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10 things that made us smile this week

Upworthy's weekly roundup of joy

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Share a little joy.

It's been a heavy week for our world, friends. I always feel torn putting together posts like this in times like these, but in some ways it might be the best time for sharing small joys. While we can't pretend terror and war aren't happening, taking a moment to smile or laugh is life-affirming and a reminder that joy can coexist with tragedy. Indeed, it always does.

May this week's list of 10 things that made us smile this week provide a respite, however brief, for whoever needs one.


1. Barbershop quartet nails Britney Spears, NSYNC and more in modern ‘oldies’ medley

Absolutely delightful.

2. John Cena explains 'You don't see me' to a fan's British grandmother and it's so precious

@thehook

John Cena explains ‘You Can’t See Me’ to a granny 😂👵 #johncena #youcantseeme #johncenameme #wwe #playingwithfire #fyp #foryoupage

"I'm a bit of a rabble rouser…" Could John Cena be any more charming? Read the full story here.

3. Little girl singing with her grandpa is the stuff core memories are made of

And the fact that it's 4 Non Blondes is extra delightful.

4. There's a 1 in 3 chance you'll get the wrong order at this restaurant, but for the best reason

Inclusion at its best. Read the full story here.

5. Nearly 300 years ago, Bach wrote a hilarious and totally relatable song about a girl who was obsessed with coffee

johann sebastian bach and a girl drinking a cup of coffee

Bach's "Coffee Cantata" is a comic mini-opera that is totally related for coffee fanatics.

Public Domain (left) Photo by Hunter Newton on Unsplash (right)

The entirety of Bach's "Coffee Cantata" is an argument between a highly caffeinated young woman and her father, who keeps trying to punish her into quitting her coffee habit to no avail. It. Is. Glorious. Read the full story with the lyrics here.

6. Baby lion shows off its fierce and terrible roar (sound up!)

So little. So fierce. So adorable.

7. This closed captioning fail at a Portland Trail Blazers game is one for the ages

Never seen the national anthem done quite like that before. Read the full story here.

8. Comedian highlights how weird the 'normal' things humans do actually are

Holy cow, humans really are a strange bunch. Read the full story here.

9. This gull fast-feet dance is cute, but the fact that it's called 'worm-charming' is even better


10. Vets distract a nervous dog while it's getting its blood drawn in the best way

The energy and commitment, though. Can someone do this for me next time I get a blood draw?

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