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Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Five Offers A Little Extra Inspiration

The Friday Five is our weekly roundup of links to smart articles and helpful resources across the Web.

1. Have you heard that today is the end of the world? Okay, probably the world's not ending today, but what if it were? What if this were your last day on earth? What would you regret? This is a great article about the top five regrets of the dying. We found the regrets to be both enlightening and inspiring.We want to know, what would you regret, and does this list make you want to change the way you're living your life?

2. This article was more of a resource piece we wanted to offer to individuals who might be struggling with a serious illness or to the caregivers of those individuals. Most of us aren't prepared for a serious illness, and suddenly we're bombarded with information about diagnosis, prognosis, treatment options, side effects. Help yourself by having these questions to guide you in the decision making process.

3 & 4. Are you on Twitter, or perhaps do you watch Ann Curry of NBC News? After the Newtown tragedy, Ann Curry wondered what we as a nation could do in response to the shooting. She shared an idea on Twitter, to commit to 20 acts of kindness for each of the children killed in Newtown. That idea went viral, grew larger, and now individuals across the country have committed to performing 26 acts of kindness. There's still so much good in our world. If you'd like to follow what others are doing and news stories about this awesome viral idea, you can like the 26 Acts of Kindness page on Facebook.

5. If you are grieving the death of a loved one, know that your feelings are normal. You may experience a variety of strong emotions including anger, sadness, and confusion. This article offers a few great suggestions to help you with your grief. Do you have more suggestions for individuals who are grieving? Leave a comment below with your suggestion.

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