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Video: How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain

If  you’re a musician, you probably already know you’re kind of a genius. In case you need help proving your mental prowess to unbelievers, TED-Ed put together this great new video illustrating exactly what happens in musical brains. Just press play and get ready for the fireworks!

If you’re interested in further reading on the studies mentioned in the video, these resources are a great place to start!

Do you play an instrument? Share how making music has affected you in the comments below!

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5 Things Guaranteed To Make You Smile

It’s time to treat yourself to something fun! Relax and enjoy our favorite moments from the web this week.

5. How To Dress For An Interview By Gentleman Norman

If you’re not yet familiar with Gentleman Norman, prepare to meet your new YouTube obsession. Gentleman Norman is one smooth pomeranian, and it is his mission to teach the world the ins and outs of gentlemanly conduct.

4. Kids Taste Coffee For The First Time

Conclusion: it might be an acquired taste…

3. Mommy’s Having a Baby

This little girl’s reaction to the news that she’s going to have another sibling is absolutely priceless!

2. Kitten Whac-A-Mole

The softest, fuzziest game of whac-a-mole ever played.

 1. Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos

The title says it all.

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Top 5 Reasons To Smile This Week

Why stress when you can kick back and watch the cutest videos of the web? Put your feet up and treat yourself to a few minutes of totally happy things.

5. You’re a wizard

This little lad thinks he’s ready for Hogwarts, so please don’t tell him about this thing mom and dad have called a “remote control”.

4. Dogs Playing Fetch By Themselves

These sweet pups just want to have fun!

3. The Reveal to Grandpa

This man’s happy tears when he learns he will be a grandpa for the very first time are incredibly heartwarming! The mom-to-be shared on Reddit, “Told my dad he is going to be a grandpa I am his only child and my mother passed away 20 years ago. He has been asking us for grandchildren since our wedding night. I think he is happy. :)”

2. Cute Hamster Stuffs Face Full Of Baby Carrots

You know how sometimes you can’t stop snacking? Let this hamster show you how it’s really done.

1. Piggy Wants Salad

In other food-related video news, this little piggy rejects the notion that pigs eat like, well, pigs. He politely waits for small nibbles of salad, and his little pink nose is just about the cutest thing we’ve seen this week.

Are you feeling good? Get out there and share your smile with the world!

 

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This Sweet Rapping Doctor Will Make You Smile

You probably know that music lessons can make you smarter, but did you know that hearing music also helps with memorization and learning new things? This awesome doctor uses that knowledge to educate his young patient and put a smile on her face. Check it out!

Okay, so he’s not the best rapper in the world, but he is the sweetest doctor ever for trying! Can you believe he even found a rhyme for “phalanges”?

Do you have a song that helps you remember something important? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

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Cat Does Not Care About Guitar Shredding, Prefers Shredding With Claws

Are cats the most metal animal in the animal kingdom? Maybe?

YouTuber Tony Martinez, however, has a cat who cares more about head-petting than head-banging. Check out the video to see Tony persevere through a solo while still giving kitty attention.

Have you ever known an animal who enjoyed music? Share your story in the comments below!

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You Will Love These Vintage Covers of Modern Pop Songs

If you’ve got an old soul or nostalgic tastes, these music videos from Postmodern Jukebox are about to become your new addiction. Postmodern Jukebox takes new pop hits and basically runs them through a time machine.

For example, what if Lana Del Rey sang “Young and Beautiful” in the 1920s?

Got chills? Try Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” in the style of a ’60s girl group to warm up:

Once upon a time, Doo Wop was as rebellious as Miley Cyrus. In the Postmodern Jukebox, “We Can’t Stop” gets the 1950s treatment, and becomes a way better song in the process.

If  you’re loving what you’ve seen so far, check out their channel on YouTube. They have tons of great videos and they’re always putting out new songs!

What do you think? Can a cover song be better than the original? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Watch What Happens When This Super-Talented Bride Sings Down The Aisle

You know how sometimes you don’t know exactly how to say what you feel, but you find a perfect song that says it for you? This beautiful bride, Arianna Pflederer, found a perfect match for her wedding song. This is one wedding procession you have to see and hear to believe!

What do you think? Is there a song in your heart that needs to get out? Vocal lessons are a great way to express yourself, and the best part is that anyone who can speak can learn to sing! Find your voice teacher on TakeLessons.com and get started today!

 

 

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Toddler’s YouTube Action Movies Are Taking Over the Internet

Our latest online obsession packs big action and adventure in a small package. Meet James, AKA Action Movie Kid. He’s a little bit different from other kids. His floor really turns into lava…

He needs to be extra careful around puddles:

Plus he has amazing light-saber skills!

So how does he do it? James’s dad Daniel Hashimoto is a Dreamworks Animator, and he uses his special effects know-how to make movie magic in everyday life.

With just a little imagination, a block of Legos can become a working hyperdrive, and a playground becomes a rocket ship about to blast off!

What if you could give your life an action movie makeover? What would your movie look like? Private lessons in Video Production can help you learn how to make blockbusters of your own. Search for a teacher on TakeLessons and start your masterpiece today!

 

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8-Year-Old Girl is Gnarliest Guitar Shredder Ever

I’m willing to bet that “playing like a girl” will stop being an insult within this little lady’s lifetime! At just 8 years old, Lisa-X is able to play rapid fire metal solos that will melt your face off and blow your mind.

She’s smaller than her guitar, but she sure knows how to make it sound big and mighty. Plus, the sweet grin she gives the camera as she’s bending a note around 1:46? Priceless!

Child prodigies like Lisa are absolutely amazing, but there’s really no wrong age to start playing guitar. Enrolling in guitar lessons is the perfect first step to get your musical journey going. The right guitar teacher can help you learn to play the music you love, and give you personal attention to make sure you’re progressing as you should. Search for a teacher on TakeLessons and get started with guitar lessons today!

 

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This “Happy” Children’s Choir Will Make You Smile For Days

Does Pharrell Williams’s upbeat hit “Happy” put a spring in your step? Get ready for a new version that will make you even happier! The students at Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences have great dance moves, and the two soloists are perfect mini-popstars in training. Put your dancing shoes on and check it out!

These kids are too cute! We’ll definitely be turning to this video whenever we need a smile this week.

What’s making you happy this week? Share it with us in the comments below!

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