‘Happy’ is just like any other bull calf on his dairy farm, roaming and grazing at his will. But Happy is not entirely like his peers. He has a specially valuable skill that very few cows or bulls possess. He can literally make people smile at just the first glance! Let’s find out how.
Happy is a Holstein calf born in Barry Coster’s dairy in Australia. This particular breed features natural random black and white markings on its body. In the case of Happy, it’s a smiley face on one side! According to Mrs. Megan Coster of the farm, while number sevens, love hearts on the heads, and even a few strange abstract markings are common in Holstein calves, marking perfectly resembling a smiley face is the first-time experience in their cow-breeding life. She also informed that her husband Brian snapped a picture upon finding the calf and sent it to her, who initially suspected that the poor calf was a victim of graffiti! She zoomed in on the photo to examine the marking and to make sure none of their workers had done it.
Named ‘Happy,’ the bull calf is what is known as a ‘bobby calf’ in the dairy industry of Australia. These calves are surplus to requirements needed to replace the existing stock. But Happy isn’t going to leave the farm to join the mating bull herd. Instead, he is set to graze on the very farm he was born on, for the rest of his life. Though he wouldn’t be able to produce milk, his unique marking has landed him a perpetual role on the dairy farm. According to Mr. Coster, many of his workers love to have Happy around as a kind of mascot. His natural ability to make people smile is nothing short of bliss for hardworking people of the dairy in their mundane lives.
Nostalgia is highly impactful. Triggered by anything, from the smell of coffee to a musical note, it transports you to a moment of time that you cherished. While people often unconsciously use nostalgia as an escape, scientists have claimed that it can also help with your health, both physical and mental. While the mental effects are instantly and directly felt, the physical impact takes longer to manifest.
Remember how light it used to feel when we spent our days out in the sun mindlessly doing whatever came to mind? Be it just laying stretched out on the grass or noticing the shapes in the clouds, any such activity works. It has been proven that such activities help reduce stress which can speed up weight loss. When your body is calm, the stress hormone is reduced, thereby resuming the regular speed at which your body’s metabolism functions.
Recharge With an Old Friend
Scientists looking into Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Michigan have said that regularly catching up with close and good friends can work wonders to get rid of any tiredness you feel. When you spend time with your friends, you feel less lonely thereby reducing depression and fatigue through the release of dopamine.
Self-Control and Your Favorite Story
When you’re feeling lost or generally disoriented, it can help to watch a favorite movie or show or read a favorite book. A study published in the Social Psychological & Personality Science journal claims that immersing yourself in a familiar world with beloved characters makes you comfortable enough to fully relax, thereby eliminating any anxiety about the future.
A couple of hours before going to sleep, have a small snack that you enjoy. As per The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, having simple carbohydrates initiates the secretion of serotonin that helps you calm down and have a good sleep.