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Remember the man who was bullied for dancing a few months ago? He just had the party of a lifetime.

Sean O'Brien finally got his dance party. Take that, anonymous online bullies!

Remember the man who was bullied for dancing a few months ago? He just had the party of a lifetime.

In March 2015, after pictures intended to mock a man named Sean O'Brien went viral, a group of anti-bullying advocates decided to right that wrong.

Pictures of O'Brien made their way around sites Reddit and 4chan in an all-too-common example of anonymous cyberbullying.

What do you do for someone shamed for dancing? You throw him the world's best dance party, obviously.


O'Brien even found himself with some celebrity support.

More than $40,000 was crowdfunded to host the party and fly O'Brien in from the U.K.

All additional funds went to anti-bullying organization The Cybersmile Foundation.

Screenshot from GoFundMe.

On May 24, O'Brien was joined by celebrities, anti-bullying advocates, and supporters in what has to be one of the world's most amazing dance parties.

But that's not all!

While he was in town, O'Brien stopped by "The Today Show," where he danced with Meghan Trainor, and threw out the first pitch at a Dodgers game.

Pretty much on-target there, Sean!

Hopefully this is the start of a much larger trend of standing up for people who are bullied, and for treating each other with a bit more respect.

Sadly, the vast majority of people targeted by bullies online won't get a dance party and a celebrity-filled tour of L.A. in exchange for the trauma they endure. But Sean's story gives me hope. While a dance party might seem small on the larger scale of things, it's always wonderful to see people speaking up to protect those of us in need.

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Check out AJ+'s recap of Sean O'Brien's epic dance party for a rundown of some of the other celebrities in attendance.

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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.

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Hawaiian underwater photographer Yuki Nakano befriended a friendly porcupine fish and now they hang out regularly.

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