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An adorable ad shows a father looking after his daughter. Decades later, the roles change.

Two sweet moments between a father and daughter, with decades in between.

An adorable ad shows a father looking after his daughter. Decades later, the roles change.
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Did your mom or dad ever feed you with the “airplane technique"?

Maybe they got really into it and made great sound effects...


ShoooooOOOoOoOOooooOom! GIF via Baby Bullet/YouTube.

Maybe you actually had a spoon shaped like a plane...

Incoming baby food. Prepare for landing. GIF via Samantha Skolnik/YouTube.

Or maybe you were so resistant to the ol' "plane technique" that they had to go for the bait and switch...

Oh no, you didn't. GIF via BlueChainsawMan/reddit.

Families take care of each other in all kinds of ways.

And today, there's a new group of people who are taking care of both their own kids and their parents. They're called the "sandwich generation."

The sandwich generation is a generation of adults who are caring for their aging parents while simultaneously supporting their kids. This scenario may be a lot more common than you think.

1 in 7 middle-aged adults provides financial support to both a parent and a child.

And that doesn't even begin to cover the amount of people providing emotional support to their families. 68% of all adults who have a living parent aged 65+ say they provide emotional support for that parent at least some of the time.

Why do we care for our aging parents?

You could certainly think of it as a social responsibility — many Americans do. 75% of adults believe they have a financial responsibility to support an aging parent.

Maybe we feel like we owe them something after all the years they fed and clothed and cared for us. Maybe we feel that without us, they'd have no other option.

Or maybe, it simply comes down to love.

GIF via Ad Council.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

Courtesy of Verizon

Ready for the weekend? Of course, you are. Here's our weekly dose of good vibes to help you shed the stresses of the workweek and put yourself in a great frame of mind.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

1. Diver befriends a fish with the cutest smile

Hawaiian underwater photographer Yuki Nakano befriended a friendly porcupine fish and now they hang out regularly.

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