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The weather is kind of gorgeous across much of the United States right now.

Never mind that it's probably an ominous sign of our ever-changing climate — the sun is shining and life is grand!

I know it doesn't always seem like it, but there is truly so, so much to be happy about. Don't believe me? I'll prove it.


Here are 11 pieces of news from this week that will definitely boost your mood.

1. Holi, the Hindu festival of color, brings with it stunning photos in all shades of the rainbow.

This year, the Holi celebration will be March 12-13.

Photo by Dmitry Serebryakov/Stringer.

2. Starburst released a special single-flavor bag. (It's all pink. Duh.)

It's real and, frankly, long overdue.

3. A high school in Utah put in laundry machines and showers for its homeless students.

According to WGN in Chicago, East High School officials say they have up to 100 students who aren't able to shower or do laundry on a daily basis. And these aren't just "nice-to-haves"; evidence shows that when kids are embarrassed about their clothes or hygiene, they're more likely to skip school.

Bravo to the folks at East High for tackling the problem in the most direct way possible.

Image by Tim Boyle/Getty Images.

4. A sweet Facebook messaging robot is helping refugees navigate the difficult path to asylum.

Stanford University student Joshua Browder invented the technology to help people automatically fight parking tickets.

Now it's making a much bigger impact on people's lives by helping refugees figure out which applications they need, translating complex language into plain English for non-native speakers, and assisting in completing the necessary forms.

5. This touching photo of a young boy comforting his four-month-old brother with cancer.

"[Big brother] is here," he said, according to his mom, who took the photo. "Everything is OK."

6. These cute 'lil ramps are helping ducklings get in and out of a canal in Indianapolis.

Save. The. Ducks.

7. This professor whose kids wandered into the room while he was giving a live TV interview.

We are all the kid in the yellow shirt.

This professor’s kids hilariously interrupted his live interview!

This professor’s kids hilariously interrupted his live interview!

Posted by Daily Mail on Friday, March 10, 2017

8. This video of actor Patrick Stewart ("Logan") and his adorable foster dog, Ginger.

"Pibble" is dog-owner for pit bull, by the way.

9. This Facebook group in Ohio that is hiding painted rocks to brighten the days of random strangers.

Because who doesn't love a little mystery and surprise?

10. This dude who PADDLEBOARDED across the Atlantic Ocean.

Apparently anything really is possible.

11. And this dad who had a touching talk with his son about getting bullied for having long hair.

"Just because you're unique and don't look like everyone else doesn't mean you're weird or that being different is a bad thing," he told his son.

Talking to my son about getting bullied about his long hair. I'm going to read him the comments.

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Isaac Irvine on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

See, good news is all around us, even when things feel bleak or scary or trying. You might have to look a little harder for it some days, but I promise you, it's worth it!

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FIRST students compete in a robotics challenge.

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Societies all over the world face an ever-growing list of complex issues that require informed solutions. Whether it’s addressing infectious diseases, the effects of climate change, supply chain issues or resource scarcity, the world has an immediate need for problem-solvers with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills.

Here in the United States, we’re experiencing a shortage of much-needed STEM workers, and forward-thinking organizations are stepping up to tap into America’s youth to fill the void. As the leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education, FIRST is an important player in this arena, and its mission is to inspire young people aged 4 to 18 to become technology leaders and innovators capable of addressing the world’s pressing needs.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Marlon Brando on "The Dick Cavett Show" in 1973.

Marlon Brando made one of the biggest Hollywood comebacks in 1972 after playing the iconic role of Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.” The venerable actor's career had been on a decline for years after a series of flops and increasingly unruly behavior on set.

Brando was a shoo-in for Best Actor at the 1973 Academy Awards, so the actor decided to use the opportunity to make an important point about Native American representation in Hollywood.

Instead of attending the ceremony, he sent Sacheen Littlefeather, a Yaqui and Apache actress and activist, dressed in traditional clothing, to talk about the injustices faced by Native Americans.

She explained that Brando "very regretfully cannot accept this generous award, the reasons for this being … the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee."

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Co-sleeping isn't for everyone.

The marital bed is a symbol of the intimacy shared between people who’ve decided to be together 'til death they do part. When couples sleep together it’s an expression of their closeness and how they care for one another when they are most vulnerable.

However, for some couples, the marital bed can be a warzone. Throughout the night couples can endure snoring, sleep apnea, the ongoing battle for sheets or circadian rhythms that never seem to sync. If one person likes to fall asleep with the TV on while the other reads a book, it can be impossible to come to an agreement on a good-night routine.

Last week on TODAY, host Carson Daly reminded viewers that he and his wife Siri, a TODAY Food contributor, had a sleep divorce while she was pregnant with their fourth child.

“I was served my sleep-divorce papers a few years ago,” he explained on TODAY. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to us. We both, admittedly, slept better apart.”

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