After 3 trips to space, he's realized something no one says.

People who've seen Earth from space often have a pretty cosmic attitude about the place.

After 3 trips to space, he's realized something no one says.
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield wants everything and everyone to stop for a minute. Hadfield says we're all going too fast to realize something really important.

Now obviously...

But there are lots of reasons to be hopeful.

And it's not just because of our amazing technology. Though, of course...

There's something basic about the human spirit.

There are so many great signs of progress and things to be thankful for, like incredible advances in survival rates for our youngest people.

And then there's all this.

And this...

And this...

Things are getting better.

And not that slowly either.

So Hadfield says he's optimistic.

Hadfield believes everyone else should be optimistic, too, because it's our best way forward together.

"Remember, nobody changes the world on their own." — Chris Hadfield

Here's the video he made explaining his case.


If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.