After living through what these kids have, it's refreshing to see the smiles on their faces.
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Sometimes, kids who are medically fragile or facing hurdles like cancer would like to just get away from it all, even if just for a little slice of time.

Enter Dream Drives for Kids, a nonprofit that began in Portland, Oregon, and is expanding to other parts of the country.

What do they do?


First, go back to a time when you got to ride in a fancy car — say, a convertible, or something really sporty — for the first time.

Do you remember that feeling? It can be an amusement park ride of sorts, and it's one of those things that becomes a great memory throughout life.

That's the idea behind these folks. Giving kids with severe illnesses a chance to ride in these adult toys is what they do. The children get to tour the garage, pick a car to ride in, and then go out for a spin.

As the narrator of the video below (and one of the founders of the organization) says, “It's like the kids we work with are going through a nightmare, and we're trying to offer them a dream."

This boy has Otopalatodigital syndrome and has had multiple surgeries. Just look at the joy on his face:

GIFs from ILikeGiving.com/Vimeo.

Or this little girl, who valiantly battled leukemia:


“We've seen kids who've come through this garage who've been dying. We've met with kids who have since died. And seeing the joy in their eyes, and the joy in their parents' faces, when they're not thinking about being sick ... is an incredible feeling."

Watch the video from Dream Drives for Kids.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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