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Have you ever been in need of a pick me up? Back in the days before the internet, it was hard to just randomly come across a picture that really brightened your day; unless you had a scrapbook full of Polaroid pictures laying around, it was tough. Now you can find happy pictures anywhere, and it’s awesome. Some pictures are so adorable they’re called eye bleach, because they wash away all of the awful things you’ve seen on the internet. We found 20 of the best ones that will put a smile on your face.

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One of the problems we can all agree should end right away is child abuse; too many children are being neglected, abused, and the victims of these tragedies remain scarred forever. There is an eight year old girl named Marie Surprenant that was abused when she was just an infant, and it has left her unable to walk.

Surprenant recently wrote a letter in response to the abuse that she suffered through, and it was directed toward the social workers and detectives of her case. When Marie was admitted to the hospital as a baby, she pointed out that her father “lied and said I fell out of the bed.” That’s when social workers and detectives were brought in, to make sure that Marie didn’t have “bad guys hurting me or anyone else.”

It’s an inspiring letter, and Marie says that she is finally happy now in a safe environment. One of the social workers, Michele Surprenant, adopted Marie out of foster care almost instantly after she was released from the hospital. Michele pointed out to Marie that social workers are good people, not ones that want to strip children away from their parents.

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Inquistr

After developing a trust with Marie, Michele was able to adopt her into a warm and comforting home: even if Marie wasn’t a fan of the new family dog. Marie described her new dog as “loud as a vacuum, and sounds like an old man” when he snores; despite that, Marie is happy that she has two cats, a lizard, and loves her new school.

One of the sustaining injuries that has resulted from Marie’s paralysis is scoliosis, and the child needs to visit the hospital every few months for surgery. Marie is slowly putting her past behind her, and looks forward to life in Michele’s home. When she grows up, Marie wants to be a surgeon who can help others that have the same condition she does. She doesn’t want to work the 6 a.m. shift like her surgeon does, but maybe there’s something later in the day for her. Read the note that Marie wrote below:

Children's Health Care of Atlanta
Children’s Health Care of Atlanta

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No matter how much progress has been made over the last few generations, racism is unfortunately still very real; one man from Minnesota discovered this firsthand after he adopted an African American girl. Bradley Knudson stated that “he has seen racism from people in the past, but nothing that could prepare him for what his daughter would face on Snapchat.”

Snapchats are short photos and videos that self-delete after a few seconds, and Knudson’s daughter has received numerous offensive ones from other children in her school. When his daughter’s friend made him aware of the nasty messages his child was receiving, Knudson saw with his own eyes what his daughter had been reading; what he saw was shocking: repeated racial slurs, targeted insults, and general bullying laced his daughter’s phone.

Knudson attempted to contact the parents of the children that sent the videos, but had very little success; when he got upset about the lack of action from the other parents, Knudson contacted the police to settle matters. Finally Bradley received a response from the other parents in the form of nasty voice messages using some of the same language their children did.

Knudson is now posting this video to show the effect bullying can have on children, and noted a family friend that had already taken their own life as a result of being bullied. Knudson says that the bully’s parents didn’t care that he was making a video, and even said that using their full name is not a concern for them.

Knudson needed some relief, and had to get this off of his chest; he is hoping to raise enough support that schools take stronger action against the new forms of cyber bullying that kids are using. It’s a tragedy that there are still people who have to face this kind of hardship, but Knudson is hoping to change that. Check out the video below from Bradley Knudson‘s YouTube channel.

Warning: This video contains very graphic language.

 

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Parents nowadays tend to over share a lot about their kids on social media: it’s gotten so overboard that it’s become bit annoying. However, every now and again those rare gems come around that make up for all of it. For instance, this 5 year old boy named Ryusei managed to nail Bruce Lee’s nunchaku scene from Game of Death perfectly! Watch the video below from. Please SHARE THIS VIDEO on your facebook page to show your support for Bruce Ryu!
Bruce Ryu‘s YouTube channel, and be amazed at this kid’s amazing talent:

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2Kindergartners are tricky little humans: they’re too old to stay at home all day, but too young to be left to their own devices. The solution? Send them to school. These days kids are meant to stay in the same seat until it’s recess time, or maybe they get some creative hour within their schedule.

A school in Tokyo decided to go against the grain: their process doesn’t rely on making kids do stuff they don’t want to, but instead rely on the fact that kids will do whatever they want, whenever they want. Their classrooms don’t have any walls, and an open playground where kids can run around all day.

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According to the principal “they don’t like it when children feel restricted,” and “If the boy in the corner doesn’t want to stay in the room then we let him go, and he’ll come back eventually because the circle comes back.”

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Of course there’s some concern from parents regarding the safety of their children; the architect addressed this concern by mentioning that “kids need to sustain some injuries, that makes them learn how to live in this world.” Check out the featured video from TED‘s YouTube channel:

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After a horrific car crash that left Caleb with a traumatic brain injury, he had to re-learn everything that he used to do prior to the accident; he couldn’t talk, walk, or let alone play. Pet therapy helped Caleb cope, his therapy dog served as a wonderful medium for him to start responding to rehabilitation efforts.

Watch the video below from ita4me‘s YouTube channel, and be amazed at the bond between little Caleb Howard and his dog: