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10 Must-Watch Inspirational YouTube Videos

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10 Must-Watch Inspirational YouTube Videos

We cover a lot of inspirational quotes here at Lifehack. By reading 1-2 lines, you can easily get inspired to take action. However, sometimes the power of video can convey a much more powerful message than a sentence can ever make. The following list contains 10 Must-Watch inspirational YouTube Videos. You may have watched some of them before but they are worth watching again. Enjoy!

#1 Get Back Up, Nick Vujicic

Nick is by far the most motivational and inspirational person. Nick, born with no limbs, shows us how to find something few people ever find in their entire life.

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#2 Failure is not falling down, but failing to get up after falling

Falling doesn’t mean failure. When you don’t give up, you can never fail! Derek Redmond shows what going through the pain barrier to complete an Olympic race is really like.

#3 Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

An Inspirational YouTube Videos List cannot be completed without the last lecture videos. Randy Pausch talks about his life lessons and gives advice to students on how to achieve their goals and dreams.

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#4 Free Hugs Campaign

In the age of social networking, most people in world lack basic human touch with others. Sometimes, the world is so simple that a hug is all that we need. Juan Mann in this video conducts the Free Hugs Campaign and uses his bare hands to make a difference.

#5 A Father’s amazing love

This video is about a father and son who went on to complete the Ironman marathon together despite the fact that Rick, the son, has never been able to walk nor talk in all his life and his father, Dick, had a heart condition.

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#6 Christian the Lion

This is a video about the reunion of Christian the Lion and his former owners. This is one of the success stories of putting a wild animal back where it belongs.

#7 Neil Gaiman – Inspirational Commencement Speech

One of the best commencement speeches given by Neil Gaiman shows you how to be creative and successful as an artist.

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#8 Confidence help you to achieve the next level in life

Paul Potts, is a phone sales guy, and in this video he doesn’t look like a singer but he believed in himself when others didn’t. This video truly shows that it’s “what’s on the inside matters most”.

#9 Never Give Up

Fight for yourself using all the energy and every drop of blood in your body. You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.

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#10 Protect your Dreams

You want something. Go get it. Period.

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Last Updated on January 27, 2022

5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

Food is a universal necessity.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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