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"What a desperate, pathetic fool I was. Time after time, my "friends" had shown me their true colors. Yet, I still wanted to believe that they were sorry for causing me pain."

- Jodee Blanco, Please Stop Laughing At Me: One Woman's Inspirational Story
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When I first entered my 20s, I thought that there was a set of rules I had to follow.

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Growing up, selfishness was always a quality that was frowned upon. Every Disney princess was defined by her selflessness, by the sacrifices she made. And every romcom had people sacrificing their happiness for each other all the time. And most of us try growing up selfless.

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15 People Who Succeeded In Life Without Succeeding In School

Success is so much more than a report card.

It's easy, especially in India, to forget that the marks you get in school aren't everything. That there is a life beyond marksheets, that in the end, it's only a piece of paper.

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To The People Who Can Forgive The World, But Not Themselves

You deserve your own kindness.

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"I'm sorry."
The words roll off your tongue like a well-practiced rhyme. The world smiles back, faces filled with understanding. Maybe you feign calmness, as if a storm of regret isn't brewing right under your skin. Because you're going to replay every moment of this mistake till your mind turns into a cruel machine that has no off button. Forgetting that you're no God. That being mistaken is a part of being human.
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This ONE Thing Has The Potential To Change Your Life

Life is too short to live in regret. If you weren't ready the first time, take a second chance!

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Dear World, I Am Millennial... Who Wants A Simpler Life.

My heart doesn't fit in this rat-race.

I've always known this.

I've always known the world was moving too fast for my liking.

I've always known that I couldn't - wouldn't - be a part of this rat race.

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How To Deal With Anxiety: 5 Simple Things You Can Do By Yourself

It doesn't have to be difficult to deal with anxiety every day.

No matter how much we may brag about being a self-sufficient generation, anxiety is now an epidemic. The more time we spend in front of screens, the less time we have to think about and enjoy life. We are all stuck in a maze of candied lives and hashtags that are far from portraying the truths of life. Many of us struggle with day-to-day living, but we all too often refuse to seek help while our problems slowly cripple us and destroy everything we have created from scratch. How do we combat the devil that lurks within?

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10 Reasons Nothing And No One Is Worth Giving Up On Life For

Because your life is much more than heartbreak and failure.

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In everyone's life, there comes a point when we think we can't go on any more. The reason could be anything: a failed relationship, an exam, career issues, absolutely anything. However, is any of it worth giving up on life for? The answer is NO. Absolutely nothing and no one is worth giving up on your life and your beautiful self for. Here is why...

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This Beautiful Indian Dance Video Shows Us What Goes On Within Those Who Suffer From Anxiety

It's not just an "illness". It's a broken state of mind.

What is anxiety? What does it look like? How can you spot its presence within the people of your family or among your friends? How do you help before it consumes them completely?

For one, anxiety is not something you can outwardly spot. It is a frame of mind where the person feels too much but fails to express it out of fear of judgment. Unless you are with them nearly all the time, you won't know the quickening of their breath or the way they heave through those panic attacks. You won't really know anxiety. You won't meet it like you should.

But there is a way. Srinidhi Raghavan and Sahasra Sambamoorthi, two spectacularly trained Indian classical dancers, along with Navatman Inc., get you a three-part video series titled "The Mirror - A Glimpse Within". The first video titled similarly, talks about the exact mental state of a a person dealing with anxiety. It is an attempt to wake us up to the severity and seriousness of this particular form of mental illness through the poetics of dance, prose and film.

Challenging us to really understand the roots of anxiety, this powerful dance video will show you how the casual and continuous neglect of self-care harms not only the body but also the mind and the soul.