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'Use the bathroom before you leave the house,' and 15 other pieces of totally momworthy advice.

For Mother's Day, we asked Upworthy readers on Facebook and Twitter to tell us what they learned from their moms. They had a lot of great lessons to share.

'Use the bathroom before you leave the house,' and 15 other pieces of totally momworthy advice.

Everyone had something to say about their moms. Most good. All honest. Here are our favorites.

Thanks to everyone who chimed in and made this post possible. Here's what the rest of your moms had to say when we asked you to share the best advice your mom ever gave you.

1. Advice about making smart choices, with bonus comedy!



2. Advice about controlling your own fate and happiness.

3. Advice about realizing that not all moms will be great at their jobs, and that others might step up into their place.

4. Advice about living bravely when the odds are stacked against you.

5. Advice about the more complex things in life, like dealing with hangovers.

7. Advice about not sweating the small stuff.

8. Advice about being tough in difficult situations.

FULL DISCLOSURE: This works for me every time, 30% of the time.

Also this gem:

9. Advice about the right to step back and take care of yourself.

10. Speaking of which, advice about a woman's right to enjoy herself.

11. Profound advice about when to use crude language.

12. Thoughtful advice about having the right priorities in the right moment.

13. Respectful advice about how to treat everyone around you.

14. Compassionate advice about knowing WHY you should treat everyone around you well.

15. And finally, advice about always taking a step back and getting some perspective.


Happy Mother's Day to all the people who are moms in the world. You have a really tough job, and most of you do it with a grace and humor that not many people can really understand — particularly my wife, who deals with a 3-year-old every day (3-year-olds are evolution's way of letting you know that no matter how impressive your résumé is, you are not that special).

BONUS ADVICE:

Wisdom about purse snakes.


Truer words have never been spoken.

PLEASE NOTE: This post excludes the two most popular choices that many people wrote: "Always wear clean underwear" and "This too shall pass." There's a joke that could be made there, but I will refrain.

What's the best advice your mom ever gave you?

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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