The splendid way this viral photo of Chris Hemsworth is helping fight mental illness.

Now this is good publicity. <br> The celebrity tabloid news industry is basically a collection of our* guilty pleasures rolled into one massively problematic dumpster fire. *The fact TMZ is bookmarked in my web browser means I am certainly part of the problem. Photo via iStock. Body-shaming, invading privacy, luring famous kids into photos using other children as bait — sometimes it feels like there is no lowest low when it comes to the paparazzi and our infatuation with famous folks. Take actor Chris Hemsworth, for instance. Photo by Dave…

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This woman sold $20,000 worth of stationery, and it’s helping women everywhere.

Your next calendar could do so much more than tell you what day it is. <br> For Lauren Shuttleworth, the mission of her social enterprise, Words With Heart, is — well — close to her heart. “I was volunteering at a school in Kenya a couple of years ago and was hugely affected by the number of girls I saw dropping out of school simply because they were unable to afford the school fees,” she told Upworthy in an email. She wanted to find a way to “provide a sustainable…

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How a doll with a prosthetic leg is helping one young girl.

<br> At first glance, you might not notice anything different about 10-year-old Emma Fletcher. She glows with energy and innocence. But if you look beyond her curly blond hair and shimmering smile, you’ll see that she wears a prosthetic on her right leg — the result of a rare birth defect that she has lived with her entire life. Photo by InSapphoWeTrust/Flickr. Emma is a happy and athletic 10-year-old, but the reality is that her condition isn’t one that you’re likely to see reflected on the dolls at your local toy store. So you can…

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Colorado is raking in money from legal weed, and it’s helping the homeless.

Efforts to help the homeless are on the up and up. <br> If you had high hopes about how Colorado’s legal weed situation would pan out, you’re probably feeling pretty lit right about now. Photo by Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images. I won’t get too far into the weeds, but basically, many Coloradans are really enjoying their mile-high lives. The state made $ 135 million from marijuana tax revenue last year, making cannabis a smoking-hot Colorado commodity right now. Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images. The city of Aurora, Colorado, is using all…

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Perla’s peanut recipe helped support her family. Now her story is helping others.

<br> Perla Almaden never forgot her grandmother’s peanuts. As a child growing up in Mindanao, Philippines, she couldn’t wait for her grandmother’s visits and the delicious home-roasted peanuts she would bring along with her. One day, noticing Perla’s love for the nuts, her grandmother decided to teach Perla her secret recipe to roast crispy peanuts without grease. Perla forever held the memory close to her heart. Image via Jellaluna/Flickr. Decades later in 1987, when she was a young woman, Perla married a worker from the biggest industrial company in Iligan…

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Perla’s peanut recipe helped support her family. Now her story is helping others.

<br> Perla Almaden never forgot her grandmother’s peanuts. As a child growing up in Mindanao, Philippines, she couldn’t wait for her grandmother’s visits and the delicious home-roasted peanuts she would bring along with her. One day, noticing Perla’s love for the nuts, her grandmother decided to teach Perla her secret recipe to roast crispy peanuts without grease. Perla forever held the memory close to her heart. Image via Jellaluna/Flickr. Decades later in 1987, when she was a young woman, Perla married a worker from the biggest industrial company in Iligan…

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