepping up to help flatten the curve. These news are inspiring that we can reflect on, something to work on for ourselves too if we can reach the same capability of help. 

But this doesn’t mean we won’t do our part anymore. Staying at home is our own contribution and having the vision of seeing the bigger picture that this will eventually end. 

Additional thought to continuously keep yourselves happy according to www.health.harvard.edu is to be grateful. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. So there you have it. Let’s all share the love and embrace the positivity in life!

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