Sometimes all it takes is a change in mindset — no matter how small — to turn a crappy day into a good one. To help you shift into a happier gear, we’ve rounded up five things from around the web that inspire and delight us, and we hope they’ll do the same for you. We’ll be sharing our favorite happiness-boosters each week, so be sure to check back — and share your own in the comments below!
1. This husky puppy who picks up a tennis ball and doesn't want to let go
We've all heard about love at first sight, but it seems friendship at first sight is a real thing, too — and apparently, it can happen between a dog and a ball.
2. This honest, hilarious, heartfelt comic by the Oatmeal: The Blerch
For anyone who has run, or been physically active in any way whatsoever, or struggled to fight off the inner critic in their head, or eaten a whole lot of food in one sitting, or needs to feel like someone else gets it, or could use a reminder about why we do the things that we do and how amazing life is: Read this comic. Read it!
3. This artful, creative use for toilet paper rolls
Artist Anastassia Elias puts a magical twist on toilet paper by turning TP rolls into delicate works of art. Using a scalpel, Elias carves intricate scenes into each roll, challenging viewers to see artistry and magic in even the most bland, everyday objects.
4. This article higlighting "Some Thoughts on Mercy"
Writer and Associate Professor Ross Gay has written a beautiful, moving piece in response to the Trayvon Martin case. His courageous call to mercy weaves together thoughts on farming, beekeeping, and being a black man in America, and it is well worth reading.
5. This, the most astonishing fact about the universe according to astrophysicist Neil degrasse Tyson
When Tyson looks up at the night sky, he doesn't feel small. He feels big. That's because he knows that "My atoms came from those stars."
What's making you happier this week? Share in the comments below!