10 Puppy Pictures That Will Make You Happy

10 Puppy Pictures That Will Make You Happy

Because social media has become such a dark place
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Social media has been hell lately. Between the constant political bickering and now people slamming our president-elect and starting riots, we could all use a little bit of happiness on our newsfeed. So, here's 10 dog pictures that will make your day just a little brighter.





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Here's to puppies, aka the ultimate source of happiness.

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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.
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They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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Where Did They Go?

In 1584, Sir Walter Raleigh renewed Humphrey Gilbert's patent to explore the New World. But this is a start to a mystery still unsolved.

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Following his half-brother's death, Raleigh was granted a royal charter by Queen Elizabeth I to explore and colonize "any remote, heathen, and barbarous lands, countries, or territories, not actually possessed of any Christian Prince or inhabited by Christian people." In return, he would provide one-fifth of the gold and silver mined from that land. It was intended by Raleigh and the queen that the venture would provide riches from the New World and a base from which to send privateers to raids the Spanish treasure fleets.

Raleigh never visited North America. Instead, he leads expeditions to South America in 1595 and 1617 in search of the golden city, El Dorado. Needless to say, the guy never found it. But he sent others to 1585 to establish the Roanoke Colony. Today, it is known as the Lost Colony.

The first expedition to North America was a bit rocky. The small fleet of ships was separated by a storm of the coast of Portugal, eventually meeting up again on Puerto Rico. One ship did reach the Outer Banks and the north end of Roanoke Island. Just over 100 men settled building a small fort but were lacking in food and other supplies. When there was no sign of the promised relief fleet, many took up the offer to return to England from Sir Francis Drake, who was returning from a successful raid in the Caribbean. Those who returned introduced England to tobacco, maize, and potatoes. The relief fleet turned shortly after Drake's departure, finding the colony abandoned. The relief fleet returned to England but left 15 men behind to keep up their English presence and to keep Raleigh's claim on Roanoke.

A second expedition launched in 1587 to again establish a settlement on Roanoke Island. This time, the settlers were more diverse, including entire families who were to be governed by John White. He re-established relations with the Croatans and other local Native Americans when the colonists arrived again on Roanoke. Soon after, White was persuaded by the colonists to return to England and explain their desperate situation. The colonists were lacking in food, supplies, and feared to the anger of the nearby tribes.

White left behind 115 colonists, the men and women who made the Atlantic crossing and his new granddaughter, Virginia Dare, who was the first English child born in the Americas. White promised to return in a year but a series of delays turned that year in three.

White returned to the colony on August 18, 1590, his granddaughter's third birthday. But when he arrived, he found it deserted with no trace of a struggle or battle or the 90 men, 17 women, and 11 children he left behind. What he did find was the word "CROATAN" and the letters C-R-O carved into nearby trees. All of the houses and forts had been dismantled meaning the colonists were not hurried out of their home. He told his people before leaving to carve a Maltese cross into the tree to signify that they had been forced to leave. He assumed the word carved into the tree meant they had been moved to Croatan Island, today known as Hatteras Island, but he was unable to conduct a search due to a storm. He returned to England, hopeful that his family was still alive. In a letter to Richard Hakluyt, he expressed that "he must hand over the fate of the colonists and his family to the merciful help of the Almighty, whom I most humbly beseech to help and comfort them."

We still are not entirely sure what happened to the colonists of Roanoke. They could have died of starvation. They could have fought with the nearby tribes and were taken as prisoners. They could have sought shelter with a nearby tribe as well. There are many theories as to what happened to the colony and hopefully one day we will have answers. For now, Roanoke Island keeps it name, the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

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