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London just got a rainbow-themed surprise. Will your city be next?

While the rainbow road was just for a day, the group behind it has big plans for future events.

London just got a rainbow-themed surprise. Will your city be next?

150,000 London commuters got an unexpected dose of joy on their way to work June 22, 2015.

On a dreary, gloomy, and somewhat rainy Monday morning, a movement called Spark Your City teamed up with BBC1 presenter Gemma Cairney to brighten the cityscape.

The collaboration was called "Love Mondays" and involved turning London Bridge into a 300-meter (a little less than 1,000 feet for us metric-system holdouts) rainbow brick road.


Yes, like an actual rainbow brick road. It's like the road to Oz, but more ... rainbow-y. Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images.

When someone says "rainbow road," my mind immediately is drawn to Mario Kart. Somehow, this is even better.

GIF via Mario Kart 64.

Of course, Cairney was there for the special one-day-only event, wearing an outfit as loud as the bridge's bricks.


But, by far, the best part of the event was seeing commuters crack an unexpected smile.

Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images.

There are SO many pictures on the #SparkYourCity hashtag of people enjoying the art (and dare I say, loving Mondays?). Be sure to pop over there for more.


But what about us who don't live in London (or who missed out on the event)? We're in luck.

According to their Facebook page, Spark Your City isn't done — not even close to it. The movement's goal is to put together a "fun and exciting journey linking 50 cities by a global chain of 1,000 events."

So maybe, just maybe, a Spark Your City event will be coming your way sometime in the near future. The best way to stay in the loop is to keep up with them on their Facebook and Twitter accounts and check out their website — because this is just flat-out really cool.

The world could always use more spontaneous joy. Don't you agree, Gemma?

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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.