20 reasons to be happy & hopeful about humanity, the future, the world… and everything.

: Because we live in a world where two quirky guys can inspire 1,000 people to buy 1,000 ice cream cones for 1,000 strangers. Just because it’s a nice thing to do.

: Because scientists just discovered a brand new mammal — and it looks like a real-life teddy bear.

: Because every day in New York City — and around the world — women are saying NO to street harassment. And in many places? Men are leading the charge.

: Because down in New Zealand, a costume designer created a working mermaid tail for a woman with no legs who dreamed of swimming like a mystical goddess.

: Because lots and lots of people are saying “absolutely not” to hate-blogging and online bullying, and taking a stand for compassion.

: Because one of the most widely-beloved television personalities on the planet is an out and proud lesbian — whose marriage was covered by nearly every major news outlet. Not because it was a “novelty,” but because it was beautiful.

: Because at any given moment on any given day, you can watch baby pandas — livestreaming from the San Diego zoo.

: Because books like Winnie the Pooh exist, and people buy them, and kids read them, and they live on.

: Because there is a real person who has devoted her entire life to giving hugs. And has hugged 32 million people. And counting.

: Because today, a young man can strut onstage to BeyoncĂ© in a bowtie and heels — and receive thunderous applause.

: Because you can buy a jar of salted caramel sauce on the Internet, right now, and in a matter of days, it will be on your doorstep.

: Because there’s a style of yoga designed especially for bigger-bodied and curvy women, and even mainstream women’s fashion magazines get that it’s totally cool and amazing.

: Because you can read what RuPaul is thinking and tweeting about, all day, all night, whenever you like.

: Because even today, you can pop a folded-up piece of paper into a metal tin called a “mailbox,” and it will be flown half-way around the world, just for your amusement, for the cost of less than a fancy coffee.

: Because at a humble non-profit in Los Angeles, volunteers give 2,000 hours of their lives every month to help girls become better writers. And one of those girls — who was incarcerated six months ago — was just accepted to two colleges.

: Because if you have Internet access — as 2.4 billion people in the world currently do — and access to a free blogging platform, you can write and publish your ideas. And help somebody. Or lots of somebodies. Immediately.

: Because we live in a society where the world’s so-called “ugliest woman” can become a powerful (and hysterical) motivational speaker, and a force to be reckoned with.

: Because it gets better.

: Because of this.

: Because of you.

What is one of your favorite reasons to be happy & hopeful?