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These were the selfies we got. Completely unedited.

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In fact, the only person in the entire dive-bar who didn’t jump right in (but certainly didn’t jump out, and had a smile plastered to her face) was this chick.

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Hahaha.

I learned a few things that night.

I learned that sometimes, all it takes is one excited “GET IN THIS!” to turn someone’s gloom into a genuine smile.

I learned that sometimes, all it takes is one excited “GET IN THIS!” to make tough guys turn into cheeseballs.

I learned that sometimes, all it takes is one excited “GET IN THIS!” to up the laughter-rate of an entire establishment by a factor of 17 at least.

I learned that sometimes, all it takes is one excited “GET IN THIS!” to…

…Help forgotten people feel less forgotten.

…Get people off of their phones and enjoying the moment instead.

…Get strangers hugging and laughing each other where previously they were content not knowing the human beings sitting three feet from them.

…Lift the countenances of people who struggle to ever be excited at all.

And I also learned that sometimes, all it takes to bring everyone , of every walk of life, a little closer together is to simply not ask for permission. Just get in their faces, hold up a phone, and cheerfully yell, “GET IN THIS! GET IN THIS!”

I suppose it worked, because… isn’t that what almost everyone, deep down, secretly craves? To belong? To smile? To laugh? To drop whatever face they put on every day as they go out into the world fighting the demons they fight?

I loved it. Ashley loved it. I was dripping with sweat when it was done, but… it was so worth it!

A few people at the bar really stood out to me…

This guy.

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He was one of the only people in the bar who hesitated at all getting into a selfie with us. I nearly dragged him into the picture by his collar. And after I did, he wanted another one, and another one, and soon was jumping into the selfies of others as well.

And of course, the bikers.

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Oh, these two badasses couldn’t let down their tough guy emotionless-fronts for the picture, but after the picture they laughed, and smiled, and high-fived us, and lingered just long enough that we knew it had meant something to them. Oh, and I assure you. Bad timing on the photo snap. Ashley and I were smiling just as big with them as with anyone else, haha.

Anyway…

This was my Great Dive-Bar Selfie Experiment. The results kind of speak for themselves, don’t they.

Humans are, indeed, awesome.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. I’m asking you honestly… Do you think you would have jumped into the selfie if you had no clue who I was?

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he’s most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It’s an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!