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This Kid With Progeria Has a Philosophy For a Happy Life That Will Absolutely Surprise, Astound, Inspire, and Make You Cry!

This Kid With Progeria Has a Philosophy For a Happy Life That Will Absolutely Surprise, Astound, Inspire, and Make You Cry!

This video whacked me in the face so hard, I ended up doing more whackings to myself just so I can remind myself: I’m great just the way I am; I’m so blessed with tons of beautiful things going on for me in my life.

I have a wonderful family, a loving wife, a flourishing career as a freelance writer, and a ministry that is blessing me so much and more. So much more. Then what more can I ask for?

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That’s what I was reminded of when I stopped everything to watch this short video. A video that has tremendous power about a brave young boy who is very sick but who whouldn’t give up to have a happy life. He genuinely believes he can change the world!

Ok… enough jumping and praising like a crazy fan now. One of the best things I have learned from this boy is perseverance. The kind that comes from deep within; powerful, pure, unadulterated perseverance. Something that emanates down in the deepest recesses of our souls. A soul that has been breathed to life by a wonderful Creator who has gifted us with all the things we ever wanted and needed, and so much more.

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It’s just that… we tend to forget a simple truth: we are strong and spectacular. If we just keep on reminding ourselves about this, we can all live a fabulous life. The kind we all dream to live.

See Sam Berns’ philosophy for a happy life below:

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    Sources: YouTube, TEDx MidAtlantic, BlueSky Media, Life according to Sam, Documentary

    Featured photo credit: My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic/TEDx via YouTube

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    Why Helping Others Actually Helps Yourself

    Why Helping Others Actually Helps Yourself

    Helping others: it’s a fundamental part of humanity, bonding together and helping a fellow man or woman. In times of tragedy, the stories of those who help others are inspiring, such as helping the nation recover from national disasters and terrorist attacks. Some men and women even devote their lives to helping others, from the police force that protects our cities, to the fire departments who run into burning buildings, to the service men and women who risk their lives for the common good.

    “No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank

    But helping others isn’t limited to these grand gestures or times of tribulation. Helping others can be done each and every day. And contrary to what you may have heard, helping others doesn’t always have to be a selfless act. It’s important to understand that helping others can actually help yourself. No matter what the motivation, getting out and helping others is the key. So in that spirit of motivation, here are 5 reasons why helping others actually helps yourself.

    1. Quid Pro Quo

    When you help someone, they will be more likely to help you. This is the basic, unspoken agreement that fuels nearly every move. I’ll spend my entire day lugging boxes, but you owe me. It’s much easier to find help when someone knows you’d do the same for them. They may not always live up to their end of the bargin, and you may not either. But if you help enough people and do many good deeds, it will be given back when needed.

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    2. Karma goes both ways.

    All too often, the idea of Karma is described in a negative way. If you do bad, bad will come find you. But it works the other way too. When you are a good person and help people, good things seem to happen. And while you may not believe in an inter-connected universe that rewards good deeds, there is something to be said about how helping others changes your perspective. When you’re helping others, you will often feel better about yourself, increasing the likelihood that your next experience will be a positive one, rather than a negative one.

    3. Doing good feels good.

    It’s maybe the most cited benefit of doing good: you’ll feel great. Helping others is a great way to feel better about yourself. Seeing a smile or even tears of joy makes it all worth it. It’s as simple as that.

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    4. Good publicity is the best publicity.

    People notice when you’re doing good. It may not be the reason you help out, but someone is always watching. Even the simplest gesture can make an awesome impression.

    When I was in college, I had a class that helped out at a school for a full day. I worked with a small group of high school students who were incredibly interested in writing, and I had a great time. I asked the teacher if I could come back on my own time and work with these students to finish this project we were working on, to which she agreed.

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    I went two more times that week, thinking nothing more about it. Fast forward a few weeks: I received a letter in the mail stating I had been chosen as a Presidential Grant Recipient for the summer and received a $2,000 stipend to work with a group of students and professors on a research project over the summer. I was floored, as I hadn’t even applied. I was nominated by that teacher who appreciated the work I did with her students. It wasn’t expected, but helping others ended up opening a door I never would have known was even available.

    5. Helping others looks good on a resume or application.

    Is your resume looking a little thin? Does your college application need a bit of pizzaz? Volunteering your time and energy to help others makes your resume and applications look as good as it makes you feel. Hiring managers look favorably on volunteer work and many acceptance committees use it to separate similar candidates. So read to some first graders, volunteer at the homeless shelter, and volunteer at your local Boys and Girl Club. Your resume will thank you.

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