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10 things that made us smile this week

Upworthy's weekly roundup of joy

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Babies and doggos bringing the smiles

If any animal embodies the simple joy of our "10 things that made us smile" series, it's gotta be a Golden Retriever. This week's list includes not one but two Golden good boys being their playful, hilarious selves. We've also got a sweet floofy puppers and a story about tiny dogs that is certainly smile-worthy. (Doggos for the win!)

And babies! Gracious, do we have a couple of adorable babies this week. Wait till you see the "Oh No" dance. Serious cuteness overload.

Also, have you ever seen a duck being tossed into a kiddie pool over and over because it just can't get enough? You will, and your day will be all the better for it.

Enjoy all this and more in this week's roundup:


1. Find someone who looks at you the way this doggo looks at his stuffed animals

@aguyandagolden

Aspiring to have a love like Teddy and his toys. #dog

The fact that this is a regular thing Teddy does is too much.

2. A mom handed her 2-year-old her phone and told her to take pics of things she loves. It's surprisingly moving.

So beautiful to see the world through the eyes of a child. Read the full story here.

3. Big bikers making baby voices at their tiny dogs is everything that's right with the world.

A gang of Hagrids. The best.

4. Parents share photos of their kids before and after the first day of school and it's so relatable.

Swipe through. We've all been there, kiddos! Read the full story here.

5. Woman's job won't allow her pink hair so she 'maliciously complies' by wearing horrible wigs.

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Emily's "malicious compliance" is cracking people up.

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The policy is only about "unnatural hair colors," not George Washington ringlet wigs, right? Read the full story here.

6. Woman's dog mistook her coat for a chew toy and chaos ensued. You have to hear her laughter.

It's practically impossible not to laugh right along with her. Read the full story here.

7. Baby girl obsessed with the 'Oh No' song is the cutest thing everrrrrr.

@maakenziee

😂 #ohno #funnybaby #babydance #ohnonononoo #cute #cutebaby #toddlersoftiktok

When she stands up and dances, hands in the air? Priceless.

8. This 87-year-old and his superfloof companion are the epitome of adorable

@_dadanddolly

Best decision i ever made #dad #dog #bestfriends #companions #love #family #fyp

Also, let's just take a moment for how handsome and stylish Dad is.

9. Woman shares how a 'hardcore' gym bro's words of encouragement meant the world to her

Lifting others up instead of tearing them down is such a simple, powerful act. We never know how much our words might mean to someone who needs to hear them.

10. Let's strive to attai the unbridled joy of this duck being tossed into a kiddie pool

Perhaps we can start by greeting each day with a "Ready, set, WHEEEE!"

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

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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.

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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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