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
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2 months ago

So glad they found each other :)

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#3

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
Community Member
2 months ago

Good going!

Ian Koch
Community Member
2 months ago

these types of things are like their own mini-birthdays!

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Sowieso
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, you're so damn strong! Keep going you got this. And by the way, you have a beautiful face. Your eyes smile as much as your mouth does. Celebrate yourself, you earned it. Every day again!

Sabse
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. Beautiful smiling eyes!

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Mimi
Community Member
2 months ago

You have us to share!!!!! Well done!!

Alexandra Davis
Community Member
2 months ago

If you see this OP, I'll be your friend and celebrate every milestone with you!

Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
Community Member
2 months ago

Keep going!

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

I was prescribed fentanyl and became addicted to it. Dr wouldn't help me get off of it. Had also been addicted to oxycontin. Stopped smoking three years ago after a stroke. I still dream about smoking. Hang in there. Don't wait until you can't smoke because your in the ICU. Congratulations on being strong.

Autumnal whispers
Community Member
2 months ago

Keep going hun, you are amazing.

Monique Reed
Community Member
2 months ago

Look at those bright eyes! We are all celebrating with you!

I I
Community Member
2 months ago

ciggies are harder than heroin to quit for sure , keep on going though , you'll get where you want to be , you're stronger than you think

Merrill N. Munro
Community Member
2 months ago

You have already won at this contest called LIFE! Wonderful news!

Eevi
Community Member
2 months ago

I've been now out of cigarettes since last July after smoking for almost 10 years. I know it's hard but keep at the good work! I promise it will get easier. I'm proud of you!

Zelda Blue
Community Member
2 months ago

Keep going you are doing great and although I don't know you I support you. I wish I was as strong as you are.

marianne eliza
Community Member
2 months ago

It gets easier after 2 weeks. But, have to warn you, if you were a long time smoker, the desire to have one will never leave you. The urges just get further apart and become fleeting instead of insistent. Watch out for stressful situations that can lead you to have just one.

Keith Brubacher
Community Member
2 months ago

You got this!

MargyB
Community Member
2 months ago

You go girl!!

Katie Morris
Community Member
2 months ago

You have us keep fighting xx proud of you

KimTx
Community Member
2 months ago

Onward and upward, warrior!

Teresa Hale
Community Member
2 months ago

Dang girl you are rockin’ life! Congratulations!

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 months ago

Good job. I found that the threes were hardest for quitting cigarettes: 3 weeks, 3 months, and weirdly enough, 3 years. After that, it was pretty easy.

Kyle
Community Member
2 months ago

Eight years. W.O.W. We’re all sharing your day. Thanks!

Dana Ward
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations❣🤩

Mikel
Community Member
2 months ago

You are AMAZING!

Sheila Stamey
Community Member
2 months ago

Keep going, keep investing in yourself!!

Kelly Hall
Community Member
2 months ago

YAY Future!!!

Heather Makemson
Community Member
2 months ago

Good job! This is seriously amazing & this internet stranger is so insanely proud of you!

Tammy Kirks
Community Member
2 months ago

Congratulations. Stay strong and keep rocking that Ramones tee!

Madelyn Price
Community Member
2 months ago

I am very happy for you, keep going!

WholesomeArmyweeb
Community Member
2 months ago

Good FOR YOU! Omg I am so proud of all these people! I may be young, but I understand lots of things. Like how substantial this is. I am so happy that these people have been able to overcome things. They are so strong. I love them 💜💜

Julia Cargile
Community Member
2 months ago

Part of my life was ruined by heroin and I was not the addict. Way to go, my friend.

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

You came to the right place to celebrate. 🥳💃🍾🎊🎂🎉I'm proud of you. Hugs from Germany.

Tracy Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago

Fantastic. Keep up the good work. You're amazing

Marisa Caputo
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Wow! You are not afraid of anything, are you? Great job!

BG Rey
Community Member
1 month ago

And the Future is Yours! Congratulations! I’m celebrating with you, you’re not alone 🥳🎉❣️

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
1 month ago

I wish I could give you a hug. Just try to imagine it

Jill Tremblay
Community Member
1 month ago

You are AWESOME!!! Good for you and I'm so glad you shared!

Brooklynn Beall
Community Member
1 month ago

amazing

Janis Herger Hilton
Community Member
1 month ago

You look fabulous! HUGE accomplishment. I admire and respect you! 💜👍🏻🌺 Keep going with quitting cigs. I know it’s hard, I did it, and you can too. The longer you go without cigarettes the easier it is because you start to realize just how truly vile they smell and have truly vile you smelled (in addition to the obvious health benefits). You’ll feel better, food wil taste better... Cigarettes are a fortune these days, just think of all the extra money you’re going to have.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! Congratulations!!

Susan L. Miller
Community Member
1 month ago

May you live long and give the gifts you have to the world- you have a beautiful smile!

loretta hines
Community Member
1 month ago

Well done look how strong and brave you are . Your you’re best friend. So you’re not alone 💞sending you happy thoughts

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
1 month ago

Do it for yourself, you Are strong enough...

Etty Donnelly
Community Member
1 month ago

so beautiful and well done

Sue Clifford
Community Member
1 month ago

You rock. Congratulations.

Nadiya Zab
Community Member
1 month ago

Awesomeness, I am proud of you

Bunny Lady
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1 month ago

You look amazing! Well done you!!!!!!!! ❤️❤️

K. Kerry Kozak
Community Member
1 month ago

Way to go.........I'm 36 years clean and sober and only 3 years off cigarettes --- you can do this!!! I KNOW - cigarettes were WAY harder!!

Eithne Griffiths
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you for sharing.

Marisa Caputo
Community Member
1 month ago

There's no way to tell how many people your post will inspire! Congratulations!❤️

Teri Campisi
Community Member
1 month ago

Keep up the good work! Proud of you!

L Sawatzke
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations!! You don’t need it! I hope the rest of your life is everything you ever hoped for!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

You will do it and never go back just say no more to yourself as you did before.

James Johnstone
Community Member
1 month ago

Last smoke first of Aug, of 88 , started in 43. So join us quitters.

Sidonie Rische
Community Member
1 month ago

Now you can share your true and beautiful self with everyone. You’ve got this!!

Mauve Mouse
Community Member
1 month ago

You are adorable and brave!

Sue Clasen
Community Member
1 month ago

Good luck! cigarettes go with habits, "now I will smoke one while I gather energies to get along", "my first to really wake up", "the cigarette that goes with the coffee", I did all those things but replacing them with chewing gums. until I realised that I didn't need any more.

bernie spina
Community Member
1 month ago

Nicely done!

Donald Pack
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations!! Stay Strong! 😊✌

Mollie Hollar
Community Member
1 month ago

Fantastic! You have a very bright future ahead! 💗

Deborah Hall
Community Member
1 month ago

AWESOME JOB!!! KEEP IT UP AND PUT THE PAST WHERE IT BELONGS; IN THE PAST!!

Valerie S. Mayer
Community Member
1 month ago

You go Girl!!!! I am 20 years smoking free after 2 packages or Marlboro red a day! You can do it!!! So proud of you! Drink water when you want to smoke, and if you gain some little pounds here and there, you will loose them later! Go You!!

Wendy Bryan
Community Member
1 month ago

Good work!! It's better to experience nicotine withdrawal than to cave in and be back at square one. Go for a walk and be thankful for your life.

Dolly Abson
Community Member
1 month ago

You got this!

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations!!

Peter Beal
Community Member
1 month ago

You're wrong - you're sharing with millions - and we're all damn proud of you!!

Lisa Ross
Community Member
1 month ago

cigs are the worst but you can do it!

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 month ago

See my comments to numbers one and eight as it is for you also. I am the parent of an addict who has been clen for years off and on. It is a battle. Shore up you defenses and resolve to last. NEVER give up!! Those who love you need the healing too, so show them some extra love.

Diana Powers
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations. Keep at it. Some say cigarettes are the hardest thing to give up and I would agree. Do your best and just keep taking one day at a time. I smoked for 37 years before I was able to quit. Do what you can and there's a good reason for the motto "one day at a time." You can do anything you decide to do. That's obvious. Believe in yourself. That's the only thing that matters. Go For It!!!!!

Sharon Madsen
Community Member
1 month ago

On the cigarettes.........YOU CAN DO THIS!!

eezycheezes101
Community Member
1 month ago

Awesome!!! I'm glad you have a chance to celebrate!

Donna Baker
Community Member
1 month ago

Stay strong. Good luck

Deborah Shea
Community Member
1 month ago

You have many of us to share with... congratulations!

Yolande Labbé
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulation Keep it going. Have a Great Day! You are beautiful.

Keith Winter
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations!

Lorraine Bryan
Community Member
1 month ago

This is GREAT! Keep it up, you CAN do it!

Jacob Chiong
Community Member
1 month ago

Good job! Keep it up!

Mcgrela mcgrela
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations to you.

Inger-Lise Ostrem
Community Member
1 month ago

Keep going! You're awesome!

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
1 month ago

I quit smoking and at the time, I was watching a for-college-credit tv program about addiction. The drs. said that cigarettes are the hardest: they give you something to do with your hands; they give you something to suck on; they can keep you from being bored; and then there's all of the physical effects of addiction.

Meg Needler
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations!🎉. Thanks for sharing with us.

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 month ago

good on you you have done so well so keep it up do not blow it now you have the strength to do it so you go girl!!

HorseMuse
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, health and doing the right things to tend health really really do feel good! It’s guud!

Darlene Melcon
Community Member
1 month ago

Your future is waiting for you!

Elizabeth Evans
Community Member
1 month ago

I gave up smoking decades ago had trouble too so well done.

Pat Wooster
Community Member
1 month ago

Great!

Camilla Koutsos
Community Member
1 month ago

Awesome! 🙃👍

J
Community Member
1 month ago

You go girl!

Whawhawhatsis
Community Member
1 month ago

I found kicking the cigarette habit was harder than my booze habit by FAR, so my genuine congratulations! Hang in there -- you know the drill! And keep up the good work!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Go on, beautiful!

Janet Chaney
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful young lady, you deserve congratulations

Michael McNeely
Community Member
1 month ago

It only gets better!

Michela Dorman
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s awesome!!

Lee Hernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you for sharing with us. This is great news. I hope you will soon have a big circle of supporters. Love to you!

KAREN
Community Member
1 month ago

😁❤

Julieta S.
Community Member
1 month ago

You can do this

Annie
Community Member
1 month ago

We're very happy for your achievements! Congrats!

Studio5301
Community Member
1 month ago

wonderful. You go girl. Try chewing popsicle sticks, brush teeth after eating, chew gum. (Smokenders' hints).

Joanne Hudson
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations

Patricia Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

You are doing so well! Please be sure, it is so worth dealing with the difficulty, and you have eight years proof!

Lynn Morello
Community Member
1 month ago

My Go-To, when I was quitting Cigarettes was Tea, every time I had any cravings, I made myself a nice STRONG cup of tea. (I am not a coffee drinker) I went through so much Tea in that first year, but I did beat it. So, I am feeling for you honey, You have clearly done well so far, take pride in your efforts and march forward. Mark EVERY Milestone.

Lisa Pockat Bork
Community Member
1 month ago

Keep it up! You can do it!!

Deborah Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

Well done lovely girl....

Gail Cloutier
Community Member
1 month ago

You look blissfully HAPPY!! Congratulations!!

Martha Higgins
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations and best wishes for a lifetime free of those substances. You don't need that s**t!

Jacqueline Conway
Community Member
1 month ago

8 years clean and you’re looking fab - well done 👍🏽🎉

Anne Julio Amaral Cordeiro
Community Member
1 month ago

😍

Glenda Pliler
Community Member
1 month ago

"Congratulations" is not a sufficient word to recognize your achievements. It deserves a medal. Re the cigs, may I recommend Transcendental Meditation? TM is the easiest form of meditation to learn and research consistently finds it is the most effective form of meditation. (Go to TM.org for more info). Within three years of learning TM, my body woke up enough that it rejected drugs, alcohol, the 1.5 liters a day cola habit, and an 18-year habit of heavy smoking. Three of my family members would eventually die of lung cancer, while I went on to a half-century of good ever-improving health. I hope you will check TM out!

Elly Clifton
Community Member
1 month ago

Excellent effort, if you can beat heroin you can beat cigarettes!

CARMEN FLORES
Community Member
1 month ago

God bless, beautiful lady!

Barbara Pietsch
Community Member
1 month ago

So happy for you.

April Pickett
Community Member
1 month ago

Keep it up! Want a cigarette? Get up and do something..scrub a tub, bake a cake from scratch, take a walk, and think of something else while you're doing it. You have my support because I'm as weak-willed as they come and I'm now 10 years free.

Cynthia Marrs
Community Member
1 month ago

You are so beautiful. You will go far because you have succeeded.

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
1 month ago

Well done your amazing thank you for sharing

Patzpie
Community Member
1 month ago

You are one, strong healthy young woman. Keep sharing your journey to inspire others😃

Kim Davis
Community Member
1 month ago

Great job!

Diane Packard
Community Member
1 month ago

Yay for you for sure!!

Bernardita Valdés
Community Member
1 month ago

Comgrats for overcoming ur addiction on heroin! Cigarette may be difficult but come on u beat heroin! Those cancerous shits will be gone as well, u can do it!

Party Poison
Community Member
1 month ago

nice shirt!!

Jeff Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

Awesome!!!!! 🙏

m squared
Community Member
1 month ago

We are all so proud of you <3

Biana Weatherford
Community Member
1 month ago

Having trouble? You are amazing! One or two bad days aren't going to stop you!

Shirley Kalinowski
Community Member
1 month ago

congratulations ! ! stay strong

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
1 month ago

Awesome!

Mumal
Community Member
1 month ago

Keep up the amazing work! You CAN do it :)

Fricsmom
Community Member
1 month ago

👍🏼👍🏼🎺🎺💖💖

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
1 month ago

I found quitting cigarettes harder than kicking heroin (33 years clean).

Mingi Football
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! Stay strong!

Lui UndaKnine
Community Member
1 month ago

Well Done!

Nerdlife
Community Member
1 month ago

Awesome!!

Fixin'Ta
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

So proud of all these folks staying sober and clean!

Jennifer Courtemanche
Community Member
2 months ago

You go, girl!

Alison Vickery
Community Member
2 months ago

👏👏👏 So proud of you and allllll the work you've put into getting there!!! 👏👏👏

Synsepalum
Community Member
2 months ago

You can do it!

Lauren Davis
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh, dear one! How wonderful. Keep going. 26 yrs here. You can do it!

Oogiebogieaugiedaddy
Community Member
2 months ago

My mother died at 58 from metastatic lung cancer. She was a chain smoker and alcoholic. My son's father died at 52 from brain cancer. He was a chain smoker. It was an ugly death.

Steve Coady
Community Member
2 months ago

💕💪💪💕

Callia Donoven
Community Member
2 months ago

These ones are so inspiring, go you!

Jill Schulman
Community Member
2 months ago

Great job!

Steve Campbell
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazing job. And we are all here to help you celebrate.

TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

Panda's are here to support everyone

Chenandoa
Community Member
2 months ago

If you are having trouble resisting a smoke, maybe remembering how many people you are either simply pleasing/making proud, or even reducing pollution for (I myself have asthma, mom has COPD)? Its great that you are wanting to quit...keep it up! :)

Ahimsa Soul
Community Member
2 months ago

It's not a small feat. Congratulations! Keep strong!

Amy Mo
Community Member
2 months ago

Keep it up! You have endless support! ❤️

Natalia A
Community Member
2 months ago

Thank you for sharing:)

Lynne Monteith
Community Member
2 months ago

I am glad we get to share this with you! I am proud of you.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 months ago

Proud of you!!

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
2 months ago

8 Years! Fantastic achievement.

Nikki Hilton
Community Member
2 months ago

Good job! You can kick that cigarette habit! I watched my husband do it after smoking for over 40 years. Ain't gonna lie, it's hard. But you can do it!

Poppy Petal
Community Member
2 months ago

You go girl! 💜

Nina
Community Member
2 months ago

👍🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻👍

Susan Bosse
Community Member
2 months ago

So proud of you!!! Keep doing what you know to do!!! Make your meetings, talk to your sponsor and reach out for help when you need it!!! #YouGotThis #YouGoGirl

Virgil Sanders
Community Member
2 months ago

you've got this!

Purr·maid
Community Member
2 months ago

Awesome!

Jan Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

keep it up with the giving up cigs! and go you on the other :-)

Susan Russell
Community Member
2 months ago

Good for you !

CAILIN FRITSCH
Community Member
2 months ago

you can do this!!

S O N G O
Community Member
2 months ago

Awesome job!

Mamma Mia
Community Member
2 months ago

Rock it!

Josh Tall
Community Member
2 months ago

One day at a time

Diemond Star
Community Member
2 months ago

Thank you for sharing this with BP. Congratulations . You are so strong!

~Steerpike~
Community Member
2 months ago

Keep going you can do it!

Toko Danganronpa
Community Member
2 months ago

Great! You can do it!

Piet Puk
Community Member
2 months ago

Good job! Panda's unite!

Stephanie IV
Community Member
2 months ago

Well done, you! Here’s the good news: you’ll forget cigarettes completely.

IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
2 months ago

I really hope the future is bright for you . You deserve all the luck in the world.

Vanessa Dines
Community Member
2 months ago

You got this! You are a strong lady!

KT
Community Member
2 months ago

That's amazing!!!

Auggie LaBonte
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2 months ago (edited)

WOW! Huge steps. You have accomplished some amazing things.

Dahungryfella
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2 months ago

Keep it up! You're doing great!

Spring Fisk
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2 months ago

keep up the good fight!

Ekaterina S
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2 months ago

you look so happy! best of luck, gorgeous!

Uhulifant
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2 months ago

Getting away from cigarettes Was harder than other drugs. Without nicotin you get... Very angry...

pusheen buttercup
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2 months ago

Congrats!!

Carol Emory
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2 months ago

You just reminded me that, in two days, I will have been 100% cigarette free for a year.

Lorelai Purvis
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2 months ago

Yay for you!

Cee Mor
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2 months ago

You can do it!!!! Looking GREAT!!!

Elisha Brown
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2 months ago

That's amazing! Keep it up! You can do it. X

Deborah B
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2 months ago

Congratulations! I'm proud of you!

Scott McLeod
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2 months ago

Fantastic keep going you can do it

Zena Marsh
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2 months ago

Well Done! You've nailed it. Good Luck in whatever you do next.

Warrior Mama
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2 months ago

You've got this - I believe in you!

Anna McHugh
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2 months ago

Go you!!!

Sharon Marcus Geller
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2 months ago

👏👏👏🙏💐👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Ronen Cohen
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2 months ago

Congrats!

Deep
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2 months ago

Future is looking bright

Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

If you can quit heroin, you can quit cigarettes. You can do anything.

snipergun
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2 months ago

You're awesome! Keep on going! Wish you strength to fight through this.

Dispatcherqueen
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2 months ago

Fantastic!!

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#12

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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