Over the past days, the media has produced possibly one of the most intense news cycles since the end of the Cold War. And for good reason. Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign European country, is an unprecedented act of war in the 21st century.

But if you feel like you need a distraction from the grim headlines and you're the type of person who can find comfort in the positive side of the internet, you're not alone. The Instagram account kALE SALAD is here for you.

The guy behind the account calls himself the "king of wholesome memes" and I know what you might be thinking: people who crown themselves are rarely worthy of the title. But 3.8 million people think this one is.

Browsing kALE SALAD's feed, it's hard to disagree with them. Continue scrolling and take a look for yourself.

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While we may feel guilty for being joyful while others are grieving, happiness is actually very important in challenging times. Focusing on our own emotions can give us the resilience we need to change situations both in our personal lives and on a larger scale.

Dr. Laurie Santos, who is an expert on the science and psychology of wellbeing, and shares her findings with thousands through her wildly popular Yale University course, The Science of Wellbeing, said that while it may sound counterintuitive, happiness is exactly what we need to get us through uncertainty, fear and anxiety over the future.

Below you will find Dr. Santos's top insights from the field of positive psychology on happiness and how it can help us to overcome difficult situations like the ones we are facing today.

"We can harness the toughness to experience the power of post-traumatic growth," Dr. Santos said.

Difficult situations have the potential to make us stronger and even happier in the long run. By surviving a particularly tough scenario, we learn to appreciate what is truly meaningful and important in life and how to better prepare ourselves to face future adversity. 

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Lol

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damn! That's one hell of a birth story to pass on to future generations!!

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Y The Hell Havent U Followed @kalesalad Yet If U Love Memes!!! 🥗🥗@_beethebaker

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Did you hear that?
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Heck if you live in close proximity this is a wonderful and considerate thing to do.

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#8

This Is Genius. 🥗 @hanfrish. Follow @kalesalad If You Haven’t You Won’t Regret It!!!

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lol I made of one these 4 years back and still have it. It's ugly af on the inside WhatsApp-I...a-jpeg.jpg WhatsApp-Image-2022-03-08-at-32343-PM-622727ef8eaba-jpeg.jpg

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"If we want to be happier during times of stress, we need to use a special mechanism of protecting ourselves, and we can do that through social connection."

When used properly, technology has the power to keep people connected even when they are physically apart from each other. Loneliness and isolation can have a major negative impact on both our mental and physical health, so Dr. Santos suggests embracing those Zoom happy hours and exploring new ways to maintain relationships with family, friends, and coworkers.

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It Be Like That Sometimes

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However, Dr. Santos said studies on happiness also suggest that a big part of it comes from focusing on other people.

Even though we hear a lot about self-care these days and this text is kinda advocating it too, the reality is that truly happy people are what Dr. Santos refers to as "other-oriented."

Meaning, helping others, especially during times of crisis, makes us feel good and gives us a sense of purpose. Not only are we boosting our own mood by lending a hand, but we are also working towards solving real problems.

"If we want to be happier and if we want to protect our willpower and get more resilient and even improve our performance, we need to harness the power of gratitude," Dr. Santos added.

Gratitude might not be the first thing that comes to mind during a life-altering experience such as a global pandemic or war, but acknowledging even the little things that we appreciate in our everyday life can improve our overall wellbeing and boost our emotional resilience.

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Y The Hell Havent U Followed @kalesalad Yet For Wholesome Memes!!!

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Brobro McDuderson
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

F’real want a pair. Is that a “pair”? Whatever you call it, I want it.

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Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools, especially when we're living under stress. "If we want to be happy, we need to find ways to be in the present moment, even if that present moment sucks."

We spend around 47% of our day with our minds wandering. By learning to truly focus on the present, we can be more productive and improve our sense of wellbeing by improving our stress response.

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Y The Hell Haven’t U Followed @kalesalad Yet For Memes!!
! 🥗 @tacko_belle

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is not funny when it's happening to you. But right now, it is. It so is!

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#22

This Is My@favorite Thanksgiving Tradition (Fourth Year In A Row!!!!)

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KJ
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this story and friendship, google "wrong number thanksgiving invitation" if you haven't read it before.

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#23

As A Salad Time Is My Worst Enemy.
🥗 @drivingmemadi
follow @kalesalad For More Relatable Memes!!!

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Sum Guy
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I get it... 2am is the perfect time to buy a mattress since you're tossing and turning on an uncomfortable bed thinking, I should be more comfortable right now

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#24

I’d Read This

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River Webb
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

what do they do? Attack your privates with knives?

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"If we want to protect ourselves during tough times, we need to make room for healthy practices.”

When stress levels are high, it's really easy to skip a workout or two, make less nutritious choices at mealtimes or deprioritize our sleep. It can feel overwhelming to have to put this extra effort into "being healthy," but the reality is that these are the times when we need it the most.

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Wholesome-Memes-Kalesalad

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XenoMurph
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

21 lol (laughs in European) (cries in Also Dadless)

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Beyond our physical wellbeing, exercise is a great way to relieve stress and improve our mental state, a balanced diet can have mood-boosting benefits, and getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night can keep us happier, more focused, and improve our immunity. By maintaining these healthy habits, even when we just don't feel like it, we become stronger in dealing with the current stressors and will be better equipped to handle difficult circumstances in the future.

#28

Y The Hell Havent U Followed @kalesalad Yet If U Love Memes

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Sum Guy
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The printer at work always works fine ... Except when you're in a rush to submit a tender document at 1pm

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Y The Hell Havent U Followed @kalesalad Yet

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ChimeraBubbles
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love both of these looks! I would 100% have rainbow hair, goth-vibe clothes, a mat that says 'go away' on it, and a rainbow fence.

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#32

You Always See @kalesalad And Now It’s Time You Finally@follow!!!!

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Mistralok
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10 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"When you look at the dark side careful you must be for the dark side looks back." -Yoda-

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#33

This Is The Way We Were Meant To Camp 🥗 @loherbz

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Ellie Vanille
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow ! Reminds me of the tent used by the Weasleys during the Quidditch World Cup. "I love magic."

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#34

You Always See @kalesalad And Now It’s Time You Finally@follow!!!!

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Misstaken138
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is such a cute idea. I just came across some of my dad's shirts. I didn't want to get rid of them, but I didn't really know what to do with them. Might just have to give this a try.

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#36

“R U Dumb” Is Constantly Running Through My 🧠

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DennyS (denzoren)
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fair enough. Put the impetus on them to make the decision. Lol

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#37

Y The Hell Havent U Followed @kalesaladanimals Yet If U Love Pets!!!

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Misstaken138
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh Lord... I laughed way too hard at this. Poor dog 🤣

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#39

Wholesome-Memes-Kalesalad

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Cindy N
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG, I do this all the time! I use too many exclamation marks, and then have to go back and replace a few with periods so I don't look/seem like a psycho! LOL

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Y The Hell Havent U Followed @kalesalad Yet

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And das why I love god. (Please tell me you all got the joke...sorry I'll just see myself out.)

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Y The Hell Havent U Followed @kalesalad Yet If U Love Memes

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You Always See @kalesalad And Now It’s Time You Finally@follow!!!!

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Nathaniel
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Have you inherited his ability to use the Force?

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Y The Hell Havent U Followed @kalesalad Yet

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TyrantrumGogoat
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haha!! This is SUPER smart!!! (is it bad I kinda want to try this!!)

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#46

My Banana Bread Baby. @hinge #hingepartner

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DennyS (denzoren)
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Because you're sweet and my favorite" Phew...saved it. Lol

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#49

Gess

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River Webb
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

so only 118 days till 2023? damn years go by fast

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Wholesome-Memes-Kalesalad

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Em Watson
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10 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's Yang! He is always ready and waiting to cheer people up at Hexham General. I had an op in December, and seeing him at the entrance really cheered me up!

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