24 Babies Who Are Having A Way Better Day Than You

Good News – The Huffington Post
24 Babies Who Are Having A Way Better Day Than You
These babies are living the dream.

Watching Vines of babies on continuous loop is basically the best thing you could be doing right now…

1. Waking up with Brad Pitt.

2. Finding eternal love at a young age.

3. Stealing a few kisses.

4. Apparently having the best dream.

5. Getting to sleep in a freaking space machine.

6. He’s probably a better dancer than you…

7. Especially with this move.

8. Well at least one of them is having a better day.

9. Wassaaaaaaa.

10. Faker.

11. Can’t help himself.

12. Never gets old…

13. A ticklish chin.

14. The twin lounge singers.

15. A total pro.

16. Knows how she’ll walk one day.

17. Dropping like an earthquake.

18. No shame for the duckface.

19. No no no…no.

20. Already getting to learn how to drive.

21. So excited and just can’t hide it.

22. A little man who knows what he wants and gets it.

23. And finally this foot in mouth drinker…

24. JUST CANNOT STOP LAUGHING.

Yoda The Plucky Piglet Escapes Truck Bound For Slaughterhouse
Internet, meet Yoda, a Canadian piglet with plucky determination and a bit of luck.

Less than a week ago, Yoda was hitching a ride aboard a truck bound for a farm that would prepare him for the slaughterhouse. Somewhere along the journey down Highway 30, however, the piglet wriggled his way to freedom, and ended up on the side of the road in Brossard, Quebec.

(Story continues below.)

rescued piglet

Our intrepid hero

“The people who were following that trailer saw the piglet sneak through a hole and fall off the trailer,” Joyce Kemp, spokeswoman for provincial police agency Sûreté du Québec, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Animal control officers responded and collected the piglet, who eventually found a home at the Wishing Well Sanctuary, an organization in Ontario that rescues farm animals.

After a bath, a vet checkup and some “oinkment” for his wounds, Yoda proceeded to charm his way across the organization’s Facebook page.

In one photo, the piglet has donned a sweater and crawled into an unnamed man’s lap for some love and attention. In another, Yoda seems to be happily romping around a pile of straw.

Brenda Bronfman, the shelter’s owner, told UPI, “He just loves to crawl into people’s laps and be held. He’s a little angel.”

rescued piglet

Cuddle with him, you must.

GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
This Smartphone Game Will Force You To Unplug At The Dinner Table (VIDEO)
Are you guilty of texting, tweeting or sending emails at the dinner table? Many of us are — but with a new unplugging game, your poor tech etiquette could leave you to pay the bill.

“Phone Stacking” is a game that makes everyone in the dinner party accountable to unplugging during their meal. Each participant puts his or her cell phone in the middle of the table, and whoever checks the device before the bill arrives gets stuck with the bill.

New York Times contributor Caroline Tell discussed the game during a HuffPost Live segment on Tuesday, telling host Caitlyn Becker that “whoever has to sneak a peak, has to pick up the tab.”

Watch the clip above for more and check out the full video about Screen Sense on HuffPost Live.

For more on The Third Metric, click here.

Manifesting Your Life Movie
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” — Albert Einstein

I facilitate a women’s group, and our topic for this month is “manifesting,” which is something we do everyday of our lives.

We wake up, get out of bed, move into our day, and flow into it as it unfolds. But does it move us along, or do we create our days as we wish? Our lives are created by us, which means that we are writing our story, and acting in our movie. We are the star, the author, the director and the producer of our great life epic, and how our movie will play out is completely up to us. Yes, there are things that occur in our “life movie” that seem out of our control — a storm happens, someone dear to our heart dies, a child leaves the nest, but the main direction our life is taking is decided by us, meaning we are the ones that determine where it is we want to go, and if there’s somewhere we are intent to get to, we are the ones to get us there. We are in the driver’s seat, and just like you wouldn’t wait around for someone else to take you where you want to go, you make that happen by getting into your car and driving there. If we had to depend on someone else to take us to our destinations, we wouldn’t be happy with that, and who knows if we’d even get to where we want to go, since that would be in someone else’s control, not ours.

Each day, we have the opportunity to create what we want, and if we perceive that there is something stopping us from doing that, we relinquish our ability to manifest what we desire. The obstacles that seem to be in our way might feel very real for us when things happen that can throw us off guard or even broadside us. Yes, you can lose a job, a lover or spouse can break your heart, your health gets shaken, but what you choose to do with whatever happens to you, good or bad, is still completely up to you. If something occurs that feels like it’s out of your control, and throws you off your center or makes you feel vulnerable or scared, what you need to do after you’ve mourned or healed from your pain or heartbreak is to get back up, and see yourself as the star of your life movie that you are.

Think of Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in the movie Sunset Boulevard. Her life was falling apart, and yet somehow she managed to be completely on when she said, “I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille.”

Clearly that’s not going to be your movie, but hopefully you get the idea, that your life movie can play itself out the way you want it to. Norma Desmond was a “victim” in her movie, unfortunately, and like William Holden says in the narration as she walks down her grand “princess palace” staircase for her close-up, “Life, which can be strangely merciful, had taken pity on Norma Desmond. The dream she had clung to so desperately had enfolded her.” Yes, her dream had “enfolded” her as opposed to she unfolding her dream. If we look at that as a metaphor that we are the ones that make our dreams happen, and don’t wait for them to happen “to us,” we can see that it is up to us to create the life we want and believe is possible.

It’s your life movie, no one else’s. Make it what you want it to be. Dream big. Blockbuster? Lines around the block? Sold out? “Why reach for the stars when you can have the moon.”

For more by Ora Nadrich, click here.

For more on mindfulness, click here.

Scientifically Proven: Gratitude Is the Gravity Quotient of Happiness
I was at a big boisterous dinner party last weekend. On my corner of the long table, two friends were having a bit of a serious exchange about trying to be okay with life just the way it is and just the way it isn’t. They invited me into the conversation and I, of course, agreed that I shared their plight. We label all the life experiences that don’t feel good as “wrong” and all the positive experiences as “right,” I admitted that I’ve been working hard on this one for years. But I also mentioned my personal saving grace.

I offered that the happiest people I know — and I included myself in this group — are the ones who express gratitude on a regular basis. I happen to start my day with gratitude, but it’s easy for me because I wake up to my two joyous dogs, Lucy and Tallulah, on either side of me. It’s hard to not be grateful when you wake up to pure unconditional playful love. They trigger the start of my gratitude list and then I move on from there. Maybe this is why dog owners tend to be happier. Dogs can’t help but trigger gratitude with their unconditional love and licks.

The top of my gratitude list stays the same each day, but the end of the list always surprises me. Sometimes I am grateful for the struggles, though not often. I’m working on that one. I’d like to be equally grateful for all of it one day.

When I meditate I also start with a gratitude list to center myself. It pulls me into the present. My list feels like a representation of who I am and where I am in that moment. It is a re-PRESENT-ation, pulling me to be fully in the now.

We are all our own little science labs. I say whatever works for you, do it. Gratitude pretty much never fails to work for me in raising my happiness quotient. It’s just fun that this video lets us know it’s scientifically proven and allows us to watch some other loving lab rats become more happy as they express their gratitude.

In the early- to mid-2000s, I did a lot of Landmark Education courses and I think what got me hooked on this work was the exercise in the very first course in their curriculum, the Landmark Forum, which requires you to pick up a phone and, among other things yet most important to me, express gratitude to someone you care about. I am so happy I was able to do this with both of my parents, for instance, in a way I never had before. These exercises catapulted my happiness quotient to a new level. But, most important they gave me what I’m sure will be a lifelong appreciation for expressing gratitude and its feel-good effects.

The best part of expressing gratitude like that shown in this video is the endless chain of positive events that you know were generated by these phone calls. Talk about paying it forward! You don’t even have to wonder about all the juicy goodness that will come in someone’s day after having been fully acknowledged. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Questioning gravity is crazy. With videos like this, hopefully questioning gratitude will soon be equally insane.

Green – The Huffington Post
10 Insects Immortalized In Macro Photos
The U.S. Geological Survey Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program has released a treasure trove of detailed macro photographs of native bees and the plants and insects with which they interact.

Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
The Coconut Oils Behind This Artist’s ‘Anointing’ Skincare Regimen
While taking a stroll in one of our favorite Brooklyn neighborhoods, Prospect Heights, we met a lovely woman with an appreciation for natural beauty. Linda Cousins-Newton is a retired New York City teacher-turned-artist and storyteller whose daily skincare regimen includes lathering her body with various coconut oils.

“I anoint my face and body with African shea butter mixed with Aura Glow Coconut Musk oil combined with Black Rose coconut oil,” she explained. “I make this natural care and anointing regimen an adventure of sorts in greeting each new day. While doing so, I play positive and uplifting music, which contributes to the care of the mind.”

Cousins-Newton’s routine adds a whole new meaning to body and soul healing, don’t you think? She’s certainly inspired us to continue slathering coconut oil on our skin, especially if it means we can get a glowing complexion like this ageless beauty.

coconut oil

More healthy kitchen staples with beauty benefits:

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This Smartphone Game Will Force You To Unplug At The Dinner Table (VIDEO)
Are you guilty of texting, tweeting or sending emails at the dinner table? Many of us are — but with a new unplugging game, your poor tech etiquette could leave you to pay the bill.

“Phone Stacking” is a game that makes everyone in the dinner party accountable to unplugging during their meal. Each participant puts his or her cell phone in the middle of the table, and whoever checks the device before the bill arrives gets stuck with the bill.

New York Times contributor Caroline Tell discussed the game during a HuffPost Live segment on Tuesday, telling host Caitlyn Becker that “whoever has to sneak a peak, has to pick up the tab.”

Watch the clip above for more and check out the full video about Screen Sense on HuffPost Live.

For more on The Third Metric, click here.

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