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Pregnant Serena Williams Is Definitely Living Her Best Life

Summer is almost here and Serena Williams is living her best life. 

The tennis superstar, who is pregnant with her first child with fiancé Alexis Ohanian, shared a collection of Instagram photos on Thursday that were taken aboard a yacht. In the pics, she is dressed in a tiered black swimsuit and looking fabulous. 

The 35-year-old headed down to Miami to celebrate her bridal party with family and friends at 1 Hotel South Beach earlier this month. The ladies did yoga and meditated, got foot rubs and hung out by the luxury hotel?s pool. She also made a stop at Disney World, because who wouldn?t? 

Had the best time at Disney, Pandora was unreal!!#visitpandora

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Montana Democrat’s Donations Top $5 Million As Woes Mount For GOP Rival

The populist Democrat running for Montana?s open seat in the House of Representatives has hit a major fundraising milestone, as a race ignored until last month by party officials heats up in its final week.

Donations to Rob Quist, the bluegrass legend who won an unlikely bid for the nomination in March, have surpassed $5 million, his campaign announced on Thursday. The contributions averaged less than $25 each and came from roughly 200,000 individuals. For context, donations to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has endorsed Quist, averaged $27 donations during his insurgent bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last year.

Fundraising surged this month after Greg Gianforte, Quist?s multimillionaire Republican opponent, waffled on his support for the controversial health care bill just passed by the House. Gianforte told conservative lobbyists he backed the bill in a private call later published by The New York Times. He walked back the comment days later amid uproar from the more than 70,000 voters whose health insurance could be imperiled if the deeply unpopular American Health Care Act becomes law.

Quist, who supports single-payer health care and legalizing marijuana, has weathered his own history of financial woes, stemming from what he says was a botched gallbladder surgery that for years left him unqualified for affordable insurance.

Forced to pay out of pocket for follow-up surgeries, Quist accessed Social Security and sold off part of the ranch he inherited from his family. In October 1994, the doctor responsible for the surgery denied allegations of malpractice, according to a report published this week by the conservative Washington Free Beacon.

?Rob?s story is resonating with voters who want someone who will stand up for them,? Tina Olechowski, Quist?s communication director, said in a statement. ?After medical complications following surgery, Rob got into debt. He paid off his debt, but Rob believes no one should ever face bankruptcy just because they get sick.?

By contrast, Gianforte, who narrowly lost a bid for the Montana governor?s mansion last year, raised $2 million from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a dark-money super PAC funded by ?tobacco companies, video game manufacturers, other corporations and wealthy donors,? according to Bloomberg BNA. The tech mogul, who sold a software company to cloud-computing giant Oracle for $1.5 billion in 2011, loaned himself $1 million to finance his campaign ahead of the May 25 special election.

Republican attacks on Quist?s personal financial struggles have increased amid heightened scrutiny of Gianforte?s own investments. Gianforte listed in financial disclosures a nearly $48,000 stake in a French-Swiss cement maker accused of making payments to the Islamic State terror group, as HuffPost first reported on Wednesday. President Donald Trump criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton last August for once accepting a donation to the Clinton Foundation from the company. Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr., the president?s son, campaigned last week alongside Gianforte.

Rob will represent all Montanans, not just the millionaires, and that?s why he?ll win next week.
Tina Olechowski, communications director for Quist’s campaign

Gianforte also invested nearly $250,000 in index funds with holdings in Gazprom and Rosneft, the Kremlin-controlled oil and gas firms sanctioned by the U.S. after Russia invaded Crimea, The Guardian reported last month.  

Gianforte had a 6-point lead over Quist in a poll released earlier this month by a Democratic political action committee. But internal GOP polling shifted against Gianforte last weekend amid proliferating scandals coming from the White House, according to the conservative blogger and radio host Erick Erickson.

Shane Scanlon, a spokesman for Gianforte, did not respond to a request for comment. 

?Rob will represent all Montanans, not just the millionaires,? Olechowski said on Thursday, ?and that?s why he?ll win next week.?

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Snuggles The Rat Survives Harrowing Heroin Overdose

A pet rat who overdosed on heroin is alive and well, thanks to some quick-thinking volunteers.

On Sunday, the rat, named Snuggles, accidentally ingested some heroin that was left on a table by her owner, a woman in Vancouver.

The woman brought a very sick Snuggles to an overdose prevention site in hopes of keeping the animal alive.

Melissa Patton was working at the Maple Overdose Prevention Site when the rat arrived at the facility.

?[The owner] said it had eaten some heroin off the table and had OD?d,? Patton told the CBC. ?It had pretty much passed out and wasn?t really breathing.?

Patton said, at first, her team wasn?t sure what to do, because Snuggles was so much smaller than the typical patient.

?We weren?t sure what to do, so I gave it some Narcan orally. Because it was so tiny, I didn?t want to puncture anything by giving it an injection.?

Instead, they put the Narcan on the rat?s nose and she licked it off.

Patton, who is studying to be a pharmacist, also gave Snuggles some oxygen from a small can to help the rat retain brain function. She and other volunteers then gave Snuggles water with protein powder and held Snuggles during the ordeal.

?I know from NICUs that skin-to-skin contact is really important,? she told the Vancouver Sun.

Snuggles managed to make a full recovery by the next day, with a ravenous appetite.

?Right now she really seems to like Cheerios, bananas and strawberries,? Patton told the Canadian Press.

The experience seems to have affected Snuggles? owner.

The day after Snuggles? OD, Patton said the woman decided to go into detox treatment. Patton has since adopted Snuggles.

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10 Expert-Approved Ways To Turn Around A Crappy Day

The worst part of having an off day is the sour mood that inevitably comes along with it.

Your emotional state becomes less about the critique from your boss or the tiff with your spouse but about everything. It seems like the whole universe is out to get you by the end. Or at least it can feel that way. 

This is absolutely no fun, to state the obvious. So we asked several psychology experts how to manage these feelings in order to turn a crappy day around. Take a look at their tips below so you can get back on the happy side: 

1. Embrace your bad mood.

It sounds counterintuitive, but try accepting the fact that you?re in a terrible state. Doing so will actually make the negative perception of the day go away faster, according to Mark Aoyagi, director of sport and performance psychology and associate professor at the University of Denver. 

?We?re a lot better off just accepting and acknowledging where we?re at, as opposed to trying to change it,? Aoyagi told HuffPost.

2. Take advantage of your bad day by tackling a task.

?There [are] a lot of tasks where being in a bad mood or sort of having negative emotions can actually be quite useful,? Aoyagi said. 

It?s true: Research suggests that people who feel sad perform better at detail-oriented tasks and negotiate more effectively than their happy counterparts. Put your emotions to use by finishing a home project or tackling your work inbox.

3. Consider how you may have played a part in the day?s outcome.

Go over the day?s events and consider where you might have played a role as things went wrong. For example, maybe the day went off the rails because you did not organize your time or resources properly.

?So often we think of ourselves as passive recipients of actions upon us,? Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, told HuffPost. ?If you can see yourself in a more proactive mode, I think it will help you feel better. It?s not just owning your role in this, but it?s also not seeing yourself as a victim being slapped around by life.?

Just don?t engage in too much self-blame, Krauss Whitbourne said. The key here is to do this exercise without beating yourself up. See what you can do differently and commit to changing it the next time around. 

4. Focus on gratitude.

Create a list of everything that makes you feel thankful, Gail Gross, a psychologist and human behavior expert, told HuffPost. It could be as simple as ?I listened to my favorite song today? or something more overarching like ?I am healthy.?

For an added boost, take this opportunity to also write freely about your thoughts, goals and feelings. Research shows that journaling can help with anxiety reduction and lower cortisol levels (AKA the stress hormone). 

5. Ask a friend to go for a walk with you.

Studies suggest that the simple act of going for a walk can improve your mood. And a loved one?s company could amplify this effect, says Gerdenio Manuel, a professor of psychology at the University of San Francisco.

?Turn to those things and people that make you feel better and let them know that you need some help and support,? Manuel told HuffPost.

6. Find a furry friend.

Research shows that pet owners may have better wellbeing. Head to a shelter, spend some time with your best friend?s cat or visit a dog park. Cuddling a furry friend can help boost your mood, Gross said. 

7. Indulge in a little ?me time.?

Manuel stresses that leaning on others for support may have better benefits, but don?t dismiss the power of some alone time, either. 

?Sometimes you just need to take a little time out from things that are bothering you,? he explained.

Maybe this means ordering pizza for dinner and watching an episode of a new show by yourself. Try to return to something simple that brings you pleasure.

8. Get into #BeastMode.

?If you go to the weight room or the gym and you?re in a bad mood, put that energy into your workout,? Aoyagi said.

People usually feel good or, at the very least, return to their baseline disposition after sweating it out, Aoyagi explained. And science backs this up: Exercising can put you in a better mood and help you regulate emotions.

9. Put your bad mood into perspective.

If you find yourself having thoughts such as ?I failed? or ?today is ruined,? try to remember those are over-generalizations, Manuel said. All is rarely ever lost and things will likely even out with some time.

10. Find the silver lining.

There?s power in looking on the bright side, Krauss Whitbourne said. See where things went wrong, what you can learn from all of it and finally, acknowledge something that went right. 

?Look for whatever glimmer of hope you can extract,? she said.

Then let your bad day go.

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