Sometimes we need to brace ourselves before hopping online. Reading the news and scrolling through social media can be unexpectedly distressing experiences. You never know what tragic event has occurred since the last time you checked in with the world, but we can expect one thing: the news is usually filled with more upsetting stories than uplifting ones.

For a refreshing change of pace, many people turn to the Unexpectedly Wholesome subreddit. With a community of over 170k members, r/UnexpectedlyWholesome is a warm, safe place where users share situations they’ve experienced or seen online that end in an uplifting twist. From parents being surprisingly supportive to animals acting as adorable as ever, enjoy this list of reminders that our world still has plenty of positivity left to go around. Then if you’re in need of even more heartwarming content after finishing this piece, we’ve got you covered with another Unexpectedly Wholesome Bored Panda list right here.

#1

Hopefully This Hasn't Been Posted Yet, Its A Goldmine

Hopefully This Hasn't Been Posted Yet, Its A Goldmine

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Caro Caro
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3 months ago

Bloody onions.

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You know that saying “out of sight, out of mind”? I think that idea rings true for a lot of us. And this day in age, where we’re dealing with, or at the very least witnessing, a pandemic, war and the destruction of our planet due to climate change (that we caused!), it can be easy for uplifting stories to fade right out of sight. And it’s not our fault. When all we see in the media is upsetting reports, it's an understandable reaction to feel like nothing good ever happens anymore. But with pages like Unexpectedly Wholesome, we can bring positivity back to the front of our minds, even for just a few minutes each day.

Writer Emily Torres published a piece last year titled “Why Are We Craving ‘Wholesome’ Things In 2021?”, and she hit the nail on the head by saying, “In a year that’s left nothing but holes in our hearts, we’re all trying to find some way back to our whole selves.”

#2

Major Respect To The Manager Of The Bar

Major Respect To The Manager Of The Bar

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

This makes me feel so good. People watching out for others and bugger the consequences. My faith in humanity went up a notch or two,

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Emily went on to liken the holes in our hearts to nutrient deficiencies that we can help fix with regular supplements like “smell[ing] the clean fur of a sun-drenched puppy”. “Wholesome moments are everywhere,” Emily notes. “If only we’ll pay attention to them.” She recommends readers become more observant in their daily lives and, instead of rushing through things, stop to appreciate the little things. It’s hard to describe the feeling one gets when experiencing or witnessing a purely wholesome moment, but it’s sort of a rush of warmth that almost does give the sensation of a hole being filled.

Emily also notes that being uplifting doesn’t have to be a temporary state. “Being ‘wholesome’ is not a performance; rather, it’s a state of being that is sustainable and life-giving to us and those around us.” It’s natural to feel a longing for wholesomeness, and we owe it to ourselves, and those around us, to feed that desire and allow positivity to blossom.   

#3

Santa Comes In Many Forms

Santa Comes In Many Forms

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Respect!

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#4

Stupid Idiots And Their Cute Pets

Stupid Idiots And Their Cute Pets

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Beth S
Community Member
3 months ago

This is by far the most wholesome trap I have ever witnessed. LOL

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So how do we find positivity in our daily lives? Aside from a few minutes on the Unexpectedly Wholesome subreddit each day, a doctor might also prescribe you a healthy dose of positive-thinking content through books or podcasts. Luckily, the internet has unlimited resources to help you boost your serotonin levels. One book on this topic is The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by New York Time’s best-selling author Shawn Achor. Achor is the author of 5 successful books, but The Happiness Advantage is his most popular and is described as “the happy secret to greater success and fulfillment in work and life—a must-read for everyone trying to flourish in a world of increasing stress and negativity”.

#5

I Just Saw This On Fb I Don’t Know If It’s Been Posted Here But I Had All Sorts Of Feels!!! I Definitely Smiled Tho

I Just Saw This On Fb I Don’t Know If It’s Been Posted Here But I Had All Sorts Of Feels!!! I Definitely Smiled Tho

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Don't worry about me, it's just the old onions again.

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#6

Wholesome Arnold

Wholesome Arnold

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dieter
Community Member
3 months ago

Very good advice!

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As far as podcasts are concerned, the world is your oyster in finding positive content there as well. One popular research-based positive podcast is “The Science of Happiness”, which is hosted by award-winning psychologist Dacher Keltner. The show, which has been running since 2018, now has 115 episodes, with each one featuring tips for leading a more joyful life. Topics the show has covered include “How to Find Your Spark in Life”, “How Gratitude Renews Us”, “24 Hours of Kindness” and “Scheduling Time to Feel Awesome”. Listeners also give the podcast glowing reviews. One fan wrote, “It’s wonderful to learn about yourself through other people’s experiences. It takes the pressure off and allows the listener to be inspired without being deterred by one's own insecurities. These stories are entertaining and thought-provoking.”

#7

This Is A Real Christian

This Is A Real Christian

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Libstak
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep that there is the rarest of creatures, an actual Christian.

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#8

They Stay With Us In Unexpected Ways

They Stay With Us In Unexpected Ways

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Wilko Lunenburg
Community Member
3 months ago

Great way to remember him. Enjoy the ride.

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#9

It Warms My Heart To See People Who Are Often Stereotyped As Violent Be Caring And Companionate

It Warms My Heart To See People Who Are Often Stereotyped As Violent Be Caring And Companionate

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Swoo
Community Member
3 months ago

I learned about this very recently. I LOVE this!

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Everyone’s definition of wholesome may be slightly different: some people are thrilled by the sight of babies while others only melt when they see adorable animals. Even virtual encounters and memes can be incredibly wholesome for some people. In 2017, Time magazine published a piece titled “How the Internet Is Getting a Little Nicer, One Meme at a Time” detailing the story of how Twitter user @JonnySun gave the Sad Kermit meme, which was viral at the time, an uplifting twist by challenging his followers to turn “a virtual punch line into a symbol of hope”. Some of the captions submitted were “when you remember how much someone loves you" and “when you’re so proud of how far you have come, and excited for how far you have to go". While memes often have a more cynical twist, they can be used to promote a little positivity online as well.

#10

I Mean, We Were All Thinking The Same Thing

I Mean, We Were All Thinking The Same Thing

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

This reaction is the perfect "how to be a good example". Love it.

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#11

Football Coach Cancels Practice...

Football Coach Cancels Practice...

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dieter
Community Member
3 months ago

Ok!

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#12

Who Wouldn't Love Rodger?

Who Wouldn't Love Rodger?

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Rose@143
Community Member
3 months ago

I love how they were just like "show me the dog" like does this happen often

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One of the reasons the posts on this list are so enjoyable is because the endings are unexpected. But why do our brains always jump to the worst case scenario? Why do we start reading something and begin to brace ourselves for bad news? According to Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, our brains are actually wired to expect the worst. “When early humans were wandering the Earth, underestimating what was around the corner (or in the bushes or the forest) could be deadly,” Meg explains in a piece for Harvard Business Review. “This is why the most primitive parts of our brains take a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach to uncertainties, both big and small.”

#13

This Is The Most Wholesome Thing That Ever Wholesomed

This Is The Most Wholesome Thing That Ever Wholesomed

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dieter
Community Member
3 months ago

Awwww 😍

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#14

Suddenly, Happiness

Suddenly, Happiness

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

Upvote :)

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#15

Taking Time To Love One Another

Taking Time To Love One Another

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Sheila Stamey
Community Member
3 months ago

Good cat dad.

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Apparently jumping to the worst case scenario, or catastrophizing, is incredibly common, especially for young people. Meg explains that we’re most likely to have a mindset that assumes the worst between the ages of 18-35, because those are typically the most unsettled years of people’s lives. She goes on to note that the development of the prefrontal cortex that’s happening during our 20’s doesn’t help the situation. “That doesn’t mean young adults can’t cope. Rather, it means that now is a great time to hardwire new habits, such as slowing down and thinking things through.” 

#16

Grandmas Are The Best

Grandmas Are The Best

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Glasia van Duivels
Community Member
3 months ago

she can only see micrometer growths

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#17

Your Job Is To Help Others

Your Job Is To Help Others

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Beth S
Community Member
3 months ago

@Izzy Curer One would hope it would be made up, but with the state of the world I have my doubts. There are people that have this very mindset.

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#18

People Helping People

People Helping People

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phoebe julien
Community Member
3 months ago

aww, great job!! The world needs bosses like this.

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Meg then goes on to share tips on how we can stop catastrophizing situations and develop healthier habits. Her first tip is to “stop time traveling”. Most of our fears include future events, perhaps months or years from now. But worrying about the future is not conducive to tackling the tasks we need to complete in the present moment. Next, Meg recommends to focus on whatever it is you’re scared of. “Catastrophizing is based on fear rather than on facts,” she explains. Recognizing the actual facts of a situation often helps us realize that we have little to fear at all.

#19

We Need A Big Strong Woman To Take Care Of Us

We Need A Big Strong Woman To Take Care Of Us

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

zoe papi speaks the truth.

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#20

Postgirl Pippa

Postgirl Pippa

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kristina law
Community Member
3 months ago

Pippa is a very purty floof

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#21

F**k Cancer

F**k Cancer

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

Fu*k Cancer!

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Next, Meg recommends fearful individuals to play out their worst case scenario in their heads. Although it’s probably not the most likely outcome, imagine what would actually happen. Your life will probably still go on. After realizing the worst case, play out your best case scenario. Meg notes that the best and worst case scenarios are often “simply childlike fantasies” with reality falling “somewhere in between”. She explains that catastrophizing is a way of looking at issues as black and white, but what we need to do is see the grey. There is nuance to every situation, and it’s best to avoid fixating on the ends of the spectrum. 

#22

8 Year Old’s Rebellion

8 Year Old’s Rebellion

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LEGOPernille
Community Member
3 months ago

❤️

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#23

My Heart..

My Heart..

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Caro Caro
Community Member
3 months ago

Aw sh!t, This made me very emotional. What a lovely thing to receive .

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#24

Gaming Friends Are Real Friends

Gaming Friends Are Real Friends

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rspanther
Community Member
3 months ago

I played an online game for a long time with a young lady and her sister in Ukraine, I worry about them everyday, and hope they are doing okay.

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Lastly, Meg notes that, “The real cure for catastrophizing is confidence, and confidence comes from experience.” While it may feel like we hear bad news everywhere we go, there is plenty of news worth celebrating as well. We just need to know where to look. Our instincts are there to protect us, but what would happen if we started challenging them and viewed our lives through a more optimistic lens? What’s the worst thing that could happen? Okay, now imagine what the best outcome would be. Reality is probably somewhere in the middle...

#25

The World Needs More People Like This

The World Needs More People Like This

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ljbeanfield
Community Member
3 months ago

Aww how sweet!

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#26

Bet Its A Good One

Bet Its A Good One

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april jenkins
Community Member
3 months ago

"i tot i thaw a puddy tat.."

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#27

You Deserve The Money!

You Deserve The Money!

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Laura Mende (Human)
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

That is one illegal smol bunny... BUT IT'S SOOOOOOOO CUUUUUUUTEEEEE!!!!!!!

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After reading some of this list, I'm feeling more wholesome already. It has inspired me to bake some brownies and deliver them to my neighbors just for fun. We hope you're enjoying your daily dose of wholesome content as much as we are, and don't forget to upvote and comment on your favorite posts. Then let us know in the comments what wholesome situations you've recently found yourself in to keep the positive vibes flowing!

#28

It's The Most They Got

It's The Most They Got

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Nenes
Community Member
3 months ago

Its sooo much!! Maybe you guys don't know the worth of cows in East Africa. Let me tell you, one cow can be sold between 350k-500k. Some even go beyond that depending on the size and age. Its also a sign of friendship. When someone gives you a cow you become a brother or sister to them. Now Imagine 14 cows, that's between 7 and 4.9 million.

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#29

Til

Til

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Blurryface
Community Member
3 months ago

Anyone know which server it’s on/ how to access it? (Being serious here.) :)

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#30

Nice Job Pal

Nice Job Pal

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
3 months ago

I always think that the only people who look for the names are them or their mums.

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#31

Wholesome Grandpa

Wholesome Grandpa

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Izzy Curer
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

"I note that some are warning schools against the computer game Fortnite, saying it engenders aggression and violence. I am a 74 year old who likes to play and keep in touch with his 9 year old grandson, who lives 200 miles away. In playing the game, I've come to interact with many of his friends, who are caring and friendly towards the grandpa among them. They never leave me to die, are quick to attend to me when injured and give patient advice. Their politeness, comradship, team spirit, humour and creative thinking would astound their parents, let alone their teachers. It is a priveledge to be counted among them. Believe me, this game has nothing to do with violence and everything to do with fun."

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#32

My Heart!!

My Heart!!

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like they had some real chemistry together! (Look, someone was going to say it eventually, okay?).

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#33

How Proud This Racoon Is Of Their Art

How Proud This Racoon Is Of Their Art

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
3 months ago

That proud little face is melting my heart!

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#34

The Earth Sandwich

The Earth Sandwich

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James Tartaglione
Community Member
3 months ago

could you cut the crust off?

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#35

🥳🎉🎊

🥳🎉🎊

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Caitlyn Tan
Community Member
3 months ago

Aww...

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#36

Unorthodox Hater Strategy

Unorthodox Hater Strategy

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witchling
Community Member
3 months ago

This is freakin awesome!! I now consider it a personal challenge to do the same!!!

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#37

Halloween Potato!

Halloween Potato!

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ns
Community Member
3 months ago

Boil it. Mash it. Stick it in a stew. The opportunities are endless!

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#38

Can’t Imagine How This Happened

Can’t Imagine How This Happened

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gellert grindlewald
Community Member
3 months ago

<3

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#39

Awwwww

Awwwww

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

Grandmas always come through!

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#40

The Family That Brushes Teeth Together, Stays Together

The Family That Brushes Teeth Together, Stays Together

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gellert grindlewald
Community Member
3 months ago

<3

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#41

We Need This Right Now

We Need This Right Now

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dieter
Community Member
3 months ago

Awww ❤❤❤❤❤❤

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#42

Bill Skarsgard Scaring Hader By Naturally Making His Eyes Go Sideways

Bill Skarsgard Scaring Hader By Naturally Making His Eyes Go Sideways

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MissPrideGirl
Community Member
3 months ago

Bill had the best reaction to Bill.

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#43

This Little Girl's Rock Displayed In A Local Museum

This Little Girl's Rock Displayed In A Local Museum

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

I once dated a geologist. She graduated from the school of hard rocks.

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#44

I Felt Like This Belonged Here

I Felt Like This Belonged Here

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Lennart
Community Member
3 months ago

Srsly weed isn't ok but pot brownie flies under the radar?!?!?

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#45

So .... Perfect

So .... Perfect

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dieter
Community Member
3 months ago

Love is in the air 😜

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#46

Had Me In The First Half

Had Me In The First Half

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kristina law
Community Member
3 months ago

Just wait til he is 15 and wants to break up with you. Rookie. lol

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#47

Supporting Your Daughter No Matter What

Supporting Your Daughter No Matter What

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dieter
Community Member
3 months ago

She is a very suppotive mom!

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#48

An Emotional Rollercoaster From Start To Finish

An Emotional Rollercoaster From Start To Finish

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dieter
Community Member
3 months ago

Yay! 🙌❤❤

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#49

Sharing This Giggle I Had Today

Sharing This Giggle I Had Today

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Wilko Lunenburg
Community Member
3 months ago

A lot honey, a lot. Especially when you're an older man...

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#50

Tears Running From My Eyes

Tears Running From My Eyes

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Se Mai
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I prefer to be born only once.

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