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I Thought A Near-Century-Old Life Tip Would Be Stale, But It's A Fresh New Perspective. Cool.

A little ambiance:(Press play on the above and take a look at the rest of the post. Maybe not if you're at work or in a library, but otherwise, I suggest you let 'er rip.)You may have heard the title of this book somewhere: "How to Win Friends and Influence People." I had, and I never thought twice about what it was about. Below you'll find a quote writer Dale Carnegie inspired me share with you — a little happy, for a change.

A little history: Dale Carnegie is the father of self-help books. He wrote the 1936 business communication self-help book "How to Win Friends and Influence People," which was so popular that it remains in print today.

The title might make the advice inside seem like an oversell, but the book sold so well — 5 million copies in his lifetime — because his techniques really work. Using the power of positive thinking is how Carnegie lived. Worked for him, right? "How to Win Friends and Influence People" is less a "how to" for tricking people into agreeing with you than it is about sharing an argument in favorable way.


One of the core lessons in all of Carnegie's books is that you can change another person's mindset by focusing on your behavior toward them (catch more flies with honey, as they say), and I use that mindset at work all the time. Yelling, crying, or pouting never works in a debate.

This quote wraps it up pretty nicely for me. You'll never get the things you want out of life if you're always pining for this and that instead of appreciating where you are, who you are, and what you have.

Even though this was written almost a century ago, Carnegie's writing actually still is extremely sound and applicable today. I found another quote of his on happiness that I'll leave you with:

“Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.”

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Marlon Brando on "The Dick Cavett Show" in 1973.

Marlon Brando made one of the biggest Hollywood comebacks in 1972 after playing the iconic role of Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.” The venerable actor's career had been on a decline for years after a series of flops and increasingly unruly behavior on set.

Brando was a shoo-in for Best Actor at the 1973 Academy Awards, so the actor decided to use the opportunity to make an important point about Native American representation in Hollywood.

Instead of attending the ceremony, he sent Sacheen Littlefeather, a Yaqui and Apache actress and activist, dressed in traditional clothing, to talk about the injustices faced by Native Americans.

She explained that Brando "very regretfully cannot accept this generous award, the reasons for this being … the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee."

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