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These 8 Illustrations Will Show You What Everyday Love Is

These 8 Illustrations Will Show You What Everyday Love Is

True love can’t be put into words. When you find yourself deeply in love with someone, nothing you could possibly say would ever make them fully aware just how crazy you are for them. Nidhi Chanani knows this, and so she created a series of illustrations showing the love between two characters who are absolutely over the moon for each other. Through these beautiful drawings, Chanani accurately presents a picture-perfect life shared between two soulmates.

1. Love is doing things alone, together

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    When you love someone, you can be doing two totally different things, but never be truly alone. Although these two lovebirds are reading two separate books, they are still enjoying each other’s company to the fullest extent. Even when deeply engrossed in a fictional world, the two are still there to remind each other of how much they care for one another.

    2. Love is expressing yourself

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      Even though you can’t hear it, you just know he’s playing her favorite song right now. He might be too nervous to ever play in front of a crowd, but for his one and only, he’ll belt out each line to any song she wants to hear, regardless of how bad he thinks he sounds. And it doesn’t even matter if he sounds terrible; the look in her eyes makes it clear how content she is in this single moment.

      3. Love is enjoying nature together

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        I’m willing to bet this guy would never go on a picnic with anyone other than his love. When you’re with your soulmate, you can do absolutely anything and have the time of your life. All it takes is a blanket, some watermelon, and a nice breeze, and this couple has everything they need to create a memory that will last a lifetime.

        4. Love is teaching each other new things

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          My wife and I love to learn from each other. I teach her meaningless information about sports (like how to calculate  slugging percentage), and she teaches me about God, how to cook new recipes, and why I should take my contacts out every night. Even seven years into our relationship, there’s still so much we have to learn about each other. It keeps everything fresh, knowing that there’s always more to teach, and always more to learn.

          5. Love is acting young together

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            No matter how old you get, being in love keeps the kid in you alive. When you’re with the one you love, you can be silly, make a fool out of yourself, and act like your five years old again without worrying about who’s watching you or laughing at you.

            6. Love is sharing interests

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              You definitely have different tastes in hobbies, music, television, and more, but you begin to appreciate certain things more simply because you know your soulmate likes them. You start listening to the music your love enjoys, or watching the TV shows you know they’re obsessed with, even when they’re not around. When you’re in love, both of your interests rub off on each other, and become a part of who you are.

              7. Love is being comfortable when you’re uncomfortable

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                If you got caught in the rain alone, chances are you’d be pretty upset about it. But just look at these two: they’re having the time of their life! They could choose to be miserable, but they’ve made the most of a dreary situation, and, again, are creating a memory that will last forever. Whether either literal or metaphorical rain clouds appear overhead, having someone by your side makes it easier to deal with them.

                8. Love is growing old together

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                  Through all the good and bad times they’ve faced, this couple is clearly as in love now as they were twenty or thirty years ago. They’ve kept their love alive by never being afraid to show it, and clearly appreciate every single moment they have together. When you fall in love, you cherish every second of every day, knowing that life is so much better with your true love by your side.

                  Featured photo credit: Everyday Love / Nidhi Chanani via adaymag.com

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                  How To Spot Fake People (And Ways To Deal With Them)

                  How To Spot Fake People (And Ways To Deal With Them)

                  They say we are the average of the five persons we spend the most time with. For a minute, consider the people around you. Are they truly who your “tribe” should be or who you aspire to become in the future? Are they really genuine people who want to see you succeed? Or are they fake people who don’t really want to see you happy?

                  In this article, I’ll review why it is important to surround yourself with genuine individuals—the ones who care, bring something to our table, and first and foremost, who leave all fakeness behind.

                  How to Spot Fake People?

                  When you’ve been working in the helping professions for a while, spotting fake people gets a bit easier. There are some very clear signs that the person you are looking at is hiding something, acting somehow, or simply wanting to get somewhere. Most often, there is a secondary gain—perhaps attention, sympathy, or even a promotion.

                  Whatever it is, you’re better off working their true agenda and staying the hell away. Here are some things you should look out for to help spot fake people.

                  1. Full of Themselves

                  Fake people like to show off. They love looking at themselves in the mirror. They collect photos and videos of every single achievement they had and every part of their body and claim to be the “best at what they do.”

                  Most of these people are actually not that good in real life. But they act like they are and ensure that they appear better than the next person. The issue for you is that you may find yourself always feeling “beneath” them and irritated at their constant need to be in the spotlight.

                  2. Murky in Expressing Their Emotions

                  Have you ever tried having a deep and meaningful conversation with a fake person? It’s almost impossible. It’s because they have limited emotional intelligence and don’t know how they truly feel deep down—and partly because they don’t want to have their true emotions exposed, no matter how normal these might be.

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                  It’s much harder to say “I’m the best at what I do” while simultaneously sharing “average” emotions with “equal” people.

                  3. Zero Self-Reflection

                  To grow, we must accept feedback from others. We must be open to our strengths and to our weaknesses. We must accept that we all come in different shapes and can always improve.

                  Self-reflection requires us to think, forgive, admit fault, and learn from our mistakes. But to do that, we have to be able to adopt a level of genuineness and depth that fake people don’t routinely have. A fake person generally never apologizes, but when they do, it is often followed with a “but” in the next breath.

                  4. Unrealistic Perceptions

                  Fake people most often have an unrealistic perception of the world—things that they want to portray to others (pseudo achievements, materialistic gains, or a made-up sense of happiness) or simply how they genuinely regard life outside themselves.

                  A lot of fake people hide pain, shame, and other underlying reasons in their behavior. This could explain why they can’t be authentic and/or have difficulties seeing their environment for the way it objectively is (both good and bad).

                  5. Love Attention

                  As I mentioned earlier, the biggest sign that something isn’t quite right with someone’s behavior can be established by how much they love attention. Are you being interrupted every time you speak by someone who wants to make sure that the spotlight gets reverted back to them? Is the focus always on them, no matter the topic? If yes, you’re probably dealing with a fake person.

                  6. People Pleaser

                  Appreciation feels nice but having everyone like you is even better. While it is completely unrealistic for most people to please everyone all the time, fake people seem to always say yes in pursuit of constant approval.

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                  Now, this is a problem for two reasons. Firstly, these people are simply saying yes to things for their own satisfaction. Secondly, they often end up changing their minds or retracting their offer for one reason or another (“I would have loved to, but my grandmother suddenly fell ill.”), leaving you in the lurch for the 100th time this year.

                  7. Sarcasm and Cynicism

                  Behind the chronic pasted smile, fake people are well known for brewing resentment, jealousy, or anger. This is because, behind the postcard life, they are often unhappy. Sarcasm and cynicism are well known to act as a defense mechanism, sometimes even a diversion—anything so they can remain feeling on top of the world, whether it is through boosting themselves or bringing people down.

                  8. Crappy friend

                  Fake people are bad friends. They don’t listen to you, your feelings, and whatever news you might have to share. In fact, you might find yourself migrating away from them when you have exciting or bad news to share, knowing that it will always end up one way—their way. In addition, you might find that they’re not available when you truly need them or worse, cancel plans at the last minute.

                  It’s not unusual to hear that a fake person talks constantly behind people’s backs. Let’s be honest, if they do it to others, they’re doing it to you too. If your “friend” makes you feel bad constantly, trust me, they’re not achieving their purpose, and they’re simply not a good person to have around.

                  The sooner you learn to spot these fake people, the sooner you can meet meaningful individuals again.

                  How to Cope With Fake People Moving Forward?

                  It is important to remind yourself that you deserve more than what you’re getting. You are worthy, valuable, precious, and just as important as the next person.

                  There are many ways to manage fake people. Here are some tips on how to deal with them.

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                  1. Boundaries

                  Keep your boundaries very clear. As explained in the book Unlock Your Resilience, boundaries are what keep you sane when the world tries to suffocate you. When fake people become emotional vampires, make sure to keep your distances, limit contact, and simply replace them with more valuable interactions.

                  2. Don’t Take Their Behavior Personally

                  Sadly, they most likely have behaved this way before they knew you and will continue much longer after you have moved on. It isn’t about you. It is about their inner need to meet a void that you are not responsible for. And in all honesty, unless you are a trained professional, you are unlikely to improve it anyway.

                  3. Be Upfront and Honest About How You Feel

                  If your “friend” has been hurtful or engaged in behaviors you struggle with, let them know—nicely, firmly, however you want, but let them know that they are affecting you. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, you’ll feel better and when you’re ready to move on, you’ll know you tried to reach out. Your conscience is clear.

                  4. Ask for Advice

                  If you’re unsure about what you’re seeing or feeling, ask for advice. Perhaps a relative, a good friend, or a colleague might have some input as to whether you are overreacting or seeing some genuine concerns.

                  Now, don’t confuse asking for advice with gossiping behind the fake person’s back because, in the end, you don’t want to stoop down to their level. However, a little reminder as to how to stay on your own wellness track can never hurt.

                  5. Dig Deeper

                  Now, this one, I offer with caution. If you are emotionally strong, up to it, guaranteed you won’t get sucked into it, and have the skills to manage, perhaps you could dig into the reasons a fake person is acting the way they do.

                  Have they suffered recent trauma? Have they been rejected all their lives? Is their self-esteem so low that they must resort to making themselves feel good in any way they can? Sometimes, having an understanding of a person’s behavior can help in processing it.

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                  6. Practice Self-Care!

                  Clearly, putting some distance between the fake person and yourself is probably the way to go. However, sometimes, it takes time to get there. In the meantime, make sure to practice self-care, be gentle with yourself, and compensate with lots of positives!

                  Self-care can be as simple as taking a hot shower after talking to them or declining an invitation when you’re not feeling up to the challenge.

                  Spotting fake people isn’t too hard. They generally glow with wanna-be vibes. However, most often, there are reasons as to why they are like this. Calling their behavior might be the first step. Providing them with support might be the second. But if these don’t work, it’s time to stay away and surround yourself with the positivity that you deserve.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Remember that life is a rollercoaster. It has good moments, tough moments, and moments you wouldn’t change for the world. So, look around and make sure that you take the time to choose the right people to share it all with.

                  We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with, so take a good look around and choose wisely!

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