The template of the meme consists of two WikiHow stock images: one with someone looking at a bottle of pills with a label that says "Hard to Swallow Pills" and another with the pills already in the person's hand, ready to be ingested.

People download it, slap a text of what they think is a universal truth on the second picture, and upload it back on the Internet, waiting for upvotes. And we often have to give it to them. Quite a few of these memes capture some universal law, most of which we know but don't want to accept. Like, "some of your problems are your own fault, and won't get better until you actively do something about it" or "you can't make someone love you."

Bored Panda has compiled some of the most popular Hard to Swallow Pills, so continue scrolling, check out the memes, and upvote your favorites.

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Jo Cooper
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1 month ago

One of my favourite quotes; going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.

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Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Mary Lamia, Ph.D., thinks that the notion that one is “in denial” seems to have taken on a life of its own as an agent of many ills and as a catchphrase for people who dismiss the implications of their behavior.

"Although denial is considered to be a defense often used by people with addictive tendencies, its attributions reach beyond those struggling with substances," Lamia pointed out. "Denial is also attributed to people who do not want to acknowledge that bad stuff is occurring in their lives, such as those who are attempting to cope with a tumultuous relationship, a life-threatening illness, obesity, a loss, or anything else that one may attempt to disavow."

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

I definitely agree with this. Come on all the downvotes.

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Sure, we can deny a fact, deny responsibility, deny the impact of our actions, or even deny what is really going on by hiding from our feelings. But according to Lamia, when we use denial to defend ourselves or cope with what we feel, we contradict the reality of a situation or attempt to adjust to a circumstance by neglecting its impact. However, the extent of someone’s denial may not really be the issue at hand.

"What’s important is not that people recognize their denial, but that they are able to accept what they are feeling that leads to the denial in the first place," Lamia explained. "If someone excessively and habitually uses alcohol to medicate their anxiety, for example, we might emphasize their attempts to dismiss the harm that their use of alcohol will cause, rather than focus on the emotions they feel that motivate their denial. If that person stops drinking, one would hope the emotions that were formerly hidden by denial, which often have to do with shame, would be exposed and accepted by the individual."

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postboredom
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1 month ago

Poor people have to work even harder than others, just to get a daily meal and shelter

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We not only use denial to hide from any negative emotion, including shame, fear, guilt, or distress but to mute positive emotions as well. "Sometimes feeling positively may be just as threatening as negative feelings. We may want to deny the reality of our emotions, because accepting a reality that is uncomfortable, painful, or incongruous to what we expect means we must also alter our perception of ourselves. Thus, if you are in denial, perhaps you are simply trying to ignore the truth about what you actually feel, rather than about what you are doing or thinking."

But if you want to move forward, you have to swallow the truth.

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Fernleaf6505
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1 month ago

YES IT IS

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postboredom
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1 month ago

This applies to both guys and gals. Nobody is as kind as they think themselves are.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Wish my Mother in law understood this.

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

It's even harder to swallow the problems that are NOT your own fault, but it's UP TO YOU to clean someone else's poop to save your ass.

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ChimeraBubbles
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1 month ago

I like this one. Re-evaluate your worldview every so often, visit other places, talk to people from other communities, read books, and so on. It's character building too.

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H Edwards
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1 month ago

This year has illustrated that quite clearly

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Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm all for praying for those in need if that's what you believe in, but send a donation with that prayer.

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 month ago

Here's a fact for you. Praying won't do a thing. It won't bring back murdered people for the families, it won't cure cancer.

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
1 month ago

And some pills. For the love of God, however hard or easy to swallow, send some medicines and shots to Africa so children don't die from friggin' pneumonia or malaria.

NMN
Community Member
1 month ago

Michael, not every country in need is in a civil war. And even those that are, usually meds are donated via organizations where it goes straight to use, not to warehouses to be sold

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aw man i'm all outta cash
Community Member
1 month ago

Praying is fine. It's meditative and it might go along with your beliefs. But JUST praying is NOT fine. You need to be active about helping.

Laura Maeflower
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah really! I don't like that it dismisses prayer like that. The people who actually pray obviously think it helps in some way, otherwise they won't even do it. It's replacing a good deed with only prayer that is the fault. Also, if you believe in God then hey, doing a good deed can be the answer to someone else's prayers. Jesus prayed, but He also fed the poor and healed the sick. So if you believe in prayer, be like Jesus, and also give a helping hand.

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Flopsy
Community Member
1 month ago

Also, finishing all the food on your plate doesn't benefit them (not saying we should be wasting food)

slackjack
Community Member
1 month ago

"Faith without works is dead."

Colin L
Community Member
1 month ago

Not all doctrines believe that.

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Daniel R.
Community Member
1 month ago

Like Ricky Gervais said, "I feel like an idiot now," after celebrities tweeted their thoughts and prayers to the tragedy in Oklahoma. "I only sent money."

Just saying
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

The Bible agrees: James 2:16 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

The same goes for applauding healthcare workers risking their lives during the pandemic, many of them on low wages. The importance of the work they are doing should be acknowledged and their paychecks should be made better.

Matthew Daniel
Community Member
1 month ago

I refused to clap for carers. And my doctor and nurse neighbours agreed. I said to my other neighbours that if you have time to clap every week then you have time to vote for a party that won't rob our health system and refuse fair pay for care workers. You can't spend claps in the supermarket.

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MantisKeeper
Community Member
1 month ago

Praying is not good wishes. It is asking God to help them in their need, both spiritual and physical.

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 month ago

"Faith without works is dead" James 2:17. Right there in the Bible, for all your 'Christian-types'. If you do not act, your prayers are useless.

Eagle Girl
Community Member
1 month ago

Some times prayer is all people can afford. Their prayers are their belief God will work thru others to make it better.

Terd Fergison
Community Member
1 month ago

Belief without evidence is called faith and that is harmful. Belief in something where evidence shows you it doesn't work is delusion. Scientific studies show that petitionary prayer has the same outcome as random chance. Prayer does nothing in this real world. What about a christian child born in Africa born into poverty and born with aids. Some of these children are born and they pray, and pray and pray to your god, but your god does nothing and they die an agonizing death of starvation and or disease. This currently happens. If your god was real, I would tell him, "f**k you" right to his face. What do you have to say about this, Eager Girl?

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 month ago

a prayer never paid my bills, put food on my table, or stopped the abuse I grew up with. Ironically, it was often those "praying" who would passively stand by and do NOTHING while knowing that there was abuse / no food / no money..... As they say ACTIONS speak louder than words.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Three types of people, those who pray and do nothing, those who pray and provide for the needs of others, those who don't do either one.

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Stille20
Community Member
1 month ago

Praying is a form of mediation. Just praying in itself is not going to fix the issue, but often praying means taking time out of the day, away from screens to evaluate what's important.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

Then better call it meditation. It benefits the person who is meditating but does not include delusionally believing that meditating will benefit anyone else.

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Glenn Taylor
Community Member
1 month ago

He should talk to the 100s of thousands of Christians working overseas and/or sending their hard earned dollars to help those in need before dispensing typical ideological and uninformed messages like this. Prayer is offered on top of everything they contribute.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

YES, Christians do so much more than people know about because we also believe you aren't supposed to show & tell. Do good and keep it to yourself.

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Lousha
Community Member
1 month ago

There was a post not long ago about the US fires, and someone saying how worried they are that the flames are now very uncomfortably close to their home, finishing the post with "please send prayers!". As terrible the situation was/is I couldn't help laughing out loud. I mean, I was thinking of sending you a few fire trucks but ok, you prefer prayers, ok then!

Mari
Community Member
1 month ago

prayer is powerful

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Fred Burrows
Community Member
1 month ago

Be the answer to the prayer request maybe.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
1 month ago

Good intentions are nice, but you know what is said about good intentions. Good actions are better.

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
1 month ago

Spirit has power and you must pray carefully or don't pray at all. Scary, but true.

Terd Fergison
Community Member
1 month ago

Bullshit. The holy poof has no power. Not true at all. If you can prove prayer works, go prove it in a scientific setting with controlled experiments and go win a Nobel Prize.

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Chiderah Abani
Community Member
1 month ago

"faith without works is..."

NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

Praying doesn't put food on the table or get you a job, action does, focus your prayer on actions instead!

Mari
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

prayer got me a job. and it got me an amazing relationship with the God of Heaven and Earth

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Z Alexi
Community Member
1 month ago

Prayers don't work. Visit a terminal cancer ward. As often as dice, less than 50% of time, Google studies on praying. Some complain their prayers aren't answered...the answer is obviously NO! Wishing for results to drop outta the sky is for dopes...go out, produce & make things happen. YOU!

Marty Sunderland
Community Member
1 month ago

One doesn't preclude the other.

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 month ago

Also, I doubt that any Gods need any number of people telling them their business.

Mshauri Mazuri
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

or facebook likes.

Linda Robinett
Community Member
1 month ago

I like the old saying "Let your prayers have feet"

Gregg Bender
Community Member
1 month ago

YES! Prayer without action is mental masturbation.

Marcia Cash
Community Member
1 month ago

"prayer without action is just wishful thinking."

Zophra
Community Member
1 month ago

AMEN.

kjorn
Community Member
1 month ago

ah yeah… the "Send positives vibes" doesn't work

Isle_of_stressed_pilots
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I do not agree with this at all. I am an atheist but when someone says that they are praying for you, the point isn't that they are PRAYING. The point is that they see you are struggling and can't do anything about it, so they are wishing you the best. I don't believe in any higher powers but I'm damn grateful when someone says they are praying for me because its better than nothing.

Viv Hart
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Sometimes they're in need through their own doing.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

What if I told you both actually work? Want some water with that hard pill?

John-Paul Bitler
Community Member
1 month ago

This is so sacreligious. I mean, works are more important, but the only reason I made it through my hallucinations was because 737 people plus 2 churches were praying for me.

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 month ago

Agreed.

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
Community Member
1 month ago

i need to upvote this one like a million times!!

Lloyd Vandever
Community Member
1 month ago

I completely disagree with this one. If prayer was the first thing we did before needing help, we likely would not need any help. I hear people say, "All I can do is pray for you." A prayer based on little or no faith as this, is pointless.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Ask the Lord to bless the person you help then actually help them.

Leisa K
Community Member
1 month ago

For all you *ahem* Christians, it says right in the Bible, "Faith without works is dead." James 2:14-26

Sue Clifford
Community Member
1 month ago

So is James.

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Andy Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

OFTEN PEOPLE PRAY BEFORE A MEAL.. SOME REFER TO IT AS SAYING GRACE.

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
1 month ago

I disagree with the statement that ' "Praying" for those in need is useless' That is a sacrilegious statement. Sometimes the only thing a person has to offer another in need is a prayer.

Terd Fergison
Community Member
1 month ago

No. It depends on if prayer actually works to help the people. Scientific studies show that petitionary prayer has the same outcome as random chance. Prayer does nothing in this real world. What about a christian child born in Africa born into poverty and born with aids. Some of these children are born and they pray, and pray and pray to your god, but your god does nothing and they die an agonizing death of starvation and or disease. This currently happens. If your god was real, I would tell him, "f**k you" right to his face. What do you have to say about this, Brandi VanSteenwick?

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John Louis
Community Member
1 month ago

I suppose that depends on if you are a person of faith.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

https://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/longawaited-medical-study-questions-the-power-of-prayer.html

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Terd Fergison
Community Member
1 month ago

Many scientific studies have shown that petitionary prayer has the same outcome as random chance. Prayer is less than useless, it is detrimental.

Carolina Fernández González
Community Member
1 month ago

"Thoughts and prayers"

Romenriel
Community Member
1 month ago

On the other hand, most of the time the problem doesn't disappear regardless of what you are doing. Sometimes there isn't anything you can do. Then prayer is useful.

Jay Loren
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1 month ago

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Give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime. Handouts do nothing to help those in need.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

This is true when you talk about long term management or institutionalization. However, when a catastrophic event occurs, immediate help, what you so derisorily refers to as "handouts" is of immediate need and there is nothing else that can replace it. I hope that you will never live to realize through your own experience how true this is.

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Fish Boden
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1 month ago

Sunken cost fallacy. It can be so hard to let some things go...

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

True. And the nearer the end, the more I think of it. Viruses don't plan according to human made calendars. This could go on and on. And even after it's gone, the damage repair will still take a while.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

This one should not even have to be a thing, but sadly it is.

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ChimeraBubbles
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1 month ago

I felt this one.

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is the one thing every teenager (including me) has to understand. Not everyone has to like you, nor do they have to hate you. We just gotta let it be.

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is true, no matter how "woke" people say they are

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H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

Smoking is a good example. Children of smokers are much more likely to take it up themselves.

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postboredom
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1 month ago

This is the hardest pill to swallow

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Ray Martin
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1 month ago

Possibly so, but believing that the Earth is flat, or that vaccinations don't work does make you stupid and deserving of ridicule.

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postboredom
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1 month ago

Everyone in BP should see this

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#21

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

The three big things needed in a relationship are trust, compromise and respect. Of course there are more like having each others back, liking the other person etc. Relationships are hard work, you need to make the effort to help it grow.

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Woets
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1 month ago

It is the first step though

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

That pill was pretty easy to swallow, I barely felt it.

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 month ago

A lesson many will never learn...

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#25

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is not hard to swallow. It's a relief instead.

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Josh Tall
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1 month ago

Social Media FTW!

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Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

It's also really hard to get rid of the mange, once you have it.

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noobmaster68
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1 month ago

I get this

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IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
1 month ago

Tell me about it. I still feel the pain 6 years on.

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Daria Z
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1 month ago

A hospital in my city has recently received a complaint from the family of a man saved from covid complications. Apparently, they didn't like that the doctor who saved him had tattoos and a nose ring. Isn't it bizarre?

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