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Quick! Picture a band in your head. What do you see?

This, right?


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Or this?

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Maybe ... this?

(Dear God, not this, I hope.) Image via Dimitris Siskopoulos/Flickr.

Probably not this.

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But these guys? Oh. They're a band, all right.

Saul and Ruby are both in their 80s. They live in Florida. And they're both Holocaust survivors.

Their love of music got them through the darkest years of their lives.

And now, 70 years later, it's helping them reconnect with the childhood that was cruelly taken away from them.

Saul plays the drums. Ruby plays accordion.

They've been to hell and back. But when they play music together? Pure, unadulterated joy.

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They didn't just survive. They thrived. And they continue to, day after day after day.

Saul and Ruby completed a remarkable exodus, and not just from darkness into freedom. They managed to take the extra step into rich, happy, joyful lives.

Take a moment to think of the people all over the world who lack the necessities of life, who struggle for their basic human rights, who are trying to make new lives in foreign lands where they may be greeted with less than kindness, or who are trying to move beyond unspeakable tragedy of any kind.

Surviving isn't easy. It takes guts and determination. Living after surviving is even harder. But it's so, so important.

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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It's Fat Bear Week and we pick the winner.

Everyone knows that fat animals are infinitely more visually appealing, much to veterinarians' collective dismay. They may not be at their pinnacle of health, yet we love them anyway, especially when they're babies. Bears, however, are supposed to get chunky so they get a pass. Before the winter when they hibernate, they're all about feeding their faces and storing fat for the winter. Wildlife archivists Explore has put all these fat bears in one place so we can vote on who gets to be supreme Fat Bear. Fat Bear Week is an annual event that anyone with internet access can participate in.

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She's enjoying the big benefits of some simple life hacks.

James Clear’s landmark book “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide. The book is incredibly popular because it has a simple message that can help everyone. We can develop habits that increase our productivity and success by making small changes to our daily routines.

"It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis,” James Clear writes. “It is only when looking back 2 or 5 or 10 years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.”

His work proves that we don’t need to move mountains to improve ourselves, just get 1% better every day.

Most of us are reluctant to change because breaking old habits and starting new ones can be hard. However, there are a lot of incredibly easy habits we can develop that can add up to monumental changes.

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