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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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                      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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