Everyone prefers going up to going down. Here a Japanese family takes a ride to great heights.

Watching the result of an electrical discharge caused by imbalances between storm clouds and the ground, or within the clouds themselves, is truly awe-inspiring. It also makes you grateful you weren’t outside flying a kite at the time.


Native American folklore suggests that 100 steps backward are as good as 1,000 steps forward. According to present-day health experts, that’s not just a spiritual maxim. Incorporating ten minutes of backward walking or jogging a few times a week provides you with increased body coordination, improved sleep cycles, stronger leg muscles, sharpened thinking skills, and better balance. Who couldn’t use more of those?

This man’s body is saying that there is much to be grateful for. He interprets this gratitude by way of the dance. Free-form, improvisational, in the moment. His spirit is contagious, so much so that people are compelled to give him money. What is your happy dance? Are you willing to do it in public? If so, bring a hat to catch the currency people throw at you.

How much do you want to be liked? Or at least not disliked? Do you think others will feel better about you if you don’t deviate from the group? It could be that we have that backwards. See if nonconformity doesn’t reward you more today.

Sometimes you have to work hard at something to reap the benefits, whether that’s thinking positively, or having others think of you in a positive way. Take this fast-food franchise, which has always prided themselves on putting the customer first. Facing stiffer competition, they needed to rethink their game plan for addressing the public and motivate their employees to give it their all. Proof that it’s always good to challenge yourself to overcome biases, revise messages, and stay in step with the times.

A founder of the Fluxus art movement, Joseph Beuys is considered one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century. He considered his role as an artist to be that of a teacher or shaman who could guide society in a new direction. Among his most provocative pieces was “I Like America and America Likes Me,” where he flew to New York and was taken by ambulance to the Renee Block Gallery on West Broadway, where shared a gallery space with a coyote for three days.