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Gratitude Journals (72 posts)
It’s Friday again, and despite East Coast earthquakes and hurricanes, boy, are we grateful. These are just a few things that cheered our week.
1. "Perfect isn't my type." The trailer for Patricia Marx's Starting from Happy gets us excited for the written word.
2. Meet the 98-year-old female Judo Master (Not only is she 98, she’s the only woman in the world to receive a 10th-degree black belt.)
3. As part of the Guggenheim Museum exhibition “Stillspotting NYC,” Improv Everywhere gave people a platform, and instructed them to "say something nice." See what happened.
4. IBM is still at it: Now they're one step closer to making a computer that thinks like a human.
5. If only summer could just keep going on like this forever...
Wishing you a happy weekend!
Another Friday has come and gone and yet there is still so much to be grateful for in the world. Let's begin...
1. The organic beauty of cities:
2. The gift of giving never gets old. This bookstore is spreading the joy of reading with a simple message.
3. If dogs could speak, this one would say "I missed you... a lot." Unfortunately, a joyous embrace to welcome home his owner from the military will have to suffice.
4. Katy Perry becomes the first female and second ever recording artist (tied with Michael Jackson) to have five songs from the same album reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
5. The perseid meteor shower is as lovely to listen to as it is to look at.
Enjoy the weekend!
Ah, Friday: A chance to look back on all the things kept us going all week long. So thank goodness for...
1. "From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: a social security number, a gender, a race, a profession or an I.Q...Would we still be able to exist if we were authentically 'un-contained'?"—Paige Bradley, the artist behind the astonishing sculpture Expansion (right) which says the same thing without words.
2. Up, up, and away! The adorable house from the movie Up! comes to life.
3. Photographer James Mollison's book "Where Children Sleep" gives an extraordinary view of the planet's cultural divide through children's bedrooms across the world.
4. Forget superheroes, this 12-year-old girl took matters into her own hands to save a boy from drowning.
5. Hugh Herr, the double amputee who designs better artificial limbs, which help people like himself (without their biological legs) to climb mountains—scaling ice walls and toeing into tiny fissures in the rock.
Before we head full speed into the weekend, we're hitting the breaks for a moment to say thank you...
1. Rick Mereki, filmmaker, you make us want to MOVE!
3. A construction worker sings Sinatra with a sign that says, "Forget all the noise..." Yes, yes, we think we will.
The very crown of nature's changing year
When all her surging life is at its full.
To me alone it is a time of pause,
A void and silent space between two worlds,
When inspiration lags, and feeling sleeps,
Gathering strength for efforts yet to come.
Here's to happy and restful weekends everyone.
It's finally Friday! Before the weekend begins we're taking a moment to give thanks for the things that got us through the week.
2. Remember the days when it took pen, paper, and postage stamps to send a message? Hoping to revive the lost art of letter writing, this month-long community art project will turn your emails into good old-fashioned snail mail--and send them free of charge!
3. Give the World Wildlife Fund 41 seconds, and they'll make you look at the world a little differently.
4. What would you do for a day at the beach? These Israeli women risk it all to get their Palestinian neighbors to the shore.
Hoping everyone has a safe and happy weekend!
Tell us what you are grateful for this week in the comments
It's that time again. Who's got something to be thankful for? We'll start...
1. After being freed from a net, a humpback whale literally jumps for a joy. (via Grist)
2. Cinemagraphs. They're "more than a photo but not quite a video," and good for an oooh and an aaaah.
3. Math and feelings—Not so separate, after all. (Via preliminary findings of a "What's your favourite number? experiment on NPR.)
4. The Dalai Lama turns out to be a terrible food critic and offers another shining example of forgiveness on the Australian ‘Master Chef.’ About a contestant whose gnocchi were undercooked, he said, “They tried their best."
5. Hope Solo will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated next week—the first woman athlete in a year, and only the third female soccer player to appear there IN 57 YEARS.
Thank you Hope. You inspire, well "hope." Happy weekend, everyone. What' are you grateful for?
If it's Friday, we must be grateful. Here are a few things we're saying thank you for this week:
1. The astronauts (including Elmo)
3. He makes clouds! Of bubbles! They float!
4. There really was a Charlotte (yes, the spider), and that, to us, is kind of beautiful
5. Turntable.fm: Because at least one of us will be going to a club to hear music, like it's 1994, this weekend—without hiring a babysitter or leaving the couch
6. Joan Didion @JoanDidion, for reminding us that it doesn't hurt to set attainable goals
(We really wanted to believe it was you.)
Here's to a productive and happy weekend!
It's Friday! Before a holiday weekend! There's almost too much to be thankful for. So let's get thanking.... Hooray for:
The turtles! They crawled onto the runway at JFK, and summer travelers didn't go ballistic. Team JFK moved them along, while someone else set up one very witty Twitter feed (@JFKTurtles)
Jill Scott's video for "Shame." Just try not to walk around singing "I'm magnificent" after watching that
8,000 paper lanterns, floating in the sky
An 18-year-old German girl, Sabine Lisicki, coming off two ankle surgeries (two!) delivers the fastest serve in women’s tennis history (Faster than Venus. Faster than Andre Agassi in his prime.) and surprises everyone by making it to the semifinals at Wimbeldon
10 rules to reverse the email spiral. Um? Yes, please
And with that in mind, we're logging off to go celebrate one big thing to be thankful for: freedom! Have a wonderful happy Fourth, everyone. Life Lift will resume regular posting on Tuesday.
It's Friday afternoon. That means it's gratitude journal time. Thank you, thank you, thank you for...
Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the bluetick hound, who wrote a book together and held their very own book signing (via The Washington Post)
Kids acting like kids, even when (or especially because) it involves playing dress-up
The 90-year-old woman who started online dating, met an 82-year-old man, and, dear reader, she married him
The possibility of an everlasting laptop battery. One that would be powered by typing?
When that day comes, we will blog like the wind. Until then...what's on your list of things to be happy about?
It's Friday afternoon. That means it's gratitude journal time. Thank you, thank you, thank you to...
* The photographer who showed us the possibility of passion in the most unlikely of places (via Esquire)
* The Official Girl Scouts of the USA Cookie Finder app. Because Girl Scout cookies are always in season somewhere...
* Love songs: not so silly after all. Paul McCartney reminded us how much music matters on The Gayle King Show
* Oh, and hello...a few befuddled dogs surfing win mood booster of the week