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If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.

No amount of security is worth the suffering of a life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.

One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.

When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow.

This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.

Your emotions are meant to fluctuate, just like your blood pressure is meant to fluctuate. It’s a system that’s supposed to move back and forth, between happy and unhappy. That’s how the system guides you through the world.

Stress and unhappiness come not from situations, but how you respond to situations.

We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.

One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.

One bad chapter doesn’t mean your story’s over.

I have endured, I have been broken, I have known hardship, I have lost myself. But here I stand, still moving forward, growing stronger each day.

Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different than they are.

How thankful I am today, to know that all my past struggles were necessary for me to be where I am now.

Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns—the pains and problems they cause you—and enjoy life.

Sometimes you don’t get closure, you just move on.

If love becomes too painful, then it’s time to let that love go and save yourself. You have to keep this in mind because you’ll be able to find another love but not another self.

Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.

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