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Here's an inside look at the viral skeletons video that brought joy to the Internet.

Remember those dancing, kissing skeletons that made us all smile? Here's what you didn't see.

Here's an inside look at the viral skeletons video that brought joy to the Internet.

We at Upworthy have been honored to support the "Love Has No Labels" campaign.

Their first video caught millions of people off-guard, but it left them with nothing but the good feels. With part two of the video, they're introducing us to the stars, who smile as they share their stories of true love. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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There are two very profound messages behind all this cuteness.

The first one is fairly obvious. They say “love has no labels." I buy that 100%. True love isn't something we express with modifiers. And though we're all different and each of our relationships is unique, when we really feel love, we can all feel it with the same endless depth and intensity.


The second message might be a little harder to catch. Like love, it's not something we can really measure. It's an inner tide that pushes and pulls us to behave in certain ways. And like love, it's something that takes work. That something is called implicit bias.

"Implicit bias is the bias in judgment and/or behavior that results from subtle cognitive processes (e.g., implicit attitudes and implicit stereotypes) that often operate at a level below conscious awareness and without intentional control."
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They say it's what's on the inside that counts. But what's on the outside still matters.

Whether we realize it or not, our implicit biases cause us to judge others before we even have a chance to know them. We're constantly making prejudgments based on all of those traits — those labels — that, as this campaign so delightfully illustrates, have nothing to do with our capacity to love, be it race, religion, gender, age, disability, or anything else.


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The real-world effects of implicit bias are bigger you may know.

It affects people's ability to make friends, to find jobs, or even to just go about their day in peace. And as we've come to learn, when implicit biases seep into areas such as policing and justice, things can get very sad and very ugly.

But don't feel guilty about implicit bias. We're all human, and no one is exempt.

However, if one of your living objectives is to be a "good" person — a kinder and more humane person — that's where the work comes in. Old habits may die hard, but ingrained, unconscious prejudice can be even more difficult to uproot.

This is arguably among the most important challenges for humanity to overcome. The better we get at identifying and addressing implicit biases — both as individuals and communities — the more we can focus on, well, love.

Want to get started now?

Take this quiz on the campaign website. With each response, you'll learn a little more about how implicit biases play out in real life and ways to avoid playing into the stereotypes.

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Increasingly customers are looking for more conscious shopping options. According to a Nielsen survey in 2018, nearly half (48%) of U.S. consumers say they would definitely or probably change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment.

But while many consumers are interested in spending their money on products that are more sustainable, few actually follow through. An article in the 2019 issue of Harvard Business Review revealed that 65% of consumers said they want to buy purpose-driven brands that advocate sustainability, but only about 26% actually do so. It's unclear where this intention gap comes from, but thankfully it's getting more convenient to shop sustainably from many of the retailers you already support.

Amazon recently introduced Climate Pledge Friendly, "a new program to help make it easy for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products." When you're browsing Amazon, a Climate Pledge Friendly label will appear on more than 45,000 products to signify they have one or more different sustainability certifications which "help preserve the natural world, reducing the carbon footprint of shipments to customers," according to the online retailer.

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In order to distinguish more sustainable products, the program partnered with a wide range of external certifications, including governmental agencies, non-profits, and independent laboratories, all of which have a focus on preserving the natural world.

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Even as millions of Americans celebrated the inauguration of President Joe Biden this week, the nation also mourned the fact that, for the first time in modern history, the United States did not have a peaceful transition of power.

With the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, when pro-Trump insurrectionists attempted to stop the constitutional process of counting electoral votes and where terrorists threatened to kill lawmakers and the vice president for not keeping Trump in power, our long and proud tradition was broken. And although presidential power was ultimately transferred without incident on January 20, the presence of 20,000 National Guard troops around the Capitol reminded us of the threat that still lingers.

First Lady Jill Biden showed up today with cookies in hand for a group of National Guard troops at the Capitol to thank them for keeping her family safe. The homemade chocolate chip cookies were a small token of appreciation, but one that came from the heart of a mother whose son had served as well.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.