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‘The Happy Broadcast,’ an anxiety-free news platform, inspires hope

Illustrator Mauro Gatti wants to remind us that no matter the constant influx of bad news these days, we can still be optimistic. Not through wishful thinking, but by actually being and accepting that we have the potential to look at the bright side. 

Gatti doesn’t consider himself a journalist nor an influencer, but having had his own social anxiety exacerbated by daunting headlines, he set up an online art project in 2018, called The Happy Broadcast.


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Kenya had just 16,000 elephants in 1989, and this rose to more than 34,000 in 2018, the tourism minister Najib Balala said. “In the last couple of years, we have managed to tame poaching in this country,” he told reporters during a visit to the Amboseli National Park. The number of elephants poached so far this year stood at seven, down from 34 in all of 2019, and 80 in 2018. The government has put in place stiffer penalties – longer jail terms and bigger fines – on anyone convicted of poaching or trafficking in wildlife trophies, saying poaching was harming tourism, a major foreign exchange earner. Source: Reuters (link in bio) #thehappybroadcast #elephant #baby #kenya #africa #nopoaching #elephants #wildlife #conservation #animals #progress #positivenews

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The Happy Broadcast

The Happy Broadcast spreads good news with stylized cartoons. On Instagram, it has already garnered over half a million followers.

“I want to create something positive as an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media,” Gatti wrote on his website.

“That’s why I illustrate and share positive news from around the world in the hope that it brings you some happiness and inspires you to spread some good news yourself.”

Hailing from Italy, now based in Los Angeles, Gatti has illustrated for more than fifteen years — things such as children’s books, like A is for Apricat, Batti le Ali, Ping vs. Pong, and Hugo makes a Change,  games, apps, and videos.

He has even won an Emmy for his work on Ask the StoryBots, a 2016 original Netflix series for children, featuring animated creatures who, living beneath technological screens, jump about looking to answer young people’s questions.

His posts include news about rehabilitation centers for captive dolphins, Scotland becoming the first nation to include LGBTQ history and rights into the curriculum of every public school there, and NASA renaming its headquarters after the first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson.


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Mary W. Jackson, who was featured in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures,” began her career at NASA “in the segregated West Area Computing Unit of the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Jackson, a mathematician and aerospace engineer, went on to lead programs influencing the hiring and promotion of women in NASA’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. In 2019, she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal,” NASA said in a news release.⁣ ⁣ “Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space. Mary never accepted the status quo, she helped break barriers and open opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Source: NASA (link in bio) #thehappybroadcast #nasa #women #blackwomen #womenempowerment #girlpower #science #space #hiddenfigures

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Similar posts feature stories about the Native American Esselen tribe having regained ownership of its land after 250 years and New Zealand’s parliament having passed an Equal Pay Amendment Bill for gender-based pay equity.

Others are about stories like the “modern”  Dr. Dolittle, who has created custom animal prosthetics, saving over 20,000 of them in the last sixteen years.

And most recently, Gatti shared news about a town in Costa Rica getting nicknamed “Sweet City” to celebrate the biodiversity of all its bees.


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A suburb of the country’s capital is showing how urban planning can be harnessed to benefit both humans and wildlife. “Pollinators were the key,” says Edgar Mora, reflecting on the decision to recognise every bee, bat, hummingbird and butterfly as a citizen of Curridabat during his 12-year spell as mayor. The move to extend citizenship to pollinators, trees and native plants in Curridabat has been crucial to the municipality’s transformation from an unremarkable suburb of the Costa Rican capital, San José, into a pioneering haven for urban wildlife. Now known as “Ciudad Dulce” – Sweet City – Curridabat’s urban planning has been reimagined around its non-human inhabitants. Green spaces are treated as infrastructure with accompanying ecosystem services that can be harnessed by local government and offered to residents. Source: The Guardian (link in bio) #thehappybroadcast #bee #pollinators #bee #climatechange #biodiversity #nature #wildlife #costarica #positivenews

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The importance of positive news

Gatti doesn’t intend to stray away from the more tragic stories that circulate in the media. What he does intend, however, is to find silver linings in the hopes that he could inspire the enactment of more positive change.

For instance, even when focusing on the pandemic, instead of reporting on deaths and surging cases, he shared a post on how Australia has signed a deal for a coronavirus vaccine and will make it free for its population. And how more than one million people in the U.K have given up on smoking since lockdown, a large percentage of whom are young people.


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Australia has secured access to a potential coronavirus vaccine, the prime minister announced Tuesday, saying the country would manufacture it and offer free doses to the entire population.

”The Oxford vaccine is one of the most advanced and promising in the world, and under this deal we have secured early access for every Australian,” he said. “If this vaccine proves successful we will manufacture and supply vaccines straight away under our own steam and make it free for 25 million Australians.” Countries around the world are looking to secure supplies of Astrazeneca’s potential vaccine. Most recently Argentina and Mexico said last week they would produce it for much of Latin America. Having previously stopped the virus in its tracks, Australia has seen a surge of new infections in the past month. Nonetheless, its tally of nearly 24,000 cases and 438 deaths is still far fewer than many other developed nations. Source: Independent (link in bio) #thehappybroadcast #australia #coronavirus #covid19 #vaccine #science #progress #medicine #healthcare #positivenews

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Gatti has affirmed for us somewhat tacitly: the brain really does work in miraculous ways. 

The effect of negative news on the brain

Have you ever caught yourself in the heat of an irrational addiction to particularly bad news? Usually, you are sitting slouched over a screen in the safety of your own home, food in the fridge, and most ideally, there is someone by you whose presence is reassuring and protective.

Admittedly, you feel better-off than the rest of the world, so you keep on reading disturbing headlines and pathos-appealing clips with politicians preaching about abstract, idealistic notions that most of them don’t even know how to manifest.


Your reality doesn’t scare you, so you jump into others’ realities: loss of jobs, illness, death, injustice, breakdowns.

We tell ourselves that we cannot take it anymore. We shut off the TV, uninstall Facebook and Instagram, cancel our subscriptions to newsletters, tune out of any sociopolitical or socioeconomic-involved conversation. And yet, in a short while, we return to that same routine, to that one, the one that set in us nothing but hopelessness. 

But we can’t admit one thing: in a very twisted way, we want to go back to it, not because something is terribly wrong with us. Rather, it validates our feelings. Then and there, our fear isn’t only ours. It also belongs to every nook of the world. And comparatively, some of us might, indeed, be better off.

We are not alone. None of us are okay, we are told. 

However, it’s natural. Since the beginning of human history, we’ve been trying to adapt and overcome the triggers in our environments. Our “negative bias,” counterintuitively, is what saves us from stepping into danger.

Neurologically, our cerebral cortex gives off more electrical activity when processing bad news than vice versa. It excites our nervous system and we are stimulated to process information, visualize ourselves in that kind of negative circumstance we had just read about.

We delve deeper. We think of ways to keep ourselves and our loved ones from harm’s way. 


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The dogs, who vary from a beagle to bloodhound, began training from birth before working at 18 months-old at the Southern African Wildlife College in Greater Kruger National Park. They received their training from K9 Master Johan van Straaten that said, “The data we collect for this applied learning project aimed at informing best practice, shows we have prevented approximately 45 rhino being killed since the free tracking dogs became operational in February 2018.” Johan stated that the dogs’ success rate was about 68% in the areas patrolled by the South African Wildlife College patrol. Johan believes that free tracking dogs have made the real difference since they can track at speeds much faster than any human. Source: Mirror (link in bio) #thehappybroadcast #southafrica #rhino #poaching #dogs #k9 #antipoaching #wildlife #rhinoceros

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Gatti’s wisdom in spreading positivity

Gatti encourages us to rework the plasticity that is our brains. His work teaches us not to necessarily ignore the bad news merely because it makes us uncomfortable, but to try to look at all sides of the spectrum.

It teaches us to approach topics with reason and passion, not just to choose one over the other, but to take care of our mental and physical well-being, for what kind of benefit do we bring to helping society if we feel relentlessly burned-out? 

Now, when good news is more in demand because millions are isolated, confused and grief-stricken, a deep appreciation for his work is nowhere near to slowing down.


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After healing from injuries they sustained in the 2019 Australian wildfires, 26 koalas, including seven joeys, are being released back into the wild to Australia’s Blue Mountains. Anwen, a 4-year-old female koala, was the third patient admitted to the world’s only all-koala hospital, Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, in the Australian state of New South Wales. Photos of her went viral in October 2019 due to burns she sustained in wildfires that covered 90% of her body. Anwen is now one of 26 koalas, including seven joeys, that was released in the Lake Innes Nature Reserve over the course of a week. Hospital employees carefully considered a mix of koala ages and sexes in order to make for a well-rounded community, especially in hopes the animals will breed and grow their population in the wild. The release is the first step of rehabilitating the animals and environment that suffered in Australia’s bushfires. The emergency is not over so please consider donating to the Blue Mountains Koala Project – link in bio. Source: KWQC (link in bio) #thehappybroadcast #koala #australia #wildlife #wildfires #koalas #mountain #nsw

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The Happy Broadcast has been self-funded from its beginning. Gatti doesn’t like to monetize on something that’s meant to heal people.

In June, he released a book with 160 pages of positivity. Proceeds for the sales will go towards Choose Love, a non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I’ve always felt that there are so many good news stories in the world that don’t get enough attention,” he wrote on his Instagram account as he announced his book.

“I felt a responsibility as an artist to use my art to highlight positive events, and to share the kind of stories that give us hope.”

That way, he said, much-needed change can finally be brought about.


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This is a very exciting moment for me. After almost two years of hard work The Happy Broadcast book is finally available for preorder (link in my bio).⁣ ⁣ I’ve always felt that there are so many good news stories in the world that don’t get enough attention. I felt a responsibility as an artist to use my art to highlight positive events, and to share the kind of stories that give us hope. It is my goal, that by sharing these stories, they will inspire us to get involved and enact more positive change for the future.⁣ ⁣ The Happy Broadcast has made me a better, more positive, more aware person. I hope it did the same for you. I’m super excited about this book, because it’s an amazing extension of the project and my mission to spread happiness. It is something tangible, something non-digital that can be shared like in the old days.⁣ ⁣ This book is a physical reminder of all the positive changes we are making to create a better world for ourselves. It serves as another way to look on the bright side, (which can be difficult in an age of endless notifications and news alerts).⁣ ⁣ It would mean the world to me if you decide to support The Happy Broadcast, which has been 100% self funded by me. Your contribution also goes to support the nonprofit group, Choose Love, which will receive 50% of the pre-order sales to help the LGBTQ+ Refugees at the US-Mexico border.⁣ ⁣ Thank you for your continued support and love. I really hope you will enjoy this book (find out more by clicking the link in my bio). #thehappybroadcastbook #thehappybroadcast #chooselove #pride #refugees #love

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