A boy stole stuff for his mom, and it paid off for the shopkeeper in the end.

Imagine you met this little law-breaking, ne'er-do-well kid.

He's a thief who stole food from your store.


At that moment, you've got a choice. You can either punish him or try to understand his reasoning.

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Imagine you decided to be generous and understanding.

And you discover his mom is very sick.

Like, super-sick. The kind of sick where she can't work or provide food for her children.

So you offer him your food.

It's not much, but it's what you have.

Now fast-forward.

It's 30 years later, and you're just living your life — still being that Mr. Rogers-type person...

And something happens ... you get sick.


It's devastating to your whole family. HUGE medical bills.

But that one small moment of generosity from years ago changed a life. And now it's changed YOUR life.


All expenses paid ... 30 years ago.



We are all bumbling around this planet, and each of us comes from a different situation in life. There's never really a way to know what someone else's circumstances are or what drives any of us to make the choices we make. What we do know is that sometimes we will be wronged in big or small ways. When this happens, maybe we can take a moment to think about the motivations of other people and try to mentally meet them where they are. If we apply this story, maybe, just maybe, we can begin to understand each other and make life a little bit easier.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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