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Hundreds Of Strangers Help A Grieving Father After His Baby Daughter Passed Away

Hundreds Of Strangers Help A Grieving Father After His Baby Daughter Passed Away

When Nathan Steffel’s beautiful daughter Sophia passed away at six-weeks-old due to medical complications, no one could have predicted how hundreds of people from around the world would have eased his and his wife’s grieving.

As baby Sophia had spent the entirety of her short life in hospital before succumbing to hepatic hemangioma in her liver before a transplant could occur, her parents had no photos of her without medical tubes. So Nathan decided to ask for help on Reddit. He requested that somebody, just one person, photoshop the medical equipment out of this photo of his daughter:

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      The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of people responded with different styles of photographs, sketches, and paintings of Sophia:

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            Steffel told Buzzfeed, “I just wanted to reach out to get at least one quality picture. I was amazed how many people responded. We have so many nice pictures now. We are going to hang up a few of our favourite photos and drawings. Also some of the artists were nice enough to mail us the pictures they made.

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            “At first there was so many responses I couldn’t even keep up reading them. I stayed up until 3am that night trying to respond to everyone who had seemed to have a similar experience. It helped knowing that others cared enough to stop whatever they were doing in their own lives to either send me a picture or just their condolences.

            “It’s just awesome that this story and her pictures have touched so many people.”

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                Images via Reddit 

                Featured photo credit: Sophia via reddit.com

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                How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

                “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

                When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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                Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

                We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

                But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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                So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

                It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

                1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

                Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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                2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

                This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

                You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

                3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

                This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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                4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

                How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

                So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

                If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

                And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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