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10 things that made us smile this week

Upworthy's weekly roundup of joy

baby playing the piano, story about Mitchell Robinson and his high school basketball coach

From musical babies to big-hearted basketball players, here are 10 things that made us smile this week.

Few things are as heartwarming as humans helping one another, whether it's something practical, like assisting with a flat tire, or something more existential, like offering a kind word when someone's feeling down.

This week's list of things that made us smile has several examples of the latter—times where someone's support or words of encouragement made a difference. It's a good reminder that we're truly all in this together and that a connection between human hearts is really the most smile-worthy thing there is.


Hope you enjoy this week's collection!

1. A shared journal between a mom and her child is a touching reminder of a mother's love

Swipe through to see their back and forths. So beautiful.

2. This kiddo knows exactly how to be there for another person in the simplest of ways

Do you need space? Do you want me to be near you? That's how it's done. Just the willingness to sit with someone in their dark moments is so big sometimes.

3. Comedian gets Gen X giggling with song about life in the 90s

A hilarious trip down memory lane. Read the full story here.

4. Jon Batiste demonstrates his musical genre bending abilities with some Beethoven blues

Music is just so darn fun.

5. Speaking of musical abilities, check out this baby piano prodigy

Baby in diapers making triads and resolving chords like he was born for it. See more of Gavrill's musical abilities here.

6. Guy's grandma tells him not to open his gift til he gets home, which makes for an interesting airport experience

@brett.gaffney

Airport Security said this is the second one they have seen today! #brettgaffneyforever #holidaytravel

Hahahaha. Way to go, granny. Good gift, though! Read the full story here.

7. If a friend is someone you can laugh with, these two are gonna be besties

Ah, the simple things in life.

8. Dad walks in on couple doing a TikTok challenge and his reaction is everything

@matildedaniele29

@Matilde Morra #fyp #fypシ #boyfriend #couplegoals #omg #funny #couple #trending #new #foryoupage

When no reaction is the best reaction. Never has so much been said with such little expression. Read the full story here.

9. New York Knicks star invited his high school basketball coach to live with him after his wife of 31 years died

Mitchell Robinson's got a heart of gold. (He has 19 dogs, too.)

10. Find a friend who will joyfully pull you around in the snow like this doggo

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That's what friends are for, right?

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Tony Trapani discovers a letter his wife hid from him since 1959.

Tony Trapani and his wife were married for 50 years despite the heartache of being unable to have children. "She wanted children,” Trapani told Fox 17. "She couldn't have any. She tried and tried." Even though they endured the pain of infertility, Tony's love for his wife never wavered and he cherished every moment they spent together.

After his wife passed away when Tony was 81 years old, he undertook the heartbreaking task of sorting out all of her belongings. That’s when he stumbled upon a carefully concealed letter in a filing cabinet hidden for over half a century.

The letter was addressed to Tony and dated March 1959, but this was the first time he had seen it. His wife must have opened it, read it and hid it from him. The letter came from Shirley Childress, a woman Tony had once been close with before his marriage. She reached out, reminiscing about their past and revealing a secret that would change Tony's world forever.

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Parenting through the teen years takes a lot more time and energy than people expect.

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Raising kids through adolescence is not for the faint of heart.

When you have a baby, it's expected that you'll take some maternity or paternity leave from work. When you have a teen, it's expected that you'll be in the peak of your career, but some parents are finding the need to take a "teen-ternity leave" from work to support their adolescent kids.

It's a flip from what has become the traditional trajectory for modern parents. Despite the fact that the U.S. is the only developed nation in the world to not have mandated paid parental leave, most parents take at least some time off when a baby is born to recover physically from pregnancy and birth and to settle into life with their tiny new human. Many parents then opt to have one parent stay home full-time during their children's younger years, as full-time childcare is often cost prohibitive, and raising babies and toddlers requires an enormous amount of time, attention and energy.

Parents often return to work when their kids are in school full-time, and many feel a bit of a respite from the relentlessness of parenting as their kids become more independent and capable of doing things on their own. It's not that older kids don't need their parents, but their needs are different. Physical parenting gives way to more complex emotional parenting as kids get older, and for a while, those emotional challenges are somewhat simple.

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But one "24-hour" daycare in Houston captured people's attention—and sparked a debate—when a mom posted about it on TikTok.

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Reactions to the video rand the gamut from "24-hour daycares are a brilliant idea for parents who work odd shifts" to "Moms shouldn't be leaving their kids at a daycare late at night just so they can go out," sparking a fascinating and eye-opening discussion.

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The title of dad or father is a sweet and respectful way to acknowledge a child's special bond with their male parent. It signifies love and respect and shows appreciation for his role in their life. But the title works both ways. The term dad reminds fathers of the responsibility to guide and protect their kids.

The importance of the unique role dads play in their kids’ lives is why a father named Steve was upset with his wife for repeatedly using his first name when referring to him with their preteen children.

The father vented about the situation and asked if he was wrong in a Reddit post with over 10,000 responses.

“My wife recently started using my first name when referring to me to our preteen kids, as in ‘Steve's gonna pick you up from school tomorrow,’” the father wrote on Reddit’s AITA forum. “I asked her not to when I first heard it, saying I don't really like when you use my first name to the kids. Can you say ‘your dad’ or ‘dad’?”

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Slaughter's wife seems to be holding the phone so you can clearly see what appears to be a painting of Slaughter, who is sitting at the other end of the table in front of an easel. The text overlay on the video says, "husband and wife paint portraits of each other (gone wrong). But what could possibly be wrong, sure his wife's attempt isn't art gallery ready just yet but it's not bad.

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