Self-sustained and Alone 17-year-old girl Safeguards the Place She Calls Home

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This is the amazing story of one girl against the world. Despite mind-numbingly difficult challenges faced during the earliest years of her life, Li MingLing has managed to cultivate a life for herself at just seventeen. She lives alone in Lanxian County, Shanxi Province, in China. Her life story is a sad one, and yet…

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“Taking Facebook Quizzes Could Get Your Identity Stolen�-Police

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Over a billion people on planet Earth use Facebook. It’s by far the most popular social network by the number of users it has. As is expected, not everyone on Facebook means good. There are a lot of hackers and cybercriminals who use Facebook and other social media platforms as their hunting ground. For this…

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Champion Gymnast With Down Syndrome Becomes A Model, Paving The Way For Others Like Her

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Everyone is born with their unique striking beauty. 25-year-old Chelsea Werner from Danville, California was born with Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal defect (1 in 700 babies) that delays physiological and intellectual development. Chelsea was introduced to gymnastics at the age of four to help her develop strong muscles because most people with Down…

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21-Year-Old Son Uses His First Paycheck To Pay Off His Parents’ Entire Mortgage For Christmas

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We all know how parents work hard to support their kids. For 18+ years, moms and dads will do just about anything to make sure their children are comfortable and provided for. Many people first think of expensive cars or luxurious vacations as a way to spend their wages. However, the expression “home is where…

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When Depression Makes You Seem Like a Messy Person

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Depression is a mental health problem that many of us experience. And it’s on the rise. From 2005-2015, the number of cases of depression worldwide increased by nearly a fifth. This could be due to many factors, but it is believed an increase in isolation (especially for those aged 60-74) and rising stress levels are…

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A Technique To Control Your Dreams Has Been Verified For The First Time

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A technique to induce lucid dreaming has been independently verified for the first time, and might be even more effective when combined with others. More than half the participants lucidly dreamed during the trial, a record-breaking success rate in just a week without using external intervention. Lucid dreaming is the term given to the state where the…

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15 Powerful Photographs That Will Impress Even The Most Cynical Person

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Robert Frank, the acclaimed Swiss-American photographer and documentary filmmaker, once said: “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” (1) We live in a world where humanity can be a dark, grim place. However, the opposite is also true, which is why we have compiled these photographs. Yes, a photograph…

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Why Parents Should Spend Less Money on Toys and Take More Family Vacations

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Halloween has passed; you survived Thanksgiving, and now… Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! And with that, so is a lot of spending. Every single year, families will spend – and, for some, arguably waste – hundreds or thousands of dollars on toys. It doesn’t help that Christmas is conveniently tucked between Black Friday, Cyber…

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Gifted Children: 23 Signs That You Have a Child Who Is Gifted

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What comes to mind when you think of intelligence? Some may think book smarts, some may think street smarts, and others will argue it’s a combination of both. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “intelligenceâ€� as the: (1) ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations ability to apply knowledge to manipulate…

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Grandfather Pens Powerful Open Letter to His Grandkids About Childhood

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There is something about grandparents’ wisdom that speaks volumes. You can be a wide-eyed grandchild or a jaded adult – grandparents can cut through anything with their life experience and truths. That’s why The Hearty Soul has posted many articles sharing the wisdom of people with lifetimes of experience. For example: 22 Pieces of Life…

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Bride Reads Cheating Fiancé’s Text Messages Instead of Vows at Their Wedding

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Imagine… After months of planning, endless consultations, drowning in details about color schemes and décor, all the fittings to make sure the wedding dress fits perfectly… that it was all for nothing. Every now and then, you hear wedding day horror stories about a bride or groom getting cold feet and not showing up. In…

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Cancer Took 27-Year-Old Holly Butcher’s Life – This Is Her Touching Life Advice

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It’s a question that everyone inevitably asks themselves at some point in their life: Why do bad things happen to good people? Many people start looking for answers to this question later in life. But, others begin much earlier. One of those people was Holly Butcher, a 27-year-old from Australia who was diagnosed with a…

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The 10 Most Common Signs That You Have a Tired Soul

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When we spend our days going a thousand miles a minute, it doesn’t take long before physical exhaustion catches up. That’s why self-care is so important. What people often forget is that, in addition to physical exhaustion, there’s also a spiritual exhaustion going on. People pride themselves on pushing their bodies to challenging extremes. But…

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10 Ways to Tell Whether He Really Loves You (Or Is Only Stringing You Along)

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How many times have you heard people base their love strictly on feelings? Lots of relationship theories emphasize the importance of how couples feel about each other, too. While we’re not dismissing the significance of feelings between two people, it’s important that this felt love is actually lived out. According to American psychological researcher, John…

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15 Reasons Why Your Aunt Is One of the Most Important People in the World

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Everyone has that favorite aunt – maybe you are that favorite aunt! Well, today we want to give some praise to all the amazing aunts that have impacted our lives. We’ll even go so far as to that behind every incredible human being, there’s an incredible aunt. It’s true. Of course, parents and grandparents have a…

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Female Empaths: 11 Reasons Why Men Cannot Handle Them

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Everyone knows an empath. Just reading those four words, there are likely one or two people who pop right into your head. One of the reasons that is, is because empaths are different than the average person. When people are different – for some reason – their lives are filled with a unique set of…

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22 Pieces of Life Advice People Would Give to Their 20-Year-Old Selves

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Self-reflection is a healthy and necessary part of self-improvement. How can we grow as individuals and become better if we don’t learn from our past mistakes? That doesn’t mean wallow in your past and let unwelcome feelings of regret take over. However, sometimes thinking about what you would tell your younger self helps put life…

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Autistic Boy Fails School Exams– Teacher Sends Him Home with Powerful Letter

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Every parent or grandparent wants their young ones to succeed in school. From getting good grades to getting even better friends, it warms the heart when that “perfect studentâ€� flies through school with flying colors. Reality is, more often than not, students struggle a lot throughout their studies. Fortunately or unfortunately, a student’s “successâ€� usually…

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Why Raising Kids Without Extended Family Nearby Sucks

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If we asked 100 people for their definitions of freedom, we could very well get 100 different answers. We would wager that one of the answers would have to do with the first time you moved out to live with your partner. No kids, no fights, no worries – complete freedom. But, as you would…

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Jennifer Lopez said Men Are ‘Useless’ Before 33 – and She’s Actually Not Wrong

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If you already have the best husband ever, keep reading anyway… This advice could help the hopeless romantic friend in your life who thinks they will never find love. Because according to 49-year-old singer, dancer and actress, Jennifer Lopez, that friend may just need to look for someone over a certain age. Tinder is a…

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3 Things Everyone Can Learn from Melissa McCarthy’s Daily Routine

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Hollywood’s landscape has shifted drastically in the last few years, especially in terms of famous actresses, one of whom is Melissa McCarthy. Not only is she being recognized for how much money she is making, but for the surprising way she conducts her day to day life. Unlike many Hollywood stars’ jam-packed schedules where it…

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If You Have These 10+ Characteristics, You Belong to the World’s Rarest Personality Type

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What do Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Morgan Freeman, Martin Luther King, and Nicole Kidman have in common? They’re all INFJ’s! The string of letters, INFJ, might not mean much to you, but together, they represent an unusual combination of personality traits. So unusual, in fact, that only about 1 or 2% of the world’s population is…

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Richard Pringle: The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learned Since Losing My Son

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Parents… your children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for knowing that you cherished them. [1] Parents around the world share this sentiment and yet, it’s still so easy to get caught up in life’s trivialities. Deadlines, chores, work, extracurricular activities… all the things that parents allow to take the…

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Japanese Minimalism: 4 Videos Proving How Minimalist Japan Truly Is

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Over the last few years, the minimalist movement has grown quite maximally and led people to completely rethink the way they choose to live their lives. Minimalism has even allowed hoarders to take their lives back and helped people to value relationships with family and friends again instead of material possessions. It is a trend,…

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5 Easy Brain Hacks to Calm Anxiety Without Medications

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Nobody is immune to anxiety, unfortunately. From time to time, we all experience that jittery feeling of overwhelming concern and worry for the future. It can be driven by various factors – genetics, life events, environment, personality, stress, burnout, you name it. However, statistics show that approximately 6.8 million adults in the US suffer from…

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Top 10 Subtle Signs of Anxiety Everyone Should Be Aware Of

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What is anxiety? Put simply, anxiety is the incessant voice in the back of your head always reminding you that something bad will happen. However, anxiety is anything but simple. Oftentimes, people can mask their feelings of anxiousness and come across as introverted, strange, or rude. Combined with someone who either does not want to…

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Study Shows That Spanking Leads to Long-Term Harm on Children

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The appropriateness of spanking as a parental disciplinary technique arouses passionate debate. But a new meta-analysis of five decades of research suggests that, in addition to the psychological effects on children, there may be a large price to pay for the parents. Measuring the effects of spanking has proven difficult, not only because so many people…

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Don’t Ignore These 65 Signs of Abuse

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Overview You probably know many of the more obvious signs of mental and emotional abuse. But when you’re in the midst of it, it can be easy to miss the persistent undercurrent of abusive behavior. Psychological abuse involves a person’s attempts to frighten, control, or isolate you. It’s in the abuser’s words and actions, as…

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How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD

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Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) receive a diagnosis based on their behavior: age-inappropriate fidgeting, inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and trouble sitting still and concentrating. However, according to new research presented today at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada, these behaviors may also be linked to childhood trauma. A research team analyzed data about 65,680…

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People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Jerks, Scientists Find

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All right, okay, it’s time to come clean – and be honest! Does it grind your gears when people make even the tiniest grammatical error? Does your restless leg syndrome kick in or your eye start twitching… to the point where you feel a deep, intense need to correct them all? From the differences between…

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Sibling Rivalry: 7 Parenting Tips to Help Build Stronger Sibling Bonds

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Nothing feels more crushing than seeing family fight… What’s worse is when parents see their own children at each other’s throats – and over what!? Whose turn it is to wash dishes, who got the bigger bowl of ice cream for dessert, how long the other person has been using the family iPad, how the…

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Popular Cleaner Goes On Holiday Paid for By Students So He Can See His Family

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“It’s about making the most of every single day, because no one knows how long you might have or if your life might end tomorrow — and for me that’s about making others happy.” Those are the words of Herman Gordon, a custodian at Bristol University. Herman was born in Jamaica and emigrated to Britain…

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Just 2 Minutes High-Intensity Exercise Could Be as Beneficial as 30 Minutes of Moderate Activity

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Yes, we know it’s good for us but trying to squeeze in an hour at the gym in between a 40-hour work week, family commitments, and a social life can feel near-on impossible. That’s where high-intensity interval training (or HIIT) comes in. HIIT workouts have become increasingly popular in recent years. If you’ve never heard…

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The Tortoise and the Hare: How to Form Habits Slowly and Steadily

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How many times have you heard the age-old saying, “Slow and steady wins the race?â€� Probably hundreds. It’s a simple yet profound piece of wisdom that gets thrown around a lot (probably too much). But, people underestimate how much those six little words can impact their lives. Aesop’s Fable: The Tortoise and the Hare You’ve…

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Putting Kids to Bed Earlier Can Help Mom’s Mental Health, Study Says

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Moms have known it forever, but now there’s research to prove that kids who fall asleep by 8:30 p.m. are more likely to be happier and healthier. The BONUS part of this? When the kids hit the sack on time, mom’s mental health is better too! Early bedtime works for kids, because their melatonin levels peak around 8 p.m. Melatonin is a…

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Douglas Adams’ Story Teaches a Powerful Lesson on Judging Others

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We have all experienced moments in life that were so humbling or embarrassing – or both! – that you remember them forever. Eventually, a fitting opportunity to share your story arises, and this is one of those times. Now, it’s not one of our personal experiences but it still serves as an excellent reminder to…

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5 Types of Fake People That Empaths Cannot Stand Being Around

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Life is too short to surround yourself with fake people and feel stuck in toxic relationships. Dealing with these circumstances is especially hard for anyone who considers themselves an empath. Because they have that heightened “sixthâ€� sense of other people’s auras and energies, empaths often find themselves at a loss for words or actions when…

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Rejection From Dad Can Lead to Social Anxiety Later In Life

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Do you remember your childhood best friend? Were you lucky enough to have more than one? It turns out the nature of your childhood friendships can have a pretty long-term impact. What’s even more fascinating is how your relationship with your parents lay the foundation for your friendships, and they can even be a potential…

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You Can Get PTSD By Staying in an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

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Recognizing the signs When thinking about abuse, physical abuse may come to mind first. But abuse can come in many forms. Emotional abuse is just as serious as physical abuse and often precedes it. Sometimes they happen together. If you’re wondering whether it’s happening to you, here are some of the signs: yelling name-calling spewing insults or…

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A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Your Body’s 7 Chakras

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Chakras date back to 1500 to 1000 BC, however, they have become more well-known with the emergence of yoga and New Age philosophy in today’s society. Known as cakra in Sanskrit, chakra means wheel. There are 7 main chakras in the body that correspond with different energy centers in the body. These chakras are thought…

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