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It’s amazing how little research we have about how animals think and feel, but it is there! Any animal lover could already tell you that animals think and feel and need us to be more compassionate towards their needs. But, still, there are some people – pet owners and people who don’t like animals, that just don’t get why compassion towards animals is an ethical choice that we all should be making.
A few years ago a woman on YouTube, named Trisha Paytas, made a video titled ‘Do Dogs Have Brains?’ In it, she poses this ridiculous statement, “… do dogs have brains, because dogs can’t talk. Yes, they can walk, but that’s because we’re telling them to walk…” I’m not sure if she was just trying to get views on her channel, but I’ve met people who seriously view their dog as property without a brain, so even if she isn’t that clueless, there are people out there who are!
In any case, the point is that many people view animals as objects, not living beings, and that needs to change. We need to develop more compassion towards animals so we can stop the unethical way that animals are treated every single day.
Leonardo da Vinci said, “…and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” I know that today many more people are viewing the murder of animals as something completely unethical. Even in the courts, we are seeing more justice for the dogs that are being abused in dog fighting competitions with one man named Hewitt Grant receiving 20 years of jail time!
Animals Experience Fear And Pain
We can all relate to fear and pain, and letting other people know that animals feel fear is a great way to get them thinking about how they treat animals and what they must feel. Research has shown that mammals and birds are sentient, and research is even showing that fish experience fear. [Source: http://www.uoguelph.ca/csaw/newsletter/doc/csawnewsweb.pdf]
There used to be a slaughterhouse near my school, and the screams of those cows were horrifying. If cows didn’t experience fear or pain, then they wouldn’t make a noise. But, the cows watching the other cows get slaughtered, were screaming their heads off. As Paul McCartney said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.”
Moreover, I know a man who worked at a chicken slaughterhouse. The way the chickens were treated and killed actually sent him into a deep depression. He was unable to sleep without nightmares for a long time. I won’t go into details as you can look up the cruel practices for yourself, but know that if animals didn’t experience fear and feel pain, then what he saw and experienced wouldn’t have affected him.
And, of course, dogs and cats experience fear. You just have to watch them wince at a loud noise or run from something falling. They are not mindless little beings that allow themselves to get hurt at every turn. Fear is a very real emotion that dogs and cats have because they don’t want to experience pain.
Jeremy Bentham said, “The question is not, “Can they reason” nor, “Can they talk” but, “Can they suffer?” If people had vision in his time of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, then they knew that animals could suffer. They didn’t need the research to prove that to them.
Most humans do not want to make others suffer, so it’s important that everyone knows that suffering in the animal kingdom is a real thing. The lack of research leaves us clueless as to how much and in how many species, but if one animal can feel suffering, then that should be enough to convince people that they need to assume they all can and show compassion towards animals because of this.
Some Animals Don’t Like To Be Lonely
I am thankful for so many things in my life. If you are looking back on the year and having a hard time figuring out what to be thankful for, then go through these 25 things and see if anything resonates with you. There are often those little things that we are really thankful for but minimize as we focus on the bad things throughout the year. But, that doesn’t mean they disappear! If you can find the things that really made you feel grateful, then you can find a way to appreciate the year that has passed.
We take it for granted, but our freedom is something that I am thankful for every day. I can do what I want with my day and not worry about the consequences. I have the ability to go for a walk when I want, take a shower when I want, sleep when I want, or visit a loved one when I want. I can do what I want, when I want, and I am beyond thankful for that!
2. My Parents
No matter how frustrating they can be, they gave me life. Without them, I would not be here, so as I look at my life in the past year, I am grateful for my parents giving me the opportunity to live it.
3. Free Time
I am thankful for free time to relax and zone out. I appreciate the time I have to not focus on work, self-growth, or other things, and I value it just as much as I do the time to make the most out of my life. There is just something awesome about having the luxury to stare at a wall if you want.
We all want more happiness in our lives, and the following happiness quotes can help us find it. They offer insight from people who have experienced unhappiness and happiness, who have learned their lessons the hard way, and who have gained enough insight to understand what happiness is really all about.
Read each one of the following happiness quotes and reflect on what they truly mean. Some of these have the happiness lesson hidden inside of them, but the more you reflect, the more you will internalize the lessons that will help you find more happiness in life. Some of these happiness quotes are long and impactful, and some of them are short and just as impactful. They all contain insight that we need to hear.
50 Happiness Quotes To Take To Heart
The other day I was on the phone with a friend who was upset. He had made an appointment to have his oven fixed, but the repairman apparently didn’t have the parts he needed, so my friend blew up at him and his boss, and spent the next few days in a pit of misery. While we were talking and he was explaining what had happened, the phone connection gave out on his end. I honestly believe his negative energy affected the phone conversation – that was how angry he was. He couldn’t hear me, and after a few attempts to say hello, he got really angry with me. I could hear everything he was saying, and for a moment, it rocked my world.
Before I had started talking to him, I was feeling amazing! I had eaten a great supper and had some great conversation, and I felt like I wanted to connect to more loved ones and have that kind of experience with them too. But, this wasn’t quite going that way. He hung up the phone in anger and I debated calling him back. I did, but he continued on with this rant and anger and kept me in a place of inner turmoil as I listened, until I remembered that I had a right to experience inner peace, and he was not going to take away that right.
Not too long ago, that thought would have never occurred to me. I would have thought about this conversation and how upset it made me. I would have complained, felt anger, felt hurt, and even felt sick. It would have taken hours, if not days, to get over the pity party I had made for myself and get back to a place of normalcy. But, because I knew I had the right to inner peace, I felt better within a few minutes.
If you are experiencing inner turmoil because of something that happened, something you did, or something that someone else did, then you’ve come to the right place! Following are 10 quotes on inner peace that have helped me come to a place of peace, no matter what has happened, and I believe that they will help you too.
1. Don’t Let Other People Don’t Pull Your Inner Peace Strings
People are going to do their best to make you feel miserable in life. They may not even know they are doing it. They may be in so much inner turmoil that they don’t understand how their words and actions are hurting the people around them. However, there will also be plenty of other people who will purposefully try to hurt you. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that you can choose how to react to what those people do or say. If you don’t let them affect you, then they can’t hurt you, and you can keep your inner peace intact around anyone.
Simply recognizing that these people don’t have inner peace may be enough to help you maintain it. No one with inner peace will hurt other people because they are not dealing with constant anger, hurt, or resentment that causes them to act out.
2. You Cannot Find Inner Peace From Other People
Many people have learned this lesson the hard way and others have still not learned it. No one can help you find peace, but yourself. They may be able to give you advice or comfort you in times of stress, but ultimately how you choose to think and react is what results in your inner peace. It doesn’t matter how much they hold you, if you can’t see the light in the darkness, you won’t feel at peace.
Therefore, stay centered and be thankful for all that you have. Don’t count on other people to help you see your blessings, look for them yourself.
3. Use Your Built-In Tools For More Inner Peace
Life can be fun and exciting, but it can also be boring, depressing, and even full of despair. That’s just life! During the times in that life feels hard, quotes about life can help you see things from a different perspective and get back on track. In fact, many of the following quotes about life have helped me view things in a different way and inspired me to get out of a funk and get busy focusing on what really matters or moving towards what I really want. Some are short and some are long, but they are all powerful in my mind.
The truth is that other people have had experiences and insights in life that can provide you with a shot of wisdom that you need to shift your perception. So much so that Oprah has made her career on getting these bits of wisdom out of others, and it has helped mold her into the insightful person she is now – which is why she is so often quoted. Therefore, if you are feeling a little stuck or weird in life right now, I strongly suggest you read the following quotes and pin up the ones that resonate with you where you will see them the most.
50 Quotes About Life
Sometimes it can take days or weeks to write a blog post, especially when you have to do research. But, if you want your blog to start picking up some organic traffic from the search engines, get noticed in social media, and get some regular visitors, you have to be consistent with your articles and create a lot of content, which means more than one a week.
Of course, you don’t want to put out crap! You can’t put 300-word or 500-word articles out consistently and expect to find success. People want longer articles that answer more of their questions and give more insight.
According to OkDork, long form content gets more social shares than short form content. [Source: http://okdork.com/2014/04/21/why-content-goes-viral-what-analyzing-100-millions-articles-taught-us/] This gives us insight into the fact that people are looking for value, not quick answers, so make sure that you focus on writing articles of value on your blog.
This article will not be focused on using pictures, quotes, or video in your article. It will be focused on putting together a blog article that you can add those things to later. Once you have the article finished, and have a feel for what kind of pictures, quotes, or videos you want to add, you can easily go ahead and plug them in where they seem most appropriate. So, let’s get started!
It Isn’t Going To Happen Today
Just some fair warning. The art of writing an article quickly for a blog is not something that you will master quickly. As with anything, it takes some practice to put together an article with a long list of tips, insights, or information. But, the more you do it, the better you will become. What once took you all day to write (or more) will start to take you a few hours.
Blog About What You Know
This is really worth mentioning if you want to write quickly. Blogging about what you know helps you pull together an article very fast. In fact, you should have picked your blog topic around something you are passionate about for this very reason.
I’ve tried blogging around topics that didn’t interest me, and writing articles for those blogs felt like pulling out my own teeth. I didn’t want to do the research. I didn’t put all my energy into the articles. I’m sure that was conveyed in my writing.
When you are passionate about the topic your blog is focused on, you will not only be able to draw from your experience, but you will also spend time educating yourself around the topic because it is something you enjoy learning about. The more you know, the more wealth of information you have to pull from and offer your readers.
When you blog about what you know, it’s like talking to a friend who is interested in what you are talking about. It comes easy. You get creative with your examples and insights. And, you can easily talk about it for hours, days, or even years, which is important for making your blog last and attracting a devoted audience.
If you are struggling to write a blog post – and struggle with most of your blog posts, then this is a point you definitely have to think about if you want to be the one writing for your blog.
Pick A Topic And Get Inspired
Back in the old days, it was wise to write around keywords. For instance, if you were to write on a dating blog, picking keywords for an article that had ‘dating’ in it was a top priority. Next was picking Latent Semantic Indexing Keywords (LSI), which are keywords that are related to the main keyword. Adding them all together in an article was the best way to get indexed in the search engines and found for the topic of your choice.
Now, there is a lot of debate about how many keywords you should put into your blog article. All of the blogs that got hit during the Google updates have made this a huge issue. However, I have found that blogging around keywords with common sense is the best way to get noticed without getting penalized. Writing as you would talk to a friend instead of writing as you would talk to a search engine is the best way to get indexed and found. You will naturally put in LSI keywords that will make it clear to the search engines what your article is about.
Finding a keyword is important because it helps you decide which direction you want to go with an article. For instance, the keyword for this article is ‘the art of writing’. I could have gone many ways with this topic.
– The art of writing a resume
– The art of writing letters
– The art of writing a love letter
– The art of writing an eBook
– The art of writing a thank-you note
If I’m not sure which direction to take for the topic, I use Google search. By plugging my keyword into Google search, I can see what people are looking for and get inspiration on which way I want to take my article. I do this by plugging in my keyword in and then going through the alphabet for suggestions.
For instance, I’ll put in ‘the art of writing a’ and that will bring up some suggestions, such as ‘the art of writing a scientific article’, and then I will put in ‘the art of writing b’ and that will bring up some new suggestions, such as ‘the art of writing business letters’. I’ll keep going through the alphabet until something hits my interest, and that is usually how I come up with the topic for an article.
I find this simple technique is often enough for inspiration, and I get a lot of search traffic to my blogs just by doing this because I’m focused on what people are searching for.
Not Sure What To Write? Get On Social Media!
The world is a different place now that social media is present. There are some good aspects to it. For instance, you can instantly see how people are reacting to a big event or you can connect to a positive community that promotes personal growth and happiness in your life. But, there are a lot of downsides to social media too. In fact, social media can create a lot of problems for your happiness with your relationships, career, and even health. Following are some solutions to social media problems that are common.
1. The Egotistical Friend Or Follower Problem
Social media offers a platform for the egotistical people of the world to display their new haircut, how long they worked out for the day, how many calories they ate, and how great of a person they really are. Outside of social media they don’t put this kind of compulsive information overload on you about their life, but for some reason they need to make themselves look like a go-getter who has a perfect life on social media.
The problem is that you can start to lose respect for this friend. They become annoying to your life, rather than important. You can start to become disgusted with the way they present themselves to the world and what they feel is really important to portray. That, of course, can cause relationship problems and an eventual ‘break-up’ of the relationship altogether.
The solution is to recognize why they need to be validated and then either validate them or ignore them. Someone who needs to talk about every little part of their life in a vain way has very little self-worth. They do not have an inner-confidence that makes them feel strong and worthy in life; instead, they have an inner fear that they are not strong and worthy, so they try to get validation from their Facebook friends or Instagram followers or anyone else who will listen. Once you see that, they will become less annoying, and you can simply decide to help them feel better about themselves or ignore them altogether. However, if you are a friend, and you care about their mental health and happiness, you may want to give them the validation that they crave, especially if they interact with you in a positive way on and off social media. There is no harm in helping someone feel better about themselves.
2. The Unwanted Friend Or Follower Problem
You will get requests from people you don’t like to be friends on Facebook and other social media platforms. This makes it hard to hide from your mother-in-law, coworkers, ex-lovers, and ex-friends.
The problem is that you can really offend some people in your life if you don’t accept the friend request or acknowledge them as a follower. They obviously have an interest in your life and want to have a relationship of some sorts, and telling them ‘no’ is like telling them you don’t really like them or you are just nice to them when you have to see them in person.
The solution is to consider whether they are an important part of your life and, if they are, allow them to be your friend or follower on social media. You have more to lose by ignoring them than you do by accepting the fact that they are not just in your physical life but in your online life as well. If they are an ex, then go ahead and ignore them or block them. You put them out of your life for a reason, and ignoring them is just reaffirming that your relationship with them is done. If you let them in, even through social media, then you are giving signals that you want them back in your life.
3. The Negative Friend Or Follower Problem
Do you ever wonder why you are so attracted to motivational quotes? Why are they shared all over social media, used as the basis of articles, and used by every guru on the face of the planet? The reason is because they are small bits of powerful insight that can change your life for the better.
It can be hard to remember everything that everyone said in a lecture, book, or video, but it is much easier to retain a powerful quote. Moreover, you don’t have to spend hours going through the material to find the golden nuggets; instead, you can get access to some of the best things people have said through motivational quotes that they and other people have shared.
The best thing about motivational quotes is that we can remember them for days, weeks, months, and years. In short, the right motivational quotes have the power to change our entire life around for the better.
If you are working towards more success, increased spiritual awareness, or more happiness, then you should have a collection of quotes to refer to every day to remind you of why you are working on yourself and where you are going. Don’t have any favorites yet? Following are some lesser known quotes by inspirational people.
57 Quotes For Every Area Of Your Life
Quotes For Success
When it comes to success, quotes inspire us to take the right action and make the most out of our day. They also motivate and make us require more out of ourselves. Put motivational quotes for success wherever you work or focus on goals. Following are some good ones!
Quotes For Developing Good Habits
Your habits determine what you will do in a day and what you will achieve. It is very important to get rid of bad habits and bring good habits into your life. Use the following few quotes to remember how important habits are and how to make them stick.