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The link between cholesterol and sunshine is something that you should definitely test out.

Thanks to the folks at AsapSCIENCE, I had a lightbulb moment about cholesterol and sunshine. I get it now!

The link between cholesterol and sunshine is something that you should definitely test out.

Are you ready to feel even happier than you already did about bacon? Specifically, cholesterol?


As happy as Chandler? If not happier? Step into the light (literally) with me.

Let's go outside!

Everyone with feelings knows that going outside makes you feel better. And science agrees!

Scientists have looked at people's brains when they're in nature — you're just gonna feel better!



Manmade environments lit up the fear and stress parts of the brain, and natural environments lit up the parts of the brain that deal with stability, empathy, and love.

*pause for me to go outside right quick and do this*

...and we're back.

You've been outside, though. You know how nice it is.

In addition to making you feel better in your soul, sunshine is scientifically proven to make you feel better ... in your bones!

This is because your skin eats the sun.

This is the part where we talk about cholesterol. The cholesterol doesn't have to come from bacon, but it could.

And let's be real: It will.

Some of that cholesterol you eat goes into your skin for storage.

Weird! But here's the cool part.

The sun converts the cholesterol stored in your skin into a form of vitamin D. This helps your body absorb calcium.

Yep, your body is like a hypercolor T-shirt. Put it in the sun* and it becomes even better!


*In moderation, dude.

We spend so much money on things to make us feel better — around $60 BILLION on weight loss. 60 billion!

And the humble folks at Harvard are reporting that vitamin D deficiencies are shockingly common in the United States.

But ... hello!

Outside!

Let's spend some time out there.

The sun is free!


And *that's* something to be happy about.


Take the next three minutes learning more about the outdoors here ... or just go outside!

Bye! I'm going outside now.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.