There are a few telltale signs that you’re just not naturally a morning person: For example, if “five more minutes” is the first thought that enters your head when you wake up, or if you tend to have a visceral, panicky reaction whenever you hear the particular jingle you use as an alarm playing on a passerby’s phone.
We know mornings can be rough, which is why in 2017, we’re re-capping feel-good content from every corner of the internet once a month and packaging it as a morning pick-me-up.
Below are a few things that happened in June that are bound to help perk up your morning reading routine.
Celebrities seeing double
This month, multiple celebrity couples welcomed new additions to their families — in the form of two-for-one specials. Interestingly, the stars aligned for these celeb’s babies to be born Geminis — the zodiac sign symbolized by twins.
George and Amal Clooney eschewed the questionable celebrity trend to name their twins something unique and eyebrow-raising: It gives us hope that they’ll take a similar down-to-earth approach to raising young Ella and Alexander, who were born on June 6.
And, of course, June also saw the arrival of the bey-bies.
The Bey-hive has been buzzing for months in anticipation of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s bundle(s) of joy. The couple has been building the anticipation on social media, too: At the end of last month, the duo hosted an appropriately star-studded, African-themed push party, which set a high bar for future birthday parties to come. The twins were warmly welcomed into the world earlier in the month.
We, for one, can’t wait for their first photo shoot with Blue Ivy.
Dare-devil animals dominating headlines
The animals making headlines this month give new meaning to the phrase “I double-dog dare you.” For example: This brave kitty who — perhaps against all better judgment — stares down a lioness at this animal rescue facility. The questionable behavior is possibly a case of “little Napoleon kitty syndrome,” the diagnosis provided by the videographer (who appears to be the daring housecat’s owner).
There have also been plenty of aww-inducing animal stories this month, particularly about police dogs: Like these too-cute-for-words K-9 pups, the most recent animal additions to Taiwan’s National Police Force. It’s hard to imagine these little nuggets as ferocious members of Taipei’s K-9 Anti Bomb and Drug Unit — but that’s what their future indeed has in store. For now, it looks like they’re less interested in narcs and more invested in nap time, however.
Not all pups are cut out for the forces: In Queensland, Australia, Gavel the (former) police dog was released from duty after being deemed “too sociable.” Gavel’s career shift has a happy ending, though: He’s new title is “Vice-Regal dog,” and he even gets to sport his very own ceremonial uniform.
…Meanwhile, Wonder Woman dominates the box office
Wonder Woman became the first box-office smash of the summer, raking in $100 million in domestic ticket sales on opening weekend, marking the largest-ever opening for a film directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins). The film is also the most critically acclaimed DC Extended Universe movie to-date. Boss. Girl. Movies.
Fans and critics alike have reacted with fierce approval for the film and its portrayal of the heroine — as well as for actress Gal Gadot and her impressive acting chops.
But it won’t be long before there’s another superhero movie for action film fans to critique and potentially fawn over: The trailer for Black Panther was released earlier in the month, and it looks to be a truly epic addition to Marvel’s film oeuvre.
Behold, the latest in male fashion
Summer 2017 is shaping up to be a truly magnificent time for men’s fashion. First, there was the RompHim; now, we’ve got these dashing lace — that’s right, lace — shorts and matching shirts, available in a pastel color palate that’s a perfect complement to the season.
What a time to be alive.
Upcoming: What’s hot this July
A few stories on the cusp of virality this month include news about Sony’s new smartphone — the Xperia XZ, which promises a truly spectacular camera — as well as a bunch of stories orbiting around the internet’s favorite topic: Space.
NASA announced that it’s discovered a whole new slew of planets in the “goldilocks zone” (i.e. planets that exist in the solar-system sweet spot that’s neither too close nor too far from its star to potentially foster life). If this news feels like deja vu, it is: This is the second occasion in a few months’ time that the organization has made such an announcement.
Speaking of space: Elon Musk is back in the public eye with his grand plan to colonize Mars. He recently made his plan for colonizing the Red Planet free for download and available to the public. Keep an eye on Musk’s Twitter account for updates — he’s hinted that there’s a V2 of this plan coming imminently.
For those who want to enjoy the spectacles of space a little closer to home, expect to begin seeing more and more headlines about the upcoming solar eclipse, which will occur this August. The event will be the first to occur coast to coast across the U.S. in nearly a century, leaving astronomers and casual observers alike starry-eyed.