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Kids drew us their favorite things in the world, and their pictures are fantastic.

Butterflies, family, and painting on canvas: These are a few of their favorite things.

What's your favorite thing in the world? Quick, say it out loud.

Now think back — would you have given the same answer when you were a teenager? A little kid? Probably not, right?

Let's be real: The grown-up world can be pretty complicated. In the rush and stress of life, it can be hard to remember what matters most and what always makes us happy. It was easier to figure that stuff out when we were kids.


That's why we asked our Upworthy fans on Facebook to give their kids a little homework last week: to draw their favorite thing in the world.

We were thrilled with the responses. So much so that we're sharing them right here, right now:

1. Angela, age 7, loves her cat Sassy Pants.

2. 8-year-old Brooke loves art in all its forms.

3. Carly, age 8, adores her family, including their two adorable dogs.

4. 6-year-old Claire couldn't pick one favorite animal from these three — and neither could we!

5. Connor, age 4, knows that home is where his heart is.

6. Damien's mom tells us that this 3-year-old loves Metallica — especially their band logo.

7. 4-year-old Ella loves her best friend Rexy. So do we.

8. 5-year-old Eliza loves her family more than anything.

9. 8-year-old Ethan is very particular about his favorite ice cream. Wouldn't you be?

10. Gabriel, age 6, says his mom is his favorite thing in the world.

11. 5-year-old Hawthorne picked the original Fab Four, The Beatles, as her favorite thing.

12. Isabella is 6 years old and loves painting more than anything else.

13. 14-year-old Jasmine's favorite thing is her "artistic talent."

Jasmine's mom tells us that her daughter hopes to become a tattoo artist one day, so save some skin space, fans!

14. Jasper is 5 and says his mom is his favorite of all.

15. 6-year-old Jessica picks butterflies as her favorite thing in the world.

The little "I love you Daddy" in the top right corner of the illustration is giving us ALL THE FEELS.

16. 7-year-old Kyle thinks his mom and dad are hearts and stars above the rest.

17. Laiba is 11 and loves drawing "Hunger Games" hero Katniss Everdeen most of all.

18. Marley is 10 and says gymnastics make her jump for joy.

19. 5-year-old Melody's tribute to her favorite thing is making us hungry.

20. 3-year-old Pearl is very particular about her favorite things: a glass of Coke with a straw and a bowl of popcorn.

21. 8-year-old Quinn picks football as his favorite.

Don't get competitive Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers fans! Quinn has you both with the same score.

22. 5-year-old RJ says Lego is the best of all.

23. Ryker is 6 and loves holidays — like Easter — more than anything else.

24. 11-year-old Sara says both of her pets are #1.

From left to right: Bobo and Dobby.

25. Sara is 7 and a proud member of the ice cream-loving crew.

26. 8-year-old Simone couldn't "B" more excited about her three favorites: bees, butterflies, and bedtime.

27. 5-year-old Stella is on a first-name basis with her favorite person: her mom.

28. Tevye is 8 and loves art more than anything else in the world.

Thanks so much to all our Facebook fans who participated in this little experiment! Let's do it again sometime.

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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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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