what made me smile this week

…because I’d like to increase the amount of good in the universe, and I know no simpler way than to randomly send people uplifting and entertaining websites:

1. This news story regarding a boy with Autism who proved indispensable to his school’s basketball team. This may be the first youtube video to ever make me cry:

2. The entire Hello Giggles website. This is the most badass, hilarious girly website in the universe. And, really, who doesn’t need another reason to have a crush on cofounder Zooey Deschanel?

3. This…

…and this:
source: Lilie Zen Coach

4. Beyonce’s ENTIRE CD.

I’ve never been one to be celebrity-obsessed. But first Ryan Gosling, and now this? I know. I think it’s weird when people idolize celebrities. But Beyonce seriously MAKES MY LIFE BETTER. Track 11, “I Was Here”, basically makes me cry on a daily basis and encompasses everything I feel about life right now. If you haven’t watched the videos for her newest singles, let me please direct you here and here (SO. MANY. KEY CHANGES.) and ESPECIALLY here (because we do, in fact, run the world). And if you have 20 minutes to spare and you want to completely freak out about how awesome B is, please watch this.*

*can we talk about this? She FLEW IN A DANCE TROUPE FROM AFRICA to choreograph her video. They had no idea who she was. And then they made her CRY. And they made the most amazing music video EVER.

5. My farmer’s market goodies…all of this for $13! Eating organic CAN be inexpensive and easy–just check your local farmer’s market.

6. The following quote from J.K. Rowling:
‘“Fat” is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…

I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’

‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’

What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.” (source)

Happy weekend, everybody. Go off and be a Hermione.

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