People are watching these babies laugh hysterically and trying not to crack up themselves

Upworthy recently shared an adorable baby giggling video on our Instagram page (which you definitely want to check out if you're starved for feel-good stories) and people expressed gratitude for the instant boost of happiness. There's something so pure about babies expressing joy and it's nearly impossible not to get flooded with mood-lifting endorphins when you see it.

So we thought we'd collect some of the Internet's best baby laughs, since we can all use a little extra dopamine right now.



Capturing a baby's first laugh on video is a precious gift—and this family not only captured their baby's first laugh, but first laughing fit.

Baby's first LOL www.youtube.com

In addition to head bops, babies find certain sounds rip-roaringly hilarious.

Anyone remember the baby who thought that paper being torn was the funniest thing to ever happen? It never gets old. Paper rip equals baby laugh— right on cue. So freaking cute.

Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper (Original) www.youtube.com

Seriously, why is paper being ripped in half considered the peak of comedy routines for the wee ones? This baby couldn't even stay upright. He found paper tearing so funny.

The Baby Laughing at paper www.youtube.com

Pretty much any sound can make certain babies laugh. Why? Who knows. Maybe it's the unexpected aspect of it.

I mean, this baby totally loses it at the sound of a pacifier being popped out of someone's mouth. After the first time, just the thought of it does him in, as he keeps laughing in anticipation that she's going to do it again. Every single time.

Baby laughing hysterically at pacifier noise www.youtube.com

Oh, baby. If you think a pacifier is chuckle-worthy, wait until your old man starts making fart noises. Fart noises are universally funny and apparently our tendency to giggle at them is ingrained in all of us.

Dad's Weird Noise Make Baby Laugh www.youtube.com

But it's not just noises. Apparently, something as simple as blowing on dandelions is next level hilarious for the baby set.

Buzz and the Dandelions www.youtube.com

And a dog eating popcorn? Forget about it. Apparently there's nothing funnier in the world.

Baby Girl Laughing Hysterically at Dog Eating Popcorn www.youtube.com

How about the baby who laughs at himself every time he gets startled? (It's impossible not to giggle at this. I've tried. It's seriously not humanly possible).

Baby laughing and chuckling www.youtube.com

If one baby laughing is a delight, why not four at once? I can't imagine having four babies at once, but this video almost makes it look appealing, at least for a few minutes. And again, it's just a dad making silly sounds that creates the synchronized, double-stereo baby giggles. So. Much. Fun.

Laughing Quadruplet Babies! www.youtube.com

For the grand finale, even though this kiddo isn't technically a baby—more like a young preschooler—his laughter is so infectious and entertaining he had to be included. How much fun would it be to have this kid in class?

Hysterical and contagious laughing boy in music class www.youtube.com

No matter how bad things get out in the world, the delight of babies and children enjoying the simplest things in life can always bring us back to a place of joy and gratitude. Anytime you're feeling down, pull up a baby laughing video. It does the heart good.

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When Sue Hoppin was in college, she met the man she was going to marry. "I was attending the University of Denver, and he was at the Air Force Academy," she says. "My dad had also attended the University of Denver and warned me not to date those flyboys from the Springs."

"He didn't say anything about marrying one of them," she says. And so began her life as a military spouse.

The life brings some real advantages, like opportunities to live abroad — her family got to live all around the US, Japan, and Germany — but it also comes with some downsides, like having to put your spouse's career over your own goals.

"Though we choose to marry someone in the military, we had career goals before we got married, and those didn't just disappear."

Career aspirations become more difficult to achieve, and progress comes with lots of starts and stops. After experiencing these unique challenges firsthand, Sue founded an organization to help other military spouses in similar situations.

Sue had gotten a degree in international relations because she wanted to pursue a career in diplomacy, but for fourteen years she wasn't able to make any headway — not until they moved back to the DC area. "Eighteen months later, many rejections later, it became apparent that this was going to be more challenging than I could ever imagine," she says.

Eighteen months is halfway through a typical assignment, and by then, most spouses are looking for their next assignment. "If I couldn't find a job in my own 'hometown' with multiple degrees and a great network, this didn't bode well for other military spouses," she says.

She's not wrong. Military spouses spend most of their lives moving with their partners, which means they're often far from family and other support networks. When they do find a job, they often make less than their civilian counterparts — and they're more likely to experience underemployment or unemployment. In fact, on some deployments, spouses are not even allowed to work.

Before the pandemic, military spouse unemployment was 22%. Since the pandemic, it's expected to rise to 35%.

Sue eventually found a job working at a military-focused nonprofit, and it helped her get the experience she needed to create her own dedicated military spouse program. She wrote a book and started saving up enough money to start the National Military Spouse Network (NMSN), which she founded in 2010 as the first organization of its kind.

"I founded the NMSN to help professional military spouses develop flexible careers they could perform from any location."

"Over the years, the program has expanded to include a free digital magazine, professional development events, drafting annual White Papers and organizing national and local advocacy to address the issues of most concern to the professional military spouse community," she says.

Not only was NMSN's mission important to Sue on a personal level she also saw it as part of something bigger than herself.

"Gone are the days when families can thrive on one salary. Like everyone else, most military families rely on two salaries to make ends meet. If a military spouse wants or needs to work, they should be able to," she says.

"When less than one percent of our population serves in the military," she continues, "we need to be able to not only recruit the best and the brightest but also retain them."

"We lose out as a nation when service members leave the force because their spouse is unable to find employment. We see it as a national security issue."

"The NMSN team has worked tirelessly to jumpstart the discussion and keep the challenges affecting military spouses top of mind. We have elevated the conversation to Congress and the White House," she continues. "I'm so proud of the fact that corporations, the government, and the general public are increasingly interested in the issues affecting military spouses and recognizing the employment roadblocks they unfairly have faced."

"We have collectively made other people care, and in doing so, we elevated the issues of military spouse unemployment to a national and global level," she adds. "In the process, we've also empowered military spouses to advocate for themselves and our community so that military spouse employment issues can continue to remain at the forefront."

Not only has NMSN become a sought-after leader in the military spouse employment space, but Sue has also seen the career she dreamed of materializing for herself. She was recently invited to participate in the public re-launch of Joining Forces, a White House initiative supporting military and veteran families, with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

She has also had two of her recommendations for practical solutions introduced into legislation just this year. She was the first in the Air Force community to show leadership the power of social media to reach both their airmen and their military families.

That is why Sue is one of Tory Burch's "Empowered Women" this year. The $5,000 donation will be going to The Madeira School, a school that Sue herself attended when she was in high school because, she says, "the lessons I learned there as a student pretty much set the tone for my personal and professional life. It's so meaningful to know that the donation will go towards making a Madeira education more accessible to those who may not otherwise be able to afford it and providing them with a life-changing opportunity."

Most military children will move one to three times during high school so having a continuous four-year experience at one high school can be an important gift. After traveling for much of her formative years, Sue attended Madeira and found herself "in an environment that fostered confidence and empowerment. As young women, we were expected to have a voice and advocate not just for ourselves, but for those around us."

To learn more about Tory Burch and Upworthy's Empowered Women program visit https://www.toryburch.com/empoweredwomen/. Nominate an inspiring woman in your community today!

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Army Capt. Justin Meredith used the Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program to read to his son and family while deployed in the Middle East.

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One of the biggest challenges deployed service members face is the feeling of being separated from their families, especially when they have children. It's also very stressful for children to be away from parents who are deployed for long periods of time.

For the past four years, the USO has brought deployed service members and their families closer through a wonderful program that allows them to read together. The Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program gives deployed service members the ability to choose a book, read it on camera, then send both the recording and book to their child.

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