EVERYDAY HERO STORIES
Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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MINDFULNESS
LIVING IN THE MOMENT For me I really found mindfulness when I was studying abroad in Europe for four months. Never having been to any of the countries I visited before, everything was new to me. The buildings, the streets, the art, and the just the beauty of these old cities around me was unlike anything I had ever seen. I remember...
SUBMITTED BY RACHAEL SINCICH
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FRIENDSHIP
FRIENDSHIP One of my biggest values in life is friendship. I believe I developed the value of friendship early in life through the schools I attended. I come from a decently large suburb, but attended small private schools growing up. My grade always had about 50 kids in it from Kindergarten through high school. I went...
SUBMITTED BY JOSH BRONER
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FORGIVENESS
FORGIVENESS IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND ALL THE TIME When I was younger I used to be verbally bullied. Throughout my childhood different girls would come up to me and call me names and made fun of me. There were a lot of girls who did that but only three hurt me the most (let´s imagine their names were "A", "B" and "c"). The girl "A" which was the first one...
SUBMITTED BY CONFIDENCIAL
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FAMILY
MY ROCK As a kid growing up, I moved 6 times. That meant finding a new house, moving into a new school with new teachers, adapting to a new place and new culture, and also making new friends. It almost turned into clockwork; every 3 years likely meant a new place for me to move. Everyone always assumes I'm apart of a...
SUBMITTED BY ADAM BREACH
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JOY
LIFTING UP I am seven years older than my twin cousins. When I was young, I think 8 or 9, they were toddlers. They really liked me and me them. They would cry a lot and I only saw them for the final two weeks of the year over break because I lived in New York and them in LA. One night I was playing with them and it was...
SUBMITTED BY GRIFFIN RUBIN
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EDUCATION
THE NEVER ENDING SEARCH FOR KNOWLEDGE I have found that the more information we can gather in our lives enhances the quality of our lives. Education can also be called experience - the events we see around us and the situations we life through. I liken experiences to pieces of a giant life puzzle. Each piece we gather and fit into the puzzle adds...
SUBMITTED BY DENNIS G. DIEDE
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LIVE LIFE
THE VALUE STORY For as long as I can remember, I have been particularly close to my family. I share many passions and interests with my father, mother, and sister, and we spend a great deal of time together enjoying one another's company. As a result, the values that my parents hold have become deeply instilled in my identity as...
SUBMITTED BY ALEXANDER ROUDE
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FAMILY
NEW HOMES, SAME FAMILY When people ask me where I grew up, I can never give a solid answer. I've moved nine times in six different states and have never lived somewhere consistently for more than 3 years. Throughout all these moves, houses would change, schools would change, and even friends would change. However, family was always a...
SUBMITTED BY AUSTIN
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OPTIMISM
SMILE #Values When I was in second grade and my parents constantly fought and eventually got divorced, my big brother always told me to smile. Smile, and it would be okay. Smile, try to be optimistic, and things would get better. And they did. It’s unhealthy to pout and be upset for extended periods of time, so I...
SUBMITTED BY ALANA
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
NEVER STOP MAKING A DIFFERENCE Coming from a family of teachers and medical professionals, the impact of making a difference has been apparent to me from a young age. Contributing to a cause bigger than myself has incredible meaning in my life, because I wouldn't be where I am without others helping me along in the darkest of times....
SUBMITTED BY CONNOR DAUGHERTY
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HOPE
HOPE Hope has been a core value of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I hated going to high school and living in a small town. Hope was the only thing that got me through my 8 years of middle/high school. When I came to college I thought my life was set, but then I went through an event that...
SUBMITTED BY SAM
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LOVE
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE IN A BUSY WORLD I think love is an incredibly important value, especially as we get older and busier. With little time to invest in activities, we might end up taking the relationships in our life for granted. However, I was always raised to remember that the most important things in life aren't monetary or even tangible. My...
SUBMITTED BY VINEELA APPALANENI
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FAMILY
MY SUPPORT SYSTEM Ever since I was young, my parents and older brother have always cheered me on - whether it was at a dance competition, piano recital, or an academic accomplishment. They were there even when I attempted 1 of 10 sports, only to later realize I just wasn’t that athletic. Point is - they never stopped to tell me I...
SUBMITTED BY AYEESHA
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OPTIMISM
LOOKING AT THE BRIGHT SIDE It is pretty obvious how other people's mood and feelings affect your own mood and feelings - if you are going though the day and someone that is constantly angry or sad it can make you annoyed, sad or even angry too. During high school I was going through the classic rebellious teenager phase in which I would...
SUBMITTED BY MARCELA
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FRIENDSHIP
FRIENDSHIP PULLS YOU THROUGH When I was little, I thought everything was the way it should be. I thought that nothing would ever change. I had great friends, great parents, and a loving family. One day, all of my friends moved away. I thought that I would never be able to make new friends, but I did. That day, I realized what friendship...
SUBMITTED BY KATE TANNENBAUM
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