One year after this heartwarming video and we're still crazy in love with love.
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A year ago, a bunch of skeletons kissed, hugged, danced, and brought a world of people together.

It was a visual reminder that underneath it all, we're so much alike.


That's why millions of people watched the video on Facebook and shared its lasting message, "Love has no labels," far and wide.

But that powerful message of equality, diversity, and kindness didn't end one year ago, it was only the beginning.

Watch this video produced by Upworthy with the Ad Council to see how far love has come in just one year. And scroll down to read six reasons we're so crazy in love with love.

In the past year, we've seen countless examples of people loving and caring for one another.

Sometimes they're family, and other times they're just friends, co-workers, or even complete strangers.

But regardless of their circumstances, people are setting aside biases to reach out and connect with one another, without reservation or condition. It's bringing us closer and making us stronger and more empathetic. To put it plainly, ain't love grand?

So, we've compiled a bunch of bookmarkable moments site-wide to explain six reasons we're so in love with love.

1. Forget the "norms" because love has no gender.

We see it in the beautiful reactions to the Supreme Court lifting the ban on same-sex marriage. And the happy, sharp-dressed newlyweds celebrating their love in unique and unexpected ways.

2. We're all in this together because love has no border or race.

When a group of refugees from Syria arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, they received a warm welcome on the front page of the newspaper. And when a white supremacist welcomes empathy and love into his life, he can build connections and make inroads with the people he once despised.

3. No matter what pundits or presidential candidates want us to think, love has no religion or creed.

Love is veterans offering to protect a young Muslim girl when she's worried about being taken from her home in the wake of xenophobia. And it's people of all faiths rallying behind a community in crisis in the wake of the attack in Charleston.

4. We can love what we do, and who we do it for.

Like the elementary school assistant principal who sings and dances with the students every morning to get their day started on the right note. Or the teachers who go above and beyond the job description to bring meaning and fun to every lesson. And we can't forget the grandmother who has nothing but love for her granddaughter who just came out.

5. We can even show love to complete strangers.

Like the nurse who makes fanciful wigs out of yarn for kids with cancer. And the rap star raising money to buy winter coats for people in need. And, of course, the helpful volunteers who brighten days and lift spirits by spending time at their local senior center.

6. Because love is found at work, at home, and in our communities.

Like the woman who bought all the tickets from fans angry about the Oakland A's LGBT Pride Night and donated them to an LGBTQ youth community center. Or the Canadian town that hosted an early Christmas parade to bring joy to a little boy who was dying from a brain tumor.

This Valentine's Day, and every day, it's important to look for love wherever you are.

Because love is more than chocolates and flowers. Love is an action word.

It is commitment to show compassion, kindness, and dedication to each other. If candlelit dinners and sappy poems aren't your thing, don't worry. You can live love every day, in your own way.

And you definitely should.

Photo courtesy of Justin Sather
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While most 10-year-olds are playing Minecraft, riding bikes, or watching YouTube videos, Justin Sather is intent on saving the planet. And it all started with a frog blanket when he was a baby.

"He carried it everywhere," Justin's mom tells us. "He had frog everything, even a frog-themed birthday party."

In kindergarten, Justin learned that frogs are an indicator species – animals, plants, or microorganisms used to monitor drastic changes in our environment. With nearly one-third of frog species on the verge of extinction due to pollution, pesticides, contaminated water, and habitat destruction, Justin realized that his little amphibian friends had something important to say.

"The frogs are telling us the planet needs our help," says Justin.

While it was his love of frogs that led him to understand how important the species are to our ecosystem, it wasn't until he read the children's book What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada that Justin-the-activist was born.

Inspired by the book and with his mother's help, he set out on a mission to raise funds for frog habitats by selling toy frogs in his Los Angeles neighborhood. But it was his frog art which incorporated scientific facts that caught people's attention. Justin's message spread from neighbor to neighbor and through social media; so much so that he was able to raise $2,000 for the non-profit Save The Frogs.

And while many kids might have their 8th birthday party at a laser tag center or a waterslide park, Justin invited his friends to the Ballona wetlands ecological preserve to pick invasive weeds and discuss the harms of plastic pollution.

Justin's determination to save the frogs and help the planet got a massive boost when he met legendary conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall.

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At one of her Roots and Shoots youth initiative events, Dr. Goodall was so impressed with Justin's enthusiasm for helping frogs, she challenged the young activist to take it one step further and focus on plastic pollution as well. Justin accepted her challenge and soon after was featured in an issue of Bravery Magazine dedicated to Jane Goodall.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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