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These 2 women are starting a heartfelt revolution ... with felt hearts.

Meet the women who are spreading love by giving out heart pins to everyone they meet.

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We’re incredibly generous with our hearts in our small circles of friends and families. But what about the people we interact with otherwise? Not so much.

About a year ago, two young women decided to change that.

Their mission began in New York City, with a Valentine’s Day party at Hila Perry’s house. Perry had decided to pin felt hearts onto her black dress for the occasion. But throughout the night, several friends commended her for making hearts to give out to people.


Perry's epic dress. Photo via Hila Perry, Ryan Moore Photography. Used with permission.

“I was stunned. It was a genius idea. Sometimes I like to say I thought of it, but the truth is it was organically born and evolved from that moment,” Perry told Upworthy.

Soon after, Perry and her friends started passing out hundreds of felt hearts to random people all over New York City.

Throughout the next year, the movement began to spread across the country too.

That’s where Emma Dines, originally from Kitchener, Quebec, comes in. She and Perry became friends at an annual gathering called Burning Man, and Perry told her about the felt hearts idea over one of their many Skype conversations. Dines loved it so much that she decided to spearhead the movement along with Perry. They would call it the “heartfelt revolution.”

Dines says the best part of the movement is the human connection that happens when someone she doesn’t know accepts a felt heart from her.

“The first heart I gave out was in Oregon,” Dines told Upworthy. "We were in the gas station just buying snacks. We gave a heart to the woman at the gas station, and it was a blue heart. Her face got really soft and she said, ‘Today’s the anniversary of my brother’s death, and blue was his favorite color.’ We all just stood there and sort of took her in.”

A woman Perry met at a restaurant in New York. Photo by Hila Perry, used with permission.

That softening is not an uncommon reaction.Dines says that once people realize there’s absolutely no ulterior motive to the hearts, they feel safe and are unusually willing to open up about their lives.

To Dines and Perry, that response is worth the time it takes to cut out thousands of hearts.

Sure, the process of cutting out hearts can be tedious (check out this video if you want to learn to make them yourself), but the end results are pretty awe-inspiring.

These days, Dines and Perry pass the hearts out to people they meet everywhere, and they leave buckets and baskets of the hearts at yoga studios and local businesses for people to take and share.

1,000 hearts cut out in about four hours. Photo via heartfeltrevolution/Instagram, used with permission.

"I love giving bunches of hearts away. People always come back and tell me what happened when they gave the hearts to other people,” Dines said.

Little by little, the #heartfeltrevolution is spreading around the world too.

The hearts are popping up in places like Tel Aviv...

Photo via heartfeltrevolution/Instagram, used with permission.

… and even Guatemala.

So on that note, here’s a challenge for you:

Spend the next month cutting out a few felt hearts and give at least one away every day. And if you have a particularly great exchange with someone, snap a picture, and tag @heartfeltrevolution on Instagram.

Photo via heartfeltrevolution/Instagram, used with permission.

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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.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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