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Self first.

The negative stigma towards ‘selfishness’ has somewhat blurred the lines between selfishness and self-preservation. These blurred lines can cause feelings of guilt and pressure to always try to be selfless.  What if before we make a decision that others may perceive to be ‘selfish’ we check in with ourselves. Ask […]

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Myths about Birthmarks.

Birthmarks have significance both good and bad; as a result, they are inferred both as Angel kisses and Marks of the Devil. It seems like these marks have several interpretations influenced by cultural beliefs, color, size and location on our body like every other thing around us. Some of them […]

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Present is important.

“The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” Thich Nhat Hanh Our minds are constantly racing towards multiple thoughts. From waking up to snugging back into the sheets, […]

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Every friendship is unique.

Comparison is a dangerous vice that occurs all too often in our life. And sadly, it seems to be a common stumbling block to hundreds of other young people as well. It’s poisonous influence seeps into a many aspects of our life and our friendships are no exception. We are […]

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Van Gogh : Suicide or Murder?

Van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert in Holland on March 30th 1853 to a pastor father and was brought up in a highly religious and cultured environment. Whilst he showed an aptitude for drawing from an early age, the young man didn’t choose to become an artist until his late […]

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Energy Vampires.

We all have a finite amount of energy to use each day and we’re exposed to people who either fill us with energy or drain us of energy. People who drain our energy are known as energy vampires. These people could be colleagues, friends, family members – even people we […]

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Beauty standards.

Throughout human history, the world has witnessed several unusual and downright bizarre traditions when it comes to upholding standards of beauty. Through the ages, standards of beauty, and the means to achieve them, have tested our limits for gross and gag-inducing phantom pains. From the long list of strange beauty […]

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Misandry is not feminism.

Recently, the statement “I am a feminist” has become synonymous to the statement “I hate men.” The mere idea of feminism is being misconstrued as the idea of hating men. It’s become a widely spread belief that feminism represents the idea of switching the power structure so that men are […]

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Colorism in India.

“It starts when children are young: the moment a child is born, relatives start comparing siblings’ skin colour. It starts in your own family – but people don’t want to talk about it openly.” India’s hatred of dark skin, rooted in years of colonization, haunts naturally dark-skinned people there. While […]

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History of the Dauphine Orleans Hotel.

The Dauphine Orleans Hotel is a notoriously haunted location that sits only a stone’s throw away from Bourbon Street. Located in the center of the French Quarter, this hotel has over a hundred rooms where guests regularly report ghost sightings, disembodied voices and more. But why is this location so […]

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Art is Art.

“We are made to create. We feel useful when we create. We release our ‘stuckness’ when we create. We reinvent our lives, tell new stories, and rebuild communities when we create. We reclaim our esteem, our muse, and our hope when we create.” There is no one universal definition of […]

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Interesting traditions.

Culture and traditions vary hugely around the world. They are part of what makes our planet such a diverse and fascinating place to live. Here are some interesting customs from different parts of the world : 1. La Tomatina, SpainOnce a year, in the Valencian town of Buñol, Spaniards gather […]

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Animals aren’t commodity items.

Humans who have a dog but cannot afford to get it fixed or spayed, which leads to unwanted puppies. Humans who get a dog and find it not to fit into their lives anymore and choose to get rid of it are the problem. We’ve all seen it in movies […]

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Reincarnation : Real or not?

The idea of reincarnation has been around virtually forever; it’s a part of a number of religions and belief systems dating back to ancient times.Despite the history of the concept of reincarnation, though, interestingly, it’s only really in the late 19th and early 20th century that actual research into past […]

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What’s holding you back?

Sometimes we feel the deep desire to change our life however we feel stuck. Feeling stuck might be painful but it’s the sign that confirms that you need to take a new way. It means that it’s time for something new. Whatever the direction you want to take or the […]

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Control your dreams.

Many people experience lucid dreams spontaneously, simply because their mind is alert during that phase of sleep. Some train themselves to dream lucid, intending to harness the potential of lucid dreams and utilizing them to their advantage. Lucid dreams are known to help with anxiety, nightmares, dispelling phobias, boosting creativity, […]

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The future parents.

What we know so far, Gen Zers are a diverse and open-minded generation who’ve grown up enjoying the benefits of social media at their fingertips. Yet, equally, they’re also a group associated with high levels of anxiety and an overwhelming pressure to project success, both online and off. Now that […]

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A punished victim : Medusa

Since the days of early Western civilization, when myths were forged in fire and stone, society has been fascinated with the ancient Greek imagination. Tales of gods, Titans, and giants fill children’s fairy tales, while a variety of mythological monsters have captivated viewers on the big screen. No female character, […]

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Men and Makeup.

Despite the fact that heterosexual men have worn makeup since 3000 B.C., the journey to normalize beauty and grooming in the 21st century has not been easy. As with many things our society has deemed solely feminine, like wearing high heels or caring about personal grooming, men thousands of years […]

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Social media and fake news.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I sat down and watched an entire news program on TV. I get all of my breaking news from social media. Social media has become the main source of news online with more than 2.4 billion internet users, nearly 64.5 percent receive breaking […]

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Manifest your dreams.

A law is something that works whether you believe in it or not, like the law of gravity, which does not rely on your beliefs to function. Like gravity and the other laws of physics, the Laws of Attraction don’t require you to believe in them to work. So feel […]

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The haunted fort : Shaniwar wada.

Shaniwar wada is one of the most haunted place in Pune located in the Maharashtra State of India. The Shaniwar Wada Fort is a historic place of politics, rulers and death that embellishes the city center of Pune, India.. The imposing fort continues to stand strong after being constructed in […]

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Check your privilege : Veganism.

There is a sense of entitlement that goes along with being vegan. In case you aren’t familiar with veganism, it is best described as vegetarian fundamentalism.According to the Oxford dictionary; “Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an […]

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