One of the most beautifully shot videos I've ever seen makes me feel ugly to be a human.

Although this video was beautiful to watch, the message has an ugly truth that made me feel bad about the human impact on our planet. Sharks (among other species) are on the verge of a mass extinction.

We have learned a few things by studying life on this planet. There's us ...

... and there's them.

We share this planet with tens of millions of species. We are part of a web so tightly woven that as we lose our linchpin species, the environment starts to fail.


We know there are species becoming extinct, especially sharks.

One of the main reasons sharks are dying off is that we are killing them for no good reason. I'll get to that in a bit, but remember the words "shark fin soup."

We don't know how many sharks are in the ocean.

But what we do know is that there are less than before. Predator shark populations are declining, and they have been for a while, especially in more heavily populated areas. Let's face it, we're not being nice humans.

Sharks have lived through four mass extinctions, and they were around before the dinosaurs existed. And humans have almost wiped them out.

Shark fin soup is one of the reasons we are seeing shark populations fall. It's a billion-dollar industry that's supplied by fisherman catching sharks, cutting off their fins, and throwing the body back in the water to die. Shark fin soup has no nutritional value, and it's mostly tasteless ... so basically we are throwing a 400-million-year-old species away for a bowl of soup.

We spend so much time fearing sharks, but I think we've got that a little backward, don't you think?

Shark attacks are rare, and before I watched this video, I had no idea how many sharks we take from the water. Education will create change. It's simple to let your friends know about videos like this, and maybe we can prevent the next mass extinction

Heroes

There are songs that tug at your heartstrings and videos that tap into your soft side. And then there are combos of the two that get you so far up in your feelings, you're not sure if you'll ever be able to climb back out.

For the millions of parents out there—especially the ones watching their babies grow up and move away from home—Michael Bublé's video for his song "Forever Now" is definitely the latter. I'm not even a Michael Bublé fan, but as a parent whose first baby just turned 19, the lyric video showing the years passing in a child's bedroom with a song about kids growing up is almost too much to take.

Wrecked, I tell you. Full-on ugly crying, with the puffy eyes and the snotty nose and everything.

I mean, just check out part of the lyrics and imagine your child's bedroom all packed into boxes:

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Family

Andy Grammer, the pop singer and songwriter behind feel-good tunes like "Keep Your Head Up," "Back Home," and "Don't Give Up on Me," has a new album out—and it is seriously fabulous. Titled simply "Naive," Grammer says it's "all about how seeing the good in todays world can feel like a rebellious act."

"I wrote this album for the light bringers," Grammer shared on Facebook. "The people who choose to see the good even in the overwhelming chaos of the bad. The smilers who fight brick by brick to build an authentic smile everyday, even when it seems like an impossible thing to do. For those who have been marginalized as 'sweet' or 'cute' or 'less powerful' for being overly positive. To me optimism is a war to be fought, possibly the most important one. If I am speaking to you and you are relating to it then know I made this album for you. You are my tribe. I love you and I hope it serves you. Don't let the world turn down your shine, we all so badly need it."

Reading that, it's easy to think maybe he really is naive, but Grammer's positivity isn't due to nothing difficult ever happening in his life. His mom, Kathy, died of breast cancer when Grammer was 25. He and his mother were very close, and her life and death had a huge impact on him.

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There are reasonable arguments to be had on all sides of America's debates about guns.

Then there are NRA lobbyists.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer spoke to state economists last week to explain why a proposed assault weapons ban would devastate gun manufacturers in the state. The proposed amendment, which is being led by the aunt of a student killed in the Parkland school shooting, would ban the future sale of assault rifles in Florida and mandate that current owners either register their guns with the state or give them up.

The back and forth between those proposing and opposing the amendment appears to be a pretty typical gun legislation debate. Only this time, the NRA lobbyist pulled out one of the most bizarre arguments I've seen yet.

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Graphic helps identify what triggers you emotionally in relationships

Knowing your triggers helps you manage your emotions.

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Learning your emotional triggers on your own is one thing but figuring out your triggers in a relationship adds another layer of intensity. Maybe you're afraid of being abandoned or want to feel the need to push the other person away but you don't know why.

If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. It's why artist and mental health advocate Dominee Wyrick created a graphic to help you identify what triggers you in relationships.

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