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.

#1

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Jo Cooper
Community Member
9 months 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."

#2

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
9 months 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."

#3

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postboredom
Community Member
9 months 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.

#4

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Fernleaf6505
Community Member
9 months ago

YES IT IS

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#5

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postboredom
Community Member
9 months ago

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

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#6

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
9 months ago

Wish my Mother in law understood this.

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#7

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Daria B
Community Member
9 months 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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#8

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ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
9 months 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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#9

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H Edwards
Community Member
9 months ago

This year has illustrated that quite clearly

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#10

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Monday
Community Member
9 months ago

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

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#11

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Fish Boden
Community Member
9 months ago

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

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#12

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Daria B
Community Member
9 months 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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#13

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
9 months ago

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

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#14

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ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
9 months ago

I felt this one.

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#15

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postboredom
Community Member
9 months 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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#16

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postboredom
Community Member
9 months ago

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

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#17

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H Edwards
Community Member
9 months ago

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

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#18

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postboredom
Community Member
9 months ago

This is the hardest pill to swallow

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#19

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Ray Martin
Community Member
9 months 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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#20

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postboredom
Community Member
9 months ago

Everyone in BP should see this

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#21

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
9 months 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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#22

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Woets
Community Member
9 months ago

It is the first step though

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#23

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
9 months ago

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

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#24

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Dónal Ó Murchadha
Community Member
9 months ago

No but you can tie them up in your basement til stockholm syndrome kicks in.

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#25

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Daria B
Community Member
9 months ago

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

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#26

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Josh Tall
Community Member
9 months ago

Social Media FTW!

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#27

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Ray Martin
Community Member
9 months ago

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

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#28

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noobmaster68
Community Member
9 months ago

I get this

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#29

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IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
9 months ago

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

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
9 months ago

Me too, I still miss my dog Bubbles and she has been gone for over 6 years.

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Laugh or not
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh thank you, I hadn't cried today yet. (No dog, a cat, but they really don't have nine lives).

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
9 months ago

Sorry for your loss.

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Monday
Community Member
9 months ago

And it'll keep hurting for the rest of your life....but it'll still have been worth it to have them in your life for a while.

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
9 months ago

Yes! At least you know you did all you could to give them a great life. Without you they may not have had that. The pain is hard to bear but they are worth it.

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Edyta Z
Community Member
9 months ago

And now I'm crying.

Sue Clifford
Community Member
8 months ago

I started on the first one.

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Vorknkx
Community Member
9 months ago

Cat, in my case. Getting a new one helps, but she is getting pretty old now...

Colin L
Community Member
9 months ago

Grief is the price we pay for love. I feel my losses still, and I will continue to cherish the time we had until I die.

Peter Bear
Community Member
9 months ago

Everything dies, and there's no shame in mourning a loss. But far better to celebrate the joy you had.

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
9 months ago

Absolutely heartbreakingly true

Clever Dog
Community Member
9 months ago

Ill never stop loving that boy. Love is love no matter what the species.

Lilith Hollis
Community Member
9 months ago

We will all meet again on The Rainbow Bridge. )0(. I had to put out dog down two years ago as he had lymphoma and my husband and I agreed no more pets ever as it's so very sad and heartbreaking but 3 months on in strolled Patrick a grey leopard Bengal kitten my daughter thought we were to sad he stole my heart. I have never owned a cat in my life and I know the day will come and I am going to be heartbroken all over again but they are worth every second of their live.

Clove Kentwell
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

My family had to put our dog Oliver down in march, and i still expect to see him when I go downstairs in the morning. We've had him my whole life, and I really feel like I took him for granted.

Tisha Breaux
Community Member
9 months ago

Today... my dog is going to die today. He has lymphoma and my husband I and I have decided that his time has come. :(

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
9 months ago

OH, Heartbreaking. You have my deepest sympathy. Been there a few times myself and it is never, ever easy. You'll always have their love, that never leaves you.

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J.G
Community Member
9 months ago

Ohhh, I felt this. I just had to have mine put down, in July. He was 13 and a half years old and the best companion. He was so smart and sweet. I miss him, every day. Love you always, Groucho.

Marty Sunderland
Community Member
9 months ago

We've got 3 old dogs, I'm looking at that all the time.

elfin
Community Member
9 months ago

Unless you die first.

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
9 months ago

Or don't have a dog.

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Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
9 months ago

yes and if you're a smart person you know the next rescue will be amazing and thankful and you'll do it all again because you can! Every rescue is deserving of all you can give...it's NOT a replacement, it's an addition!

Sue Clifford
Community Member
8 months ago

Very well said.

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Charlotte Stewart
Community Member
9 months ago

This one is just depressing, and obvious enough to be completely unnecessary for this list.

Alonso Victoria
Community Member
9 months ago

Russian Otaku your humor is so dark that anish kapoor wanted to buy it.

Alonso Victoria
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh my dog, i was more worried about my parents, but yeah my dog!!

Michał Jastrzębski
Community Member
9 months ago

one of many reasons of why im not getting any pets right now.

Wendy Lam
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s why I have plush animals instead of a real pet

Laura Stenger
Community Member
4 months ago

Mine is kinda recent...Maine c**n kitty, 6 months

lara
Community Member
8 months ago

The greater the love, the greater the pain. You pup has to leave you, celebrate their life by saving another pup. It is a celebration of your pup's life to love again.

CincyReds
Community Member
8 months ago

I don't know if I will be able to bear this pain. I love my dog more than I like most people. He is truly my best friend. I take him everywhere I can with me, even 5 minutes up the road, just so he can enjoy the car ride and I can enjoy him.

Santino Marazzo
Community Member
8 months ago

Yes I am. Especially if you f--k with my family.

Sue Clifford
Community Member
8 months ago

I am writing through tears and agree with most but I would do it all again to have her back.

Charles Christopher
Community Member
9 months ago

This applies to cats and other pets as well.

Remi
Community Member
9 months ago

I still grieve for my childhood dog.

Andy Johnson
Community Member
9 months ago

SO WILL I AND WILL PROBABLY FORGET IT WITH THE NEXT BONE.

Fred Burrows
Community Member
9 months ago

I have one dog left of seven . Each time was just as painful . Even the one that made it to 19 years old .

Raul Acosta
Community Member
9 months ago

god damn!!! this one hurt like hell..........................damn ninja cutting onios

Tim Skeens
Community Member
9 months ago

Or cat

Steve Barker
Community Member
9 months ago

Awful, but true.

Kent Fishburn
Community Member
9 months ago

Thanks for that little reminder. Here's one for you...nah, I'm not that cruel and there is no need to stress you with the obvious. (teachable moment)

abby smink
Community Member
9 months ago

I'm not ready

Mark Kelly
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

there are pets other than dogs.

Sue Knerl
Community Member
9 months ago

Yep and your cats too.

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
9 months ago

I have a dog???

Magda Kočičková
Community Member
9 months ago

Dare not.

Ilona Z
Community Member
9 months ago

I can't

Just Curious
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

Um, no offense, but forget your dog... how about your mom, dad, spouse, etc, etc?

Louloubelle
Community Member
9 months ago

It's a different kind of pain. No less painful. And until you lose that most important person in your life, you'll never know the difference.

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Raven
Community Member
9 months ago

Thanks for reminding me that my dog is old

Jessica Nametz
Community Member
9 months ago

Yep, one of the hardest days of my life was when I put my 12 year old Sheprador down...

Computernaut
Community Member
9 months ago

Why do you think I don't have a dog?

Brandy Grote
Community Member
9 months ago

decades later, it still hurts.

Maria R
Community Member
9 months ago

Everyone you love will die one day.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
9 months ago

Depressing.

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Russian Otaku
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9 months ago

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That's the best time to break out the bbq

Minha Khan
Community Member
9 months ago

How are you this insensitive?

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Daria Z
Community Member
9 months 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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