If You’re Feeling Down, These 131 Wholesome Pics Might Lift You Up (New Pics)

These days, many of us have fallen into misery. It’s easy to feel lost amid the worldwide return to normal, frozen economy, and realization that the pandemic has inevitably become the new normal. No wonder the sales of plants, self-help books, and bikes have reached record highs as we’re all looking for some sort of emotional shelter.

So to all our fellow anxious souls, we have prepared a real wholesome band-aid, a strictly uplifting and positive list compiled by Bored Panda. Scroll down through the much-needed boost of positivity below, and be sure to share the post with a friend who feels like being tucked in under a warm blanket.

And for those who need an extra boost of wholesomeness, check out our previous articles here, here, and here.

#1 So Happy For Them Both

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Keeping your spirits high is always easier said than done. Sometimes you just can’t help but feel like the world is against you, especially during the times of worldwide pandemic. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. After all, we’ve lived under numerous public health actions and restrictions for more than a year, and social distancing has made many of us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.

#2 This Is Tiernan McCready. He Saw 3 Males Grab An 18-Year-Old Girl And Try To Get Her In Their Van. He Reacted Instantly, Led The Girl To Safety And Told His Mother To Ring The Police

This is what a hero looks like.

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#3 I Rescued A Stray Cat In My Neighborhood. At Night His Brother Would Come To Visit Him. I Really Had No Other Options

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Now that the world is returning to normal, many people feel like they cannot keep up with it. Unclear vaccination status, fear of catching the virus, record rates of unemployment, businesses going bankrupt and uncertainty about the future have added many layers to the stress. But whether we like it or not, life twists are unforeseeable, and it’s just inevitable we have to find ways to cope with whatever it brings us.

#4 Meet John Amanam, He Is A Skilled Craftsman From Nigeria, Who Is Paving The Way In Prosthetics For Darker Skin Tones

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#5 Local Museum Posts Image Of A 1965 School Desk Inscribed With “Benny & Linda”. Benny Responds In Comments

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#6 This Lovely Gentleman Came In Today To Learn How To Curl His Wife’s Hair

His wife is unable to curl her own hair and often burns herself, so he stepped up to the plate and learned how to curl her hair. We had the pleasure of teaching him! We taught him how to do volume curls on short hair, how to protect her skin from being burned and we even taught him to put on her mascara.

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So in order to find out what an expert has to say on keeping your spirits up during hard times, Bored Panda reached out to Lynn How, the author of “Positive Young Mind” and life coach who specializes in supporting educators, parents, and children with improving and prevention of mental health issues.

“When life takes an unexpected twist such as our current global pandemic, having the tools in your toolbox to cope and stay positive are a priority,” said Lynn and added that there are tried and tested ideas to try out to boost inner positivity and resilience.

#7 With A Smile

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#8 Sad And Beautiful At The Same Time

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#9 This Guy Was Standing Alongside Highway 90 In Biloxi, MS

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“The first recommendation I would make to increase positivity is reflecting upon your self-esteem,” she said. Asking yourself questions like “Are you someone who works too hard because you think it’s expected of you and you are attempting to be perfect at everything all the time? Does this or similar behavior stem for some unconscious issue deep inside?” may be extremely beneficial in getting to know yourself.

#10 Back In 2000, Kevin Hines Jumped Off The Golden Gate Bridge Due To Mental Illnesses. He Miraculously Survived. Now He Is A Suicide Prevention Speaker

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#11 Awesome Uber Driver

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#12 Despite Adversity, Showing She Cares About The Planet

Nadia Sparks, a 13-year-old student from Norwich, got juice thrown at her face, was chased and punched, even shown a knife by schoolmates only for picking up litter on her way to school and was named “Trash Girl.”

Undeterred of all the bullying, she has picked up thousands of liters of garbage since she started her project, much of which has been recycled. After her story went viral, she became an ambassador for the WWF and has won international recognition & awards.

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“We all have our own little issues in worrying we’re not good enough or that we don’t matter. Working on this is so important, as if you have higher self-esteem, you are more likely to consider yourself worthy of taking time out to work on yourself. A higher self-esteem improves every aspect of your life so it’s worth the investment.”

According to Lynn, developing a sense of gratitude is another way to improve positivity. “Thinking about ten things every morning on the way to work that I am thankful for really helps lift my positivity and also remember that it could always be worse!”

#13 I Told My Sister If She Graduated With Honors I Would Wear A Matching Dress To Her Graduation. She Said The Thought Of Seeing Me In A Dress Was Her Motivation. Worth It To Me

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#14 I’m Four Years Free From Heroin Addiction Today! Top Picture Was During Active Addiction, Bottom Pic Is Me Now With My 2-Year-Old Son. We Do Recover

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#15 My 96-Year-Old Grandmother Recently Started Watching The Simpsons. She Drew These

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The mind coach also suggests increasing collaboration with others, since many of us have found ourselves not wanting to talk with people anymore, “especially after long periods of not seeing people—it’s too easy to not restart (but you need to).” Making yourself social is a way to confront these anxieties, although at first, you may not feel like it.

#16 Heartwarming

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#17 From Offender To Doctor. One Of My Oldest Friends Just Earned His Doctorate Of Education May 2021

After several years in prison from a young age he’s been helping incarcerated and former incarcerated people for years, currently a re entry specialist. Never too late to take a different path!

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#18 365 Days Of Recovery

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“Recently I heard this phenomenon described as a ‘Blursday.’ Every day is Blursday with no plans! Combat this by filling your diary,” Lynn said and continued: “Plan one nice thing a day to look forward to and get it written down so it actually happens.”

And the last thing is never to underestimate the power of exercise. “Those endorphins coupled with a balanced diet really help to combat negativity and provide you with the energy you need to be motivated,” Lynn concluded. For those who are struggling with addictions or self-control, a pandemic is also a great way to look for online support groups and seek the help you have been postponing for too long.

#19 Got My First Shot (Moderna) Ever After Moving Out From Antivaxxer Parents

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#20 After Almost Exactly 1 And A Half Years I Have Lost 150 Lbs And I Couldn’t Be Happier. I Still Have A Bit To Go Before I Get To Where I Want To Be

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#21 After Kobe’s Final Game, He Was Inspired To Start Working Out And Ended Up Losing 170 Lbs

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#22 My Dog Adopted 2 Abandoned Kittens. She’s About To Give Birth And Is Breast-Feeding Them

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#23 That Time I Became A Mother In Antarctica

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#24 Kind Duck Returns Boy’s Flip-Flop That Fell Down The Hill

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#25 This Kitten Followed Me Home Like 8 Blocks And Then After That, She Broke Into My House Back In July Of 2019. I Wasn’t Even Mad I Decided To Keep Her And I Named Her Shadow

Her name is Shadow because she always sneaks up on people. She’s such an awesome friend to me.

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#26 A Week After I Got Engaged, I Found Out I Had Cancer. A Month Ago I Was Able To Try On Wedding Dresses For The First Time, The Day I Wasn’t Sure Would Ever Come For Me

I’m so thankful for modern medicine.

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#27 My Foster Dog Had Never Been Indoors Before. This Is Her First Nap, On A Bed, In A Home

Sundae was taken from a dog hoarding situation — one man had 16 dogs (and a deceased dog’s body) in his backyard. The dogs had access only to a junk-filled backyard and a garage for shelter.

We’ve had her for about a week and you would never know that she’s never been an indoor dog before. She’s totally potty trained, incredibly gentle and she’s very polite indoors. She loves to sleep as close as possible to me in bed — I think she’s just making up for 8ish years of zero affection.

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#28 Locals Protects Stray Dog From Dogcatchers

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#29 Wholesome Fatherhood

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#30 This Tiny Fox Has Been Visiting Our Garden Every Day And Wants To Be Friends

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#31 Love You, NYC

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#32 This Is One Of My Dad’s Art Students, Gabe. This Was Done By Charcoal. He’s 16 Years Old

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#33 Wildland Firefighter Here. I’ll Hold The Line Through Smoke And Fire. And If I Lose Everything, I’ll Just Continue To Live In A Tent And Carry A Chainsaw Up Burning Hills

This is who the hedges are up against. Bring it.

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#34 50 And Finally Got My Masters. Super Stoked I Am

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#35 Got My Moderna Vaccine. When I Got Home I Noticed The Perfect Placement By The Pharmacist. Got Us Both With One Shot

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#36 My Sister And Her Son Were Both Shot In Their Home A Few Weeks Ago. Today, My Mother Received This Card From The First Responder

My sister didn’t make it, but my nephew was saved from the shooter in time to make a full recovery. 

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#37 Stranger Saves Girl’s Life

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#38 My Autistic Son Wanting And Seeking Out Love And Affection. It’s A Big Deal In Our World

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#39 Sir Patrick Stewart With A 1-Week-Old Puppy

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#40 I Grew Up With Abusive, Drug Addicted Parents. Today Is My First Mother’s Day And I Gotta Say, I’m Killing It

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#41 This Is Super Wholesome

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#42 Chemo. Surgery. Radiation. Done

The plaque says in honor of a doctor who started the tradition (forgot the name) and “Today’s your graduation and it’s for a good cause. Give the bell a good ring and receive your applause.” Sending love to anyone struggling. Therapy helps.

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#43 1 Year Sober From Alcohol. I Never Thought I’d Be Able To Post This. But Here It Is! Life Isn’t Perfect, But It Is So Much Better

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#44 Happy!

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#45 Murphy Likes To Hug My Pregnant Tum. The Baby Was Going Crazy, So I Think He Or She Can Feel The Purring Vibrations

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#46 Two Years Ago, My Husband And I Celebrated Our Wedding In Ireland. Happy Pride Month

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#47 My Son Carlisle, He’s 18 And A College Graduate. They Said He’d End Up In A Group Home For Autism

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#48 A Year And A Half-Ish After I Was Adopted. Me And My Mom

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#49 My Good Boy Is Officially Cancer Free

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#50 I Noticed A Pigeon At My Workplace That Hadn’t Moved All Day And Saw That He Was Covered In Sticky Grease And Gravel, So I Took Him Home With Me And Cleaned Him All Up

After that, I released him back to his family the next morning. He was super chill with the whole thing, I named him Elmer. 10/10 experience.

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#51 What Anti-Homeless Architecture Should Look Like

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#52 We’ve Been Playing Apex Together For Nearly Two Years, Living On Opposites Sides Of The Country. Tonight We Finally Got To Meet! Who Said Gaming Is Anti-Social?

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#53 She Fell Asleep In My Palm As We Were Cleaning Out The Kit Nest Today

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#54 My Handsome Old Golden Retriever/Border Collie Man (11-Year-Old) Taking A Subway Ride With Me. The Best Friend I Could Ever Wish For

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#55 The Way My Fiancé And Her Dog Say Goodbye To Me

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#56 Down 50+ Lbs And Feeling Confident For The First Time In My Life At 38

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#57 Bird Professor

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#58 We All Have To Deal With Ungrateful Customers And Attitudes They Bring But It Is Nice To See That There Are Still Customers Out There That Know We Are People, Too

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#59 A Large Work I Recently Finished. Glad To Share It With You All

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#60 My Wife Had Her Last Treatment Of Radiation Today

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#61 Robert Wang, Inventor Of The Instant Pot Reads Every Review Of His Product

When one customer commented that it would be nice if it could make yogurt, he created a new model that could do that, then sent the reviewer the new model as a thank you. He still reads every review.

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#62 The Moment You Realize Grandpa Has Been Practicing Pokemon Cards And Kind Of Knows His Stuff

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#63 Meer Seconds After She Said Yes

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#64 I Told My Dog My Father Would Come Over To Visit In A While. My Dog Adores My Father And Patiently Waited Till He Was There

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#65 My Dad Meeting His First Granddogger

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#66 Cancer/Ovary-Free! At Least I Got A Cake

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#67 After Having 3 Tumors Removed And Biopsied We Got The Call Today, Our Boy Does Not Have Cancer

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#68 Calf In The Checkout Line

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#69 At 32 And At That Beginning Of A Global Pandemic, Breast Cancer Took Over My Life. A Few Weeks Ago, At 33, I Was Able To Say, “Not Today Cancer.” Officially Cancer Free

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#70 Snapped This Pic Of This Huge Cool Pitbull And His Pooh Bear While I Was Out Running Errands This Morning. So Adorable

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#72 An Updated Picture Of My Little Man Who Was Still Baking In The Oven While I Was Going Through Chemo For The Breast Cancer! He’s So Handsome

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#73 Last Year I Owned 0 Cats And Was Allergic To Them. Covid Hit, And Everything Locked Down. I Met A Stray Cat Who Told Her Friends. Now This Is My Life

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#74 “Bad Day? Take A Pinwheel”

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#75 This Cat From My Neighborhood Always Protects His Little Dog Friend And I Thought This Picture Can Brighten Up Someone’s Day

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#76 My Husband And Cat Share A Birthday Week

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#77 My Mom Died Of Covid On June 8th. I Found Her Writing On The Back Page Of This Blank Book I Gave Her Years Ago

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#78 My Surgery Patient Was Cold So The Only Logical Solution Was To Warm Her Up While I Did My Medical Records. She’s Doing Great

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#79 I Graduated From College Yesterday! I Was Nervous But Proud That I Completed It! Next Stop, Graduate School

It was my first graduation I have ever been to or apart of. I was homeschooled for majority of my life.

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#80 Girl On This Train Has Been Makin Eyes At Me The Whole Ride

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#81 Some Images Require No Title, Just A Smile

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#82 Sister Visits Brother A Lot, They Can’t Use The Stairs So She Sits In Her Car And He Sits On The Balcony And They Chat

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#83 Anytime Someone Asks To Adopt The Pups Separately I Send Them This Picture

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#84 F U Cancer

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#85 This Is My Son Charlie. We Just Got The News That He Beat Cancer! Way To Go Charlie

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#86 Never Thought I’d Be Able To Use My Hand Again. Shout Out To The Surgeon And Therapist

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#87 My Great Grandma Turned 101 Today

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#88 I Just Had Lunch With An Iranian Friend Who Is Workplace Neighbor. Just Two Immigrants Sharing Their Food And Culture Over Lunch

We had Iranian lunch and I paid for it and he promised to take me out for biryani this week to return the favor.  

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#89 Game Of Thrones Saw My Ygritte Cosplay And Sent Me A Gift Box For The 10 Year Anniversary

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#90 My Grandma Made This Card For Her Friend Who Had Knee Replacement Surgery

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#91 Julie, The Savior Of Towers

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#92 Someone Knitted A Spring Hat For My Local Postbox

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#93 This Crab Will Definitely Defeat Depression

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#94 Went On Visiting My 93-Year-Old Grandma Today. Took A Picture While I Was Leaving

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#95 Lost My First Born, Madelynn Delores Due To SIDS. Meet My Rainbow Baby: Hudson Albert

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#96 My Dad Passed Away 2 Days Ago And Was Inseparable From His Cat. He Refuses To Leave This Spot Where He Can See The Driveway. I Think He’s Waiting For My Dad To Get Home

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#97 Wholesome

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#98 My Lyft Driver Made Sure I Was Able To Feel The Nice Cool AC

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#99 I Work At A Children’s Hospital And We Were Donated This Gaming Station

I’ve never heard of “Gamers Outreach” but they just helped make some kids’ hospital stay a little more bearable, and I think that’s awesome!

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#100 I Can Finally Celebrate My One Year For Being Clean From Self-Harm

What a journey it has been. It has been one of the absolute hardest years of my life mentally, and I still really have no idea how I pulled through without falling for the temptation to go back to my old habits. When I put on the first bead, it seemed so stupid. It was just a tiny little bead, on a long string… But then it grew, day by day. My progress was so visible, and that was important to me.

As the months passed by, the thought of sliping became harder and harder, because I had some so far, you know? Often, the very thought of having to start over, was the only thing keeping me from going back.

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#101 I Designed This Dress That My Mother Made For My Junior Recital Performance Yesterday

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#102 Years Of Research, Writing, Rewriting, And Editing In 368 Pages. Feels Good

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#103 Been Incredibly Lucky To Purchase A House Recently And Just Set Up The Internet And Playstation

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#104 Saved This Adorable Baby Opossum From My Dog. Look At That Face

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#105 My 90-Year-Old Grandma Got An 18-Year-Old Cat. They’re Both Quite Happy

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#106 The First Time My Sons Been In A Toy Store Since The Pandemic Hit Last Year. Rioted Like It Was Toilet Paper

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#107 We Had My Nephew For The Night, He Fell Asleep On The Sofa So Bruce Made Sure He Was Safe

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#108 Thoughtful Flowers On Regents Canal For A Very Good Boy

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#109 Me With My Bob Ross Inspired Painting. From A Class With Bob’s Son Steve

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#110 Akali Was Returned To The Shelter By Her First Adopter, But Now I Have A Best Friend

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#111 Romeo Is Going To His Forever Home Today. He Is A Part Of The 130 Cats Rescued From A Hoarder. Hopefully We Can Get The Others Into Homes Too

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#112 Vaxxed And Finally Hanging With My Bff Again. She’s Beautiful

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#113 This Little Fella Was Born This Morning

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#114 I’m 41 And Just Earned My Degree

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#115 Bought My First House! Close Tomorrow Morning. Needs Some Work But I Couldn’t Be Happier

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#116 Snuck My Dog Into The Photo Booth At The Mall To Get These Done For Her 16th Birthday! Birthday Boy, Taco

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#117 LIRR Conductor Reunites Customer With $107k Worth Of Missing Jewelry Left On Train

Our Conductor, Jonathan Yellowday, is a GEM! He found and returned 36 engagement rings worth $107,000 left on a train by a local jeweler. He was commended for his honesty and heroism at Penn Station by LIRR President Phil Eng & MTA Board Member/SMART Vice General Chair Vincent Tessitore. 36 happy couples will have Jonathan to thank in their wedding speeches.

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#118 I Just Bought A 2019 Jeep Cherokee For Myself To Celebrate 7 Years In Recovery From A Heroin Addiction

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#119 Happy 100th, Daddio

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#120 I Introduced My 65 Year-Old Dad To Minecraft A Few Years Ago. I’m Back Home Visiting And He Said He Wanted To “Show Me Something.”

He then brings this posterboard with a pieced-together map he created encompassing the world he was playing/exploring

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#121 Mocha And My Son Just Coexisting. That Is All

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#123 Last Spring I Converted Our Front Lawn To A Vegetable Garden. Today We Opened A Little Community Seed Library To Encourage Neighbors To Get Growing, Too

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#124 My Dad Who Has Alzheimer’s Just Got His First Hole In One! So Happy For Him

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#125 I Was Just Looking For Some New Bracelets And The Reviews Got To Me Man

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#126 Bought My First Ever House Today

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#127 My Favorite Picture Of Me And My Girlfriend At Prom

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#128 My Partner Got Her Citizenship Today And My Puppy Wanted To Suport Her

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#129 I Made A Bird Friend Yesterday

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#130 Planted These Tulips After A Bad Day (In The Cold) And I Told Myself As I Dug That Spring Would Come And They’d Bloom And Things Would Be Better. I Was Right! Thanks Former Self

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#131 I Can Nom?

We think they’re a perfect match for him. We’ve been fortunate that we can be picky about which homes get them, so confident these dogs are going to have a good life!

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