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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 someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Ready for the weekend? Of course, you are. Here's our weekly dose of good vibes to help you shed the stresses of the workweek and put yourself in a great frame of mind.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

1. Diver befriends a fish with the cutest smile

Hawaiian underwater photographer Yuki Nakano befriended a friendly porcupine fish and now they hang out regularly.

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