12 Animal Farm Quotes that Will Open Your Eyes

In 1945, Animal Farm by George Orwell was released into the world. This novella tells the story of farm creatures overthrowing their harsh human owner, only to see themselves become no better in the end. It animates the events of the Russian Revolution. Here are the top 12 quotes from this thought provoking book:

1 – “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.” (Old Major, Chapter 1)

Are we more than exploiting the earth and animals? Or are we destined to radiate greed until our species comes to an end?

2 – “I do not know when that Rebellion will come, it might be in a week or in a hundred years, but I know, as surely as I see this straw beneath my feet, that sooner or later justice will be done.” (Old Major, Chapter 1)

Old Major’s words of wisdom. He dies with hope of revolution and freedom for the future of his kind.

3 – “Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers.” (Old Major, Chapter 1)

All different, and all connected. We have to stick together.


4 – “Rings shall vanish from our noses, And the harness from our back, Bit and spur shall rust forever, Cruel whips no more shall crack.” (A Piece from Beasts of England, Chapter 1)

Dreaming of freedom in songs and chants. Songs send sparks of revolution into the hearts of all the creatures.

5 – “…those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery. Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than ribbons?” (Snowball, Chapter 2)

Lesson: Do not let glamour distract from the ultimate goal. Do not let the luxuries blind the fact of slavery.

6 – “All the animals capered with joy when they saw the whips going up in flames.” (Narrator, Chapter 2)

Slaves, no more! Celebrating with smoke and flames…

7 – “The 7th Commandment: All animals are equal” (Chapter 2)

No one is above anyone else. We are all in this together.

8 – “…the others had to be content with this cryptic answer.” (Narrator, Chapter 3)

Are they trying to deceive us? Never take answers for their face value. There’s always something else going on behind closed doors…

9 – “…the animals worked like slaves. But they were happy in their work…” (Narrator, Chapter 6)

If the work has meaning, it’s not really work, is it? Who are we working for?

10 – “…they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fiercer, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes.” (Narrator, Chapter 7)

Living under the gun…we are free to speak…but are we, truly?

11 – “Their lives now, they reasoned, were hungry and laborious; was it not right and just that a better world should exist somewhere else?” (Narrator, Chapter 9)

There must be more to life than lives of labor and suffering, right? Is there more to life than work, sweat, blood, and tears? Does a better world exist?

12 – “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” (Narrator, Chapter 10)

The greedy, power hungry, and selfish – they are all the same.

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12 Insightful Quotes From Stories by Poe

Terrifying Tales, a collection of short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, can be downloaded on iBooks. The majority of these stories convey a sense of haunting and gloom while keeping the reader very interested. Aside from the overall dark themes, there are lines from the scenes that, out of context, are intriguing. Here are the top 12 quotes from this collection of stories by Poe:

“…why will you say that I am mad?” Narrator, The Tell-Tale Heart

Are you mad? Do you often feel that you are a little bit off in the head? That’s okay.

“It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.” Narrator, The Tell-Tale Heart

Use fear and adrenaline as tools in trying situations. Let these stress hormones propel your mind and body through the arduous scenario and make you stronger. Use it to your advantage.

“I smiled, – for what had I to fear?” Narrator, The Tell-Tale Heart

Be confident, regardless of the situation. Know how amazing and capable you are.

At length I would be avenged.” Narrator, The Cask of Amontillado 

Know that your time will come. Be patient and prepare for the day that moment arrives.

“The external world could take care of itself. In the meantime it was folly to grieve, or to think.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death

Enjoy the now. Let the stressors of your everyday life be put to rest, if only for a couple hours of fun.


“…the Time that flies.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death

Think of time as a person that you can never seem to catch up with. Time is always on the move.

“There were much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death

All walks of life are beautiful in their own way. Diversity on every point on each spectrum has its own form of fascinating mystery.

“There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion. Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death

Basically – some who think they are above the law, might be. They may never have to face adversity, but in the end, we are all the same.

“I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results.” Usher, The Fall of the House of Usher

Doing something might not be so bad, but what are the consequences of the actions you plan to do?

“Such opinions need no comment, and I will make none.” Narrator, The Fall of the House of Usher

It is often wise to stay quiet when another is vocal about his/her views on the world.

“His air appalled me – but any thing was preferable to the solitude which I had so long endured…” Narrator, The Fall of the House of Usher

A friend is a friend. No one is perfect.

“…I still retained sufficient presence of mind to avoid exciting, by any observation, the sensitive nervousness of my companion.” Narrator, The Fall of the House of Usher

Stay calm, never panic. Even if your partner in crime is freaking out. Don’t lose the sharpness of your mind.

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12 Quotes From Captain Marvel That Will Make You Think

Captain Marvel was a great installment to the MCU with the 90’s nostalgia and a great backstory to a powerful character. Though full of humor and smiles, several lines from the movie are deep and thought-provoking. Here are the top 12 quotes from Captain Marvel that will get you thinking:

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1 – “There’s nothing more dangerous to a warrior than emotion.” – Yon-Rogg

Emotions cause us to act irrationally and without strategy. All intelligent cognition tends to leave us when strong feelings take over. Whether in a battle or just driving down the road, when we let emotions take control, we lose our common sense.

2 – “War’s a universal language. I know a rogue soldier when I see one.” – Nick Fury

All cultures know what it’s like to have enemies and wars to fight. And most humans know what it’s like to battle demons internally. We don’t all have to get along, but we should respect the hardships of each other.

3 – “This isn’t about fighting wars. It’s about ending them.” – Lawson

War seems to be inevitable. In regards to your own personal battles, don’t pursue things that will keep you in internal turmoil. Find a way to end the battles.

4 – “Know your enemy. It could be you. Don’t let emotions override your judgement.” – Yon-Rogg

We are our own worst enemy when we allow our feelings to take the wheel and steer our actions.

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5 – “Went with his gut against orders. Hard thing to do, but it keeps us human.” – Fury

There’s no standard protocol for humans. We have rules to follow, but everyone and every scenario are unique. Sometimes we have to throw out the rule book and figure out our own path.

6 – “This is war. My hands are filthy from it too.” – Talos

All of us have stains on our soul. There’s no need for regret or shame. Just work to make the future better.

7 – “I’m only human. My name is Carol. I’ve been fighting with one arm tied behind my back. But what happens when I’m finally set free?” – Carol Danvers

Is there something holding you back? Fear, another person, a job, guilt, location? Find ways to cut yourself free from the chains that are pulling you down.

8 – “Arm wrestle for the tesseract?” – Carol

Never lose who you are when facing tough situations. Keep your attitude, your personality, and your soul. Don’t become a different person in times of war (internal or external).

9 – “We need to find more.” – Fury “More weapons?” – Agent Coulson “More Heroes.” – Fury


Heroes exist in the world. Heroes exist within ourselves.

10 – “She found out she was on the wrong side of an unjust war.” – Talos

It’s hard to look at battles from the outside, but it’s crucial to take a step back from the action to keep yourself in check. Are you fighting on the side that matches your values? Have you been lied to? Get the facts before bullets are shot.

11 – “Anger only serves the enemy.” – Yon-Rogg

Again, emotion can be damaging if left uncontrolled. Find ways to release feelings in healthy ways.

12 – “Learn to control your impulses. Stop using this [fists] and start using this [head].” – Yon-Rogg

Think before acting. Figure out a strategy before bursting into a building with a rocket launcher.

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12 Quotes From ‘Jane Eyre’ That Will Make You Think (Part 2)

Thank you, Charlotte Brontë, for creating a masterpiece full of wisdom. Here are 12 lines from Jane Eyre that provide incredible life lessons:

“The charm of adventure sweetens that sensation, the glow of pride warms it; but then the throb of fear disturbs it;” Narrator (Chapter 11)

We all want and need new experiences, but are often too afraid to try. Put fear aside and just go for it. It’s okay to be afraid; it’s not okay to let fear prevent opportunities.

“…I believed in the existence of other and more vivid kinds of goodness, and what I believed in I wished to behold.” Narrator (Chapter 12)

Don’t settle. If you know what you want and what you deserve from others and the world, never stop until you find it. It’s out there somewhere.


“It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.” Narrator (Chapter 12)

Feeling guilty about wanting to go out into the world to learn and experience new cultures, lifestyles, and careers is unreasonable. Do what you feel is right for you.

“…one should consider all before pronouncing an opinion as to its nature.” Jane Eyre (Chapter 13)

Don’t judge or condemn when not all the facts are known.

“His changes of mood did not offend me, because I saw that I had nothing to do with their alteration; the ebb and flow depended on causes quite disconnected with me.” Narrator (Chapter 14)

The actions of others are not your fault. Don’t take the actions of others personally.

“…remorse is the poison of life.” Mr. Rochester “Repentance is said to be its cure, sir.” Jane Eyres (Chapter 14)

Make amends for things that you are sorry about.

“I will break obstacles to happiness, to goodness…” Mr. Rochester (Chapter 15)

Nothing can stand in the way of creating a better life for ourselves.

“…convinced me that there must be arguments against its general adoption of which I was quite ignorant, otherwise I felt sure all the world would act as I wished to act.” Narrator (Chapter 18)

Whatever you believe in – whether it’s involving religion, culture, finance, music, etc. – always respect what others believe in. They have their reasons, you have your reasons, and though we see the world differently, we can continue to be courteous to one another.

“…I can live alone, if self-respect and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure, born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.” The gypsy (Mr. Rochester) quoting Jane’s personality (Chapter 19)

Being alone is not a bad thing if it means avoiding people who are toxic. We can all be content within our own presence.


“…my harvest must be in smiles, in endearments…” The gypsy (Mr. Rochester) (Chapter 19)

Making others smile and connecting with friends is more valuable than money.

“…a wanderer’s repose or a sinner’s reformation should never depend on a fellow-creature.” Jane Eyre (Chapter 20)

Don’t look to others to make yourself feel better about regrets or feelings. This must come from within.

“I still felt as a wanderer on the face of the earth: but I experienced firmer trust in myself and my own powers, and less withering dread of oppression. The gaping wound of my wrongs, too, was now quite healed, and the flame of resentment extinguished.” Narrator (Chapter 21)

Once you feel good and confident about yourself, nothing is impossible.

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12 Reasons You Should Smile Right Now

No matter what is happening in your day as of now, take a minute to smile. Smiling has the power to completely turn your entire day around. I know it sounds cheesy, believe me, but it’s worth it to be a bit cheesy for a few seconds if it means making your day better. If you need some motivation, here’s a list of 12 reasons to smile right now:

1 – You are alive, your heart is beating.

The beating heart is a seemingly simple physiological mechanism. (Try saying that 3 times fast.) However, it’s what keeps us all going. And unfortunately, hearts stop beating everyday. So be grateful that your motor is still moving as it should.

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2 – The Sun is up there in the sky.

The universe is a vast space of expanding matter. Think about our bright Sun up in the sky – it’s power, it’s energy, it’s ability to help sustain all of our lives down here on Earth. Appreciate the amazing Sun up there, feel it’s heat and see it’s power. Smile.


3 – Today is a new day, a chance to start fresh. 

Whatever happened yesterday, today can be different. You have the power to make today better and more productive than the previous.

4 – Tomorrow will be another new day, with another chance for a new beginning. 

Has today been sucky? Has everything in the book gone wrong? Guess what, tomorrow doesn’t have to be as poor. Hang in there and smile with the promise of another day ahead.

5 – You are on Earth, the most vibrant, flourishing with life planet in the galaxy. 

That could have probably been worded more smoothly, but you see the point. Of all the planets in the universe, we are lucky enough to live on the one with the most life (that we know of). We are here because this amazing planet has the capacity to support our human lives. We owe the Earth for allowing us to live.

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6 – For no reason at all.

Psychologically, smiling can actually improve your mood. Even without a reason. Behavior affects the mood in this case. So take a bathroom break and smile in the mirror.

7 – Your past hardships are over. 

Though new challenges present themselves everyday, it helps to take a moment to remember all the battles of the past and how you pushed through. Smile at your persistence and hardiness through the wars of the past.

8 – Your story is yours alone.

Feel genuinely proud that your story is the only story of its kind. No one’s autobiography will mimic your own. Own the fact that you are unique and one of a kind.

9 – You live in the modern world. 

Modern society has its flaws and its own issues, but we can all take a look at the previous centuries and see how lucky we are to live in the present. Medical advances, technological improvements, and overall quality of life have all contributed to generally happier lives. There are pros and cons with progression, but for the most part we are living in a cleaner, healthier world with more opportunities than our ancestors were given.

10 – A smile will make others smile.

One huge cheesy grin on your face has the radiant effect to spread and make someone else smile. So if you can’t find the power to smile for yourself, muster up the strength to cheer someone else up with a smile.

11 – The world is still spinning. 

Here’s another big picture perspective tip – think about your problems in terms of the spinning Earth. All the issues, mistakes, and battles in the world won’t prevent the Earth from rotating. Smile at the rotating Earth, and that no matter how much damage we cause on the surface, it still persists to spin through space.

12 – Life goes on. 

Sometimes life just really sucks. There’s no getting around it most of the time. We win, we lose, we fall, we bleed, and we cry. No matter what, life goes on. Always, life will go on. It’s a promise. And that’s a promise that we can all smile for.

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Thank you for reading this post. Go out and smile, and make some other people smile. You deserve it.

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12 Quotes from ‘Jane Eyre’ That WIll Make You Think (Part One)

Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Jane Eyre, is a classic novel released in 1847. It is a beautifully written story about an English girl growing up and discovering where she wants to be in life. Here is a collection of the best quotes from the novel that are great life lessons:

“Be seated somewhere; and until you can speak pleasantly, remain silent.” Mrs. Reed (Chapter 1)

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…

“Yet in what darkness, what dense ignorance, was the mental battle fought! I could not answer the ceaseless inward question – why I thus suffered; now, at the distance of – I will not say how many years, I see it clearly.” Narrator (Chapter 2)

Hardships are frustrating, but later in life we can often look back and see how we grew from the adversity.

“Poverty looks grim to grown people; still more so to children: they have not much idea of industrious, working, respectable poverty; they think of the world only as connected with ragged clothes, scanty food, fireless grates, rude manners, and debasing vices; poverty for me was synonymous with degradation.” Narrator (Chapter 3)

Just because someone is not wealthy and lives a certain way does not mean that person is a terrible or lesser being.

“Gateshead and my past life seemed floated away to an immeasurable distance; the present was vague and strange, and of the future I could form no conjecture.” Narrator (Chapter 5)

Move on from the past, look to the present, and don’t stress about the future.


“…without a companion, yet not feeling lonely…” Narrator (Chapter 6)

Being alone is not always a bad thing.

“It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you.” Helen Burns (Chapter 6)

Let them laugh, let them scorn, because they are far from knowing the truth.

“No ill usage so brands its record on my feelings. Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spend in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” Helen Burns (Chapter 6)

Don’t stress over getting revenge to a person that’s done wrong. Move on, set yourself free.

“I can so clearly distinguish between the criminal and his crime; I can so sincerely forgive the first while I abhor the last; with this creed, revenge never worries my heart, degradation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice never crushes me too low. I live in calm, looking to the end.” Helen Burns (Chapter 6)

Seeing the good in others and being quick to forgive will keep a heart at peace.


“If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.” Helen Burns (Chapter 8)

As long as a soul is confident and proud, no one else’s opinion can do it any harm.

“We shall think you what you prove yourself to be, my child.” Miss Temple (Chapter 8)

Never judge others from their pasts. Let them show you who they are.

“..a beauty neither of fine color, nor long eyelash, nor pencilled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance. Then her soul sat on her lips, and language flowed, from what source I cannot tell.” Narrator (Chapter 8)

Beauty is deeper than looks.

“I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had courage to go forth into its expanse to seek real knowledge of life amid its perils.” Narrator (Chapter 10)

Don’t be afraid to explore.

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12 Movie Mottos to Help You Through Life

Some movies are great, some are funny, and some are deep. Every now and then, a line spoken during a film hits close to home and is fitting for life in general. Here are the top 12 movie quotes than should be life mottos:

1 – “Hakuna Matata” The Lion King (1994)

“It means no worries, for the rest of your days.” This is a movie for kids, yet this saying is great for life. Shrug things off, let stuff go, and don’t worry too much about anything.

2 – “Why so serious?” The Dark Knight (2008)

This is similar to the previous. If you find yourself overthinking and overstressed about a situation, ask if it’s really worth all the damage.

3 – “Whatever it takes.” Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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When something is important, do everything in your power to take care of it. Get the job you want, ask your crush on a date, start exercising – do whatever it takes.

4 – “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.” Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Money is not the goal of life. Figure out what’s your own personal form of treasure.

5 – “Happiness only real when shared.” Into the Wild (2007)

Connection with others is very important. Being completely alone too long isn’t healthy for anyone.

6 – “I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters: not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their bulls***. For those ten seconds or less, I’m free.” The Fast and the Furious (2001)

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Find your passion in life. Find the activity that keeps you grounded, an activity that takes your mind off of the stressors in life.

7 – “Compromise where you can. Where you can’t, don’t. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye and say, ‘No, you move.'” Captain American: Civil War (2016)

Stand firm with what matters to you most, regardless of what everyone else says.

8 – “Remember, kid – there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legend never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.” The Sandlot (1993)

Pursue things that give you excitement and trust your gut. If you feel enjoyment, it’s probably not a fluke. Keep doing it.


9 – “It does not do to dwell on dreams, Harry, and forget to live.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

Dreams are important, but we should never put our lives and happiness on hold while making dreams happen.

10 – “Never tell me the odds.” Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Just go for it – don’t think about statistics, probability, chances, etc. Do what feels right.

11 – “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Holding onto hate in the heart only hurts, lingers, and festers throughout life. Let go of hate, to prevent suffering.

12 – “For certain, you have to be lost to find the place that can’t be found.” Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Odd logic, but we do tend to find people or opportunities when we are not looking for them.


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12 Life Mistakes We All Make

Life isn’t easy and we all fall short in various ways in being who we’ve always wanted to be. Our lives will never be picture perfect scenes of joy, happiness, and a lack of issues. That’s just not the way the universe works for anyone in reality. Even though perfection should never be the goal, there are several simple mistakes that we make everyday that we can all change in order to live a better life:

1 – We assume we are all alone in our battles/struggles.

One of the most damaging thoughts to our personal wellness is the false belief that we are alone, that we are the only person on the planet with that particular issue. When we open up and share what’s going on, we find that others, maybe even those close by, are struggling, too.

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2 – We forget to enjoy the simple things in life.

It’s so simple, yet so difficult at times. Slow down, smell the flowers, notice the tiny details of life that often are overlooked and ignored. Be conscious about those beautiful moments like laughing with a friend, watching a child have fun, a bird bathing in a puddle, or a pet cuddling up next to your side.

3 – We neglect to be grateful.

Life isn’t perfect and at times it can be frustrating. However, most of us have decent lives that are far better and more free than the masses in other areas of the world. Always be grateful.

4 – We place money high on the list of importance.

Money helps, and yes, it’s necessary for this modern society. But it should never become the goal of life itself. Worrying too much about money will take precious time from other, more important aspects of life.

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5 – We get stuck in our daily routines.

Pretty soon with work, school, etc., we become robots living on auto-pilot. This makes life go by ten times faster, so it’s crucial to change things up from time to time. Try new hobbies, go to new places, and make new friends.

6 – We don’t treat ourselves kindly.

The harshest critics tend to be our own selves. You are important and deserve kindness, just like everyone else.

7 – We don’t make time for fun.

Fun isn’t just for children. Everyone needs a burst of fun everyday. It doesn’t have to be a huge event to satisfy your soul. Set aside 10 minutes for “fun” whether it’s watching a funny movie or playing a game.

8 – We can’t “see the forest for the trees.”

This is a common quote, but it’s the truth. We forget the purpose of life, the big picture, as we get caught up in the stress of everyday life. Don’t forget what matters most.

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9 – We fail to listen.

We fail to listen to others, our friends, the planet, and ourselves. Pay attention to what’s going on, ask questions, and observe.

10 – We don’t smile enough.

Jobs and school are mostly mundane affairs in which we feel we must complete each day, but it never hurts to sneak a smile into the boring days. Smile at anything that catches your eye. Smile for no reason at all.

11 – We care too much what others think.

No one in the universe is loved by all and free of judgement. We can’t control any thoughts going through a coworker or acquaintance’s mind. So simply, be yourself.

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12 – We fear.

We are afraid of everything – the unknown, the lack of plans, changes, not enough changes, etc. Life will happen in its own way whether we worry about it or not. Fear only holds us back.

Thanks for reading this post. Do you find yourself making any of these 12 mistakes in life? Have a great day 🙂 Be yourself, smile, and don’t fear a thing.


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12 Factors that Do Not Define Your Worth

There’s a lot of misleading information out there today that leads us to feel that our lives are meaningless. It’s difficult to know how truly valuable you are when negative messages surround us. Regardless of what the media, social media, celebrities, magazines, or any other form of advertising say, here are 12 things that absolutely do NOT define your worth as a person:

1 – Your income.

Everyone is always out for more money and a higher paying job. Even centuries ago, throughout different methods of currency, humans have made the mistake of associating wealth with self worth. That’s basically reducing people to the minuscule value of a tiny rock of copper. Let’s understand that we are so much more than a dollar bill. Income might be a factor when you pay bills, but it does not, in any way, make you more or less of a valuable person.

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2 – Your weight.

Weight loss is discussed everyday, on every channel, in every advertisement. It’s so much of an obsession that we as a country are daily doing the exact opposite of losing weight. It’s because “weight” and “self-worth” have become nearly interchangeable. Let’s be more than a number on a scale. Yes, go for some walks and work on health, but know how amazing you are while you are doing it. You have value, no matter the number of pounds or kilograms.

3 – Your social status.

We are often sent the message that without dozens of friends surrounding us day and night, we aren’t worth people. The truth is, some people like having a lot of friends constantly hanging around – and some do not. Some are fine with one close friend while others need more contact. Some people live in areas where making friends is difficult and others have little desire to meet anyone new. Whatever your style is, it’s perfectly fine. Be you, because that makes you valuable – not striving to meet an expectation sold by TV commercials.

4 – The number of followers you have on social media.

This might be an issue for younger generations, but the number of followers one has, has become synonymous with “worth.” “I’ll be a worthy human when I hit 10K followers.” Again, let’s understand that we are more than a number.

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5 – The number of likes you get on each picture you post.

I’ve felt before that a picture I posted of myself was ugly or annoying just because it didn’t get very many “likes” on social media. I then started to question the way I look, what my caption was, etc. I worried about it for days. I know we all do this. It’s not okay. “Likes” shouldn’t be used as validation of self worth. Do not be harsh on yourself or think less of who you are because you fail to receive a hundred “likes” on social media.

6 – The clothes you wear.

Be comfortable, wear what you like, or follow fashion if it interests you – but never let your worth come from something material. Fashion can be a hobby and. for most, clothes shopping is enjoyable. But the clothes you wear do not define the worth you were born with.

7 – Your mental health.

We live in a world that cultivates mental issues. The majority of the population suffers from depression, anxiety, or other debilitating problems. We are set up to have these issues while being told at the same time that it’s shameful to have these disparities. Take care of yourself and pay attention to your mental state, but never let it define you or shame you. We all have issues, we are NOT our issues. You have value, regardless of if you suffer from some sort of mental illness. You are human, you have value, and you have worth.

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8 – Your physical health.

Another issue with our society is that it tells us we must be pictures of perfect health, while leading us to constantly partake in unhealthy activities – overworking, rushing, stressing, never resting, etc. Most physical ailments aren’t our fault, anyway. Work on health, yes, but do not define your value by it. Having diabetes, a stomach virus, or high blood pressure doesn’t make you any less of a worth person.

9 – Your mistakes.

Your mistakes do not define you. We all screw up, constantly. Everyday is likely to have a few mistakes in it. That’s life, that’s being human. Learn from mistakes, and never let them bring you down. Mistakes are proof that you aren’t sheltered up in a bedroom all day. Step out, try new things, mess up a lot, and live your life. You are NOT your mistakes. You are more than that.

10 – Your career.

This goes along with income and social status, but many people define themselves by their career alone and forget that there is a world outside of work. If you love what you do for a living, that’s great. Just don’t define who you are by something that could be taken away one day. Find a job you love, but remember that you have value outside of work.

11 – The things you own.

Similar to income, we place a lot of self-worth in what car we drive, how clean our home is, and what iPhone we’re going to buy. Things are only things and they won’t last forever, no matter how much money we spend on them. Self worth and value do last forever, so don’t put your value on material items.

12 – What others think about you.

There’s a reason it’s called SELF-worth and SELF-value, SELF-esteem, etc. Others will think what they will, and we have no control over it. Don’t place your value in someone else’s hands. You are worthy. There will always be negative people in the worth. Know that your value is way more than the thoughts of others.

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you have a great day. Remember that you will eternally have value and worth.

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This Will Make You See the Good in Difficult People

Everyday, all around the world difficult people find their way into conversations, debates, and events. When out and about, it’s highly likely you’ll encounter one of these irritating, demanding humans. It’s not pleasant.

But here’s the thing – every single one of us has been guilty of this difficult behavior at some point in our lives. Does that behavior make us terrible people? No. Of course not.

Deep down, we all have goodness within our souls. Even the most grumpy, rude person has some good inside. Be patient, and take the time to try this stuff out – and you just might view the difficult person in a new, positive light.

1 – Consider the possibility that he/she could just be having a rough day.

Think back to your worst day ever – maybe it involved car problems, an intense breakup, or a series of small misfortunes that added up throughout the day and lead to insanity. Whatever happened on your worst day – I’m betting you were not the most pleasant person to deal with in those unfortunate 24 hours.

How would you feel if the version of yourself on your worst day ever was the lasting image other people had of you? No go backs, no quick changing of opinions – just stressed out, difficult you as the only you people around you remember.

It’s not fair, is it? If we don’t want to be judged on our worst days, we shouldn’t judge others on their worst days, either. Give difficult people the benefit of the doubt. Life can be challenging, so maybe the difficult behavior is rooted in a difficult situation.

Next time someone gives you trouble, jump to the conclusion that he/she is just having a rough day.

2 – Picture all the things he/she could be facing – sickness, financial issues, relationship problems, etc.

This ties in with the first point and takes it to the next level of consideration. Sometimes it helps to make up a bizarre story to explain the irritating behavior of others. We never know what someone is going through, and in most cases at work or out in public, we’re not going to find out. And that’s totally okay. But it’s important not to just assume that the person has a terrible personality.

Think about what could have happened earlier in that person’s day – he could have wrecked his car and had to walk to a gas station three miles away, along the way losing his wallet and getting bitten by a rattlesnake.

We may never know the issues that others face, but if we consider that they may be having hard times in their personal lives, we can skip the unfair assumptions. Negative behavior usually is the result of unfortunate experiences. Take this into account when judging human behavior.

3 – Imagine him/her as a little toddler.

At some point in life, we were all innocent, little kids. Even the most obnoxious human was once an adorable child. Picture the difficult person in front of you as toddler, just learning to dance – smiling, laughing…innocent. Somewhere inside of each of us, that little innocent human still remains.

Even if it’s buried deep, keep picturing the young versions of the people around you. It will open your eyes to the goodness deep down.

4 – Remember every moment of goodness you’ve seen from him/her.

There’s bound to be a time – no matter how irritable he/she generally makes you – when this difficult person has shown a glimpse of his/her good side. Maybe it was a faint smile, a kind word, or a moment of vulnerability. As tiny and simple as this moment may have seemed – never forget it. Hold it close and play it over and over again whenever this person returns to the rougher side of himself/herself.

5 – Notice what topics make him/her light up.

Grandkids, pets, hobbies, siblings – these are all potential topics that can turn someone’s mood from distant to personable. It will defiantly take some digging and hard conversation work, but most people have soft spots that seem to bring out their good sides.

Take note of these soft spots and expand on them each time you talk to these people. It takes time, but if you continue to touch on these positive topics, each encounter with the difficult person will grow less and less dreadful.

6 – Note his/her insecurities.

There is nothing that makes someone as unpleasant as when he/she is drowning in those pesky insecurities. We all have them and they’re all unique to each person. Some people grow completely detached and others take frustrations out on the world.

Whatever the method of defense is, always take a minute to acknowledge it to yourself (both for your own issues and others you must face). Insecurities are unfortunate, yet they can bring us together. Most of us can relate to body image insecurities, financial insecurities, and career insecurities. Let’s change our responses from defensive to connective.

Next time you face someone obviously upset over a personal insecurity, take a minute to relate and say, “Hey, I understand. I feel that way, too.” And watch the defensive monster turn into a normal human being.

Learning to see the good in others can change your outlook on the world. As with most things, it takes time and effort. You must try. And it’s worth it. Not only will you learn the stories of others around you, you will start to see the good in your own self.

Thank you so much for reading this post. Please comment below if you’ve ever had an enlightening experience with a person you thought was terrible – and he/she turned out to be not-so-bad.

Have a great day, and look for the good in others.

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