Watch Michelle Obama 'shake it off' with a 2-year-old fan in this adorable video.

On March 1, a photo of a little girl staring at Michelle Obama's new portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery went viral.

Taken by a North Carolina man named Ben Hines, the image captured a 2-year-old girl named Parker Curry in a moment of awe. Hines' Facebook post, in which he said he was "delighted to wait in line behind this fellow art lover & hopeful patriot," went mega-viral, racking up tens of thousands of shares and melting the hearts of everyone in its path.

On its own, that's a really freakin' cute story, but it gets even better — a lot better.


Donna Hines & I made a pilgrimage today and we were delighted to wait in line behind this fellow art lover & hopeful patriot.

Posted by Ben Hines on Thursday, March 1, 2018

On March 5, Parker and her mom, Jessica, appeared on BuzzFeed's AM to DM show on Twitter. "I want to see [Michelle Obama]!" Parker said.

"I want you to see Michelle Obama too," added AM to DM host Saeed Jones. "What would you say to her?"

"She's a queen!" Parker replied. Again, this is just major cuteness overload — but this story isn't done just yet.

On March 6, Michelle Obama(!!!) posted a video of her dancing with little Parker.

"Parker, I'm so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)!" wrote the former first lady. "Keep on dreaming big for yourself ... and maybe one day I'll proudly look up at a portrait of you!"

The short clip shows the two rocking out to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" while Jessica smiles in the background.

The heart-melting cuteness of the story aside, this is exactly what Obama was talking about during the portrait's unveiling.

One of the most iconic moments of Obama's speech at the unveiling was when she talked about why representation matters — especially to young girls.

"I'm also thinking of all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall in this great American institution," she said. "I know the impact that will have on their lives, because I was one of those girls."

Less than a month after going public and the portrait is already inspiring girls to dream big.

Michelle Obama looks on as her portrait is unveiled on Feb. 12. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images.

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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.

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