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5 Videos that will put life into perspective for you


Need a shot of inspiration in three minutes or less? These five videos will make you laugh, make you cry and above all, will put life into perspective.

Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy

The next time you flip your lid about a bad wireless connection, take a minute to appreciate just how far we’ve come in recent years. Here, comedian Louis C.K. reminds us of the not-so-distant past when phones had rotary dials and getting money meant going into the bank.

Pale Blue Dot

Frustrated by a power struggle at work? While office politics can certainly mess with your day, don’t let that frustration take over your life. This video shows us that in comparison to the vast universe, we are just a tiny dot. In the words of Carl Sagan, “To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot.”

Body Evolution: Model Before and After

If you suffer from body image issues, this video helps to illustrate that the perfect models in magazines simply aren’t real. Hair and makeup experts and the amazing magic of Photoshop transform regular women into an unrealistic ideal. Take a peek at this time-lapse video of a model’s “body evolution,” then try this beauty routine of a healthier sort.

A New Perspective for Moms

Moms are tough, especially on themselves. This video takes a hard look every mom’s toughest critic, and shows moms what their children really think of the job they’re doing. If you’re a mom, this is a must-watch.

This Is Water

You’ll never look at adulthood —or your boring, difficult day — the same way again after watching this video. Originally a speech delivered to graduating students at Kenyon College in 2005, this moving film tells us what it really takes to get the most of out life. It’s not what you do with your day that counts, it’s all in the way you choose to think.

This is Water from Patrick Buckley on Vimeo.

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