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We’ll be attending the TEDx event in Abu Dhabi this Tuesday, May 21st! We’re very excited to be invited to be part of an international platform for education, diversity and inspiration. This TEDx is being hosted by WWF (World Wild Fund for Nature) with a focus on environmental issues such as, sustainable energy, climate change, and reconnecting with nature. We’ll be live tweeting from the event, so make sure to follow us on Twitter.

If you’d like to be part of the action, the lectures will be live streaming here. Stay tuned!

TED Talk

Haven’t heard of TED? Here’s a brief overview of its awesomeness:

Started as a 4-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.

The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and ex-UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

-Courtesy of TEDxWWF

Shine“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.”- John Lennon

There’s a certain something that shines through when you’re happy. That light that no one can quite put their finger on: “You’re glowing”, “you look happy”, “your eyes are shining”. It’s that ‘something’ that lights up your face, puts a twinkle in your eye and gives you pep in your step.

A happiness that invigorates you and exudes through all you do. You know that feeling? We don’t always get it but when we do its awesome!

What if smiling, even when we aren’t feeling our best, is our shining armor? That armor that you wear ever-so-often that soon you don’t feel like it’s armor anymore, it becomes a part of who you are. We’re not talking about a ‘mask’, where you try to hide your true feelings; but an armor of happiness that serves you. Changes your mood.

So even if you’re not feeling it today, make that extra effort to smile. You never know, it might just change your day!

Do you believe you’re capable of changing your mood? Have you ever tried to “fake it” then realized it actually worked? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Let us know in the comments below.

Have a smile-worthy Monday!

PS. Our post on fake smiles.

Photo: Ece Sükan by Garance Doré

Bike Riding

We’ve got some exciting plans for next week, so we’re resting up this weekend and enjoying the sunshine. Hope you all have fun/relaxing/interesting plans these next few days! What are you up to? Let us know!

In the mean time, here are this weeks 10 bits and pieces from around the web:

106 years old & finally accomplished his goal! See what it is here.

An electric scooter that folds? What?! This looks crazy cool.

Spooky action at a distance”

Six people who own (almost) nothing. Talk about minimalism!

Everyone should store cables like this.

Love in Paris 1955.

A nightmare trip to Mars?

Lightening around a volcano looks scary!

Japanese air-conditioned shoes. Really?

The birds and the bees.

Have a spectacular weekend folks!

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Gummy Bears are cute, but Gummy People are awesome! Fabcafe, a Japanese company, is offering the opportunity to create custom gummy molds of yourself.

Using a 3D body scanner and digital clay modeller, images of the person are captured and then rendered. Using a 3D printer the captured images are recreated using gelatin.

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You are able to make faces and stand in any position (though the boring ol’ hands by your side seems to work best). However, the full body gummies are not life-size but they’re still very cool. For $65 or (6,000Yen), you can have a sweet treat created to your likeness. Would you eat a candy that looks just like your or someone you know? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Sneaky Smiles

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Happy Monday Everyone!

Don’t you just love catching someone smiling to themselves or others unexpectedly? For some reason, we get a kick out of seeing a lil’ kid smile to himself excitedly when he thinks no one is looking (or is enveloped by his own world). When we see strangers smile to each other and keeping the smile as they go about their business- as if that one moment put an extra pep in their step.

The chain of positivity is still spreading day-by-day giving us hope for this gloomy, negative news filled world of ours. So we’re putting on our happy faces and spreading some good deeds today. Who’s with us?

PS. We’re back from an inspiring break. With a new-found perspective and a great new phase in life starting for us, we hope this positivity will continue to expand our daily posts and interactions. Here’s to a great start to the week! *High Five*

—-Keep smiling by reading more of our Smile For Miles posts

Whispering New Lands

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The world is whispering to you — go explore.

Whether it be to a new city…

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A new countryside…

Spain

New waters…

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Or a new culture…

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Expand your horizons! There’s no better time than the present to plan, seek and create adventures. Make the most out of this year. Go somewhere completely out of the ordinary. See what amazing things are our there if you just take the time to look. Happy Hunting, Adventurers!

PS. Our list of top 7 places to start exploring.

Covered In Bees

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She Ping, the China native was out to set the world record for the most bees worn on the human body. How the process worked was, a queen bee was placed on his body then the beekeeper’s apprentice poured bees into the basin he was standing in. The bees slowly climbed up to get to the queen and covered his body –taking about 1 hour.

Ping avoided showering for three days to ‘better attract’ the bees. He then placed cotton balls in his nose to stop the bees from entering, while the apprentice burned incense around his face to keep the bees at bay.

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She Ping beat out the previous Chinese record holder by donning 331,000 bees. Unfortunately, he did not beat the world record of India’s Vipin Seth. Vipin’s title states he wore a record of 613,500 bees.

Do these photos give you the heebie-jeebies? They definitely make us uncomfortable.

Talks With Albert

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Imagination is a powerful tool. Used wisely it can you take you anywhere and everywhere. With positive imagination you are able to slow down your heart rate in an anxiety filled situation, change your mood, or even reach goals you never thought you could.

Nope, it’s not just a metaphor, a recent study found results pointing to the fact that imagination can change your reality. We know you’ve heard it all before. Is it just bogus remarks made by motivational speakers and gurus? Not if you ask the neuroscientist in charge of another study conducted on positive imagination and its effect on anxiety. All signs point to the power of a great and positive imagination.

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” -Albert E.

Simple suggestion, ‘imagination’, but it’s a lot more difficult than it seems. Trying to imagine a peaceful, calm beach while your heart is racing beyond belief and you’re panicking– not so easy.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert E.

The physical aspects of the anxiety are not the culprit of the difficulty to change your thoughts but the anxious thoughts themselves that continue to pop up in your head while you try to change them. If you can practice using your imagination in simpler forms each and everyday, the power of positive imagination should grow simpler as well.

So today we’re practicing. Using our imagination the funnest of ways, creating and playing. We hope you find the time to practice this week! Do you have any relaxing/fun/informative ways you use your imagination? Let us know in the comments below!

PS. Another Einstein quote we love & 50 ways to take a break.

Colorfully Spring

It’s Friday! It’s been a wonderful and hectic week for us and we’re ecstatic about our travel plans this weekend. Last minute prep and dinner party then –away we go! What are your plans this weekend? Any awesome events going on? Keep us in the loop!

In the mean time, here our this week’s 10 bits an pieces from around the web:

True story.

A coffee table for the computer nerd.

US of A divided into 50 imaginary states of equal population.

Red Bull’s ‘drive thru‘ elevator.

Oddly Hair.

Luxury item of Shanghai: License Plates??

Glassware music.

A new sense of love.

Coolest vein finder we’ve ever seen!

Temporary tattoos that can make telepathy possible. (An actual science article! Crazy, right?)

Have a spectacular weekend!

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The Lullaby Factory is located in the back courtyard of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London. Architecture firm Studio Weave created the melodious construct out of pipes and drainage in an awkward space between the new building and the old. The beautiful lullabies ‘secretly’ echo throughout the hospital to calm and uplift the young patients. To listen to the tunes composed by Jessica Curry, patients and staff place an ear over a listening pipe or tune into a radio frequency inside.

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“We have designed a fantasy landscape reaching 10 storeys in height and 32 metres in length, which can engage the imagination of everyone, from patients and parents to hospital staff, by providing an interesting and curious world to peer out onto.” -Architects Je Ahn and Maria Smith.

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A wonderful land of imagination for these young children to recover in, don’t you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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