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10 Deeply Moving Life Stories Remind You The Loveliness Of The World

10 Deeply Moving Life Stories Remind You The Loveliness Of The World

With all political changes, wars, and oppression that are going on in the world today, we can easily fall under the influence of negative messages seen every day, and truly think that this is the end of the world. Yet, it all comes down to perspective. Yes, there are terrible things happening to good people, and so much injustice, but what we focus on is ultimately our own choice. If we decide to look at the positive, we would soon witness to so much more love, compassion, help and generosity, since there is so much more of it in this beautiful world we are living in.

Storytelling has always been one of the most effective ways to inspire, soothe, and keep us alive. Sometimes we don’t even need magic stories and fairytales, as real life tells the most beautiful stories that inspire and make us believe in the good in people.

Here, at Lifehack, we decided to celebrate positive examples, kindhearted people, and ideas that bring us together, rather than apart. It is our belief that we all benefit from sharing inspiring stories of great acts of kindness and loveliness that our world is abundant with. Here is a list of 10 real-life deeply moving stories to remind us of the loveliness of the world.

How About A House Of Hope When The World Seems Dark And Cold?

    We all deserve to be happy, don’t we?

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    Cori Salchert and her family run a ‘house of hope’, as they named it, where they nurture and provide care for babies that have been diagnosed with terminal diseases, when their parents can’t take care of them or cannot stand the pain of watching them suffer and pass away. Corey has found her purpose in making the lives of the babies a little bit easier, and making sure they spend each day surrounded by love and care. This heart-warming story has left many of us speechless in the presence of such love, blessing us with hope in humankind at the same time.

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    Never underestimate your kindness, simple things you do can make someone’s day. 

      A signed T-shirt means a lot to this little boy

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      Who can forget the photo of Murtaza Ahmadi, a 5-year-old Afghan boy, who enjoys his favorite game of football wearing a shirt made from a plastic bag with hand written name of his favorite player Lionel Messi on the back? The image of the “saddest football shirt in the world” reached Messi himself, who then arranged to have his two teams’ shirts – Argentina and Barcelona – to be signed and sent to the boy along with a new football. Murtaza wore the shirt with the greatest smile on his face as he was showing his best football moves. This heartwarming story doesn’t end there, as the little boy got to meet his idol at a football game in Qatar, where he showed his love and appreciation for the player by refusing to leave the pitch as the game was about to start.

      They Are Not Just Pets, they are our friends. 

        Animals are out friends too!

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        Another touching story of human loveliness comes from Fresno, CA, where Lynea Lattanzio found the most beautiful purpose for her 6-acre plot of land – to transform it into a 12-acre cat sanctuary and rescue facility. Now a non-profit organization, it has made sure that no cat is left homeless or loveless.

        This receipt will show you the power of kind words.

          Simple but powerful.

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          Leaving a witty and powerful message on a receipt she covered for the table of homophobic people next to her, Natalie Woods showed that there is another way to fight against prejudice and hostility. After hearing the family sitting near her in a restaurant being “disgusted” about their “liberal, gay” nephew, she decided to act in a rather unexpected way. Instead of accumulating or expressing anger, she sent a powerful message that, unlike any fight, can actually make people question their beliefs. Natalie paid for their meal, and left a note on the receipt saying: “Happy Holidays, from the very gay, very liberal table sitting next to you. Jesus made me this way. … P.S. be accepting of your family.”

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          Meet The Real-Life Harry Potter, She is A Girl Too! 

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            This story about a little girl, Juniper, is real-life proof of the power to bring hope even in the most difficult of times. Born 16 weeks early, the doctors and her family have struggled to keep her alive. The change happened as her father decided to start reading to her about “the boy who lived” – Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling’s magical story brought hope for Juniper’s family, as the girl started getting better and stronger page by page. Juniper is now a healthy and strong 5-year-old who has a special set of Harry Potter books sent directly from her favorite author along with the note: “To Juniper, The girl who lived! With lots of love, J.K. Rowling.”

            They are not biologically related, but they are one loving family.

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              Ann Lapin, with the help of her family, has been “interim parent” to more than 22 babies so far. Being a volunteer in a rare care program has enabled her to take full care of newborns whose parents are making important parenting decisions. Whether they are questioning adoption, looking for financial assistance, or they are making other important decisions, they can be assured that their babies are getting all the love and care they need, with all legal rights still granted to them.

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              Diversity is the most beautiful thing in the world. 

                Embrace and appreciate the uniqueness of each human kind.

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                After coming out to her family as transgender, Zoe had to take up another challenge – coming out at work. The reaction she got from her work colleagues is a beautiful example of genuine acceptance and understanding for another human being. She had a party thrown in her honor and received many beautiful gifts, acknowledgements and words of encouragement. Something that should be a lesson to all of us on how to celebrate diversity, instead of condemning it.

                Love is pure, love is clean

                  Happy ladies are the prettiest things in the world!

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                  Another inspiring real life story reminds us of ultimate human act of helping those in need. A cleaning company that has completed free cleaning services for more than 19,500 women undergoing cancer treatment so far shows how we can all help with what we’ve got.

                  A Blessing in disguise

                    If we have love, We can make friends anywhere and with anyone.

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                    Brandon Turnbow has met his friend, and co-pilot, whom he named Mr. Davidson, on a road where the poor dog was beaten and abandoned. Turnbow’s kind heart has helped him make a loving friend for life.

                    Having the ability to save lives is a blessing.

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                      Another heartwarming story featuring a dog tells of the dramatic but successful rescue of Sylvie, a 13-year-old husky, who fell through the ice at Boston Harbor near Castle Island. With the help of a brave and skilled Boston firefighter Sean Coyle, Sylvie was brought to safety.

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                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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