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Not sure why birth spacing is *that* important? Check out these numbers.

It's amazing to see how much better off we'd all be if we just focused a little more on the health of women around the world.

Not sure why birth spacing is *that* important? Check out these numbers.
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When you have *225 million* women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but aren't using contraceptives...

...and *tens of millions* of women who don't receive the pregnancy and delivery care they need...

...you get some bad situations and big numbers:


Nearly 300,000 women will die from pregnancy-related causes.

Nearly 3 MILLION little baby newborns will not survive their first month.

... EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Holy wow. That's waaaay too many lives being lost, and here's something worth knowing about it:

If ALL women were able to receive the essential sexual and reproductive services that they need, positive changes *would* happen.

What kind of changes? Positive and proven changes like these:

  1. The number of unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions would drop around the world. (Huge.)
  2. The number of women dying from pregnancy-related causes would drop by two-thirds. (2/3? Yes, please.)
  3. Newborn deaths would drop by more than three-fourths. (That's a lot of lives saved.)
  4. Transmission of HIV from mothers to newborns would be nearly eliminated. (Nearly eliminated means almost not even a thing!)

Those are four goals I'd like to think we can ALL support. Amirite?

Here's how we can get there:


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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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