11 Things We Would Tell Ourselves If We Could Go Back In Time

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Dear Upworthians,Now that we’re *officially* one year old, we want to say a colossal thank you! Without your interest in the issues that shape our world, Upworthy couldn’t function. If we could find a way to shake every one of your hands, we’d do it. (Full disclosure: we’d probably use a lot of Purell afterward […]

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The Last Ice Bucket Challenge You Need To See — And You Really Should See It

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Sometimes we forget why we are doing things. Take dumping cold buckets of water on our heads, for example. You’ve probably seen a lot of videos of your friends doing it this week. Well, here’s a really important reminder of the reason we’re doing it. Next week the Internet will get back to its regularly […]

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A Stampede Of People On Black Friday Is A Bad Thing. A Stampede On This New Holiday? Spectacular.

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Black Friday comes at the most hypocritical time in the year. After we celebrate the close ties of family and reflect, thankful for what we have in this mortal coil, we don several layers of knits and get into fistfights over an off-brand flat-screen television. What kind of backward sense does that make?Giving Tuesday is […]

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In 1992, A Little Girl Stunned People From Around The World By Repeating 'I Am Only A Child'

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Severn Suzuki was just 12 years old in 1992 when she spoke at a U.N. conference about her generation’s future. She went on to become an environmental activist and author. Her words here are haunting and brilliant, and this particular video (and other versions of it) has well over 30 million views on YouTube. It’s […]

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Well, That Pretty Much Disproves Everything I Thought I Knew About The Human Body

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Tim Noakes is has spent years hunting for the most dangerous game of all: lies that have somehow become widely believed. Do you drink a lot of water or Gatorade during workouts? At 2:53, Noakes reveals how you could actually kill yourself by following the advice of many endurance runners. Do you think that your […]

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You Know How People Say Everyone In America Should Speak English? How About This American Language?

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I love that these kids are expressing themselves through theater. I don’t love that I can’t understand their language. Guess I’d better get myself to an ASL class, like, yesterday! Read more: http://upworthy.com/you-know-how-people-say-everyone-in-america-should-speak-english-how-about-this-american-language

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And Now For Your 1 Minute Of Inspiration — How Change Happens

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Collective action — the art of working together with others to achieve a common goal — is as old as human beings themselves. Though it’s sometimes a challenge, if we hope to change things for the better in our personal lives, at work, in our communities, and in our political systems, that’s the starting point. […]

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A Buddhist Nun Says That At Some Point Your Life Will Fall Apart. Then Gives You 1 Way To Prepare.

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Just about everywhere we look today, we see the same message: “Be perfect.” From a young age, we’ve been taught to try to be the best. Our self-worth is often equated with our success, so we do everything we can not to fail. But one way not to get caught up in the idea of […]

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