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10 things that made us smile this week

Upworthy's weekly roundup of joy

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Smiles can some from the simpelst of places, and that's what this week's round-up is all about.

It's a very special week indeed. Because not one, but two joy-inducing horses we made our round-up of things that brought a smile to our face. Giddy-up!

Not just that, but positive entertainment news, a misunderstanding that becomes comedy gold and some hilariously relatable parenting content also made the list. Every week your friends at Upworthy share moments just like these in hope that one—or all—might make your day a little brighter.

Check out these gems below.


1. Special therapy ponies bring loving companionship to elderly people in care homes

Sarah Woodland and her team of Dinky Ponies travel to care homes, schools, hospitals and more to offer some heartfelt equine joy. And just watching sweet interaction like the one above shows how magical their work is.

2. Man and his golden retriever have too much fun filming a home decorating prank video

@aguyandagolden My dog ruined my wall! #dog #goldenretriever #dogsoftiktok ♬ original sound - AGuyandAGolden

Is it silly? Absolutely. But gotta hand it to the meticulous attention to detail in this one. Seeing little golden retriever paws typing away on a laptop and doing some hammering is so satisfying.

3. Woman makes silly faces at her sister's doorbell camera...then realizes she's at the wrong house.

Where would we be without a little doorbell cam comedy? This priceless reaction had other folks feeling second hand embarrassment.

4. New "Inside Out" trailer promises new emotions!

"Inside Out 2," the sequel to the 2015 hit Pixar movie, has released its official trailer, revealing that Riley's now teenage mind will be welcoming in a new emotion—Anxiety! And judging by a very quick clip at the end of the trailer, viewers might be meeting Envy, Embarrassment, and Ennui as well.

5. Mom's "You Are Such a Good Dad" song is a catchy anthem for default parents everywhere

At this point, most of us are probably all too aware with the pitfalls of parental expectation between moms and dads. However, this song pokes fun in a truly lighthearted way. And the song is undeniably catchy.

6. Cat photobombs engagement video…because why not?

Look, he can't help being curious, okay?

7. Hollywood's longest actor strikes in history comes to a close

After four months, Hollywood actor's union SAG-AFTRA agreed to a tentative deal with major studios. Meaning more fair pay, and more programs we love.

8. Preschoolers use paint to decorate their teacher’s white dress. It becomes a work of art.

Ms. Katie gave her preschoolers a fun project, and ended up with a surprisingly beautiful rainbow dress she plans to wear for the rest of the school year.

9. Just a girl making snow angel with her horse. Enjoy.

Okay, adding "making snow angels with a horse" onto my bucket list.

10. Little girl with alopecia gets custom-made wig for free

The wig was provided by Lusta Hair through their Children’s Project, which provides free wigs for kids and teens with hair loss. Hearing this little girl say "that's my hair!" makes it clear why this kind of offering is so important.

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From political science to joining the fight against cancer: How one woman found her passion

An unexpected pivot to project management expanded Krystal Brady's idea of what it means to make a positive impact.

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Krystal Brady utilizes her project management skills to help advance cancer research and advocacy.

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Cancer impacts nearly everyone’s life in one way or another, and thankfully, we’re learning more about treatment and prevention every day. Individuals and organizations dedicated to fighting cancer and promising research from scientists are often front and center, but we don’t always see the people working behind the scenes to make the fight possible.

People like Krystal Brady.

While studying political science in college, Brady envisioned her future self in public office. She never dreamed she’d build a successful career in the world of oncology, helping cancer researchers, doctors and advocates continue battling cancer, but more efficiently.

Brady’s journey to oncology began with a seasonal job at a small publishing company, which helped pay for college and awakened her love for managing projects. Now, 15 years later, she’s serving as director of digital experience and strategy at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which she describes as “the perfect place to pair my love of project management and desire to make positive change in the world.”

As a project manager, Brady helps make big ideas for the improvement of diagnosing and treating cancer a reality. She is responsible for driving the critical projects that impact the lives of cancer researchers, doctors, and patients.

“I tell people that my job is part toolbox, part glue,” says Brady. “Being a project manager means being responsible for understanding the details of a project, knowing what tools or resources you need to execute the project, and facilitating the flow of that work to the best outcome possible. That means promoting communication, partnership, and ownership among the team for the project.”

At its heart, Brady’s project management work is about helping people. One of the big projects Brady is currently working on is ASCO’s digital transformation, which includes upgrading systems and applications to help streamline and personalize oncologists’ online experience so they can access the right resources more quickly. Whether you are managing humans or machines, there’s an extraordinary need for workers with the skillset to harness new technology and solve problems.

The digital transformation project also includes preparing for the use of emerging technologies such as generative AI to help them in their research and practices.

“Most importantly, it lays the groundwork for us to make a meaningful impact at the point of care, giving the oncologist and patient the absolute latest recommendations or guidelines for care for that specific patient or case, allowing the doctor to spend more time with their patients and less time on paperwork,” Brady says.

In today’s fast-changing, quickly advancing world, project management is perhaps more valuable than ever. After discovering her love for it, Brady earned her Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification through Project Management Institute (PMI)—the premier professional organization for project managers with chapters all over the world—which she says gave her an edge over other candidates when she applied for her job at ASCO.

“The knowledge I gained in preparing for the PMP exam serves me every day in my role,” Brady says. “What I did not expect and have truly come to value is the PMI network as well – finding like-minded individuals, opportunities for continuous learning, and the ability to volunteer and give back.”

PMI’s growing community – including more than 300 chapters globally – serves as a place for project managers and individuals who use project management skills to learn and grow through events, online resources, and certification programs.

While people often think of project management in the context of corporate careers, all industries and organizations need project managers, making it a great career for those who want to elevate our world through non-profits or other service-oriented fields.

“Project management makes a difference by focusing on efficiency and outcomes, making us all a little better at what we do,” says Brady. “In almost every industry, understanding how to do our work more effectively and efficiently means more value to our customers, and the world at large, at an increased pace.”

Project management is also a stable career path in high demand as shown by PMI research, which found that the global economy will need 25 million more project managers by 2030 and that the median salary for project managers in the US has grown to $120K.

If you’d like to learn more about careers in project management, PMI has resources to help you get started or prove your proficiency, including its entry-level Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification program. For those interested in pursuing a project management career to make a difference, it could be your first step.


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