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Life Lifters (282 posts)
For $20 a month, LifeSoap delivers a fresh Box of Joy to your door every four weeks, along with an update on their humanitarian projects. The company's 25-year-old founders, Juwon Melvin and Aaron Madonna, are passionate about solving the clean water crisis—and making great soap. Their bars combine organic oils with soothing ingredients like oatmeal and shea butter (and skip synthetic fragrances, colors, and preservatives). LifeSoap's first project, rehabilitating wells and building latrines at a school in Nicaragua, is already under way.
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Val answers your top 20 skincare questions
And now for a moment of pure mindless fun: Hipster Disney princesses.
"It's like being part of this everlasting necklace when you're just a bead on a chain": A gorgeous, DNA-inspired music video.
The way you type a word could make you happier. AKA, brains are funny.
How to figure out what's really going on in your life.
Even cooler than a jet pack, even stranger than flying shoes, these are the skyscrapers of the future.
The Life-Lifter: “I believe in fate and destiny a little bit and I think that was meant to be." Meet the world's oldest (that's a combined 193 years) newlyweds.
Men! What are they thinking? We can't always answer that, but we'll be posting our favorite glimpses into their world in this space every Thursday.
* If you're looking for a little inspiration, take a tour of the mechanical wonders and vintage toys in cartoonist Chris Ware's home and studio. (Trip City)
* Mantyhose: Are men ready to wear tights? Are we ready for men to wear tights? (The Week)
"Dreams, for most kids, stay in a blur. For John, it's starting to clear."—Will Orozco, a retired sanitation worker in the Bronx, on his gymnast son John's Olympic hopes. (NYTimes)
Social networks. We love them for the ways they bring people together, introduce us to new things, and provide convenient ways to force cute baby anecdotes onto the world. We don't love them for the ways they can suck us away from the real world and into the virtual one, and for that glazed, slightly queasy feeling we get when we've spaced out in front of the screen for too long. Enter: Kindify, a new social network that focuses not on posting ill-advised party pics, but instead, on doing good.
The idea is to set into motion chains of kindness: you do a good deed, you post it on the site, and you ask a friend to do a good deed in return. I admit I found this a little intimidating (my "good deeds tree" would look so...wintry!), but the site assures me that something as small as buying someone a coffee can count. I love the idea of being part of a community of kindness, of making an effort to do good every day, and I have the feeling that time spent on Kindify would leave me feeling uplifted and positive, without that peedy "OMG Everyone's having such amazing vacations but me" kind of social network hangover other sites can sometimes cause. Every little old ladies waiting to cross a street better look out, because I'm coming to help...whether they like it or not!
Social networking for good.
How Facebook saved an agoraphobic.
Prepare for the return of your favorite television show by...reading?
"Change, if it is to be long-lasting, must occur on the unseen levels first": A spiritual approach to weight-loss.
What are you waiting for? Get on the waiting list.
The Life-Lifter: This remarkable woman has battled the odds (as in, double amputation) to become a photographer.
How big a deal is not rinsing your bagged lettuce? 7 surprising truths about food.
These tiny churches prove big belief can happen anywhere.
To hit send or not to hit send: A flowchart helps you decide whether you should commit to that email.
Need of a dose of spring color? Over-the-top floral arrangements to perk up your eyeballs.
Invisibility cloak, check. Friendly robots, check. Ten life-changing ideas that are becoming realities.
The Life-Lifter: "I think if you care strongly about something, then you get the courage to pursue it." How this graphic artist became an EMT.
The best place in the world to be a woman? (No, it's not a bathtub with a glass of wine.)
"A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night." A new (ok, sort of) interview with Marilyn Monroe.
Someone finally explains why cats rule the Internet.
Be ready to explain your squealing to those sitting nearby, because these baby sloths in onesies are out of control.
The Life Lifter: There have been a lot of terrible stories about the recent tornadoes in the Midwest. Here, finally, some good news — how strangers have come together to help.
The sweetest marriage proposal ever (online, anyway).
Fascinating: How the human brain thinks about the human brain.
An old man's bird, a handful of change. A reflection of the power of giving.
An adorable video that tugs at your heartstrings. Literally.
The Life-Lifter: "I was thinking I was going to die:" Chicago man risks his life to save children from drowning.
The cutest, weirdest video you'll see today: the test flight of the robo-bees.
Get that plastic take-out container out of the trash! A new app makes recycling easy and, gasp, fun.
16 quick, bright ways to make spring come early—to your wardrobe, at least.
The Life-Lifter: That one really nice guy at work. Blankets. Seeing old people dance. Learn to appreciate an awesome thing every day, courtesy of the awesome blog 1000 Awesome Things. AWESOME!
The "Plug-In Better" Manifesto: How to unplug from distraction, not from the Internet.
Our favorite political candidate this election season, hands—er, paws—down.
Catch him doing something right. The best things you can do for your relationship.
Behold, the cutest sound you will ever hear: a snoring hummingbird.
"When one foot walks, the other rests": A reminder to appreciate the in-between moments.
The Life-Lifter: The 26 happiest animals in the world.