This viral video is the universal dose of baby joy magic we all need right now.

There's nothing like an adorable baby to make us forget all our woes—even just momentarily.

It's a simple video—just a mom and a baby sitting at a table having a chat about dinner. The mom is speaking to her daughter, Angelina, in Spanish (an Argentinian dialect, according to my South American friends), and Angelina responds in the universal language of baby babble.

Angelina appears to be about a year old, at least physically. But her hand gestures and voice inflections as she "argues" with her mama about the foods she will and will not eat make her seem so much older, and the effect is just too freaking adorable.


You don't have to understand a word of Spanish to enjoy every bit of it.

The video has been viewed almost 9 million times on Facebook by people around the globe. I've watched it myself half a dozen times, and it's nothing but joy every time. From Angelina waving her hand to her tilting her head and smiling when she notices the camera, it's nonstop cuteness.

I don't speak a lick of Spanish, but it doesn't matter. Baby awesomeness is universal. In fact, this video almost makes me want to have another one. (Calm down, ovaries. I said almost.)

The best part is how Angelina's mama talks like her daughter understands everything she's saying and can respond in kind. Chances are, Angelina does actually understand; she just doesn't have the verbal ability to converse in full sentences (or even more coherent words than BA-NA-NA). But her body language and intonation are spot on, which makes for a hilarious "conversation."

Check it out:

Uma conversa muito séria.

Posted by Paulo Humberto on Friday, October 5, 2018

No matter how ugly the world gets or how society seems to be spiraling, babies remind us of humanity's potential.

My mom tells a story of a La Leche League conference she went to decades ago where a speaker told the audience that if we really want to end war we should put all the world's leaders together in a room together with a 5-month-old baby sitting in front of each of them.

It's hard to resist the wonder and charm of a new human, and the instinct to protect them from harm is palpable. If a precious baby doesn't motivate you to want to make the world a better place, you need to get your cold, dead heart to therapy (or at least watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" a few more times).

Thank you, Angelina and Angelina's mama for bringing such simple, unbridled joy into our day. We needed it.

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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

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Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

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