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Why Putting Your Finger In Your Selfie Will Give You A Warm, Fuzzy Feeling Inside

Random acts of kindness are trending and these celebs are helping spread the word.

The challenge: Do one small random act of kindness and post it with a selfie holding up one finger. Then, challenge your friends to do the same.

What's the point? To take the power away from bullies by creating a positive environment.


Lily Collinstook the challenge. "Smiled at a stranger who looked sad. He smiled back. Spread the happy in #1Act of kindness with @bystanderrevolution. @ciara your turn!"

If you're thinking what she did was no big deal, you'd be right. Being kind is super simple, but it's powerful.

Demi Lovato is known for speaking against bullying, so she's all over this one. Here's her first random act of kindness for the 1 Act Challenge. "Bought the lady behind me a juice at Whole Foods today."

Melissa Joan Hartdid it for a few people. "My random act of kindness today was that I let people cut in front of me during rush hour. I now challenge @taysprizzle and @brookeburke"

One small thing can change a person's whole day.

Can I have a "woot woot" for Jason Collins, the first professional athlete of a major sport to come out as gay? Now he's inspiring others to be stand up to bullying by spreading kindness. Here's his general shoutout to join the 1 Act Challenge.

Once isn't enough for Jenna Elfman. She's planning on doing the 1 Act Challenge every day. "I rearranged 2 overhead bins of luggage on the plane this week to help a mother of an infant who needed help with her bag."

Saving the best for last:Jeremy Grace is a high school student from Canada who lives with cerebral palsy. He knows what it's like to be different. He started "The Up High Movement" which is about spreading kindness instead of bullying. Every day, he greets hundreds of students with a high-five, and they love it. He's also joined the 1 Act Challenge.

See more celebs in this 30-second video about taking a stand against bullying by spreading kindness.

Before you say "They're just bragging" or "Why can't they do it without telling people?" you should know that these celebs are part of of a bigger anti-bullying campaign. Bystander Revolution asked them to help share the "1 Act Challenge" as a way to encourage kindness. Yes, people do kind things every day without posting, but the point here is to post. The reason? To take the power away from bullies by showing the power of kindness.

What will your "1 Act" be? Take your selfie, post it and challenge your friends. Help it catch on.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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