Proof that LEGO is always happier

Sure, the Oscar nominations came out, and fans of The LEGO Movie were horrified to see it didn’t garner a nod from the committee. Everyone involved with the film could’ve sunk into despair over the slight, but—demonstrating once and for all that LEGO can make everything better—one of the movie’s directors remained undaunted.

This tweet from Philip Lord is the very embodiment of everything LEGO is about (and how one can always be happier if they’re willing to reframe):


(I’m calling it: The Oscar for best attitude goes to Philip Lord.)

Awesome Humans: Everyone Involved in Chase The Chill

awesome-humans-scarves[Image credit: Chase the Chill Winnipeg]

It’s happening again this year.

As the weather gets colder, particularly in snowy Canada, groups organize clothing and coat drives for the homeless. Not everyone in need is able to take advantage of these efforts, of course. So small, local knitting groups go rogue—and start leaving scarves around the city with “I AM NOT LOST!” tags on them. The idea is that anyone in need can grab a warm scarf and maybe find some comfort in both the item and the thoughtful intention to help out a stranger, no strings attached.

You can read a great round-up of the various Chase The Chill efforts over on Yahoo! News Canada, but it looks like the movement began in Pennsylvania in 2010, and new groups continue to spring up all over the U.S. and Canada. Wherever there is winter, and kind-hearted knitters, you just might find this “yarn-bombing with a cause.”

And that’s awesome.

UPS Makes Us Happier

We talk a lot around here about how doing nice things for other people is one of the surest paths to being happier, so when I saw this video this morning, I knew we had to pass it along. If I didn’t already love the folks in the big brown trucks—saving me from a trip to the mall!—I’d adore them, now. Check this out:

Way to go, UPS. You made Carson happier, and you make us happier, too!

Awesome Humans: Carey Andrew-Jaja, Singing Doctor

awesome-humans-carey-andrew-jaja-112614It looks to me like this story went viral sometime last year, but our fabulous community manager Kimberly—a new mom—just shared this with me this week. If you’ve seen it before, well, I’m late to the party and I hope you don’t mind seeing it again. If you haven’t seen it before, prepare for all the warm and fuzzy feelings, because this is precious.

Dr. Carey D. Andrew-Jaja of Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA doesn’t just like delivering babies, he likes welcoming them into the world with a song (or two). He says he learned this habit from his mentor and has continued on with it because he thinks it creates a special bond with every baby he delivers. Take a look:

(I suddenly feel like my own OB/GYN was subpar. Seriously, singing “Happy Birthday” in the delivery room? I love him.)

Thanks for being awesome, Dr. Andrew-Jaja! Those babies born on your watch are lucky little humans to be welcomed into the world with such enthusiastic serenading!

Awesome Humans: Daan Roosegaarde Modernizes Van Gogh

awesome-humans-bikepath-111914Ever been to Eindhoven? It’s a city in the Netherlands, and its main claim to fame is that this artist named Vincent Van Gogh used to live there. Perhaps you’ve heard of him…?

The city is about to embark on a Van Gogh theme year for 2015 (the 125th anniversary of the artist’s death will be in March), and to kick it off in the most appropriate way possible, artist Daan Roosegaarde designed the Van Gogh Bicycle Path, which opened to the public last week. Together with Heijmans Infrastructure, this Smart Highway path (which utilizes solar energy and other technology to operate) illuminates the night in a beautiful and modern homage to Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”

I never cycle at night, but I would if I had a path like this to ride along. What a lovely treasure for the city, and a perfect nod to an artistic master. Roosegarde’s design is amazing!