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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 Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                      Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                      I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                      You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                      Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                      When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                      I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                      Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                      Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                      Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                      1. The Inner Critic

                      This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                      • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                      • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                      • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                      • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                      The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                      Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                      2. The Worrier

                      This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                      The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                      3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                      This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                      This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                      The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                      4. The Sleep Depriver

                      This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                      The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                      • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                      • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                      • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                      • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                      How can you control these squatters?

                      How to Master Your Mind

                      You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                      Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                      There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                      • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                      • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                      This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                      The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                      Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                      For the Inner Critic

                      When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                      You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                      For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                      You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                      “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                      If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                      • They rile up the Worrier.
                      • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                      • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                      • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                      • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                      Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                      Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                      For the Worrier

                      Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                      Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                      You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tense

                      Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                      If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                      Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                      “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                      Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                      If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                      Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                      Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                      For example:

                      If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                      “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                      Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                      “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                      Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                      For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                      Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                      The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                      • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tension

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                      Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                      Breathe in through your nose:

                      • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                      • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                      • Focus on your belly rising.

                      Breathe out through your nose:

                      • Feel your lungs emptying.
                      • Focus on your belly falling.
                      • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                      Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                      Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                      One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                      Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                      For the Sleep Depriver

                      (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                      I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                      Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                      1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                      2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                      When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                      From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                      For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                      If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                      You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                      • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                      • Shut down your thinking.
                      • Calm your feelings.
                      • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                      The Bottom Line

                      Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                      You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                      Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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