December Internet Roundup: To Make You Smile

Restoring our faith in humanity right here at the end of 2020, this December roundup is dedicated solely to links that shed light on the better corners of the internet (we’ll share the marketing stuff in the new year). As we close out a strange and difficult year, we wish you joy, happiness, and continued growth in 2021.

“Sunday Morning” Young@Heart segment from CBS News

Even if this were the only thing we shared this month, it would totally be worth it. In a year of pivoting and adapting, even the Young@Heart chorus found ways to connect and share their talent online. With membership averaging 85 years old, this group lived up to their name as they sang their way through 2020.

When an Instagram community raises $125K to give away

Sharon McMahon, a Minnesotan and former high school government teacher, is known on Instagram as the non-partisan explainer of all things current events and government via her account @sharonsaysso. As she approached 50K followers, she asked her community how they should celebrate once she hit the milestone. Prompted by a follower, she set out to raise $5000 to give away. And her followers showed up in a big way. In only 9 hours, she’d already raised $11,000. Check out her Venmo highlights (4 of them so far!) to see the money rolling in and the people she was able to give it away to (and she’s still working on giving it away as we speak!).

Out of the mouths of babes…

One Instagram account that kept us laughing in 2020 was @livefromsnacktime, curating the brutally honest and utterly hilarious quotes from real kids. One moment you’ll be literally LOLing and the next your heart will be melting. Sassy and sweet, this account is worth a follow for sure.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s favorite books of 2020

If you’re a reader who has wondered, “What should I read next?” then Anne Bogel is the woman for you. Creator of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy, Anne started a podcast called “What Should I Read Next?” that asks real readers diagnostic questions to determine the books they might enjoy. A prolific reader, an author of 3 books herself, and just an all-around delightful human, Anne is the bookish friend you want in your life. So getting a list of her own favorite books each year is always something to look forward to.