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Taylor Swift Donates $50,000 To A Young Fan Battling Cancer. See The Little Girl's Reaction!

Taylor Swift donated a whopping $50,000 to help pay for a young fan's medical expenses as she battles leukemia.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 11, 2015

“You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.”

I wasn’t sure what this meant at first. I could relate to choosing a different future but a different past, really? I believe you are NEVER too old to choose a different future to the one you perhaps planned when you were much younger. Life tends to change and shape us in ways we never expected or planned for. There is nothing stopping us responding to these changes by adapting and putting into practice new plans or ideas. However, when it comes to choosing a different past……. I don’t think this is so much about choosing a different past but instead learning from the past and allowing the lessons it has taught us to enhance our future. This is our choice so we need to use it wisely.


Let Happiness Light the Way

Happiness is a choice, not an achievement. Nothing will make you happy until you decide to be happy.

Happiness is not found in a particular set of conditions. Happiness is a powerful and positive way to deal with the conditions, whatever they may be.

How can you be happy when the world seems to be crashing down around you? Even though you may not be happy about what’s going on, you can be happy for the opportunity to make a difference.

If you wait until some specific thing happens before being happy, you’ll have a long, unhappy wait. Choose instead to live your happiness no matter what, and your happiness will light the way to those good things you desire.

Being happy is not naive. When you put no conditions on your happiness, and simply let it flow, it is empowering, and life-changing.

Forget about how easy or hard it might seem, and find it within yourself to be happy. Let your happiness push you forward into a life you can be very happy about.

— Ralph Marston

Do We See Reality As It Is?

Thomas Huxley once proclaimed that the fact that human consciousness results from something as mundane as irritating nervous tissue is as mysterious as the fact that a genie appears after Aladdin rubs his lamp. Professor of Cognitive Science, Donald Hoffman, believes that we have been unable to understand the mystery of consciousness not because we are incapable of comprehending it, but because we have simply made one important and false assumption. Enjoy this TED talk to learn what that assumption is, why it is false, and how Professor Hoffman believes we can fix it.

Muslim Groups Raise $59,000 And Counting To Rebuild Black Churches

After eight predominately black churches burned down following the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, last month, three groups have started an online fundraiser to help rebuild the churches.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 10, 2015

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

Well this is just common sense isn’t it? If we do our best today, in everything we do, and behave our best towards everybody we encounter in our day, then we will have peace of mind won’t we? Realistically, this will be easier to achieve on some days than others as we are not saints but human beings. However, if we can lay our head on our pillow at bedtime and, looking back on our day, be happy and content with how it has gone and how we have conducted ourselves, then tomorrow is like cash in the bank, another day to look forward to, zzzzzzzzzz…….


Good To Be Honest

It feels good to be honest, even when that honesty is difficult. It feels powerful to be on the side of truth, even when there is pain in the truth.

Admitting who you are, refreshes your spirit. Stop struggling to hide your desires, insecurities, ambitions, fears, likes and dislikes, and feel how good it feels to be genuine.

Let yourself be yourself. You’ll find it is much easier than pretending to be someone or something you are not, and a whole lot more fulfilling.

Admit what you love, and then put your energy into doing something about it. You were born to be you, and your greatest success will come from doing what you were born to do.

There is greatness within you that can only be reached by being honest about who you are. Let go of the pretenses, and let that greatness shine through.

You have a unique and valuable perspective to offer the world. Be honest, without compromise, about what matters to you, and bring your own special treasure to life.

— Ralph Marston

Pico Iyer on Bringing Calm Into the Motion of the World

"Pico Iyer is not a spiritual teacher or even, he says, a spiritual person per se. But he has become one of our most beloved and eloquent translators of the modern rediscovery of inner life. As a journalist and novelist, he travels the globe from Ethiopia to North Korea, and he lives in Japan. But he also experiences a remote Benedictine hermitage as his second home, retreating there many times each year. In this intimate conversation, we explore the 'art of stillness' he practices -- not in order to enrich the mountaintop, he writes, 'but to bring calm into the motion of the world.'"

Babies Will Ride In The FRONT With This New Car Seat Designed By Volvo

In what could be the biggest revolution in child car travel since the car seat was invented, Volvo has released a new design that puts the baby in the front passenger seat.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 9, 2015

“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.”

We all tend to be always looking ahead, dreaming of that big break, the opportunity of a lifetime, and everything falling into place just the way we’ve always imagined it. However, what’s to say that our big opportunity isn’t within our grasp right now, today, this minute? Spending all our time thinking about the future may prevent us from appreciating the here and now, when perhaps what we have always dreamed of is right under our nose, ready to be realized. So, keep dreaming and envisaging what you so desperately want but, occasionally, just take the time to stop and consider what’s happening around you NOW! Your big opportunity could be right under your nose!


Earning It

Is there something you want in life, and yet you never put forth any effort to make it happen? You probably don’t really want it.

If you borrow someone else’s goal, and fail to reach that goal, you haven’t really failed. You’ve given yourself the opportunity to re-evaluate your choices and your direction.

When you don’t really have the desire to do the work, then you don’t really have the desire to reach the goal. Because the value of the reward is created by you, in the process of earning it.

What things can you get excited about working toward? Those are the things that will bring true fulfillment to your life.

What do you consider to be worth your time, effort, and resources? What would you willingly make sacrifices and endure difficulties to create?

How do you know what’s really, truly important to you? It is whatever you are willing to earn.

— Ralph Marston

Can Compassion Change the World?

In this year of his 80th birthday, the Dalai Lama has collaborated with psychologist and bestselling "Emotional Intelligence" author Daniel Goleman to issue a call to action for creating a more compassionate world. To write "A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World," Daniel Goleman synthesized cutting-edge research from places like Stanford, Emory, and the University of Wisconsin to highlight the power and regenerative ability of cultivating compassion and how it can change our world. In this interview, he shares what he learned during the process.

A Ruthless Biker Is Given A Ticket For Parking Illegally... And He's Only Three Years Old!

Declan Tramley, who loves riding his red plastic motorcycle, put his hand to his forehead in exasperation when he was caught by Officer Shawn Currie leaving his bike in a 'no-parking zone' on Sunday.

Captain Jack Sparrow Abandons His Ship To Surprise Kids At A Children's Hospital

Johnny Depp donned his pirate costume in Australia on Tuesday to pay a visit to a children's hospital.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 8, 2015

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

Easy to say but not so easy to do! We have all had times and, no doubt, will again, when we’ve felt the sun would never shine again for us. Times when perhaps life has pulled on boxing gloves and we’ve been defenseless against the ensuing onslaught. Some blows can be dodged or parried so they land lightly and, although painful, we can recover quickly. However, some blows may knock the very breath from us and bring us to our knees, defeated. However, we all have the spark of endurance, of living to fight another day within us so use this to lift your face to the sun and banish the shadows to the past where they belong.


Do It

Don’t just say it. Do it.

Don’t just think about it or plan for it, wish or hope or imagine. Make the effort, do the work, solve the problems, meet the challenges, and get it done.

Thinking, strategizing and having aspirations are all important and necessary, but not enough. You have to get yourself going, get your hands dirty, sort through the complexity and make it happen.

You might fool yourself into thinking that good intentions are enough, but you won’t fool anyone else. It takes effort to transform those good intentions into real value.

You’re fully capable of that effort, and exercising that capability will bring you great satisfaction. So do it.

Dream great dreams, set high goals, then do yourself and the whole world a favor and take action. The time is now, life is yours, and you can do it.

— Ralph Marston

The Top 10 Happiest Countries

"Everyone wants to be happy, and increasingly, countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in policy making. As this year's World Happiness Report states, "Happiness is increasingly considered a proper measure of social progress and a goal of public policy." But what makes people happy, and which countries have the highest levels of happiness?" Read this summary to find out which countries are amongst the world's happiest, and what factors make them so.

If You See Someone With A Semicolon Tattoo, This Is What It Really Means

You may have seen tattoos of semicolons while browsing social media, but these tattoos aren't celebrating a punctuation mark; they have a much deeper symbolism.

Hawaii Becomes The First State In The U.S. To Ban Plastic Bags

Beginning Wednesday, Hawaii will become the first state in the nation to ban plastic bags.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 7, 2015

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

Now doesn’t that just make perfect sense? I am a great believer in that old adage, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get” so, if there’s something I want to do, and I need someone else’s agreement, I ask! If I get turned down, at least I’m not always going to regret not asking and wondering about the outcome for a long time to come. If I get the green light, well done me for actually asking. That’s the “door.” Always be prepared to “knock” and ask and you just might be pleasantly surprised. What have you got to lose?


Need Keeps You Stuck

As long as you need something, you will not have it. The energy of your need pushes away the reality of whatever you seek.

Instead of focusing on what you need, focus on what you have. Because somewhere in whatever you have is the pathway to whatever you desire.

That’s why gratitude is so empowering. Gratitude shines a bright light on your resources and possibilities, and enables you to make good use of them.

Focus on what you have, and on what you can do. No matter what you seek, no matter how far away it may seem, there is something you can do right now to move yourself closer.

Need keeps you stuck. Gratitude, and the willingness to do whatever you can, gets you moving on the path to fulfillment.

Let go of need, and feel the possibilities that are already with you. Step forward, move decisively away from need, and toward the reality of whatever you choose to create.

— Ralph Marston

The Radical Power of Humility

"Today I'd like to surface an unpopular virtue. One that's fallen out of favor in a time of selfies and relentless status updates..." In this recent keynote that took his audience by storm, the founder of ServiceSpace makes a compelling case for -- humility. Rich with insight and studded with stories of unassuming heroes ranging from Nelson Mandela to unknown janitors, pilgrim monks and revolutionary CEOs, this talk masterfully illustrates the paradoxical power of an underrated virtue.

How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life

An Excerpt from Becoming Aware by Lisa Garr

The setting of the championship race was certainly picturesque: Castaic Lake, a reservoir formed by the Castaic Dam in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of northwestern Los Angeles. Action scenes for movies and TV are often filmed there because of the gorgeous but rugged natural terrain, and this is where I arrived for the state championship. I was in second place overall, but this was the last race and counted for double points. I was focused in on my goal of taking the title.

It didn’t matter to me that when the race started at eight in the morning, it was already a searing 95 degrees. Or that this particular year, they ran the course in a different direction than they had run it in previous years, which would entail far more climbing for the racers. About 5,300 feet of steep uphill biking was in my future during the 21-mile course.

Hours later, the win was in my reach. The race was three laps, and in the previous two, I’d always passed the first-p…

The Ugly Duckling

By Helen Woo, Author of SELF-AID – Inspirations to Turn Struggles into Success

I am the ugly duckling. There are three of us – and I am always the odd man out. I am different from my siblings.

I want to be like my sister. Heck, I want to BE my sister. She’s older, she’s prettier, she’s taller, and she’s smarter. She gets all the attention. She’s perfect. My sister can do no wrong.

I like being a girl, so I don’t want to be like my brother – except I know that if I was born a boy, I’d get special treatment all the time.

I am seven years old, maybe eight, and I want approval so badly. I am proud and happy to carry the groceries on our way home from the market. We have no car, so walking is our norm.

I’d willingly help out in the kitchen every chance I could. I craved love and I wanted approval so desperately. Oh, please, please, please “Let me help you – let me make you proud. Please give me a ...

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 6, 2015

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”

Definitely! I believe that every one of us, no matter who we are or what kind of background or upbringing we had, all have our own unique gift or talent. The most advantageous and sensible route for us to take therefore is to realise this and take steps to use it to further our goals and ambitions in life. This is what defines us and how other people will perceive us, so we want to be the best we can in the eyes of the people who matter most to us, don’t we?


Beyond Satisfaction

It’s great to be satisfied with what you’ve done. Be careful that your satisfaction doesn’t turn into complacency.

Satisfaction with what you’ve done builds confidence in what you can do. Yet that confidence will do you no good unless it is put to use.

See your satisfaction as a challenge and an opportunity rather than as a refuge. When you’re satisfied with what you’ve done, let it inspire you to do even more.

When you’ve created a valuable result, you’ve also established some powerful momentum. What a shame it would be to waste that momentum.

Seize the opportunity to exceed yourself, to build on what you’ve already accomplished. Extend the great feeling of satisfaction by going above and beyond the effort that originally brought that satisfaction.

Enjoy your satisfaction after a job well done. Then quickly challenge yourself to create a whole lot more.

— Ralph Marston

Lunchbox Letters: A Mom's Handwritten Advice To Her Daughter

What started as a small gesture nearly 11 years ago for guilt-ridden Mom, Stephanie Gould, has quickly become a viral sensation. "I don't necessarily think any of the advice was groundbreaking" shared daughter, Skylar. "I think just because it was coming from someone so close to you, you believe it more." She is referring to the hand-penned notes her mother tucked lovingly into her school lunchbox each day. Now, these lunchbox letters are taking the internet by storm.

Daily Inspirational Quote – July 5, 2015

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

Not something that ever occurred to me before I came across this quote but, when I did, it make perfect sense. It’s only natural that as we grow and mature into the person we become so our thoughts grow with us. We subconsciously allow our thoughts to shape us in what we come to believe and how we perceive the people or events we encounter on our journey through life. These thoughts become “who we are” and I, for one, never took the time to examine and explore just who I “am.” However, fortunately, for the past several years I have changed my thought pattern, mainly around what I am capable of achieving and what kind of person I ultimately want to be. Taking time to do this definitely changed my whole perception of my world. Perhaps time for some thought spring cleaning in your life….?


One Hundred Thank Yous

For a year and a half, artist Lori Portka painted her gratitude through individual pieces of art for 100 people who have made a difference in her life. In her effort to truly live a life of gratitude, Lori learned that gratitude grows, and grows, and grows. "The more that I focused on gratitude, the more I was grateful for." This beautiful film captures Lori's motivation and some of the reactions from the recipients of her gratitude at an emotional exhibition of the 100 paintings. "One person, one person can make such a difference."