You know what never gets old? Videos of unlikely friends. An orangutan and a hound dog. A lion and a bear. An elephant and a sheep. Even better than a picture of an strange duo is a video of them backed by a light-hearted folk song. I don’t even care that its actually an ad trying to sell me something.
Here’s what I think we can learn from these improbable pairs:
- Open up your heart. You never know when you’ll come across someone who could be important in your life. I’m not one to collect friends, but I’m trying to keep a more open mind when I meet someone. For me, that means a good three to six minutes before judgment.
- Just because you have claws and fangs, you don’t have to use them. We all have a few daggers in our back pocket—a friend’s darkest secret or a phrase you know will hit your partner hard. In moments of frustration, it’s easy to pull those tiny talons out. But just because you know how to hurt someone, doesn’t mean you should. Unless that person is actually a zombie trying to eat your face. Then stab that dude in the head.
- Everyone needs a friend. Even weirdos and elephants who have to live without ever seeing another elephant.
But seriously, if you value joy and happiness, watch that video.