The idea behind feel-good stories is that it's important to counteract the negativity of bad news.

Of course, there will always be skeptics who say maintaining optimism in the long run is impossible and that every attempt to prove otherwise is just a form of escapism, but every now and then something happens that puts a smile on your face and makes you believe that we're all going to be OK.

So we at Bored Panda put together a new collection of such moments to remind you that there's still good in this world. Whether it's someone beating an illness or caring for an animal in need, we people are strong and have an endless capacity to love, and we can't forget that.

Continue scrolling to check out the list and if you need more positivity, fire up our earlier publications of the series here, here, and here.

#1

The Breathtaking Bravery Of Russian Citizens Who Know They’ll Be Arrested For Protesting The War And Do It Anyway

The Breathtaking Bravery Of Russian Citizens Who Know They’ll Be Arrested For Protesting The War And Do It Anyway

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It's Izzy 🇺🇦 (They/Them)
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1 month ago

Good for them! I hope that Putin finally realises his madness and puts a stop to this terror.

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#2

This Is The Way

This Is The Way

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laka puka
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1 month ago

Love that they aren't taking advantage of you

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Sometimes, the impulse to consume negative news can be difficult to resist. "We are evolutionarily wired to screen for and anticipate danger, which is why keeping our fingers on the pulse of bad news may trick us into feeling more prepared," says Cecille Ahrens, clinical director of Transcend Therapy in San Diego, California.

Following the news may be necessary to stay informed, especially during a crisis but according to Ahrens, the feelings of fear, sadness, and anger triggered by negative headlines can keep people stuck in a "pattern of frequent monitoring," leading to worse mood and more anxious scrolling (doomscrolling).

#3

One Year Ago They Gave Me A 30% Chance Of Survival. Today I'm Still Standing Through My Last Day Of Chemo

One Year Ago They Gave Me A 30% Chance Of Survival. Today I'm Still Standing Through My Last Day Of Chemo

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It's Izzy 🇺🇦 (They/Them)
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1 month ago

Congratulations! I hope you recover quickly.

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#4

My Son Is Autistic And Loves Cats, So For The Past 4 Years He Has Volunteered To Socialize The Cats And Kittens At Our Local Animal Shelter To Help Get Them Adopted

My Son Is Autistic And Loves Cats, So For The Past 4 Years He Has Volunteered To Socialize The Cats And Kittens At Our Local Animal Shelter To Help Get Them Adopted

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Pandaroo
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1 month ago

Cats 4 life!

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#5

I Made My Own Wedding Dress. I Feel Just Okay About It, But I Thought I'd Share Anyway

I Made My Own Wedding Dress. I Feel Just Okay About It, But I Thought I'd Share Anyway

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Maggie
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1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful.

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Ddoomscrolling can take a toll on mental health. Studies have linked the consumption of bad news to increased distress, anxiety, and depression, even when the news in question is relatively mundane.

Graham Davey, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Sussex, says exposure to bad news can make personal worries seem worse and even cause acute stress reactions and some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder that can be quite long-lasting.

#6

I Don’t Usually Like To Smile For Photos, But This Month Is The One Year Anniversary Since My Overdose And The 6 Month Anniversary Of Being Sober

I Don’t Usually Like To Smile For Photos, But This Month Is The One Year Anniversary Since My Overdose And The 6 Month Anniversary Of Being Sober

I figured I deserve a smile.

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Ange Marsden
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1 month ago

You always deserve a smile 😃

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#7

I Can Finally Stand With No Hands

I Can Finally Stand With No Hands

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Aran Lindvail
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1 month ago

Good job!

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#8

A Ukrainian Man With Down Syndrome Bakes Bread To Feed Ukrainian Soldiers Fighting The War

A Ukrainian Man With Down Syndrome Bakes Bread To Feed Ukrainian Soldiers Fighting The War

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1 month ago

He looks so proud!

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#9

That's Amazing

That's Amazing

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It's Izzy 🇺🇦 (They/Them)
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1 month ago

Thank you! The world needs more people like this.

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The root of our interest in bad news may be the result of feeling vulnerable or helpless or overwhelmed.

"Let's say you are feeling stressed out at work and you disengage from your tasks to pick up your phone and doomscroll. Once you catch that compulsive behavior, check in with yourself and ask what it is you are thinking and feeling,” says Megan E. Johnson, a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher specializing in trauma and brain-behavior relationships.

"Once you understand your need, then you can find a realistic and appropriate way to get that need met, rather than compulsively turning to doomscrolling."

#10

Hikmet Kaya, An Engineer From Turkey, Standing In Front Of A Land Which He Afforested For 41 Years

Hikmet Kaya, An Engineer From Turkey, Standing In Front Of A Land Which He Afforested For 41 Years

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laka puka
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1 month ago

We need more people like him

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#11

I Volunteer At The Humane Society And Fell In Love With This Girl. I Cried When I Found Out She Had Been Adopted. Two Weeks Later And She Was Returned For Being “Too Lazy”

I Volunteer At The Humane Society And Fell In Love With This Girl. I Cried When I Found Out She Had Been Adopted. Two Weeks Later And She Was Returned For Being “Too Lazy”

Took her straight home to her new couch where she is the cutest potato. Don’t know her name yet but just look at that face.

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Daisy. Coz she's lazy! 😉

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#12

This Dad Has One Great Son

This Dad Has One Great Son

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

I love that the parents went with their son's decision and only invited the one nice person.

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#13

This Man Spoke With Every Parent In Uvalde, Texas To Build Personalized Caskets For All 19 Children Who Were Shot. His Name Is Trey Ganem

This Man Spoke With Every Parent In Uvalde, Texas To Build Personalized Caskets For All 19 Children Who Were Shot. His Name Is Trey Ganem

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Ekaterina S
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1 month ago (edited)

Trey Ganem should not have to customise coffins in the first place. :(

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Turning to your phone might just distance you from the colleagues and friends and family who could help.

"All it will do is temporarily distract you from your uncomfortable emotion," Johnson adds. "But those unpleasant feelings are there for a reason, and they communicate to us our needs, so we cannot just silence them with distractions. Once you become aware that what you actually need is support, then maybe you can reach out to a colleague and delegate some tasks.”

#14

An Incredible Turnaround

An Incredible Turnaround

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Pandaroo
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1 month ago

You look like the happiest human on earth!

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#15

The First Portrait I Ever Did Back In 2011 vs. The Most Recent Portrait From 2021, It's Been A Long Journey

The First Portrait I Ever Did Back In 2011 vs. The Most Recent Portrait From 2021, It's Been A Long Journey

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Ange Marsden
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1 month ago

Incredible!

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#16

12-Year-Old Kid Is Adopted By The Family Of His Best Friend

12-Year-Old Kid Is Adopted By The Family Of His Best Friend

We don’t know which is sweeter: Andrew and Joc’s love of KelloggsUS PopTarts, or the bond these two share! We are thrilled that Andrew has found his forever family with his best friend and new brother, Joc, and the Gill family

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Pandaroo
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1 month ago

The good bit: No mention of 'race'

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#17

I’m A Father! My Wife Didn’t Want Me To Share Any Pictures With Family Yet But I Can’t Hold It In. He Is Perfect And Since None Of You Are Family, I’m Just Hoping I Can Spread My Joy

I’m A Father! My Wife Didn’t Want Me To Share Any Pictures With Family Yet But I Can’t Hold It In. He Is Perfect And Since None Of You Are Family, I’m Just Hoping I Can Spread My Joy

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Maggie
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1 month ago

Look just like you.

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"We believe that if we have all the facts, we can make better decisions and protect ourselves from danger," Johnson says.

"This illusion of control and safety is a fallacy, though. There is a never-ending supply of information to consume, so we never feel like we have all the information—because we don't, and we can't."

#18

My 9-Year-Old Found This Rock A Month Ago And It Became His “Lucky” Rock. He Takes It Everywhere. Today I Have An Important Job Interview And I Found His Rock On My Seat

My 9-Year-Old Found This Rock A Month Ago And It Became His “Lucky” Rock. He Takes It Everywhere. Today I Have An Important Job Interview And I Found His Rock On My Seat

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Ange Marsden
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1 month ago

Dude's got life sorted out!

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#19

This Goose At My Hospital Laid Eggs And Is Nesting In A Large Planter, One Of Our Maintenance Guys Built This Umbrella For Her And Set Her Up With Nearby Water

This Goose At My Hospital Laid Eggs And Is Nesting In A Large Planter, One Of Our Maintenance Guys Built This Umbrella For Her And Set Her Up With Nearby Water

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Aran Lindvail
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1 month ago

Happy cobra chicken.

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#20

During The Memorial Day Siren, An Holocaust Survivor Is Being Honored By Her Granddaughter

During The Memorial Day Siren, An Holocaust Survivor Is Being Honored By Her Granddaughter

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MissPrideGirl
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1 month ago

Dam onion ninjas. The granddaughter looks so happy to salute her grandmother.

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#21

Awww

Awww

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LisaMarie
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1 month ago

This is too cute! 😅

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Given that avoidance might not be practical, experts suggest these three ways to make your experience on the internet more positive:

  • Be mindful of what you consume on social media. If you log on to connect with other people, focus on the personal news and photos shared instead of the latest headlines;
  • Seek out the content that makes you happy to balance out your newsfeed. This may be images of cute kittens, beautiful landscapes, drool-worthy food videos, or something else. You could even follow a social media account dedicated to sharing only happy and positive news;
  • Use social media to promote positivity and kindness. Sharing good things that are happening in your life can improve your mood, and your positive mood can spread to others. You may also like to compliment others on social media. While this might sound awkward, people will appreciate it more than you think.
#22

6 Months Ago, Our Psycho Neighbor Trapped Our Cat And Released Him 12 Miles Away. Today, We Found Him! Welcome Home, Iggy

6 Months Ago, Our Psycho Neighbor Trapped Our Cat And Released Him 12 Miles Away. Today, We Found Him! Welcome Home, Iggy

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Katie Lutesinger
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1 month ago

I hope you also paid a friendly visit to the neighbour with a baseball bat in hand.

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#23

These Are What We Stay Alive For

These Are What We Stay Alive For

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Maggie
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1 month ago

Yes

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#24

After 170 Hours I Finally Finished My Drawing

After 170 Hours I Finally Finished My Drawing

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Mercy Wanjiru
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1 month ago

oh my god...she's so talented!

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#25

A Round Of Applause To This Lady

A Round Of Applause To This Lady

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LisaMarie
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1 month ago

Incredible achievement! Well done 😊

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You might also want to consider doing something nourishing for yourself – such as being outdoors in nature or making your favorite meal. This might help shift your mind from troubling news and create a more positive and resilient mindset that can better deal with worries.

At the end of the day, we have to accept that some things are just out of our control and focus on the ones that we can, in fact, change.

#26

An 80-Year-Old Who Showed Up To Join The Ukrainian Army, Carrying With Him A Small Case With 2 T-Shirts, A Pair Of Extra Pants, A Toothbrush And A Few Sandwiches For Lunch

An 80-Year-Old Who Showed Up To Join The Ukrainian Army, Carrying With Him A Small Case With 2 T-Shirts, A Pair Of Extra Pants, A Toothbrush And A Few Sandwiches For Lunch

He said he was doing it for his grandkids.

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Pandaroo
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1 month ago

I swear if he does not make it out of this war I will personally murder putin and the whole Kremlin.

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#27

Had Me At The First Part For Sure

Had Me At The First Part For Sure

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laka puka
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1 month ago

They had us in the first half, not gonna lie

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#28

A Very Proud Dad

A Very Proud Dad

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Tash
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1 month ago

Thats so sweet!

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#29

My 18-Year-Old Donating Stem Cells Today To A Stranger With Blood Cancer. Proud Is An Understatement

My 18-Year-Old Donating Stem Cells Today To A Stranger With Blood Cancer. Proud Is An Understatement

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Ekaterina S
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1 month ago

Wow!

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#30

Ukrainian Soldier And A Rescued Dog

Ukrainian Soldier And A Rescued Dog

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Chewie Baron
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1 month ago

That’s a bear surely!

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#31

My Radiotherapy Treatments Worked! Most Tumors Has Reduced In Size And Are Less Painful

My Radiotherapy Treatments Worked! Most Tumors Has Reduced In Size And Are Less Painful

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PVR
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1 month ago

Congratulations!

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#32

Our Neighbor From India Asked If We Have A Sauté Pan For Him To Lend. We Had And This Is How He Returned It

Our Neighbor From India Asked If We Have A Sauté Pan For Him To Lend. We Had And This Is How He Returned It

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Aqsa Azam
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1 month ago

This is a really wholesome practice. We do it in Pakistan too. If you borrow some cutlery or get a box of food in non-disposable dishes or boxes, you return it filled with food too.

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#33

I Cleaned My Depression Room

I Cleaned My Depression Room

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Psycho Cat
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1 month ago

I love your curtains and bed spread! Good job

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#34

My Son Got His First Pair Of Glasses

My Son Got His First Pair Of Glasses

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Squirrel Girl
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1 month ago

😍 what a little cutie!

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#35

Found Out Today My Great-Uncle (Right) Is Dog Walking Buddies With Stephen King

Found Out Today My Great-Uncle (Right) Is Dog Walking Buddies With Stephen King

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Pilla Lonn
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1 month ago

Wow!! I wish it were me!

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#36

Members Of The Un Council Walked Out On The Speech Of Russia's Minister Of Foreign Affairs

Members Of The Un Council Walked Out On The Speech Of Russia's Minister Of Foreign Affairs

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Mercy Wanjiru
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1 month ago

the fact that he trying to justify invading a whole country ?!

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#37

A Pic I Took Of My Husband With All The Books He Wrote

A Pic I Took Of My Husband With All The Books He Wrote

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Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago

Ooh, I read two I think. Sci-fi is not my favourite genre, but these were really neat! 100% recommended to any space and sci-fi lover.

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#38

Shout Out To The Parents For Being Wholesome And Inclusive

Shout Out To The Parents For Being Wholesome And Inclusive

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ShyWahine
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1 month ago (edited)

Love that the parents provided her with a nightcap too and she just goes with the flow...

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#39

I Think I Found My Favorite Photography Genre

I Think I Found My Favorite Photography Genre

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LisaMarie
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1 month ago

Yes!! More of this please 😍

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#40

My Father, 67. Finally A Us Citizen After 17 Years Of Processes And Paperwork

My Father, 67. Finally A Us Citizen After 17 Years Of Processes And Paperwork

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1 month ago

Damn, your father is a patient guy

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#41

Seeing My Husband The Day After Donating 68% Of My Liver To Him

Seeing My Husband The Day After Donating 68% Of My Liver To Him

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Midoribird Aoi
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1 month ago

Facts: Livers can regenerate, and you can donate a portion to someone else and still have enough to survive with, and the rest will regrow in time. Amazing thing she did for her husband. :)

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#42

Look At This Guys

Look At This Guys

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Anxiousguest
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1 month ago

What are they looking at?👀 🤔

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#43

This Restaurant Not Only Welcomes Dogs, It Offers Dog Portions For Cheap

This Restaurant Not Only Welcomes Dogs, It Offers Dog Portions For Cheap

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PVR
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1 month ago

I'd totally go there.

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#44

Blessed Family

Blessed Family

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Life, (and playtime) finds a way...

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#45

My Wife Receiving An Anonymous Donor's Bone Marrow That Can Potentially Save Her Life

My Wife Receiving An Anonymous Donor's Bone Marrow That Can Potentially Save Her Life

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Wilko Lunenburg
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1 month ago

Wow! That's an impressive collection of fluids...

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#46

Just Landed My Dream Job... To Teach People About Dinosaurs And Prehistoric Animals At A Natural History Museum

Just Landed My Dream Job... To Teach People About Dinosaurs And Prehistoric Animals At A Natural History Museum

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Katie Lutesinger
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1 month ago

I want that necklace!

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#47

For My 18th Birthday I Got A Tattoo Of My Dad's Laugh On My Arm, He Passed 3 Years Ago. I Have His Smile And Joy Wherever I Go Now

For My 18th Birthday I Got A Tattoo Of My Dad's Laugh On My Arm, He Passed 3 Years Ago. I Have His Smile And Joy Wherever I Go Now

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SnapStingray687
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1 month ago

I love this!

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#48

I’m Opening A Brewery/Taproom And Modified The Men/Women Restrooms To All Gender

I’m Opening A Brewery/Taproom And Modified The Men/Women Restrooms To All Gender

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Anuja Paranjape
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1 month ago

Tbh i think that even men's bathrooms should have changing tables

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#49

Not All Heroes Wear Capes (Bottom Right)

Not All Heroes Wear Capes (Bottom Right)

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River Webb
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1 month ago

some carry sharpies!

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#50

This Is Somehow Super Cute

This Is Somehow Super Cute

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laka puka
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1 month ago

You have a manchild on your hands

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