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31 Days of Happiness: This Guy’s Awesome Job Blowing Up Snow. (Day 4)

Hello and welcome to Day 4 of Upworthy’s 31 Days of Happiness Countdown! Each day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, we’re sharing stories we hope will bring joy, smiles, and laughter into our lives and yours. It’s been a challenging year for a lot of us, so why not end it on a high note with a bit of happiness? Check back tomorrow for another installment! The weird, invisible jobs that help keep society moving are fascinating. If you sat me down in front of a TV and told…

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The incredible story of baby Eva Grace: the superhero who never lived.

My wife Keri and I went in for the standard 19-week anatomy scan of our second child. As a parent, you think that appointment is all about finding out boy or girl, but it’s about a whole lot more. In our case, our daughter was diagnosed with a rare birth defect called anencephaly — some 3 in 10,000 pregnancies rare. The phrase our doctor used in explaining it was “incompatible with life,” which looks as terrible in words as it sounds. The child fails to develop the frontal lobe of…

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A Korean festival just made 60 tons of free kimchi for those who need it.

How much do you love kimchi? Probably not as much as this woman. All photos by Woohae Cho/Getty Images. If you grew up eating Korean food or have been to any fusion restaurant or food truck in the last couple years, you’re probably already familiar with the delicious, spicy goodness that is kimchi. On Friday, Nov. 3, people donned red smocks and pinked gloves and dove into the age-old art of making the delicious dish as part of the Seoul Kimchi Festival. The first day’s attendance topped more than 2,300…

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8 thoughtful Halloween traditions kids with anxiety or disabilities may love.

For young kids, Halloween should be fun-scary. Not scary-scary. While your child might do just fine with elaborate costumes, frightening yard displays, and stuffing their face with as much sugary candy as possible, there are many, many others for whom Halloween poses unique challenges. In the U.S., 1 in 13 children have a serious food allergy, for example, and 1 in 68 have an autism spectrum disorder. And about 1 in 20 school-aged children in the U.S. have a significant physical or mental disability. It all starts to add up,…

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Want healthy, happy, confident kids? Throw some dirt on them.

Every parent knows getting dirty and messy is practically part of a kid’s job description. Whether they’re playing outside, coloring on the floor, or just eating, they’ll definitely get covered in something grimy. Given that inevitable result, there are at least two ways parents can react — obsessively clean their child and scold them for their actions or simply embrace the mess. And while it may seem strange to do the latter, it actually can be beneficial for everyone involved. Letting kids have the freedom to get dirty encourages a…

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NFL star Chris Long is donating his entire year’s salary to a great cause.

One of the NFL’s top players won’t be taking home a paycheck this season. He’s doing something much better. Now playing in his 10th season in the league, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long decided to up his charity game. At the beginning of the season, just weeks after white supremacists marched through his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, Long committed to donating his first six game checks of the season to funding scholarships for local students. Long during the Eagles’ Sept. 10, 2017, game. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images. “In…

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A BBQ rig appeared outside a wildfire shelter. A famous chef was cooking inside.

Turns out, Guy Fieri is a pretty righteous neighbor. Even in the worst of times. Well that question was answered – @GuyFieri is in #SantaRosa w/@CBS crew & mobile BBQ at Vets building #SonomaFires (pic @biteclubeats) pic.twitter.com/pnr8U5GGi1 — Sarah Stierch (@Sarah_Stierch) October 12, 2017 On Oct. 12, the “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” host set up a mobile kitchen outside Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa, California, to help feed thousands fleeing deadly wildfires. “This is the least we can do. We’re so happy to do it,” Fieri told KTVU. “We’re…

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Michael Jordan just donated $7 million to open Charlotte-area health clinics.

It’s been nearly 18 years since basketball legend Michael Jordan called it quits, but this week, he proved he’s still a champion. According to the Associated Press, the former Chicago Bulls star and current Charlotte Hornets owner pledged to donate $7 million to local health centers in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to his spokesperson, Jordan was inspired to make the donation after coming across a study that revealed Charlotte was dead last in a survey of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. when it comes to economic mobility for…

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People are in love with the ‘ICU Grandpa’ who cuddles babies at an Atlanta hospital.

On a recent morning, a woman walked into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and saw a stranger holding her baby. The stranger was an older, bespectacled man. He was sitting in a chair and draped in a thin medical smock, gently rocking her infant son, Logan. Logan had been in the NICU for six weeks after being born prematurely and needed around-the-clock care. His mom was there to hold him as often as she could be, but as she was making her way to…

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Target’s announcement shows workers are winning the minimum wage war.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Payday is about to get a bit sweeter for many Target employees. On Sept. 25, the retail giant announced plans to hike its minimum wage for all workers to $11 an hour beginning next month. The company also promised to increase that figure to $15 an hour by 2020. “We’re proud to say that our team members are known for going the extra mile,” Target explained on its website. “That kind of effort is something to recognize.” Notably, the wage hike beginning in October will…

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15 funny comics about self-doubt and anxiety that are almost too real.

From awkward phone calls and impostor syndrome, to depression and anxiety, at some point all of us have experienced challenging feelings and self-doubt. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, those worries and fears can strike at any moment. That’s why Beth Evans’ comics feel so familiar and honest. A post shared by Beth Evans (@bethdrawsthings) on Sep 8, 2017 at 7:36am PDT The 26-year-old from the Chicago area started doodling and drawing in college and now works on her comic full-time. Through uncomplicated line drawings and…

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This guy has some advice for every dad out there whose kids ‘prefer mommy.’

There’s a myth floating around that all parents experience love at first sight when their kids are born. We’re told by movies, TV shows, and even commercials that becoming a parent triggers an instant and unbreakable bond between us and our children. But … if you want to know the truth? That doesn’t always happen. It’s pretty common for new parents to deal with confusing bouts of indifference and postpartum depression, and it doesn’t help that babies and young kids aren’t always completely comfortable with one or both parents right…

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A dad couldn’t get home after Harvey. So he went to class with his daughter.

Enock Anassi lives in Houston, but he wasn’t home when Hurricane Harvey hit. He was in New York with his wife, helping their daughter, Kerubo, get settled in at graduate school. That’s when Harvey made landfall, and the severe flooding that followed made flying back into the Houston area a no-go. So Enock stayed put. At his daughter’s school. And went to class with her. Enock’s son, Omete, posted selfies his dad sent him from where he sat in the back row of class with Kerubo. “In class called ……

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How do we get more diversity in tech companies? Easy: Pay for it.

If the tech industry is serious about diversity, it’s time for them to invest in it. That’s the way one woman saw it, at least. When Michelle Glauser realized that less than a third of people in the industry are women who will likely never see the boardroom and that many major tech companies are employing people of color at astonishingly low rates — black Americans in particular make up just 7% of the workforce — she saw an opportunity. “It’s not easy to find teachers who are willing to…

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Please read this before you post another RIP on social media.

Grieving in the technology age is uncharted territory. Ill take you back to Saturday, June 9, 2012. At 8:20 a.m., my 36-year-old husband was pronounced dead at a hospital just outside Washington, D.C. By 9:20 a.m., my cellphone would not stop ringing or text-alerting me long enough for me to make the necessary calls that I needed to make: people like immediate family, primary-care doctors to discuss death certificates and autopsies, funeral homes to discuss picking him up, and so on. Real things, important things, time-sensitive, urgent things. a system…

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