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On today’s #WeeklyFluff, meet Squid (@squidthegriff), a “sweet-hearted” Brussels Griffon. “Originally, we named him Squid after his big googly eyes πŸ‘€ and his fur being as black as squid ink,” says his human Susanne. πŸ¦‘⁣⁣
“When Squid’s beard starter to grow longer, it took on a tentacle-like appearance when wet. The name turned out to be even more of a perfect fit for him!”⁣⁣

Photo by @squidthegriff
16 hours ago
This is what staying home and staying safe looks like β˜€οΈπŸΆβœ¨πŸ›ΉπŸ’―⁣

Hopefully these videos brighten your day like they did ours. Check out our story for even more. 😊⁣

Videos by @malindahermanofficial, @siravariety, @thfingerboarding
18 hours ago
Mother know best? According to model and new mom Ashley Graham (@ashleygraham), her mother — aka “Mama Graham” — really does.⁣

Ashley is using this time to soak up life’s lessons from the woman who taught her everything she knows... and good news for us, we get to hear them too. πŸ™Œ⁣

“One of my favorite parts about myself that my mother taught me was being able to find happiness in any situation. Thank you, Mama Graham.”⁣

So whether you are a mom, taking care of your mom or missing your mom, remember to slow down and #TakeABreak. You deserve it. πŸ’ž
1 day ago
For lots of people around the world, the time is now to #StayHome. That also means it's time to πŸ‘‹reach out πŸ‘‹ (by phone or from a safe distance!) to neighbors, friends and family who could use a pick-me-up.⁣⁣
Remember: we're in this together. 🌏❀️ ⁣
For the latest on staying #HealthyAtHome, follow @who.⁣⁣
Photo by @pablo.rochat
1 day ago
Signs of the times: toilet paper quidditch⚑️a tiny meditating chef πŸ‘¨‍🍳 and makeup with a message. πŸ‘„
Check out today’s story for more things that have us smiling. 😊

Videos by @jojotheragdollcat, @thetinychefshow and @kickiyangz
2 days ago
Patrick Cabral’s (@darkgravity) large, layered paper sculptures may be intricate, but his approach is deceptively simple.⁣

“I just cut one hole after another,” says the Filipino artist, who uses his talent to raise awareness about endangered species, like this tiger, which took him about 200 hours to create.⁣

“What I love about the work I do is that it’s also my form of meditation. Every time I do my work, I get into a Zen state. I have to be completely present, because I am using a sharp blade, and all I think of is cutting one hole at a time.” #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣

Photo by @darkgravity
2 days ago
Graphic designer and paper artist Jihee Lee (@edaeri11) adds materials like acrylic, felt and iron nuts and bolts into her lifelike models of everyday objects.⁣

But all her creations — including this colorful meal — have one thing in common: their main ingredient is always paper.⁣

“When I make food, I first imagine how the food is plated, then I decide which materials and colors work up an appetite,” she says of her intricate sculptures. “I make a sketch and then do a 3D modeling, just like I’d set up a table for dinner. I give my best effort to make the food look as delicious as possible.” #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣

Photo by @edaeri11
3 days ago
Spending a little more time at home than usual? (Same.)⁣

Storyteller, podcaster and former monk Jay Shetty (@jayshetty) knows how to transform your space into one that’s full of good energy. πŸ™Œβœ¨⁣

“I want to help people create spaces that are full of positivity, specifically in four purposes: a space for gratitude, a space for productivity, a space that you can meditate and feel calm, and lastly, a space that you can exercise and stay healthy.”⁣

#TakeABreak with Jay, no matter where in the world you are πŸŒŽπŸ’›, today on IGTV.
3 days ago
For Josie Totah (@josietotah), her mom has always shown her unconditional love – especially when she came out as transgender. ❀️ ⁣⁣

“Of course there were road bumps, curve balls and places where we needed to stop and figure things out. But not a second went by that my mom wasn’t holding my hand,” says the 18-year-old actress and producer.⁣

Josie offers these words of support for other people who identify as trans. “You will surge into your light. It’s only a matter of time.” πŸ’« ⁣⁣

Read more stories of love from the trans community on @glaad right now. #TransDayofVisibility #TransLoveStories⁣⁣

Photo by @josietotah
3 days ago
Look closely. This portrait by paper-quilling artist Yi Ye Wang (@pinkzhazha) took nearly three months to complete and is 100% constructed from rolled up paper. 🀯⁣

“I use paper art to express the deep artistic mood of Chinese traditional ink painting, combined with modern western art techniques, to make my own unique style,” says the Paris-based Chinese artist, who also writes songs and plays bass.⁣

“My friends are surprised that I can turn from being a crazy rock musician to a quiet artist who can work alone for long periods of time.” #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣

Photo by @pinkzhazha
4 days ago

#HelloFrom The Wedge. We’re currently dreaming of this stretch of Southern California beach known for its shore-breaking waves and their frothy foamy dances. 🌊⁣

Photo by @ohdagyo
5 days ago
Time to cozy up with today’s #WeeklyFluff. ⁣
Meet Guinea pig BFFs Olive and Chestnut (@oliveandchestnut), who enjoy cuddling up and striking a pose.⁣

Photo by @oliveandchestnut
7 days ago
Q: What do a kitchen climber, cute quokka and fast-hands chef have in common?⁣
A: They all had us smiling this week 😊⁣

Check out our story for more photos and videos that brought us some much-needed moments of joy. ✨⁣

Videos by @brookeclimbs, @hobopeeba and @cznburak
7 days ago
Want to know Miley Cyrus’ (@mileycyrus) recipe for joy?

Mindfulness ✨ + Music 🎢 + Doggies 🐢

With the help of her furry friends, Miley is here to spread a little β˜€οΈ while you #TakeABreak with our new series that will inspire you to slow down for a few minutes.
8 days ago
Mikaela Loach (@mikaelaloach) is on a mission to make climate activism and ethical and sustainable living accessible to all. πŸ’ͺπŸ’•⁣

“Social justice issues cannot and should not be divorced from talk around sustainability and the climate crisis. So, rather than just using my own privilege to be zero waste, vegan and fast-fashion free myself, it’s also about looking at the world as it is and asking myself: How can I make these lifestyle changes possible for everyone? How can I create a world that is good for all people?”⁣

This month, @cosmopolitanuk is releasing the “Positivity Index,” a list of 25 British people — included Mikaela — who are striving to make social media, and the world, a better place.⁣

“I’m honestly very touched that my wee contribution to the world through my activism can be something both positive and hopeful,” says Mikaela, “which are two things we all need right now!”⁣

Learn more about the Positivity Index on @cosmopolitanuk and @cybersmilefoundation now. ⚑
8 days ago
Cat TV Mews? 😻⁣
10-touch challenge with a twist? ⚽️⁣
Gratitude for everyone doing their part? ❀️⁣

These are just a few of the things that helped us smile this week. Check out even more photos and videos on today’s story. πŸ’«⁣

Videos by @jvn, @juantimefreestyle; illustration by @revelatori
9 days ago
Thirteen-year-old rapper and entertainer Alaya High, aka That Girl Lay Lay (@thatgirllaylay), describes her rapping style as “fun, aware and adventurous... like my lifestyle.” πŸ’“⁣

“When I rap I feel happy and free, because it is a release. Music helps me express what’s going on in the world, and it helps me express the emotions I’m feeling,” says Lay Lay, who started heading to the studio with her father when she was 5. “I would tell him to record me, and I would make little kid raps, not talking about much, but I knew rapping and entertaining would be my life somehow.” #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣

Photo by @thatgirllaylay
9 days ago
He woke up like this. Noah Centineo (@ncentineo) starts his day drinking lots of water and making his own bed. πŸ˜‡⁣

“I find that adding structure to your life is something that can help you stay organized and stay uplifted,” the actor says.⁣

Noah is sharing his full morning routine – mom cameos included – in the first episode of #TakeABreak, our new series that will inspire you to slow down for a few minutes today. Check it out on our IGTV now. πŸ’«⁣

Photo by @ncentineo
10 days ago
Make your bed. Hug your mom. Then #TakeABreak with actor Noah Centineo (@ncentineo).
10 days ago
“When I dance, I feel all my emotions on a bigger scale,” says 16-year-old dancer and choreographer Bailey Sok (@baileysok), who started training at 3 years old.⁣⁣

“Depending on what my life looks or feels like at the moment, dance allows me to express those feelings into movements,” she explains. “Whether I’m happy, mad or sad, dance gives me a chance to really express all my emotions and to let go.” ⁣

Check out this video Bailey made a few weeks ago. #ThisWeekOnInstagram
10 days ago