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Thanks for stopping by for Day 8 of Upworthy's 31 Days of Happiness Countdown! If this is your first visit, here's the gist: Each day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, we're sharing stories we hope will bring joy, smiles, and warmth into your life. It's been a challenging year for a lot of us, so why not end it on a high note with a bit of happiness? Check back tomorrow (or click the links at the bottom) for another installment!

When Butterscotch first went missing, all his humans were distraught — especially the pup's human dad.

The border-collie mix — dubbed "Butters" or "Bubbers" for short — went missing in the Las Vegas area on Nov. 25. Anyone who's gone through a similar experience knows this feeling all too well and can back me up here: having a pet go missing is sobbing-until-you-can't-feel-feelings devastating. You can almost feel the heartache in the "missing" poster Butters' humans shared online.


But! This series is all about happy tails (er, tales) — so, fortunately, Butters' story doesn't end there. About a week and half after Butters disappeared, the pup was found by his humans once again!

In the video below, you'll see one of Butters' humans pull up in a car alongside the curb outside the family home. Butters is happily waiting in the passenger seat. His oblivious human dad pauses for a moment in the yard, clearly shocked to see his furry best friend once again, before sprinting across the street toward the pup.

"BUBBERS!" he yells through tears, clamoring to hug his dog through the partially open window. You can practically feel the joy radiating off the two as they finally embrace, huddled together on the sidewalk. It's no wonder the video has amassed 65,000 Likes on Twitter!

Check out their heartwarming reunion video from The Dodo here:

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A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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