5 reasons to say “Hell Yeah!” this week

Congratulations, you’ve survived yet another seemingly endless workweek and sweet freedom is just within your grasp. While we sincerely hope that you’ll be indulging in a well-deserved happy hour or a calming nap by the pool, we’d also like to take a moment to look back on all of the positive news that crossed our desks this week. What better way to kick off the weekend?

Happy Friday!

1. Selena Gomez eating an entire cheesecake

The video, taken by one of her friends, appears to take place in a small restaurant or deli of sorts. Selena sits next to a window, and and entire cheesecake waits patiently on the table in front of her.

“Hey Sel, what are you doing?” one of her friends asks pointedly.

“I got a cheesecake before my boyfriend’s concert,” Selena replies, totally deadpan, before taking an enormous bite.

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2. This pregnant woman who kicked her husband’s butt in a workout challenge

It’s no secret that women are among the strongest creatures on the planet. We can literally grow a human being inside of us and carry it for 9 months before bringing them into the world—pretty crazy when you think about it. As if that wasn’t enough work, several pregnant women continue to be physically active throughout their term as well.

Take Instagrammer Anna Strode for instance, she’s 37 weeks pregnant and still keeping up with a daily workout routine that even her husband can’t match. Talk about one tough mommy!

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3. These creative New Yorkers who are bringing their big dogs on the subway

Though pretty much everyone with a soul love dogs (a sweeping generalization that I feel compelled to present as “fact”), the New York Metropolitan Transportation Service is not one of them. The MTA recently announced that dogs would not be permitted on NYC subways unless they were in a bag.

Naturally, this kind of ruling seems to target large and medium-sized dogs (assuming that the only dog breeds that could fit in a bag are of the miniature variety).

Well, sorry MTA. But New Yorkers love their dogs, and they’re here to slip right through your loophole.

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4. This deaf singer-songwriter who stunned the judges on America’s Got Talent

Deaf singer and songwriter Mandy Harvey went on America’s Got Talent Tuesday night to perform one of her original songs, entitled “Try,” for judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Mel B. Mandy’s performance of “Try” (which she sang while playing the ukulele) moved the judges and audiences to tears — not only because of the song’s message of perseverance, but because of Mandy’s remarkably lovely voice.

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5. This woman’s inspirational Instagram post about body positivity

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A body-positive Instagram user who goes by “Jazzy” recently shared a snapshot of herself and her husband at the beach. She says that she felt compelled to share the photo in order to prove that you don’t need to have the same body type as your partner to be happy together. Which is really an important lesson in self-worth, and trusting that what makes you unique and lovable has nothing to do with your body type.

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Happy Friday!

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