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Poor Man Cries Heartbreakingly On A Cold Night, Young Woman Helps Him With A Great Idea

Poor Man Cries Heartbreakingly On A Cold Night, Young Woman Helps Him With A Great Idea

What would you do if you witnessed suffering first-hand? Would you be able to come up with the right words, the right actions, and the right response to make a difference? Most importantly, would you be brave enough to interfere?

 A Night Of Suffering

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    via Nicole Heintz (Facebook)

    Nicole Heintz was just an average young woman on her way to work on a freezing Minnesota day. She stopped at a gas station — both to refill her tank and get some quiet time before she started a rushed shift — and found a scene she hadn’t expected.

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    A man, sobbing heartbreakingly and downtrodden, huddled near a gas pump. He wore flip-flops and tattered stockings. Nicole got out of her car and peeked into the vehicle he stood by. Inside, a woman in the front seat sat with her hands over her face in shame while her two daughters cuddled together beneath a blanket in the backseat, trying to stay warm.

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      An Act Of Human Compassion

      His desolate confession, “I can’t even provide for my family”, moved her to action. Nicole reacted out of compassionate instinct: she swiped her card at the pump the man stood near and told him to fill up his car.

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      “In that same moment his wife got out of her car, she asked her husband what was going on and he told her I just paid for their gas. Her pants were dirty and torn. I asked her to come to my car”, she recalled.

      Fortunately for Nicole, a disaster in her trip from California to Minnesota — lost luggage and an impromptu shopping trip to replace her clothing and donate older pieces — turned out to be a blessing in disguise. She told the lady to take whatever she wanted. The woman ran back to get her two daughters, who were also dressed in torn clothing that couldn’t keep them warm. They dug through the bags and layered pieces over their old clothes.

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        via Nicole Heintz (Facebook)

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          Passing It On

          Nicole’s good deed didn’t end there. Her actions brought a crowd of spectators. An older man gave the father his jacket and another gave them a gift card.

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            via Keith Meyers (NY Times)

            Helping others has a domino effect: one good action often compels others who see it to stand up in other situations. The world will not change unless we demand it. We need to take action to make changes. Not because it is newsworthy, but because it is right.

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              Last Updated on September 28, 2020

              How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

              How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

              The brain is a tangled web of information. We don’t remember single facts, but instead we interlink everything by association. Anytime we experience a new event, our brains tie the sights, smells, sounds and our own impressions together into a new relationship.

              Our brain remembers things by repetition, association, visual imagery, and all five senses. By knowing a bit about how the brain works, we can become better learners, absorbing new information faster than ever.

              Here are some study tips to help get you started:

              1. Use Flashcards

              Our brains create engrained memories through repetition. The more times we hear, see, or repeat something to ourselves, the more likely we are to remember it.

              Flashcards can help you learn new subjects quickly and efficiently. Flashcards allow you to study anywhere at any time. Their portable nature lends them to quick study sessions on the bus, in traffic, at lunch, or in the doctor’s office. You can always whip out your flashcards for a quick 2 to 3 minute study session.

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              To create effective flashcards, you need to put one point on each flashcard. Don’t load up the entire card with information. That’s just overload. Instead, you should dedicate one concept to each card.

              One of the best ways to make flashcards is to put 1 question on the front and one answer on the back. This way, you can repeatedly quiz yourself into you have mastered any topic of your choice.

              Commit to reading through your flash cards at least 3 times a day and you will be amazed at how quickly you pick up new information.

              As Tony Robbins says,

              “Repetition is the mother of skill”.

              2. Create the Right Environment

              Often times, where you study can be just as important as how you study. For an optimum learning environment, you’ll want to find a nice spot that is fairly peaceful. Some people can’t stand a deafening silence, but you certainly don’t want to study near constant distractions.

              Find a spot that you can call your own, with plenty of room to spread out your stuff. Go there each time you study and you will find yourself adapting to a productive study schedule. When you study in the same place each time, you become more productive in that spot because you associate it with studying.

              3. Use Acronyms to Remember Information

              In your quest for knowledge, you may have once heard of an odd term called “mnemonics”. However, even if you haven’t heard of this word, you have certainly heard of its many applications. One of the most popular mnemonic examples is “Every Good Boy Does Fine”. This is an acronym used to help musicians and students to remember the notes on a treble clef stave.

              An acronym is simply an abbreviation formed using the intial letters of a word. These types of memory aids can help you to learn large quantities of information in a short period of time.

              4. Listen to Music

              Research has long shown that certain types of music help you to recall information. Information learned while listening to a particular song can often be remembered simply by “playing” the songs mentally in your head.

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              5. Rewrite Your Notes

              This can be done by hand or on the computer. However, you should keep in mind that writing by hand can often stimulate more neural activity than when writing on the computer.

              Everyone should study their notes at home but often times, simply re-reading them is too passive. Re-reading your notes can cause you to become disengaged and distracted.

              To get the most out of your study time, make sure that it is active. Rewriting your notes turns a passive study time into an active and engaging learning tool. You can begin using this technique by buying two notebooks for each of your classes. Dedicate one of the notebooks for making notes during each class. Dedicate the other notebook to rewriting your notes outside of class.

              6. Engage Your Emotions

              Emotions play a very important part in your memory. Think about it. The last time you went to a party, which people did you remember? The lady who made you laugh, the man who hurt your feelings, and the kid who went screaming through the halls are the ones you will remember. They are the ones who had an emotional impact.

              Fortunately, you can use the power of emotion in your own study sessions. Enhance your memory by using your five senses. Don’t just memorize facts. Don’t just see and hear the words in your mind. Create a vivid visual picture of what you are trying to learn.

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              For example, if you are trying to learn the many parts of a human cell, begin physically rotating the cell in your minds eye. Imagine what each part might feel like. Begin to take the cell apart piece by piece and then reconstruct it. Paint the human cell with vivid colors. Enlarge the cell in your mind’s eye so that it is now six feet tall and putting on your own personal comedy show. This visual and emotional mind play will help deeply encode information into your memory.

              7. Make Associations

              One of the best ways to learn new things is to relate what you want to learn with something you already know. This is known as association, and it is the mental glue that drives your brain.

              Have you ever listened to a song and been flooded by memories that were connected to it? Have you ever seen an old friend that triggered memories from childhood? This is the power of association.

              To maximize our mental powers, we must constantly be looking for ways to relate new information with old ideas and concepts that we are already familiar with.

              You can do this with the use of mindmapping. A mind map is used to diagram words, pictures, thoughts, and ideas into a an interconnected web of information. This simple practice will help you to connect everything you learn into a global network of knowledge that can be pulled from at any moment.

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              Learn more about mindmapping here: How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

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