12 'Parks and Recreation' Life Lessons

12 'Parks and Recreation' Life Lessons

Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do.
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'Parks and Rec', AKA the best show ever, aired for seven seasons of funny moments and quotes. However, the characters of 'Parks and Rec' actually gave inspiring life lessons throughout the show's run that still inspire viewers even after the show's end.

1. Always remember to treat 'yo self.

2. Always remember that work should come last.

Working is a really important aspect of life; however, work should not become the most important thing in your life and come before your friends, or even waffles.

3. Always remember to build your friends up.

A long-running theme on 'Parks and Rec' is Leslie complimenting her best friend, Ann Perkins. Leslie drops some funny one-liner jokes to Ann throughout their friendship, but this also provides a really important lesson. You should always build up your friends and make them feel loved and cared about.

4. Always remember you will find your Ben Wyatt.

Remember when Leslie made the dating profile because she thought she wouldn't find love and she was matched with Tom? Leslie thought she would never find her true love, but she eventually admitted her feelings for Ben and the two got together. Even though Ben and Leslie had their ups and downs, they are proof you will find your match. Never give up hope that you will find your Ben Wyatt.

5. Always remember breakfast food is the best food.

Whenever you are having a bad day or just feeling down any breakfast food can cure it. Because, why would anyone eat anything besides breakfast food?

6. Always remember to be your biggest fan.

Nobody really knows how hard you work for your goals and dreams than yourself. Take your hard work and be inspired by yourself. There's nothing wrong with being your own cheerleader and you should be able to find inspiration within yourself.

7. Always remember to whole-ass what you are doing.

It's always better to whole-ass one thing than half-ass two things. Work hard and give your all on one thing rather than spread yourself too thin and half-ass more.

8. Always remember to make the most of the situation when life gives you a lemon, you make lemonade.

Okay, so maybe when life gives you lemons you shouldn't necessarly sell your grandma's jewelry and go clubbin'. However, when life comes down on you, you should always make the best of the situtation. Make lemonade or go clubbin' with the lemons life deals you.

9. Always remember that it is okay to not be okay.

The character, Chris Traeger, struggled with depression and anexity during 'Parks and Rec' but worked to keep his mind and body going through it. He went throught therapy and dealt with his all too real issues. Chris is an example of how it is okay to not be okay.

10. Always remember to be passionate.

So, Craig may have cared a little too much sometimes, but his passion and how much he cared was truly inspring. You shouldn't go through life not caring about anything, always remember to have that passion and care.

11. Always remember things will work out.

Remember when Leslie thought her dreams were over and dead after she lost the recall vote and lost her city council chair? But, things worked out for her and she went on to get a better job and eventually ran for governor in the final season. Even when it feels like your dreams out working out, things will work out in the end and you need to always remember that.

12. Always remember to be spontaneous.

Remember when April and Andy spontaneously got married at their house party? Leslie thought it was a terrible idea and they would regret doing something so crazy and spur of the moment. However, the two love birds really did love each other and made their marriage work. Sometimes doing something spur of the moment isn't a bad idea.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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How Art Can Help You Take Care Of Yourself

It's time to go on a date with yourself.

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Art is a quintessential part of the human experience: it has something that has been present in human culture beginning from prehistoric times, from when human consciousness first entered the world. It is also something that transcends definition and intertwines with our play of life and the meaning of humanity. Art is an expression of feeling in its most ethereal meaning and "for fun" at its most basic.

Personally, as an Art History minor, art has been a dimension of life for me that I have explored deeply and holds a lot of meaning. Painting is a huge outlet and way to deal with stress for me, and appreciating fine art teaches me about the aspect of history and how all of history is tied together throughout paintings, sculptures, and photographs. It helps me center myself and remind me of the place I hold in this world and the curious aspect personal experience of history. However, art doesn't need to be the stereotypical idea of art: it can be expressed through dance, the learning of a new language, or the coloring of mandalas to ease stress.

The exploration of art and the artistic side of human nature is something that everyone has in them: it's written in our psychology. We have an entire side of our brain that is inclined toward feeling and abstract interpretation, so it's natural to assume that emotion and expression of art are intrinsically intertwined. Thus, experiencing art is a way to personally develop yourself, and can be an unfound way of finding out things about yourself.

Different ways to explore your artistic side can be very easy: as easy as 3rd-grade coloring books, coloring mandalas, or finger-painting. Recently, I participated in a lantern festival and being able to paint a small lantern was an amazing outlet from a stress-filled week and allowed me to express myself through something besides just communication. Writing is also another good way to express emotion and create art: many books are just art pieces, and can be another way to further develop yourself. Additionally, other small fun things like carving pumpkins (spooky season!) or even curating the perfect Instagram profile can be another way to express yourself.

Appreciating the small things in your life as art and self-expression help put you more in touch with yourself, which is easy to lose throughout the mundane cycles of college, work, and life in general. Keeping yourself in harmony and balance might seem like an earthy-crunchy concept, but self-care and self-love are vital in keeping the rest of your life ordered. Being mindful of yourself and your goals is something that I have always have had difficulty with, but working toward learning more about yourself is taking the first step.

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