The Greatest Gifts You Can Ever Receive

The Greatest Gifts You Can Ever Receive

The best things in life are free.
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Everyone’s making their Christmas wish lists of all the gifts they hope to see under the tree this year. Toys, tablets, laptops, cameras, and clothes are many of the items most people are asking for, but there are some gifts in life that are so much better. Appreciate these gifts that you can give to yourself and receive through the help of your loved ones.

Happiness

As cliché as it sounds, one of the greatest gifts you can receive and keep all year is happiness. It’s the root of how we prosper in life and what helps us maintain motivation. Not every day is going to be a perfect day, but as long as you’re happy and optimistic, it’s easy to get through the difficult times. Remember to always smile about the positive and not frown too much about the negative. Don’t stress over situations that you cannot control. Everything happens for a reason and all things get better with time. Stay happy my friends.

Love

This is something that many people are always searching for in life and it can be found almost anywhere. The best place to find it? Family. Whether it be your parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins, there’s always family members that share unconditional love. Family is where life begins and where love never ends. You can also find love through friends and a significant other. The people who support you and look out for your best interest are the ones who really love you and that is truly a gift.

Health

With all the diseases and viruses that circulate around this time of year, it's important to be thankful for your health and well being. There are many people in hospitals who would much rather be laying at home without feeling sick. It's simple to maintain your health through cleanliness, caution, drinking lots of water, and exercising. Being grateful for having good health is often overlooked especially for those who do not get sick much. A healthy body equals a healthy mind so always appreciate the gift of health and never take it for granted!

Financial Stability

Sometimes this is the hardest gift to receive. With the consumer world that we live in, it's hard to say "no" to all the items we love that we come across at our favorite stores. Although it's tempting to buy what you want, ask yourself if you really need it. The key to financial stability is to focus more on needs and not wants. If you don't have the money for it at that moment, don't spend it. You will only increase your debt and it won't be worth it in the long run. Give yourself the gift of financial stability by only spending on what you need.

The greatest part about all these gifts? They are costless and last a lifetime!


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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter / Bailey

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15 Winter Dates For Couples Who'd Rather Snuggle Indoors Than Step Foot Outside

Do I wanna build a snowman? Uhhhh NO!

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Christmas time in New England can get pretty damn cold. I mean, we do have a few warm days, but for the most part, it's cold, windy, and sometimes snowy out. Now, if you're anything like me and you don't like the cold, typical Christmas dates might not be for you, but luckily there's plenty of cute dates that don't involve venturing out in the freezing abyss.

So get your hot chocolate, eggnog, ugly sweaters and festive pajamas ready because here are 15 fun winter dates that don't involve you and your partner leaving the house at all.

1. Ginger bread house competition

2. Classic Christmas movie marathon

3. Hallmark movie marathon

Only because my boyfriend's mom LOVES them.

4. Okay so really just any Christmas movie marathon.

SANTAAAAAA

5. Making Christmas ornaments

6. Paper snowflake making competition

7. Baking and decorating (and eating!) Christmas cookies

8. Dance around to Christmas music

9. Make each other a new stocking

10. Write a letter to Santa

Super silly but super cute.

11. Take cute Christmas pictures

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Perfect time for those ugly Christmas sweaters or Christmas pajamas.

12. Decorate the Christmas tree

And you know the rest of the inside of the house.

13. Wrap presents together

14. Hang a mistletoe and kiss under it

15. Stay up tracking Santa

Don't forget to leave milk and cookies out for him, and carrots out for the reindeer.

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