Uncle Iroh Wisdom from A New Spiritual Age

“A New Spiritual Age” is episode 10 of Season 2 of The Legend of Korra. In this episode, Korra enters the spirit world and meets Uncle Iroh. He’s very wise.

“Your emotions become your reality…You must try to stay positive.”

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“I can make the sun shine?” “Even in the material world, you will find that if you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you will ever see.”

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“Sometimes the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else.”

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“You have light and peace inside of you. If you let it out, you can change the world around you.”

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“Many things that seem threatening in the dark become welcoming when we shine a light on them.”

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I hope this wisdom is as enlightening to you as it is to me. Thank you for being here.

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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.

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“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.

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“…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.

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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.

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“…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.

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“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 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 is Why Kids are Smarter than Adults

Kids are less educated, less developed, and less experienced than adults. Yet, they are far more intelligent. Here are 12 reasons why:

1 – Children have no concept or concern of money.

Money is all we worry about as we grow up – we want more, we never have enough, we think we deserve more, etc. Kids don’t really even understand money, and for that, they don’t obsess over getting more of it. They don’t feel anxious and stressed when their wallets aren’t full of cash. They don’t even care that they don’t have a wallet at all.

2 – Kids don’t worry about the future.

Children know how to live in the moment. Right now is all that matters to them. They’re not thinking about work tomorrow, next year’s income, or if they’ll amount to anything one day. All they care about is this moment.

3 – Children are quick to forgive others. 

Kids don’t stay mad at each other for very long. They get over arguments pretty quickly and go back to playing. No grudges, just forgiveness. It’s all good and “let’s get back to playing tag.”

4 – Kids have no concept hate or racism. 

Babies are born without a concept of “others are less than us.” They don’t care if you’re black, white, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, or any other nationality. Take care of them and they’ll love you, regardless of race.

5 – No regrets live in the heart of a child.

When a kid strikes out in t-ball, he jogs back to the dugout and immediately forgets as he drinks his juice. As adults, when we strike out, it’s game over. We feel frustrated with ourselves, think about it all night, and carry the failure over to the next opportunity. We should try to be like children – move on, no regrets. Just let it go.

6 – Children are intuitive. They pay attention even when you aren’t aware of their presence.

As we grow up, we tend to talk more and listen less. Be like a child and listen to everything, observe what’s going on around you.

7 – Kids are hopeful and generally positive.

To a child, dreams aren’t dreams – they are potential realities of the future. Kids aren’t afraid to look to the stars and dream of achieving greatness. Why do we lose that optimism as we grow up?

8 – Everyone is a potential friend to the mind of a child.

Kids can become best friends in less than five minutes. Whereas adults build walls against each other, make judgements on first sight, and avoid interaction at all costs. Making a friend shouldn’t be as difficult as it is for us, perhaps we should take lessons from children.

9 – For the most part, kids only want simple things to satisfy basic needs.

Properly fed, safe, well rested, and loved – if a kid has all of those things, she is likely content. Only as we age do we start to care more about material, unnecessary items.

10 – Kids have great curiosity and are always open to exploration.

Learning and asking questions, always on the lookout for new information – the world is a giant library to a child’s mind. At some point, we lose the desire to learn and explore.

11 – Fun is rule number one.

Fun comes first. Food, sleep, work, chores – nothing gets in the way of having a good time. As adults, we have to be a bit more responsible at times, but we tend to cut out fun all together.

12 – Love from a child is always genuine.

When a child loves you, you can always be assured that she means it. Without yet having developed the ability to manipulate or lie, love is always pure and meaningful.


Thank you for reading this post. Let’s all strive to be more childlike in these 12 ways. Have fun, be curious, love genuinely, only want what you need, see a friend in all, dream big, never regret, use intuition, forgive fast, no hate, and never obsess about money and the future. Thanks again, and have a great day. 🙂


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This is What Super MARIO will Teach You About Life

Through the years I’m sure we’ve each had the pleasure of playing some version of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Originally released in 1985, this game is based on a plumber trying to save a princess from an evil creature. The plumber travels through unique worlds, each with odd obstacles, all to find and face the final monster holding the princess captive.

(Even if you are an adult, I would suggest playing this game if you’ve never had the luxury ;)) Whatever the main goal of the game may be, there are a couple of deeper meanings that can be pulled from the missions in Super Mario Bros.  Here’s what can be learned from playing this game: [Disclaimer: this posts includes my own opinions. None of this is stated directly in this video game. The points here are just what I, myself, concluded from the game as a whole. I am not part of Nintendo, I own no rights, etc. Just a fan.]

1 – No matter where you come from, you can be a hero.

Mario and Luigi are plumbers. They’re not royalty or knights of the kingdom, or any other typical heroic figure.

Yet, regardless of social status and career placement, these brothers take initiative to save this damsel in distress. Our “status” in life is irrelevant. We are all capable of the most amazing accomplishments. Whether it’s saving a princess or some other (more modern) life mission, our places in society have nothing to do with our heroic ventures. It doesn’t matter if you’re a plumber, a dentist, an accountant, or a waitress – heroism is much deeper than whatever career label society has planted on your forehead.

2 – Money is instrumental, but never the goal. 

Throughout playing the game, money (or finding coins) helps you stay alive long enough to complete your mission. In picking up coins, you’re able to earn more lives and sometimes buy enhancements to help you better defeat the enemy. Though it’s helpful, money is never the mission itself. The point of the game is to save the princess. If you find yourself sidetracked, only searching for coins, you’ll never advance enough to actually make the final rescue. You’ll only be wondering around, never doing what you were designed to do.

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This relates to our real, human lives perfectly. Our mission in life should never be to “make money.” Yes, money helps take care of family, buy fun things, and pay the bills. But financial gain should only ever be seen as an instrument or tool in advancing our missions in life. If money is the goal, happiness will never come.


So that’s two important life lessons that can be taken from this fun, adventurous little video game.

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This is Why Pets Are Better Than Friends

Loneliness can be a harmful feeling for anyone across all walks of life. Most of the time when loneliness hits, the first thought is that it might be a good idea to go out and meet new people or form new friendships. However, sometimes the best kind of new friend isn’t human at all. When craving companionship, instead of hanging around local places to pick up new acquaintances, head out to the local animal shelter and consider adopting a furry friend to curve the aches of feeling alone.

Here are six reasons why pets are better than friends.

1 – With a pet, you’ll never have any drama between the two of you.

Unless you consider the potential destruction of furniture and other household items “drama” you aren’t likely to experience any from your pet. These beautiful creatures live each day like it’s their only day to exist. They aren’t going to dwell on the past or care what happened just five minutes ago. They couldn’t care less whose boyfriend you stole last year or that you were the only family member to not chip in for your father’s birthday gift. None of the petty situations in life matter to your pets, creating a drama free environment for you to live in.

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2 – Your pet will never leave you.

It can be extremely painful to lose a friend when he/she leaves town or just stops communicating all together. A pet will never do this because a) it’s probably trapped in a fence or house, but also because b) it loves its owner unconditionally.

It relies on the caregiver for companionship, food, and water and will be eternally grateful for these selfless services. It will never take off to another state for a job opportunity, clean out its closet to go take care of its sick relative, or grow tired of you and leave without notice. After adopting a pet, the worry that the new trusty companion might leave will never be an issue. It will be faithful and loyal until the very end.

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3 – Your pet absolutely depends on you.

The feeling of not being needed by our friends can cause serious self-worth, value, and esteem issues. A pet, however, will forever be alive due to the loving hands of its owner. It will need you from day one until your time together comes to a close. You are the most important person on the planet to your furry friends. Being valued can make anyone feel needed and necessary.

4 – Your pet will always be excited to see you.

It’s the best part of the work day when you’re free to go home and excite the senses of your eager pet. It will run to the door to greet you with a wagging tail, meowing voice, or a purring belly. Whether you are gone two minutes or two days, you can look forward to that pure, genuine excitement from your pet after being without you for any length of time. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that no matter how bad the work day may be, there will be an ecstatic little furball awaiting your homecoming with kisses and sweetness?

5 – You’re free to speak your mind without fear of judgement when venting to your pet.

Most often when we vent, we aren’t seeking advice or opinions, we just need someone to listen. Your secrets and views about the world will always be safe within the mind of your furry companion. It won’t judge you for feeling angry, sad, or even extremely happy. It will sit there with its sensitive ears and take in every single word you say to it. Who better to spill your darkest secrets to?

6 – Pets are not materialistic and will never ask for too much.

Friends might only hang around as long as you are the one paying for events. They might not want to hang out with you at all if you drive a rusty car, use a flip phone from 2008, or live in a sketchy apartment. Or your friends might just constantly judge your fashion styles and weird hobbies. You know who will never even care about any of that stuff? Your pet.

A pet can have entertainment for days with a cereal box it pulled out of the trash can. That’s the true meaning of “making the most of what you have.” Feed the pets, give them water, take them to receive annual shots, and spend some time with them – that’s about it. They’re not going to ask for a brand new car, for a fancy dinner, for a cake on their birthdays (of course, you can if you prefer to celebrate the special occasion), and most of their toys can be made from random, cheap items around the house.

No complaints, no snarky remarks, just you and your pet living each day with what you have.


If loneliness is beating down on you each night, stay out of the bars, clubs, and online dating sites. Check out the local animal shelter, save a life, and enjoy all the awesome benefits that come with taking care of an amazing animal. That pesky loneliness will go away and you will secure a lifelong, loyal companion.

Thanks for reading this post. Go make a new furry friend today.


References: Jacobs Bao, K. and Schreer, G. (2016) Pets and Happiness: Examining the Association Between Pet Ownership and Wellbeing, Anthrzoös, 29:2, 283-296, DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2016.1152721 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2016.1152721>


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Hard Truths from ‘Of Mice and Men’

Of Mice and Men is a novella by John Steinback and was released in 1937. It’s a story about a pair of men traveling and looking for work, dreaming of owning their own land. Here’s what this book taught me about life:

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If something goes wrong, move on and start over.

The main characters referred to an incident early on in the story. They tried to move on and begin anew in a fresh location where no one knew who they are.

Packing up and heading out to a new unknown is terrifying and extremely inconvenient, but sometimes it’s the exact situation we need in order to make a better life for ourselves.

I’m not saying we should all give up and leave the minute something goes wrong, but if you’re constantly trying for an extended period of time and just can’t be happy, maybe it’s time to move on. If you’ve given it your best shot and you’re only digging a deeper hole, pack it up and try something new. Life is too short to remain in an unhappy, miserable situation for too long.

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Know your own strength.

A major conflict in Of Mice and Men is that one of the main characters failed to realize how physically powerful he was.

A lot of issues for us today are that we don’t realize how strong we are. I’m not referring to physical strength, but to emotional strength and intelligence. We are resilient and capable human beings.

The main character had an issue with strength – he needed to back off. We have an issue with strength in the opposite way – we need to push harder. We need to understand how amazing we are and how sturdy our hearts can be. We can get through anything and can pursue our greatest dreams without fear because we are capable.

Know how strong you are. Be strong. Don’t let anyone bring you down.

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The right thing to do is often difficult.

I won’t spoil the story, but a tough decision had to be made at the end of the novel. Tough is a weak word, too. It’s not a choice anyone in the history of human kind would like to make. Regardless, the right choice was made and carried out.

Everyday we face choices that aren’t fun. It’s often easier to brush things off and ignore issues at hand. It’s much more fulfilling to just suck it up and make the right choice. It’s easier said than done, but we must have integrity and do the right thing.

Are mice and men really so different?

Both mice and men can be crushed in an instant by a powerful force. Both mice and men just want to live in peace and survive with enough food to eat and a safe place to sleep.

Are mice and men really much different in the big picture of the universe?

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Thanks for reading this post on Of Mice and Men. Know how strong you are, move on when it’s time, and always try to do the right thing.

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