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There was no press at the Georgetown AMC movie theater on March 8, 2018, when Joe Biden took his granddaughter to see a show. But that didn't stop one viral photo purportedly of the former vice president from tugging at heart strings everywhere.

Moviegoer Caleb Baca snapped a pic of an unknowing Biden interacting with a man, believed to be homeless, sitting on steps near a sidewalk. The photo itself may be a little grainy, dark, and seemingly unremarkable, but its message struck a chord with thousands of people online.

Joe Biden took his granddaughter to the movies in Georgetown last night.....on his way out he stopped to speak w/ a...


Posted by Paul Equale on Friday, March 9, 2018

Baca's photo was shared by D.C. businessman Paul Equale and has amassed over 120,000 likes as of publication, Fox 5 in D.C. reported.

The former vice president's office is not commenting on the photo, according to The New York Times.

"Say what you want about Joe Biden," one commenter wrote. "He’s nothing if not compassionate and kind. His life — through tragedy and triumph — is an example of grace."

The photo may have captured a generous act, but it also highlights a darker reality: D.C.'s homelessness crisis.

Surrounding the stunning capitol dome and pristine parks filled with tourists, skyrocketing housing costs have left thousands of city-dwellers calling the street home.

The nation's capital, ground zero for income inequality, has the highest rate of homelessness among the largest 32 American cities, according to a survey from the United States Conference of Mayors released last year. The research found there are 124 homeless people per 10,000 residents in D.C. — more than twice the national average — The New York Times reported.

It's a massive, complicated problem that can't be fixed overnight. But helping organizations solve the problem — and, yes, giving directly to homeless people when you feel moved to — can make a big difference. As Biden showed us, a simple act of kindness means a lot.

"I'm not exactly sure what he gave the homeless man," Baca told Fox 5. "But he appeared to write something down on a piece of paper inside the movie theater, which he then proceeded to give the homeless man outside."

As Equale wrote in his caption, "character is about what you do when no one is watching."

To learn more about and fight homelessness in the capital, visit Coalition for the Homeless Washington, D.C.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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She's enjoying the big benefits of some simple life hacks.

James Clear’s landmark book “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide. The book is incredibly popular because it has a simple message that can help everyone. We can develop habits that increase our productivity and success by making small changes to our daily routines.

"It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis,” James Clear writes. “It is only when looking back 2 or 5 or 10 years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.”

His work proves that we don’t need to move mountains to improve ourselves, just get 1% better every day.

Most of us are reluctant to change because breaking old habits and starting new ones can be hard. However, there are a lot of incredibly easy habits we can develop that can add up to monumental changes.

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