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We interrupt your regularly scheduled pandemic program to bring a smile to your face. Illustration gives us an opportunity to refresh with a healthy dose of creativity, joy, and cuteness.

Before you scroll down to our first image, please join us in a deep breath in…hold…breathe out…and smile 🙂

Smile Fact: Smiling boosts your immune system by decreasing stress levels, which increases your white blood cell count and releases beneficial antibodies.

Kirsten Ulve

Cuter Smile Fact: Babies can smile moments after being born.

Agent Bob

We don’t have a fun fact or inspiration message for this one, but it makes us smile, so we hope it makes you smile too!

Russell Benfanti

Fun Fact: Chameleons’ eyes can focus separately on 180-degree arcs, so they can see two different objects at the same time and have a full 360 degree field of vision…They just wear the glasses for aesthetic purposes.

Jeff Wack

Friendly Reminder: Your houseplants are literally helping you breathe right now.

Hannah Bailey

Activity Recommendation: Download one of Laura Barrett‘s free Jungle Book inspired coloring pages here.

Fun Fact: Red pandas are the original panda – they were named ‘panda’ fifty years before the black and white variety.

Harry Goldhawk

Etymology of the Day: LEGO comes from the Danish word leg godt. Leg godt means “play well” in Danish.

Luke Lucas

Random Fact: The majority of “neon signs” don’t actually contain Neon, they contain Argon. Only red/orange signs are made from Neon.

Katt Phatt

Activity Recommendation: exchange a family recipe with a friend and send each other pictures of your final product.

Dawn Cooper

Inspirational Quote Time!

“Invisible threads are the strongest ties.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Holly Maguire

 “With imagination, you can be anything you want.” – Spongebob

Poked Studio

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

Catherine Pearson

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” – Oscar Wilde

Steve Simpson