We’re all in need of a little pick-me-up from time to time. Some of us are exhausted, demotivated, burned out, and we’re finding precious few things to be happy about (well… besides junk food…). The world’s so full of darkness after all. But life’s got plenty of wonderful things to bring us joy and make us smile, too! Sometimes, it just takes a gentle reminder. This one’s from us.

Dumbledore said that happiness can be found in the darkest of times “if one only remembers to turn on the light,” and we’re huge believers in that. So here’s us flicking on the lights for you! Our team at Bored Panda has put together this list of some of the most wholesome, heartwarming, and uplifting pictures and stories to bring that spark of happiness back into your lives, dear Readers.

As you’re scrolling down, remember to upvote the pics that made you smile the widest and be sure to share ‘em with those of your friends who you think might need a virtual hug. In the mood for some chicken soup for the soul? Check out Bored Panda’s other recent super-wholesome posts here, here, and here.

Sarah Vero from 'Action for Happiness' went into detail with Bored Panda about finding real happiness and how to move forward after the exhausting year that we've had. You'll find her insights below.

#1

I Don't Have Anyone To Celebrate With But I'm 7 Years Clean Of Heroin Today. Yey Me

I Don't Have Anyone To Celebrate With But I'm 7 Years Clean Of Heroin Today. Yey Me

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The Cute Cat
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2 months ago

Yeeeeeeyy

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#2

A Single Gay Man Is Only Allowed To Adopt A Child With Disability, So He Adopts A Girl With A Down Syndrome, That Was Rejected By More Than 20 Families

A Single Gay Man Is Only Allowed To Adopt A Child With Disability, So He Adopts A Girl With A Down Syndrome, That Was Rejected By More Than 20 Families

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 months ago

So glad they found each other :)

Ekaterina S
Community Member
2 months ago

she is definitely glowing! wholesome!

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LuckyL
Community Member
2 months ago

What a stupid rule is that? What does it matter? - - but I'm really glad these two found each other

Ren Karlej
Community Member
2 months ago

It makes no sense at all. Still, at least it has meant this little girl has a loving dad finally.

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JennyLaRue
Community Member
2 months ago

How is that even legal when sexuality and disability are protected characteristics where discrimination is concerned. We'll usually, I'm just horrified that this type of discrimination can exist, but glad these two have found their little family.

Roman Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

Some adoption agencies are run by churches and their “deeply-held religious beliefs” get to say children should have no parents instead of gay ones.

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Probably she will get more love than what she would get from all 20 families combined!!

Yolande Labbé
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes You are absolutely right.

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Crazy Dog Lady
Community Member
2 months ago

He lucked out! In my experience all of my students who have Down syndrome are the most compassionate, generous and fun loving people I've met. Something about the challenges they experience bring out the absolute best in them. Beautiful family!!!!!

Vicky Zar
Community Member
2 months ago

I think you can say that about lots of gays too. Especially in countries that are obviously homophobic.

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kasa alex
Community Member
2 months ago

She looks like the absolute sweetest, and I bet he's the greatest dad <3

Eslamala
Community Member
2 months ago

So many straight people/couples don't even want/like/take care of their kids, and so many gay people/couples who want to have kids aren't even allowed to do so. Kids should be raised by people who love them, no matter their gender/sexual orientation. When I read this story a few months ago, it made mi genuinely smile.

Ekaterina S
Community Member
2 months ago

so many question!? where on earth do single gay men only get to adopt children with disabilities???

Lesley Riddle
Community Member
2 months ago

Italy

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Kelli from Fitness Blender
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh my gosh she is ADORABLE

I I
Community Member
2 months ago

he'll treat her well and make her life happy , good on him

Vicky Zar
Community Member
2 months ago

What country is this? It is SO discriminating on both sides. What are they thinking? Disabled people and gay people are worth less, so lets give the bad gay people the leftover children that no one else wants? It sure sounds like that's what they are thinking! ..... at least this beautiful girl got to have a wonderfull Dad! She looks so cute and happy.

Lesley Riddle
Community Member
2 months ago

Italy

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

This is Luca and Alba. Bored Panda had an article on them.

deanna woods
Community Member
2 months ago

They have both been rejected by society and found each other.

Susan Green
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so sweet.

BluEyedSeoulite
Community Member
2 months ago

I can understand a little girl with downs would be challenging but my heart weeps at her having to go through TWENTY families to find her true dad

Pangolin Pal
Community Member
1 month ago

But at least she finally found him. This father and daughter will have a long, loving and beautiful life together!

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Sinkvenice
Community Member
2 months ago

That's such a disturbing rule, discrimination at its peak. Side note, she's so adorable.

Theater Kid
Community Member
2 months ago

What a horrid rule. And what an adorable pair! I'm so glad they found the perfect family.

Bakugo Katsuki
Community Member
2 months ago

I love this, my brother had down syndrome, so this lifts my spirits

Jjjane20
Community Member
2 months ago

the rule is stupid but she has loving dad now and that's the most important thing.

Peter Bear
Community Member
2 months ago

When even bigotry and hatred can't stop love.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Thank you for finding the words for me Peter. Amen.

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Susan Russell
Community Member
2 months ago

That is the definition of love.

T Simmons
Community Member
2 months ago

Scandanavia aborts over 90% of downs children

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

Denmark gives pregnant woman free prenatal screenings and recommends an abortion if the Fetus is likely to have trisomy 21. BUT at the same time people with Down syndrome have a very good life there. Denmark supports inclusive kindergardens/ preschools and schools. They finance special training and education and offer work for adults with Down syndrome. People with Dawn have a very long life expectancy there. From what I could gather: even though the abortion rates for Babys with Dawn are very high, if one IS born with dawn, the community includes it wholeheartedly! So, please, do not condemn them.

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Rosemary Booth
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1 month ago

That toothbrushing pic is just the cutest thing ever!! Her little face is just precious!

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
1 month ago

Many blessings to you two!

Elsie
Community Member
2 months ago

I would adopt that cute girl in a second!

Laura Christine
Community Member
2 months ago

Bless his heart.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Pitiful when people aren't allowed to love or be loved.

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Rei
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

What.... are you serious???? As a Jesus follower I am absolutely shocked. That's horrible. And degrading. Even though its beautiful in other ways. But its basically saying that gay people are some kind of second class citizens so they deserve only the "trash" second class children who are "disabled/broken". Is this a law in America? Is this actually true??? 😱 it reminds me a bit of a very dark time in history where such members of society were both gassed.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

To Rei: Don't know what a Jesus follower is but as a Christian I am thoughly disgusted with your unGodly speech and your cold, unreal descriptions of humans. What you said is wrong on every level.

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Rens
Community Member
2 months ago

A perfect match for both of them ❤️

Rebecca O’Donnell
Community Member
2 months ago

Precious beyond belief!

denzoren
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2 months ago

Wholesome!

lowercase
Community Member
2 months ago

*clap clap clap*

Zitronella
Community Member
2 months ago

This is discrimination in a strange way...i can't understand that kind of politics

MellonCollie
Community Member
2 months ago

I have no idea why or where this rule exists or why any legislator would invent such a thing. WTF.

Lesley Riddle
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s in Italy

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BG Rey
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1 month ago

You are a Saint😊. That little one is so lucky to have you for her Dad and you are so blessed to have her 💕💕

Dana Ward
Community Member
1 month ago

How beautiful❣

Caroline Overill
Community Member
1 month ago

She is sooooo cute

Mauve Mouse
Community Member
1 month ago

What a cherub!

Lisa Hall
Community Member
1 month ago

What a beautiful family <3

Valerie S. Mayer
Community Member
1 month ago

My heart is melting right now! She is so stinky cute!!!

Peter Beal
Community Member
1 month ago

Who wants to bet that he's probably a perfect father who cherishes every moment with his daughter. And WTF has being gay got to do with it anyway?

Zosia Connaughton
Community Member
1 month ago

Two happy souls

Sidonie Rische
Community Member
1 month ago

They both hit the jackpot!

J
Community Member
1 month ago

So adorable 🥰

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 month ago

Just great for both of them.

HorseMuse
Community Member
1 month ago

There’s so much to unpack here...wow, is the best I can say right now, wow!

EJN
Community Member
1 month ago

How wonderful for both her father with the big heart and her, a sweet child who will always feel loved.

Belle Bell
Community Member
1 month ago

my heart has been lower than low for DAYS. this just lifted it up so high!

Sara Mccracken
Community Member
1 month ago

you are a hero!!!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

All Daddys that love their children are heros.

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Pat Wooster
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1 month ago

That is fabulous!!!

Barbara Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

You lucky man! Down Syndrome babies are the most loving children in existence. Pity the poor blokes who passed her up. They will never know what they missed out one.Enjoy each other.

Janet Chaney
Community Member
1 month ago

you the man, Man

katboxjanitor
Community Member
1 month ago

What a lucky new family! A lot of love to be shared in their family!

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
1 month ago

Well done you will make a great father

Patzpie
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1 month ago

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Bianca Du Toit
Community Member
1 month ago

Aaaaaaaw she's gorgeous!!

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
1 month ago

This little angel will be treated like a queen (as she should be).

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

All little girls should be.

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Thorsten M. Weisner
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1 month ago

So happy for them! The difference making on both sites is just plain wrong but seems they were lucky at the end!

TexasWoman
Community Member
1 month ago

Doesn't make any sense at all. What the hell is that supposed to mean? Nice he can be a father and the lil girl is now a daughter <3

Dave S
Community Member
1 month ago

Scandalous, that he can only adopt a child with a disability. Much respect for this single father

S O N G O
Community Member
2 months ago

Ok that rule is homophobic af but good for them

LittlBabyPanda
Community Member
2 months ago

my brother has down syndrome!

L Hamilton
Community Member
1 day ago

Why does the headline read “…that was rejected…?” The little girl is a ‘who’ not a ‘that’ - ‘person before disability’. I wish two lifetimes of happiness for them both 💕

L Hamilton
Community Member
1 day ago

Why does the headline read “…that was rejected…?” The little girl is a ‘who’ not a ‘that’ - ‘person before disability’. I wish a lifetime of happiness for these two.

Marisa Caputo
Community Member
3 weeks ago

A perfect match! Congratulations and Happy Father's Day!

jevais
Community Member
1 month ago

Such a beautiful child. Bravo Sir with a big heart.

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
1 month ago

I find it hard to believe. About a single gay man. why that sort of differantiation? I am happy for you and love your little girl. You are both lucky

Lois Wisman
Community Member
1 month ago

You are terrific!

Jill Tremblay
Community Member
1 month ago

Bless His and Her Heart !!

Jacqui Steward
Community Member
1 month ago

Wonderful! May they have a lovely life together, and she is absolutely beautiful.

Janis Herger Hilton
Community Member
1 month ago

💜

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 month ago

One of the best gifts around!

Pangolin Pal
Community Member
1 month ago

What a lovely family!

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
1 month ago

Aaw, how could anyone reject her? She's so cute+he is a wonderful human being

noralin
Community Member
1 month ago

What a stupid and discriminating law... But I'm glad that this lovely child has a dad who takes goos care of her.

Etty Donnelly
Community Member
1 month ago

that's adorable such a happy ending and she's super cute

Éva Nemes
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor guy.. He has never life...

Teri Campisi
Community Member
1 month ago

I am so happy she has a gtest Dad now!

DetongLhamo
Community Member
1 month ago

That is such an appalling bias against gay men AND children with ‘disabilities’. I just don’t get it.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Blessings don't necessarily come with multiple choice, yet they still are a blessing from Heaven.

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Sue Phillips
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1 month ago

Ridiculous. So, gay men aren't good enough for kids without disabilities?

Lisa Shield
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1 month ago

You are an extraordinary human being.

Luuta
Community Member
1 month ago

Awww, she's lovely.

Julia Young
Community Member
1 month ago

🥰

Richard Wilson
Community Member
1 month ago

She's like a lovely little doll

KAREN
Community Member
1 month ago

🤩💋😘

Julieta S.
Community Member
1 month ago

The perfect the pair

Jeanne Clapper
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg. My heart! You guys are sooo cute!

Lisa Pockat Bork
Community Member
1 month ago

Bless him ❤

Lynn Morello
Community Member
1 month ago

At least one person is caring enough to accept a little girl with a disability. We live in a cruel world of cruel and unsympathetic people. Some of us refuse to give up.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

One person? Child with disability? Who would not accept a child period. Everyday children are born to people who thank God in heaven for allowing them the privledge of rearing a child for whatever time they will be allowed before the Lord calls them home.

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Gail Cloutier
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1 month ago

Thank God for people like him!!

Anne Julio Amaral Cordeiro
Community Member
1 month ago

💞

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 month ago

Bless you, love makes the world a better place, a lovely little girl !!!

LaurieAnne Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

The idea is stupid, that being said they look so happy and are their own little family.♥️♥️💞💞

Bernardita Valdés
Community Member
1 month ago

Not to spread hate or anything, but I’ld like to see those ultraconservative homophobic parents / couples who are learning the lesson of their lives with this. The proudest dad and the most loved daughter ever.

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
1 month ago

The best child. All love

Colleen Garland
Community Member
1 month ago

And you will be reworded forever.

Ssss
Community Member
1 month ago

Crying so hard! So glad he adopted her

Susie
Community Member
1 month ago

This is super sweet, but who the hell is making these rules?

jamie1707
Community Member
1 month ago

"A Single Gay Man Is Only Allowed To Adopt A Child With Disability,..." Where is this? Anyone know?

Mumal
Community Member
1 month ago

Awful rule....what a doll! :)

Pepper Pots
Community Member
1 month ago

what a beautiful child

Gabriel
Community Member
1 month ago

The fact that he is allowed to adopt only disabled children is s**t

Lui UndaKnine
Community Member
1 month ago

this made my lifetime .... how beautiful!

Caroline Wilcox
Community Member
2 months ago

What a blessing for the two of them.

luvdemhogs
Community Member
2 months ago

If I was gay I would get his number..

NEBean
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful!

Lauren Davis
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, there's two blessed lives!

Oogiebogieaugiedaddy
Community Member
2 months ago

Talk about prejudice! He is going to be the best father ever! She is going to give him unconditional love. Apparently they were meant to be together!!!

Tugg Ster
Community Member
2 months ago

What a beautiful family this man has created

Torsten Hartwell
Community Member
2 months ago

You are both absolutely beautiful!

Teli
Community Member
2 months ago

this is so wholesome, melts my heart

HooowlAtTheMoon
Community Member
2 months ago

Aw, what a good man

Abigail Nagel
Community Member
2 months ago

Awwwwww she looks so happy and cute!!

Amy Batchelor
Community Member
2 months ago

There's a whole load of discrimination going on here both to the adult and child. So pleased they've found each other but extremely disappointing to see such terrible things can still happen.

Ivan Ilic
Community Member
2 months ago

💗

Diemond Star
Community Member
2 months ago

She is so beautiful

Max Thompson
Community Member
2 months ago

So cute!

Linda Williams
Community Member
2 months ago

💖💖💞

Šelmíra Škrabeková
Community Member
2 months ago

That "rule" is incredibly stupid and discriminatory. Glad they found each other thanks to it. But I am really wondering why can single gay man adopt only child with disability. What is the actual mindset behind it.

it's Wednesday my dudes.
Community Member
2 months ago

awwweeeee!

KT
Community Member
2 months ago

That is really sad treatment of gay people and that poor girl.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

What? Sad ? To be allowed to be a family?

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Rachel Briffa
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2 months ago

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Harlow
Community Member
2 months ago

MY HEART ❤️❤️❤️❤️ This is the best thing ever

olek olok
Community Member
2 months ago

its adorable but wait what?! Gay men only allowed to adopt dissabled Chirldren?! Can sbd plz explain that to me?

tinker bell
Community Member
2 months ago

that sad but at kest shes happy

Carol Emory
Community Member
2 months ago

She's a cutie!

Lorelai Purvis
Community Member
2 months ago

This made me smile :D

Efi Karafotia
Community Member
2 months ago

Both of them are very lucky :)

Bobert Robertson
Community Member
2 months ago

Was this in the United States?

Lesley Riddle
Community Member
2 months ago

No, in Italy

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Tapio Magnussen
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't understand that rule.

Queen Jackson.
Community Member
2 months ago

I’m gonna need more context.

Zena Marsh
Community Member
2 months ago

It was meant to be.

Legen ( wait for it ) dary
Community Member
2 months ago

Why a single gay man is only allowed... ? Is this even real ? I'm so shocked.

Dark.JuKo
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG look how happy they both are. So cute. Glad they found eachother :)

Deep
Community Member
2 months ago

Awesome duo

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Goodness should outrank sexual preference, but it looks like a happy family.

Tame panda
Community Member
2 months ago

In don't doubt him but I really hope and think that he will be a good parent.

Mii
Community Member
2 months ago

Why can they only adopt a disabled child though?

Demi Zwaan
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd really love to see a reputable source of this, because I can't imagine that there is a rule that says single gay dads can only adopt disabled kids. Surely gay is not a factor at all and single makes it only harder to care for disabled kids. I don't believe this.

Lesley Riddle
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s was in Italy

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Gandalf the Pink
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

It absolutely breaks my heart in a million pieces that children with down syndrome are so unwanted in the eyes of society, when they just need love, nurture and patience like any kid 😭😭

H Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

Not sure he was 'only allowed' to adopt a child with disabilities. A similar thing happened in Malta when they first allowed gay people to adopt (very recently, as it happens). The first couple to adopt chose a child with DS who had been rejected by every other (straight) adopting couple. Now, I don't want to criticise because I don't think that I would personally want to adopt a child with DS. But this couple decided that they wanted this child, which is great, and they got to adopt her immediately instead of having to wait for possibly years for a 'normal' child. I suspect this is the same kind of story.

Tina Provost
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate the title on this one. Sounds like they figured both were defective so why not? The world needs more parents like this man. Good on ya! 😃

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Defective? Neither one.

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Roxanne Johnson
Community Member
2 months ago

This isn't true. In Canada they have more success with fostering and adoption so they're first in line. You'll get matched faster if you're able to take a child with disabilities. Anyone waiting for the perfect healthy baby will be waiting years. We can't take these panda lines as facts without sources and details.

Hilzillah
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2 months ago

Nowhere in this text is a Canada named.

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My Son Always Texts To Say He's On His Way Home. So I Open The Door, Letting His 17-Year-Old Cat, And 16-Year-Old Doggo Know That He's On His Way. This Is Them Waiting For Him

My Son Always Texts To Say He's On His Way Home. So I Open The Door, Letting His 17-Year-Old Cat, And 16-Year-Old Doggo Know That He's On His Way. This Is Them Waiting For Him

Thought it was adorable and wanted to share.

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

The perfect welcome!

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For Sarah from 'Action for Happiness,' living a life of happiness and a life of duty and purpose aren't polar opposites: they're both closely interlinked with one another. "Finding real happiness isn't about always seeking a temporary state of feeling good. A lot of what actually makes us happy relates to duty and purpose," she said.

"The 10 keys to happier living are giving, relating, exercising, awareness, trying out, direction, resilience, emotions, acceptance, and meaning. We are likely to be happier if our lives have direction, meaning and purpose and if we are part of something bigger than ourselves," Sarah said that living a life full of purpose with a clear sense of direction while also lending others a helping hand is a more fulfilling one than blundering about aimlessly.

#4

After Stage 4 Cancer & 20 Months Of Chemo, My Kid Rang The Bell

After Stage 4 Cancer & 20 Months Of Chemo, My Kid Rang The Bell

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Congratulations!!!

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#5

The Client Was Supposed To Wear This Dress For Their Session That Was Canceled, So I Asked My Husband's 87-Year-Old Grandma If She Wanted To Model The Dress For Me

The Client Was Supposed To Wear This Dress For Their Session That Was Canceled, So I Asked My Husband's 87-Year-Old Grandma If She Wanted To Model The Dress For Me

After a little hesitation, I convinced her to do it. I did her make-up, brushed her hair and put the dress on her, she was the happiest little old lady I’ve ever seen. She said she felt like she was a bride again and how she wished her husband was still on this earth with us so she could remarry him again. Btw, it was also her birthday, so it was the perfect little gift to up her spirits

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Princess Toadstool
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2 months ago

Your grandma is rocking it

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#6

The First Selfie My Grandpa Took With His New Phone

The First Selfie My Grandpa Took With His New Phone

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

Squirrel: s**t, I wasn't ready for a photo!

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"Giving or doing things for others is another example. Relating is about being connected to other people and being part of a community. Duty and purpose don't have to be serious things, being part of a cause that you care about or taking part in charity fundraising, all these things make us happy and fulfilled. We should see these things as acts of service that help us to be happy and help other people at the same time. Awareness is about appreciating each moment no matter what we are doing at the time."

Sarah gave us some very tips on how to deal with our current feelings of isolation, burnout, and exhaustion. She also shared how we can rediscover our joy of living. First of all, she highlighted the fact that it's perfectly "ok not to be ok," since it's normal to feel isolated and burned out "during a traumatic experience like a pandemic." The key is not to punish yourself for struggling during these difficult times.

#7

The Very Last Message My Lil Girl Minnie Made Sure I Had Before She Passed Away This Year

The Very Last Message My Lil Girl Minnie Made Sure I Had Before She Passed Away This Year

Daddy can hear your voice every time I read this and I miss ya more than you'll ever know.

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

Best reason for a tattoo ever

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#8

Today I Have 2 Years Sober From Fentanyl, Meth, Crack And Alcohol! This Is A Day I Felt Like I Would Never See, Definitely Smiling Today

Today I Have 2 Years Sober From Fentanyl, Meth, Crack And Alcohol! This Is A Day I Felt Like I Would Never See, Definitely Smiling Today

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Courtney Sych
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2 months ago

Amazing!

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#9

Spent The Second Half Of 2020 Homeless, NYE In A Mental Hospital, Then Caught Covid The Week I Was Released. Tonight Is My First Night In A Proper Bed, And I Built It Myself

Spent The Second Half Of 2020 Homeless, NYE In A Mental Hospital, Then Caught Covid The Week I Was Released. Tonight Is My First Night In A Proper Bed, And I Built It Myself

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WildHoneyPie
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2 months ago

Go you!

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"Don't be down on yourself for struggling, most people are in the same boat. If we admit that we are struggling we can start to take steps to get better. Don't suffer alone, talk to friends and family, let them know what's going on, and make time for meaningful conversations," Sarah from 'Action for Happiness' suggested that we open up to our loved ones more. However, that's not all.

"Start taking small steps to support your mental health and wellbeing. Are you getting the basics right? Eat healthy food, get enough sleep, and daily exercise. Take time for yourself, go outside and be in nature, notice the way the seasons are changing at the moment. Plan time in your diary to do something you love like creating art or music," she said.

#10

The French Welcome

The French Welcome

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Gin Marie
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2 months ago

This is wonderful.

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#11

8 Years Sober From Heroin Today And A Week Without Cigarettes (Though I'm Having Trouble). I Don't Have Anyone Really To Share With So Here I Am. Here's To The Future

8 Years Sober From Heroin Today And A Week Without Cigarettes (Though I'm Having Trouble). I Don't Have Anyone Really To Share With So Here I Am. Here's To The Future

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Gin Marie
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2 months ago

Good going!

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Anxiously Awaiting Toy Retrieval

Anxiously Awaiting Toy Retrieval

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Aww hugging also

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What's more, even though we might be feeling sapped and down, it's the perfect time to think about others, not just ourselves. "Think about how you can reach out and do things for others, help a neighbour or volunteer for a cause, we get happiness high from helping other people. Or start small and simply list three things that you can be grateful for each night before bed. Take it slow and be kind to yourself, the world is starting to open up but go at the pace that feels good for you," Sarah advised us how we can take the first steps to step out of the pandemic lockdown fog and into the sunlight.

#13

I Lost My Baby And Stranger From The Internet Made Me A Bear With The Same Size And Weight

I Lost My Baby And Stranger From The Internet Made Me A Bear With The Same Size And Weight

It is so beautiful to have a physical representation of my baby that I can hold and I am so thankful.

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rgr8
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2 months ago

beautiful!

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#14

Our Cat Had Kittens Two Days After We Had Our Baby Girl. This Kitten Climbs Into Her Lounger Whenever He Has The Chance. I Think These Two Were Destined To Be Best Buds

Our Cat Had Kittens Two Days After We Had Our Baby Girl. This Kitten Climbs Into Her Lounger Whenever He Has The Chance. I Think These Two Were Destined To Be Best Buds

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Omg cuteness overload🥰🥰🥰

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#15

My Husband Passed Away 2 Weeks Ago And In The Garage Behind A Piece Of Paper Hanging On The Wall I Found This

My Husband Passed Away 2 Weeks Ago And In The Garage Behind A Piece Of Paper Hanging On The Wall I Found This

In the months before his passing he was unable to talk due to his brain cancer, so finding this note from him meant the world to me and is something I will cherish forever. We were married for 24 years. I hope this post inspires people to take time to leave little notes for their loved ones. The comfort they can give is priceless.

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Princess Toadstool
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2 months ago

I’m sorry for your loss

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Previously, I spoke about the relationship between helping others and happiness with Vanessa King, the Head of Psychology at ‘Action for Happiness,’ a movement that’s dedicated to creating a happier, more caring society. The Dalai Lama is the movement’s patron and King is the author of '10 Keys to Happier Living.'

King told Bored Panda that an important part of being happy is helping others and doing kind things for them.

"If you think about it human beings are social species, we evolved to live in groups so working together and doing things to help each other is the social glue that keeps us together,” King explained.

#16

Happy I Got The Happiest Photo With My Best Friend

Happy I Got The Happiest Photo With My Best Friend

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Mr. Derpy Dino
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2 months ago

omg its beautiful! I WANT ONE!(anyine have any clue what it is?)

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#17

Jamie Couldn't Play Sports Because He Has Cerebral Palsy, But The Team That He Works For As A Janitor Awarded Him A Ring

Jamie Couldn't Play Sports Because He Has Cerebral Palsy, But The Team That He Works For As A Janitor Awarded Him A Ring

"I'm not a player or coach, yet greatly enjoy serving the Greenwood football program as their janitor. I was humbled today as they shared their state championship with me by gifting me with a ring. What fun it is to be a Greenwood Bulldog!"

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Jamie seems like a great guy and good on the Greenwood Bulldogs for giving him a ring. It makes him feel like part of the team.

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#18

I And Two Coworkers Realized We Were Wearing The Same Coat. The Only Option Was To Zip Them Into One Three Person Coat

I And Two Coworkers Realized We Were Wearing The Same Coat. The Only Option Was To Zip Them Into One Three Person Coat

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Princess Toadstool
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2 months ago

Clever!

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"Participating in group activities and community events makes us happier too. When we do things for others it activates the reward center in the brain, so when we give a gift it feels the same as receiving a gift," King detailed to Bored Panda in an earlier interview.

Even if we’re not usually altruistic, King had some wonderful news for us: it’s a learned skill that we can develop step by small step. It all comes down to consistently working at it every day. “At Action for Happiness, we provide daily actions and advice on small changes you can take each day to start bringing more kindness into your life. Small daily actions one at a time can help us to make altruism a lifetime habit. You could start out small by deciding you are going to smile at everyone you meet or pay three people a compliment today."

#19

Retired Chemistry Teacher Bro. Martin Sellner Shared His Triumph Of Completing A Cross-Stitch Periodic Table After Two Decades Of Stitching

Retired Chemistry Teacher Bro. Martin Sellner Shared His Triumph Of Completing A Cross-Stitch Periodic Table After Two Decades Of Stitching

The 82-year-old Lasallian brother meticulously hand-stitched every inch of the 58" x 54" embroidery. ⁠

"The table and border took six years. Then finally the last nine elements were named by the IUPAC and I was able to complete it."

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Princess Toadstool
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2 months ago

Masterpiece!

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#20

I’ve Made A Commitment To Stay Sober And Take My Life Back. I’ve Made It 2.5 Days, Which Is The Longest Streak I Can Remember

I’ve Made A Commitment To Stay Sober And Take My Life Back. I’ve Made It 2.5 Days, Which Is The Longest Streak I Can Remember

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Gin Marie
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2 months ago

Bravo! Every journey starts out with one step.

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#21

My Father Meeting His First Grandson

My Father Meeting His First Grandson

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Aww

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There are other ways to develop your altruistic inclinations, too. For instance, giving money to charity, donating to a food bank, or volunteering your time for a cause that you think is worth it. “You can leave a food package or a note for an elderly neighbor,” King from ‘Action for Happiness’ said.

“All of these actions help others and boost your own happiness and if we are happier, research shows we are even more likely to help others.”

There’s some more good news on the altruistic front. We know that not everyone is willing to help others purely out of the goodness of their heart: they’re constantly thinking about what they get out of it. Fortunately, King told us that it’s perfectly fine to “fake it ‘till you make it” and not worry too much about whether you’re actually being self-interested or kind.

#22

The Late Great Black Panther Chadwick Boseman Visiting And Making The Absolute Day Of Cancer-Stricken Kids In The Hospital, All The While Quietly Battling The Same Disease

The Late Great Black Panther Chadwick Boseman Visiting And Making The Absolute Day Of Cancer-Stricken Kids In The Hospital, All The While Quietly Battling The Same Disease

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Rip😥😥

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#23

We Fed Our Backyard Squirrel ONCE... Meet Frankie At Our Backyard Door Waiting For More Nuts

We Fed Our Backyard Squirrel ONCE... Meet Frankie At Our Backyard Door Waiting For More Nuts

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Hello? Anyone inside?

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#24

My Great Grandma, Who Turned 103 On Valentine’s Day, Laughing With My 2-Month-Old Daughter

My Great Grandma, Who Turned 103 On Valentine’s Day, Laughing With My 2-Month-Old Daughter

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Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
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2 months ago

Precious!

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“Maybe at first, you start out doing things to help others only to get attention and praise, but you will find that doing things for others helps you feel good and when you see people’s responses. Once you see the difference you can make in the world and to your own happiness and altruism can grow naturally," the Head of Psychology at ‘Action for Happiness’ said.

Kindness, according to King, has a ripple effect. We’re more likely to be kind when we experience kindness in turn. So helping even one person with a seemingly trivial task can have a knock-on effect that’s far bigger than we initially think.

#25

Our Daughter Wasn’t Eating For Weeks Due To The Effects Of Chemo And Being Very Sick. Finally Home From The Hospital, I Made Spaghetti And She Finally Would Eat

Our Daughter Wasn’t Eating For Weeks Due To The Effects Of Chemo And Being Very Sick. Finally Home From The Hospital, I Made Spaghetti And She Finally Would Eat

Celebrating small victories here

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Hope she is healthy and strong soon!!

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#26

This Little Guy Came To Say Hello While Walking My Pup This Morning. Am I Officially A Disney Princess?

This Little Guy Came To Say Hello While Walking My Pup This Morning. Am I Officially A Disney Princess?

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Lunar Bicycle
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2 months ago

House Finch! I love these guys.

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#27

My Dad Was Worried My Deafblind Dog Wouldn’t Recognize Him After A Year Of Quarantine But I Think She Did

My Dad Was Worried My Deafblind Dog Wouldn’t Recognize Him After A Year Of Quarantine But I Think She Did

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

They never forget🥰🥰🥰

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It’s best to do kind things without expecting anything in return. First of all, because it’s the morally correct way of living life. But secondly, because of one very practical aspect: we can never be sure that we’ll be rewarded for our troubles, so it’s best to have very low expectations (or none at all!) so that we’re not left feeling disappointed.

"It may also be helpful for the person to think about why they are seeking attention and reward from an external source, a key part of being happy is feeling comfortable with who you are and accepting life the way it is,” King suggested.

#28

Forgiveness Can Actually Heal Us. He Got His Life Back. May We Find It In Our Hearts To Forgive Those Who Are Truly Sorry And Need Us To Free Them

Forgiveness Can Actually Heal Us. He Got His Life Back. May We Find It In Our Hearts To Forgive Those Who Are Truly Sorry And Need Us To Free Them

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

It's hard but so true

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#29

Becoming Mothers Together

Becoming Mothers Together

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Princess Toadstool
Community Member
2 months ago

Awww

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#30

I’ve Been Biking To Work In The Cold Every Morning, My Coworker Noticed And She Made Me This Scarf And Beanie

I’ve Been Biking To Work In The Cold Every Morning, My Coworker Noticed And She Made Me This Scarf And Beanie

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rgr8
Community Member
2 months ago

matches the coat!

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She continued: “I’d suggest that the person taking time to build up their self-care to become happier and more resilient. Perhaps start with a personal gratitude practice to appreciate what they already have in life, writing down three things each day that we are grateful for can boost happiness.”

#31

Elementary School Kids Raised Over $7000 To Buy Their Janitor A Car, Whose Commute Was 4 Hours Long On 3 Different Buses

Elementary School Kids Raised Over $7000 To Buy Their Janitor A Car, Whose Commute Was 4 Hours Long On 3 Different Buses

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