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 share our favorite happiness-boosters each week, so be sure to check back — and share your own in the comments below!
1. This love poem by a man with OCD
You don’t need to struggle with OCD in order to relate to Neil Hilborn’s honest, heart-wrenching spoken word, which recounts the rise and fall of his own love story.
2. These pictures from the Golden Retriever Festival in Scotland
A record 222 Goldens came out to make new friends, enjoy the sunshine, and celebrate themselves.
3. This newfangled pavement that eats smog for breakfast (And lunch. And dinner.)
Scientists in the Netherlands have discovered that it’s possible to cut air pollution in half simply by changing the surface we walk on. This air-purifying pavement converts pollutants into less-harmful chemicals thanks to titanium oxide — which can yield big health payoffs for both city-dwellers and the environment.
4. This picture of what is supposedly the world’s oldest wombat
Judging by the picture, Patrick may also vie for the title of “world’s largest”.
5. This, Alfred Hitchcock’s definition of happiness
The secret, he says, lies not in destruction, but in acts of creation.
What’s making you happy this week? Share in the comments below!