10 posts tagged Joy
10 posts tagged Joy
Here’s an awesome moment to brighten your day. In this video you’ll watch two dozen adult ducks, who had never gone for a swim, getting their first taste of proper duck life in a pond. As you’ll see, the birds were understandably freaked out and apprehensive at first. They wanted nothing to do with that strange little body of water. But once one of them jumps in, stays in, and quickly realizes what a wonderful thing it is to frolic and swim, the rest follow suit shortly thereafter. Grab a hanky. These birds aren’t placidly swimming to and fro like you might see at the park. There is something positively celebratory about this first happy swim.
These two dozen ducks were rescued, along with well over 100 other birds, from a hoarder who had been keeping them for years in overcrowded pens as well as inside her own house without adequate access to water or proper nutrition:
”Almost a year after our initial efforts to rescue over 160 ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens that were living with a hoarder in appalling conditions, we were finally able to bring them to safety. They are now enjoying sunshine on their feathers, water to swim in, clean bedding, warmth, grass under their feet and room to roam for the very first time. In the end, it took efforts by both us and the Ulster County SPCA, and then a judge’s seizure warrant to obtain the birds.”
Since late 2004, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY has been rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farmed animal refugees. They take in cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment and work to educate the public about the abuses associated with factory farming.
Dreams of Flying is an awesome ongoing project begun in 2002 by German photographer Jan Von Holleben. Each imaginative photo depicts a different nostalgic childhood dream and practically radiates youthful delight.
“Jan brings the influences of his parents – a cinematographer and child therapist – to his work. His focus on the visual representation of childhood, ‘Child-History’ and concepts of ‘Playing’, come from his teacher training coursework: he combines these theories with his personal experience and childhood memories. Inspired by classic childhood books as well as modern superheroes, he has produced ‘Dreams of Flying’ since 2002 with children from his local neighbourhood in Southwest Germany – ongoing!”
Looking at these photos, it’s clear that Jan is having as much fun working on this project as the children in his photographs.
According to bayanjargal.com, “Bayanjargal” is Mongolian for “abundant in happiness” which seems to describe this photo perfectly. We aren’t sure what happened to cause this delightful scene, but it’s pretty fun to try and guess and we can’t stop smiling every time we look at it.
Unfortunately we haven’t been able to figure out who is responsible for taking this awesome photo. If you know, please contact us so we can provide proper credit.
Wil Wheaton shows us the face of the happy gamer. He says, ”It captures everything I love about playing D&D with my friends.”
In fact, Wil loves them so much he has a whole show about them. You can watch TableTop on Geek and Sundry. You’re sure to discover amazing new games and catch a little of Wil’s awesome enthusiasm for them.
If you aren’t familiar with the fun of tabletop role-playing games, Wil’s contagious smile provides a taste and might even tempt you to try gaming yourself.
This short dreamy video, a beautifully woven collection of moments in the life of one little boy living in the Finnish city of Porvoo, contains no English, but is so full of life-affirming happiness that words are completely unnecessary.
[via Design You Trust]
This video, posted by donnienakajima back in 2008, demonstrates the “Formal dancing method of GET DOWN” with the sort of peculiarity and zeal that is so awesomely and uniquely Japanese. In the video a person wears our Creepy Horse Mask and an impressively tight pair of red shorts while dancing their heart out to music by Kohmi Hirose.
If this isn’t a celebration of life, we don’t know what it is. In short, we love it. Even if we don’t completely understand it, we love it.
This video contains, without a doubt, one of the most awesome expressions of pure happiness that we have ever seen. It’s the sort of glee that’s completely infectious. If you aren’t at least grinning by the end of the video you might want to check your pulse.
Meet Aleksander Gamme, an adventurous Norweigan who recently completed the world’s longest solo, unassisted ski trip - 2270km (1410m) - back and forth across the South Pole over the course of 87 days.
The video you see here shows him on day 86 when he encounters a cache of supplies that he’d buried for himself during the first leg of his journey. Doing this enables him to store supplies he might need without burdening himself with their weight throughout the entire journey. Knowing these caches are out there also helps to motivate him as he makes his away across the cold, barren landscape.
“This is day 86 on my full return South Pole Expedition 2011/2012. I’m quite hungry and about to pick up my last cache by my second pulk [a sort of toboggan that he pulled behind him] which I left on the way in. As a part of my motivational plan I have on purpose not made notes on what goodies I have left behind in the cache.. and on this last one, I didn’t expect very much..”
So where does the extraordinary happiness come into play? It’s when Aleksander discovers that this cache contains some very unexpected treats. Unless you speak Norweigan, you won’t understand a word he’s saying (translation can be found here), but his absolute joy and delight surpass any language barriers. Never has a man been so happy to find some chocolate and a bag of cheese doodles.
What’s more, Aleksander has just made an appearance on Reddit participating in one of their awesome Q&A sessions, known as AMAs (Ask Me Anything). So if you want to learn more about Aleksander Gamme, his remarkable journey, or this awesome video, go here.