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February 19, 2017

7 Motivational And Inspiring Stories About Finding Courage In Life

A lot of things in this life require courage. Without courage, we stay in our comfort zone and miss opportunities, and we live in a state of pain or grief much longer than we need to live there. With courage, we can accomplish great things and create a life that is worth living. If you need some courage right now, then I hope one of the following motivational and inspiring stories about finding courage will inspire you to gather it and find the strength to do what needs to be done.

1. A Story About Finding Courage To Deal With The Upcoming Death Of A Loved One

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Carlie’s mom was going to die, it was just a matter of when. She had stage 4 cancer and was given a life expectancy of under 12 months. Carlie was living in denial and terrified to admit that truth to herself.

Carlie spent the first month after her mother’s suggested life expectancy avoiding her mother. She didn’t want to deal with the grief that was welling up inside of her. By avoiding her mother she could focus on other things that didn’t make her feel bad.

One day her mother showed up on Carlie’s doorstep unexpectedly. She had a scrapbook in her arms and said she wanted Carlie to take a look at it. Carlie and her mother sat down at the kitchen table and her mother opened up the scrapbook and went through it page by page with Carlie.

At the end, Carlie knew that she would no longer hide from the upcoming death. She also knew she wouldn’t focus on it either. The scrapbook, full of loving and happy moments between Carlie and her mother, had reminded her that her mother’s life was more important than her death and that Carlie wanted to soak up every moment that she had left with her mother.

She started her own scrapbook that same day focused solely on the journey her and her mother were taking together. Every week she filled it up with memories of what they did. Laughter, fun, love, and adventure were the main themes of the scrapbook.

The experiences she shared with her mother, along with the reminder of those experiences as she scrapbooked them, gave Carlie the courage to spend time with her mother, even when she wasn’t doing well. She cherished the life, not the death, and in the end, she learned that was really mattered the most.

Carlie says that this story is focused on one of the biggest lessons of her life. Moreover, it is one of few motivational and inspiring stories she shares with everyone she meets.

2. A Story About Finding The Courage To Leave An Abusive Spouse

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Brittany’s husband was good to her for the first few months of marriage. She got pregnant, they were happy, and everything seemed perfect. Then she found out he was cheating on her.

She confronted him and yelled and screamed and slammed doors. She knew she was overreacting, but she couldn’t believe that he would cheat on her. He didn’t say anything to her. He just walked out the door and didn’t come back for a week. He didn’t answer her calls. He gave her the silent treatment for the entire week and she nearly lost her mind.

Her friend told her that this kind of treatment was emotionally abusive and she needed to make sure she let her husband know that it was not okay to treat her like this. Instead, when her husband came back, she decided to let it go in fear that he would leave again. He never brought up that cheating incident and she was too scared to.

Then a few months later she found out he was still cheating on her and she flipped out again, expect this time he didn’t just leave. He grabbed her by the throat and told her that SHE had pushed him toward cheating because she was so crazy. Then he pushed her into the wall, walked out the door, and didn’t come back for two weeks. Again, he gave her the silent treatment.

When he came back, she had nearly lost her mind. Wondering where he had been, and assuming it was with the woman he cheated with, had left her feeling hopeless and unwanted. She felt weak and powerless, and she knew that if she pushed her husband again he would run back to the arms of his mistress, so she decided once again to let it go.

After she had their baby, her husband became angrier. He didn’t like the baby crying. He didn’t like the fact that his wife couldn’t always keep the house clean and have supper on the table for him. And he didn’t like the attention she was showing to her baby over him.
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February 12, 2017

20 Inspirational Songs To Add To Your Inspirational Playlist Today

This is a list of inspirational songs for every area of your life, which is why you need to add all of them your inspirational playlist to have ready. You never know when life is going to throw you something where inspiration is required. Some songs are fun and inspire joy, but some songs can inspire you to stay strong, help you stay committed, make you more positive, and help you reach new heights. Some songs can inspire you to focus on what really matters in life. Some songs can help you make important choices in life and love. And some songs can inspire you to do something amazing in your life or someone else’s.

1. Sia – The Greatest: Inspires You To Keep Going

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Sia has hinted that this song is a tribute towards the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, and some people say that it represents the struggle that the LGBT community go through. In the video, it shows the struggle that children go through as they find themselves. But the words are inspiring for anyone who is trying to accomplish something.

“The Greatest” is not only catchy, it causes your emotions to go up and down with the lyrics. In the start, we can all relate to the ‘Uh-oh, running out of breath’ and the ‘see another mountain to climb’. That’s how life works. We run into constant struggles in all areas of our lives and we have to summon up the courage to not give up and move forward.

The transition in the song from the struggle to the self-talk ‘Don’t give up, I won’t give up’ is how we move through tough times. Then, as we start to realize our strength, we realize that we are free to be the best at what we are doing if we want to be.

This is my go-to song when I need to be reminded that I’m alive, I’m strong, I shouldn’t give up, and I’m free to be awesome at whatever I want to do, whether that be in my career, in my relationships, or in any other part of my life. I have yet to find a part of my life that “The Greatest” doesn’t give me inspiration for.

2. Bon Jovi – It’s My Life: Inspires You To Take Control Of Your Life

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“It’s My Life” is one of those inspirational songs that you want to listen to when you are starting to get pumped to live life to the fullest or to go after something that you want. As the intro says, ‘This ain’t a song for the broken-hearted’ because the broken hearted and the ‘faith-departed’ don’t always feel like they have control over their life. But for people who are standing their ground, not backing down, and are ready to make their own breaks in life, this song will inspire you to take control and do it now, because, as the chorus says, ‘I ain’t gonna live forever, I just want to live while I’m alive.’

This song will inspire you to defend yourself when you need to and to keep going despite the people trying to slow you down. It will help you get back up when other people have tried (and possibly succeeded) to walk all over you. And, it will remind you that doing things your own way is a great way to live your life and make the most out of it.

3. The Youngbloods – Get Together: Inspires You To Live Peacefully

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When it comes to inspirational songs that can be sung as a prayer for peace, both out loud and in your heart, “Get Together” stands out. ‘Smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another, right now’ is a well-known chorus, and “Get Together” is a well-known inspirational song that drives home the point that we should get together and love one another while we can. This song has been noted as a song that summed up what was happening in America and the world in the 60s, but the meaning behind it still holds water today. It’s a call for peace and brotherly love.

It also speaks of something that we need to be reminded of – fear is the path to death and love is the way to enjoy life. We have the power to choose which emotion we focus on, and we also have the power to shape the direction of the world as the lyric ‘You can make the mountains ring, or make the angels cry’ points out so well.

I strongly believe that the energy we give out can affect the people around us, so when you need to listen to inspirational songs that help you get into a loving and peaceful state that will hopefully affect other people in a loving and peaceful way, listen to this song. You will find yourself viewing the people around you in a different way and inspiring other people to take on that same view.

4. Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger: Inspires You To Do What You Need To Do In Any Area Of Life

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I once used this song to illustrate the determination my friend had while running a long distance through an obstacle course. The song fit her determination in the video perfectly, just as it did for Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky III’ during his inspirational montage where he trains for his fight.

This song symbolizes having the will to stand back up and rise to your feet after going to the distance. In boxing, going the distance means to last all the scheduled rounds. So, the lyrics, ‘Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet, just a man and his will to survive’ speak of a man who has lasted through the tough times and is still on his feet trying to survive.

This song is good for getting things done with enthusiasm and spirit. If you need an inspiring song to help you finish off your workout, listen to this. If you need an inspiring song to confront someone with conviction, listen to this. No matter what situation, “Eye Of The Tiger” will help you realize how far you’ve come and how strong you are, and then prepare you to get to where you want to be.

5. George Michael – Faith: Inspires You Keep Hope And Faith Alive

Need some faith that something better is coming around the corner? Need to remind yourself to wait for the perfect person? Need to remind yourself of why you left your ex and should stay an ex with them? This song is good for all of those things and more. The beat is uplifting and it encourages you to keep the faith for something better.

This song has been used in my life for a variety of things. I used it to hold out for a loving partner. I used it when I was hopeful that I would have a great time on my vacation, but doubtful at the same time. I used it when I heard gossip and wasn’t sure if it was true or not. This song has inspired me to hold out and hope for a better outcome than my fears or worries could ever imagine, and that’s why I consider it one of the top inspirational songs around.

6. Tim McGraw – Humble And Kind: Inspires You To Be A Good Person Despite What’s Happening

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If you need some inspiration to be kind and humble in a time where it’s hard to be like that, this song is for you. This song inspires me to be a better person during the high points and the low points in my life.

It’s got many reminders of what to do to stay humble and kind, including simple but important things such as ‘Hold the door, say please, say thank you.’ And, it addresses the fact that even if you have mountains to climb (which you do or will) you need to stay humble and kind. The whole song is full of great lyrics that remind you of what it is to be a good and loving person in this world.

This is also one of those inspiring songs that will help you stay balanced when you achieve great things. ‘When those dreams you’re dreaming come to you,’ you will remember to stay humble and kind as you feel the pride.

7. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling: Inspires You To Enjoy Life

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If you need some inspiration to get happy when you’re feeling down, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” should help. For me, it helps lift me up when I’m down and reminds me that when I’m feeling low or life feels too serious, I should take a step back and enjoy life.

I usually dance to this song because it’s hard not to start moving to this song as you’re listening to it. The lyrics say, ‘Feeling good, good, creeping up on you, so just dance, dance, dance,’ helps you feel incrementally better and get your body naturally moving.

8. Rascal Flats – My Wish: Inspires The Feeling Of Being Loved And Important

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As far as moving and loving inspirational songs goes, this one tops the charts. It will feel like someone who loved or loves you is speaking to you. It will remind you of your love for someone else as you picture yourself saying the words to them. It will help you remember that you’re not alone – you have someone who loves you and supports you getting to your goals.

As a friend of mine put it, “It reminds me that I’m not alone in this world and no matter what my goals are or where I might have to go to realize my dreams, my friends and family are all still with me cheering me on and wishing me everything good and hoping for my success in every area of my life.

So, if you need some inspiration from a loved one, but they are not around to give you it, listen to ‘My Wish’. And when you hear, ‘And if you’re faced with the choice and you have to choose, I hope you choose the one that means the most to you,’ you will feel inspired to do what you need to do to keep moving forward.

9. James Bay – Let It Go: Inspires You To Let Go Of A Bad Relationship

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Sometimes we need some inspiration to end a relationship that we know is not good for us. While other people can tell us how bad the relationship is until they are blue in the face, it’s not until we really get emotional and understand that it’s time to move on that we can let it go. That’s where “Let It Go” comes in.

If you know that you and someone are too different to be together, this song will inspire you to recognize the turbulence that is going on between the two of you and help you make the decision to leave.

The lyrics ‘Why don’t you be you, and I’ll be me’ will stick out in your mind as you start to see that the two of you are different, and as you listen to the words, ‘Trying to fit your hand inside of mine, when we know it just don’t belong,’ you will become clearer on how you are trying to force the relationship that just isn’t working out.

10. Jennifer Rush – Power Of Love: Inspires You To Celebrate The Love In Your Life

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If you need an inspirational song to help you remember how powerful love is, “Power of Love” is a great song. It helps you remember the powerful connection you have with the people you love. It helps you remember why you fell in love with them in the first place. And, if they have passed on, it helps you remember how your love will always keep you connected.

In fact, I’ve heard “Power Of Love” played at a few funerals where one lover has lost another and they want to remember the love that they shared and will forever share. It may leave you in tears, depending on where you at in your relationships, but it will inspire the deep passionate love which is always a good thing.

11. Martin Garrix BEBE Rexha – In The Name Of Love: Inspires A Loving Mood

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If you need some inspiration to get into a loving mood, then this is a great song. It inspires you to imagine what you would do in the name of love, which inspires you to think of the person you love and how deeply you really love them. That’s not something that we often think about in our day-to-day routine. So listen to this before a date or a big moment with someone you love.

If you are single, then this is a great song to remind you that waiting for someone who would do anything for you in the name of love, and who you would do anything for, is worth it. It will inspire you to look past the mediocre and hold out for something great.

12. Katy Perry – Firework: Inspires Excitement For Living

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This is one of the best inspirational songs to get you excited about living life. It’s a great song to get your inspired to get back up when you have been beaten down, feel hopeless, feel useless, or feel invisible in life.

The song will remind you that there is a ‘firework’ inside of you and you don’t have to be unhappy. It will remind you that you are original and irreplaceable, and that the future has lots in store for you even if you are just coming out of a ‘hurricane’. As you listen to the lyrics, you can hear a really good friend telling you how amazing you are and how much you have to offer, and the upbeat tune helps ignite those thoughts and emotions even more.

13. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life: Inspires You To Look Forward To Your Day

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If you need a song to get you out of bed in the morning and in the right mindset, “Best Day Of My Life” will work! It fits all the criteria for a song to start the day off right – it’s upbeat, it’s inspiring, and it’s easy to sing and dance to.

Besides screaming ‘This is gonna to be the best day of my life’ over and over again, the lyrics at the end of the song, ‘Everything is looking up, everybody up now,’ is a great way to remind you that this is a fresh new day that you and everyone else are facing and there are many positive possibilities ahead of you.

Anyone who is struggling in life will also benefit from this song. If you are facing a tough situation right now, this song will remind you to make the most out of your day and not waste it away on worry, fear, or anger.

14. Hedley – Anything: Inspires You To Go After Your Dreams, No Matter How Different They May Be

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This is one of the most inspirational songs for going against the grain and going after your dreams in life, despite what other people think. It’s catchy, it promotes a lot of emotion, and you can envision yourself saying, ‘A thousand disbelievers couldn’t keep me on the ground’ and ‘I can do anything’ as you listen to it.

There is a swear in it, so people who don’t like swears in their music may not like this, but I think that particular swear word emphasizes the meaning behind the message of not listening to the haters or disbelievers and staying strong enough to do what you need to do.

15. Sara Bareilles – Brave: Inspires You To Be Brave

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Need some inspiration to stop being so silent? Be brave? Be yourself? Be fine with who you are despite what other people say or think? Despite how they react around you? “Brave” by Sara Bareilles tells you that ‘You can be the outcast, or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love’ OR ‘you can start speaking up’.

You can be brave, and like Sara Bareilles suggests, people want to see the real you – and they want to see you be brave.

It’s also a reminder that while some people are going to wonder if you have lost your mind as you do brave things, there are other people who are going to enjoy you and want to be brave too. Lastly, you will be reminded that being brave will help other people be brave too.

16. Pink – Raise Your Glass: Inspires You To Celebrate YOU

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If you feel like an underdog, then “Raise Your Glass” will help you celebrate it and inspire you to embrace who you are. When you raise your glass, you are toasting something, which in this case, you raise your glass ‘if you are wrong in all the right ways.’

One of the things I like about this song is that Pink talks about her glass being empty and how much it sucks, which is a direct correlation to how much it sucks when you stop celebrating who you are!

This song will inspire you to keep that cup full and keep raising your glass as you move through life, even if you are the underdog, the freak, or just plain different.

17. Bryan Adams – Here I Am: Inspires You To Keep Going Forward And To Embrace New Relationships

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I highly recommend having this song on your inspirational playlist as it can help inspire you at a few different times in your life. In fact, this song can inspire you in two big ways.

First, a lot of people need inspiration to keep going forward in a world that seems like it is stuck or going backward. “Here I Am” is a soft and slow song that says ‘it’s a new world – it’s a new start,’ which is exactly what we need to remember at this point. It’s a new world right now, but together we can make our dreams come true.

Second, if you are contemplating getting into a new relationship, this song can help you see the potential in it. Yes, getting into a new relationship can be scary, but it gives you a chance to start again and make your dreams come true. It helps you plant your feet firmly on the ground and say ‘Here I am!’ and let’s do this!

18. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off: Inspires You To Let Things Go

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This song was and is popular because it is so fun to sing, but also because it has an inspiring message behind it – you can shake things off and keep going forward despite what other people do or say.

It’s a song that reminds you that other people are going to do what they are going to do and all you have control over is yourself, so why not ‘shake it off’ when they do something stupid?

It’s also a great reminder, with the lyric ‘I never miss a beat, I’m lightning on my feet, and that’s what they don’t see,’ that people don’t always see the awesomeness and potential you have. It will inspire you to remember that other people don’t have a clue what you’re made of, or are capable of, so their words are not truth, they are just opinion.

19. Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World: Inspires You To Go After Your Dreams Despite The Roadblocks

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This is another one of those inspirational songs that will help inspire you to keep going towards your dreams when people are trying to hold you back. As you listen, you will remember the times that you did what other people wanted – ‘I chased illusion, then I watched it fade to black, throwing me off track’ – and it will remind you that you didn’t feel right doing those things that didn’t align with who you are and what you want. Then you get reminded that it feels great to carry on with your dreams and you should stay the course no matter what comes in your way – ‘found revolution… I aint’ coming back,’ which will inspire you to keep moving forward.

20. Alanis Morissette – You Learn: Inspires You To Grow From Painful Experiences

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Lastly, this made the list of one of the most inspirational songs because it will inspire you to keep going during and after life’s down periods, and it will help you embrace the future down periods that are going to come. The song gives advice that you should bite off more than you can chew and stick your foot in your mouth because when you do things like that, you learn.

You grow every time something bad happens to you. That includes every time you lose someone or something, every time you laugh, every time you really take a chance and live, every time you do something stupid, and every time you make a choice.

Life has times of suffering and great joy, but at every moment you are learning and growing and becoming more of who you want to be. “You Learn” will inspire you to accept that fact and even celebrate the growth in your own way.

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February 7, 2017

Big Lessons For Today From Some Of The Greatest Speeches In History

Who is to say what the greatest speeches in history are? There are so many amazing and memorable speeches in history that affect us all greatly at different times in our lives. Speeches on human rights, women’s rights, freedom, education, and other topics that really matter to the people of this world have been given by presidents, scientists, philosophers, leaders, and men and women looking for a change.

There are speeches said with so much passion that you can’t help but be brought to tears. There are moving speeches of real life stories focused on what people went through and the lessons they had to learn the hard way. And there are speeches that were created to, hopefully, make an impact and change the direction of the world.

It would be impossible to talk about all of the greatest speeches in history in one article. Therefore, while I think the following speeches offer some big lessons for today that everyone can learn and grow from, I highly recommend that if you are struggling with something in your life, look up some of the greatest speeches in history for inspiration, clarity, and motivation. They were written and said to inspire and inform. And they live on to help you break free from any limiting beliefs and struggles you may have so that you can move towards a better life.

John. F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address in 1961

Yoga at summit with aerial view of the mountain range and peak. Blue sky.John F. Kennedy made some of the greatest speeches in history, but his inaugural address made a clear statement about what he believed in and what direction he wanted, not just his country to go, but the world to go. The speech itself helped the nation understand how knowledgeable he was despite his young age of 43, and how serious he was about creating peace and cooperation.

While many people quote the line, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’, I think his next sentence, ‘My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man,’ was beautifully said, sums up the message of his speech, and is just as important today as it was back then.

The message paints a picture of cooperation, where we are all working together for the freedom of all. If this one line from his inaugural address had come true, imagine how the world would be now. A world working together for the freedom of all man and woman, not just the person who has certain beliefs or customs, but every man and woman.

His vision for the world was truly a great one and can be seen in this speech. If there were more leaders who held his core values and were willing to convey their messages to the public and other leaders, then this world would take a huge step in the right direction.

If you ever wonder what we can do to make this world better, watch this speech. It’s a great message to memorize. It’s also a great message to try to convey to other people in your own words. If we can all live in a way that aligns with the core values that promote this kind of message, the world will improve.

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February 25, 2016

Compassion Towards Animals: Reasons To Convince Others To Develop It

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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]

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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.

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January 3, 2016

25 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

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.

1. Freedom

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.

4. Animals

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December 22, 2015

50 Happiness Quotes That Will Help You Be Happier

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

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4. 40.my-grandmother-always-said-that-if-youre-going

5. 32.the-message-of-the-secret-is-the-message-ive-be

6. 48.even-when-you-are-in-the-midst-of-a-terrible-situa

7. 38.we-have-a-good-day-when-we-are-happy-and-we-want

8. 41.much-of-the-time-our-mind-is-like-a-balloon-in-the
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December 22, 2015

10 Quotes To Help You Find Inner Peace

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

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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

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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
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December 13, 2015

50 Quotes About Life That Have Inspired Me

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

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5. 42.live-as-hard-as-you-can-in-this-very-moment-live

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7. 43.by-cultivating-a-sense-of-liveliness-and-presence

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November 16, 2015

The Art Of Writing An Article For A Blog Quickly

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!

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November 16, 2015

10 Solutions To Social Media Problems For A Happier Life

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

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