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Between skydiving at 82 and life perspectives that won't quit, Dilys could teach us a thing or two.

You have to hear what she says because she seems to have this whole life thing figured out.

Between skydiving at 82 and life perspectives that won't quit, Dilys could teach us a thing or two.

People sometimes think that taking chances and having fun should end at a certain age.

Dilys is here to show you they're flat-out wrong.

At 82 years old, Dilys holds the record as the oldest female skydiver in the world.

Pretty amazing right? Here's some of what she had to say:


"People come up to me and say 'Oh, be careful.' I think, 'That's ridiculous. What a better way to die? Having fun!'"

"I used to be so scared that I would drive the car up to the drop zone and think 'I could go back. I don't have to stay here.' But I knew if I went away, I would never come back again. So the ecstasy was more than the fear."

Dilys looked back and saw a pattern in her life that helped her to let go of the past and be rooted in the present. She dedicates most days to her nonprofit charity that helps adults with developmental disabilities. On her days off, she does this:

“You're a bird for 50 seconds and imagine! You can go at 140 miles an hour, you can do a barrel roll, you can flip, you can move here, you can move there. You can join up with people. It is unbelievably wonderful. I won't stop until I know it's not safe."

Some people hate getting older. And indeed, not everyone is fortunate to maintain relatively good health as they age, and that makes life understandably much less prone to spontaneous fun. But for some, they find a surprising freedom. They've lived the life they and perhaps others expected themselves to, and now they can feel free to live for themselves.

It's an inspiring kind of lightness we all should be so lucky to experience.

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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.

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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.

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

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