31 Days of Happiness Countdown: A fairy skating princess returns. (Day 14)

Two years after a viral video, this skate queen shows off some new moves.

Thanks for stopping by for Day 14 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 laughter into our lives and yours. 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!

You might not know her by name, but if you've spent any meaningful amount of time on the internet the past couple of years, you've probably seen one of Rayssa Leal's freakin' awesome skateboard videos while scrolling through Twitter or Instagram.  


Her most famous video, published back in September 2015, features a fairy princess outfit and a heel flip that impressed even skating legend Tony Hawk!

If you've somehow never seen this video, you're in for a major treat. Check it out:

De hoje... Heel flip👊#desfile7setembro #hardflipskateboard #skatefeminino #fadinha #foishow #vivaoskateboard

A post shared by Rayssa Leal 🇧🇷 9yr 🔥 (@rayssalealsk8) on

A little more than two years after that video went up, Leal decided to rock the fairy princess outfit again for an Instagram video that'll have you clapping in amazement — especially if you're (like me) someone who never learned how to stand on a skateboard, let alone do tricks and all that jazz — and sending it to all your friends.

Now 9 years old, Leal's got more confidence than skaters twice her age, tearing it up and making a combination of tricks look like child's play. ... OK, so a kid riding a skateboard might actually fall under the category of "child's play," but you get what I'm saying: She makes it look easy!

Seriously, watch this and let the suspense and joy get your adrenaline pumping and ready to take on the world!

Pretty sweet, right? Check out more of Leal's kickass videos over on her Instagram — seriously, they're all so good — and be sure to stop by tomorrow for another fresh day of happiness!

More days of happiness here: DAY 1 / DAY 2 / DAY 3 / DAY 4 / DAY 5 / DAY 6 / DAY 7 / DAY 8 / DAY 9 / DAY 10 / DAY 11 / DAY 12 / DAY 13 / [DAY 14] / DAY 15 / DAY 16 / DAY 17 / DAY 18 / DAY 19 / DAY 20 / DAY 21 / DAY 22 / DAY 23 / DAY 24 / DAY 25 / DAY 26 / DAY 27 / DAY 28 / DAY 29 / DAY 30 / DAY 31
More
Instagram / Jameela Jamil

Being a celebrity must suck, because you can't talk about personal decisions without everyone feeling they need to have their say. However, some celebrities just don't care what the haters think and are going to live their lives how they see fit. Nobody does it better than actress and activist Jameela Jamil.

Earlier this year, Jamil revealed she had an abortion seven years ago. "I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn't want, and wasn't ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel," she wrote on Twitter. Jamil decided to reveal her abortion after Georgia's controversial fetal heartbeat abortion law was passed.

RELATED: Jameela Jamil wants women to stop apologizing for 'being ambitious'

Now, Jamil says she's living her best life, because her decision was not a "mistake" – even if other people see it that way.

"Receiving THOUSANDS of messages about how I made a mistake having an abortion 7 years ago and how I must be a miserable person. I am in fact a happy, thriving multi millionaire, madly in love, with free time, good sleep and a wonderful career and life. But thanks for checking," the "Good Place" actress wrote on Twitter.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture
via @ResistMoveTRM / Twitter

The number of people dying from drug overdoses in the U.S. is staggering. In 2017, 70,237 people died from drug overdoses, 47,600 of those were from opioids.

According to the CDC, that number has increased over five times since 1999. Since 2011, an alarming number of opioid deaths have been caused by fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid.

Keep Reading Show less
Family

Image by Brent Connelly from Pixabay and sixthformpoet / Twitter

Twitter user Matt, who goes by the name @SixthFormPoet, shared a dark love story on Twitter that's been read by nearly 600,000 people. It starts in a graveyard and feels like it could be the premise for a Tim Burton film.

While it's hard to verify whether the story is true, Matt insists that it's real, so we'll believe him.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture