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Tired of roses and candy hearts? Try sending your sweetie this. And then have a long, weird talk.

With Valentine's Day coming up, I think it's time we all tried to figure out what we mean when we say "love." Luckily, Brad Troeger has taken a (beautifully illustrated) shot at it.

Tired of roses and candy hearts? Try sending your sweetie this. And then have a long, weird talk.

Love is a crazy thing.

We all want it, but it's hard to define. Is it an ideal? A cult? A misfire in your brain?


It's hard to figure out.

It's also one of the most intensely thought-about things in all of human history. And we still kinda don't know what it is.

Another challenge is that most people don't think about defining it until they're on their way into or out of it.

Would you trust someone who just won the lottery to explain what money is? So why should we listen to lovebirds telling us all about what love is?

Do they even know?

And love isn't just one thing, either. Your love for your family shapes your love for your partner, which itself changes over time.

Love isn't just a feeling. It's the stuff we do when we're in love.

But those things we do aren't the same from one culture to another. Sometimes they're even completely opposite.

And, if love is real, how can you fall out of love?

Is love an addiction and you just build up a tolerance?

But love is built from reality, from our real experiences. Love is always under construction.

If we can't define it, maybe that's a good sign. Check the video to learn why.

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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.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

1. Diver befriends a fish with the cutest smile

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

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