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7 Dumb Reasons To Not Date Someone (Or To Break Up)

Are you being wise, particular, picky or just plain dumb? Here are 7 dumb reasons to not date someone or to break it off.Source: LionsgateEveryone loves the show Seinfeld. Well, most people. Before Parks and Rec, The Office, and Fresh Prince, there was the NBC prime time hit based on a New York dwelling comedian and his adventures in life and love with his three "friends". Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer are timeless characters and still highly quotable to this day, and yet something remains true about them that actors and producers alike still cite about them.They were terrible people ...

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6 Things That Helped Me Get Through Depression And Anxiety

Something some people don't know about me - I used to need eye drops every day to be able to see because I used to cry so much. Here are 6 things that helped me get through depression and anxiety.A shot from recent and much happier times in Galway Bay, Ireland. But it hasn't always been that wayMild trigger warning for depressing themes (literally).In truth, I've never really been that secretive about my struggle with anxiety and depression. I've written about it quite a few times before, especially mainly summed up in my personal review of the year 2017. I ...

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7 Things I Learned Because of Black Lives Matter #BLM

They told white people to listen, so as a white person I did just that. Here are 7 things I learned because of Black Lives Matter.Source: Rockhampton Morning BulletinIf you're reading this, you would probably already be well acquainted with Black Lives Matter, #BLM, All Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, and a number of the movements that have been sparked in response to acts of police violence over the last few decades. Most recently, the death of George Floyd recorded on camera as four police officers stood around with one holding him in a chokehold has sparked global response. Mass ...

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The Thing That Fills My Heart With Sorrow

I'm usually not the type to despair, but sometimes I do. Here is the thing that fills my heart with sorrow.Source: The AustralianOur world is in one of its most trying times in existence. International borders closed, families and friends kept physically isolated for extended periods of time, bushfires and hurricanes, unknown and highly contagious diseases, injustice and violent protest. You've gotta wonder, what on earth could happen next? You hope for it to get better, but it's very likely things will only continue to get worse.And out of all the crazy events happening in our time, there is one ...

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Your Love Life & Breaking Patterns of Dysfunction

In our relationships, it's the repeated things that keep us together or drive us apart. The health of our love life depends on our success in breaking patterns of dysfunction.Source: NetflixHave you ever found yourself asking, "Why does this always happen to me?". You may be stuck in a cycle, and if so, this one is for you.Finding someone to call your life partner can be a journey and a half. I know for me it took many years of happiness and heartbreak, ups and downs, and a lot of learning about myself and others. My most recent post before ...

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5 Bands That Have Shaped My Life AKA The Musical Journey of Matt

If music tells you a lot about a person, get ready to learn a lot about me - here are five bands that have shaped my life and gotten me through the ups and downs of life.If you appreciate music, are looking for some new tunes to check out, or just like people being reflective, give this one a read.Everyone's being super reflective at the moment. Being an INFJ super reflective type at most times, I've definitely appreciated seeing people taking stock and sharing about themselves in a more intimate fashion. I love hearing people's dreams and their life journeys ...

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How The Root of Bitterness Destroys Relationships

Whatever type of connection it may be, this one could certainly end it - this is how the root of bitterness destroys relationships.We live in uncertain times. Life continues to change. Interactions continue to be different. Expectations and reality stay at odds from each other. We've got to be physically distant whilst trying to maintain social connection. It's one of those times where everything in your life is under a microscope from the pressure of the current day - your goals, your dreams, your contentment, your peace, your aspirations, and yes, your relationships.When things go wrong in life, it can ...

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10 Signs You've Found Marriage Material

We hear all the time about the red flags and the reasons to break a relationship off - instead, here are 10 signs you've found marriage material. The search for a life partner can be an all consuming venture. Trying to find someone you want to marry is one thing, then you have to also find someone who wants to marry you. Relationships press every button on every issue in our lives - upbringing, identity, sense of worth, how we feel about our own hopes and dreams. You can feel like you'll never find anyone, you can feel like you only ...

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8 Ways To Be Physically Distant But Socially Connected

8 Ways To Be Physically Distant But Socially Connected

With the need to be physically distant from others in this season, it can be a very trying time for human connection. Here are 8 ways to be physically distant but stay socially connected. A positive look at our great opportunity during this trying time. I'm writing this in the midst of a world in chaos. COVID-19 AKA Coronavirus is ripping through the world and destroying much of the societal norms that have existed to this point. Affecting China for several months at this point, the spread of the virus has become fairly widespread. As a result, governments everywhere are making necessary ...

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Mental Illness Isn't An Excuse for Cruelty or Destruction

A recent tragedy of domestic violence has highlighted the dark reality of many relationships, resounding to us that mental illness isn't an excuse to be cruel or destructive.Source: Daily MailWhat recent marital tragedy am I referring to? That would depend on where you live and when you are reading this. Unfortunately in every country at any point of the year, there are so many tragedies in relationships and marriages. Domestic violence, emotional or psychological abuse, and intentional cruelty ran rampant across our world today.The particular case I'm referring to is the case of Hannah Clarke and her three children who ...

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