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1. Print both pages of the game. To assemble, cut out the bottom white part of page 1 on the solid line and tape to the top of page 2 to form the board. 2. Get a game die from another board game or print and assemble the paper die on page 3. 3. Choose small items as your game board pieces such as small rocks, figurines, or small blocks.

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1. Roll the die and move the correct number of spaces on the board. For example, if you roll a 2, move two spaces on the board. 2. Do the activity or answer the question in the square you landed on. If there is no activity, it's the next player's turn. 3. If you land on a square with a ladder, move your game piece up the ladder to a new square. If you land on a square with the snake, slide down the snake to the lower square. 4. The game is over when all players reach the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finishâ&#x20AC;? square!

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Say your favorite affirmation or quote.

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What do you enjoy learning about?

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What do you like about yourself?

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What is a Positivity Box? It's a box where you can store your favorite memories, success stories, and encouraging messages for yourself!

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Find a box to decorate like an empty tissue box or plain box at your local craft store. A paper bag or a clean jar can work too.

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Print the slips on page 7 to write positive thoughts, favorite memories, or success stories. Fold and put them in your box!

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Cut out the elements and decorate your positivity box! It's okay to have some white space around the art.

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Use the slips below to write positive thoughts, favorite memories or your success stories. Fold and put them in your Positivity Box.

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Today, I will make a mistake and learn from it. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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Today, I will help someone.

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Today, I will practice what I am learning.

Today, I will list 3 things I love about myself. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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Today, I choose to have a great day.

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Today, I will say "thank you" and "I love you." _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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Today, I will spend time in nature and notice the beautiful world around me. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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Today, I will write a letter to a friend.

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Today, I will offer to help with dinner or clean up. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Today, I will share a positive moment from my day with my family. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Today, I will take one step closer to a goal I am working towards. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Today, I will say, "I am kind, I am enough, I am loved." _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Today, I will not compare myself to anyone.

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Today, I will smile at 3 strangers.

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A GROWTH MINDSET GAME Complete a task and remove a post-it note to reveal the mystery fun activity! Do the fun activity only when all post-it notes are removed.

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Now you are ready to use your Morning Routine Chart! Start with your flaps down and when you complete an activity, secure the flap with the tabs.

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FAMILY RITUAL IDEAS that teach important lessons

Read the list together as a family and check off the rituals you would like to implement!

Rituals That Teach Responsibility Assign each family member a specific task when setting the table.

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Create a rotating chore chart on a whiteboard that changes each Sunday. Choose a particular time each week when the entire family comes together to clean the house.

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Find projects that the entire family can collaborate on (shelling peas, painting a wall, etc.)

Rituals That Promote Kindness and Compassion Practice Loving Kindness Meditation: think of your loved ones and send them positive thoughts. Say, “May you feel safe. May you feel happy. May you feel healthy." Find a place to volunteer as a family (a nursing home, an animal shelter, etc.) Have each family member share one kind thing they did that day.

Rituals That Boost Positivity “Family cuddle time” - when everyone arrives home, pile into bed together and cuddle for five minutes. Play “High, Low, Buffalo” - each family member shares the high and the low points of their day, then anything else they would like to share ("Buffalo").

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Rituals That Build Strong Family Connection End each evening with a calming massage before bed. Choose a few favorite songs to use as “goodnight songs.” Choose a few favorite stories that you read each night. Say, “Goodnight, nose!” while tweaking your child’s nose, then, “Goodnight, toes!”, and so on. Before saying good-night, say, "Mommy loves you. Daddy loves you. Grandma loves you,” and so on.

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Take turns cooking everyone's favorite meals. Sample dinners from different cultures each month. Have weekly “theme” dinners, like Taco Tuesday, Pizza Fridays, etc.

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Rituals That Develop a Sense of Belonging

Create special greetings and farewells like “See you later, alligator!” Have a personalized handshake with each of your children. Go on a hayride each year around the holidays.

During the holidays sing songs that hold significance to your family. On New Year's Eve, watch family videos to reflect on the year. Keep a “Gratitude Jar” throughout the year.

Make a special cake for each family member’s birthday. On birthdays, allow kids to eat anything they want for breakfast! Invent and celebrate family holidays like Kid's Day. Go on monthly (or weekly) nature walks. Create a theme night like a board game night or a movie night. Have pancakes each Sunday morning. Camp out in the living room monthly or every so often. Printables by Big Life Journal - biglifejournal.com

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Brainstorm Together The manifesto will be more meaningful if you can get your whole family involved in the process of creating it. Hold a family meeting to discuss the following questions. Write everyone's answers down.

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After everyone has come up with their own ideas, narrow them down to your favorite 10-20 as a family. Since the manifesto is something you created together, it will hold much more meaning, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have more buy-in from your family.

What is important to our family? What does our family believe in? What are some of our favorite family activities? How do we want to treat each other and others? How do we celebrate in our family?

If your family is creative and artsy, you can design your own poster. Alternatively, you can...

Display Your Manifesto

Once your manifesto is complete, place it somewhere prominent. Each member of the family should see it often. The manifesto serves as a reminder of your unity, uniqueness, and shared values, beliefs, and/or activities.

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Surround the manifesto with pictures of your familyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even better if the pictures represent the values or activities mentioned in the manifesto!

Revisit and Revise Over the years, especially if you create the manifesto when your children are young, your manifesto may need some updating.

Occasionally revisit and revise the manifesto with input from your family. You might make this an annual tradition, or simply revise as needed.

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A Family Manifesto Poster Create a powerful family manifesto for your family! Engage your kids to make it a fun bonding activity for the whole family and display for all to see.

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Family Manifesto Phrases Use the suggested phrases below or create your own!

Phrase ideas In our house, we...

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love, support, respect each other encourage and help each other have a growth mindset love to learn grow our brains ask questions make mistakes fail forward ask for help are thankful and grateful are brave and honest start each day with a smile hug often embrace challenges keep going when it gets tough smile through the struggle practice practice practice try new things read, play, rest do our BEST

finding the good in every day working hard being humble laughing more, worrying less learning by doing thinking outside the box

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Dream, create, inspire Create your own happiness Be the best version of YOU Find joy in the process Be proud of YOU Do more of what makes you happy Love with all your heart Make time for each other Make things that make you proud Discover your passion It always seems impossible until it's done Some things take time

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We practice ______ We do _____ We start each day ______ We are ______ Remember ______ Do more of _______ Work hard and ______ Be your own _______

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Kids do best when guidelines are clear. Consider ground rules, such as: Day, time and meeting place that works for everyone Frequency of meetings (once a week is recommended) Who fills the roles of “leader” and “note taker” each week Only one person speaks at a time No electronics Everyone participates

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2. Sloth in a Hurry

22. Mole Rats in Space

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16. The Oregon Trail card game 17. Cahoots 18. Code Names 19. Snug as a Bug 20. Friends & Neighbors

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Powerful Ways to WISH A GOOD DAY TO YOUR CHILD 1. I Love You! 2. 3. Take care polar bear. 4. Be kind. Be helpful. Be YOU! 5. Make good choices! 6. Be a good friend! 7. Remember to be awesome! 8. Be the best YOU today! 9. Have courage and take risks. 10. 11. I trust you. 12. Be a leader! 13. Make it a great day! 14. Your choices matter. 15. Ask good questions. 16. Enjoy the struggle of the day. 17. Make a difference. 18. 19. Remember who you are. 20. Make a new friend today! 21. Believe in yourself! 22. Today is a new day! 23. You've got this! 24. Learning is your superpower. 25. Use kind words & actions.

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26. I believe in you! 27. Smile at someone today! 28. Close your eyes and picture your day. 29. 30. Be positive and confident! 31. Make today great! 32. Be kind to yourself and others. 33. You can do anything! 34. I love you for who you are. 35. Be everything you can be! 36. Make lots of mistakes! 37. Grow your brain and be kind. 38. Be brave, be kind, be bold. 39. 40. Learn something new today! 41. Trust yourself. 42. Try your best, have fun! 43. Help someone today. 44. You've got what it takes! 45. Take chances! 46. Run fast, jump high, and take risks! 47. Be a leader who leads with kindness. 48. Make the world more beautiful today! 49. Be respectful, be responsible, be safe. 50. Today will be a great day if you start with a great attitude.

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Fill someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bucket!

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Talk about when they were little Create a new recipe Make a Big Life Board Make paper airplanes Play "Gratitude Alphabet Game" Go on a special date Take a yoga class together Play "Let's Chat" discovery game Play a new board game Make a fort Make affirmation bracelets Camp in your backyard Play "My Nature Adventures Bingo" Create a family manifesto Make homemade popsicles Work on a puzzle Find animals in the clouds Build a Brain Poster Go on a twalk (walk + talk) Play charades Play "Toss & Talk" ball game Make pizza Watch old family videos Fly a kite Play "Reading Bingo"

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Blow "Self-Love & Gratitude Bubbles" Cuddle and chat Learn a magic trick Paint positive words on rocks Create "My Big Life Bucket List" Make "Love & Connection Cube" Play in the rain Create your song list Learn how to jump rope Plan a trip together Make a time capsule Start a new family ritual Go berry picking Make "My Special Memories Tree" Make a bird feeder Draw family portraits Have breakfast for dinner Have a Big Life karaoke party Learn to skip stones Have a pajama day Go for a bike ride Go for a scenic drive Create an obstacle course Have an "un-birthday" party Color inspiring messages

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LISTEN AND VALIDATE

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GIVE A CHOICE

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REPHRASE AND REFRAME

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SET LIMITS

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TIPS TO REWIRE REWIRE your CHILD’S BRAIN for POSITIVITY POSITIVITY PLAY THE GAME

PRACTICE KINDNESS

“UNFORTUNATELY-FORTUNATELY”

Even small acts of kindness

Point out the positive in every situation. This helps train the brain to look on the

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happiness levels and release “feel-good chemicals” in the brain.

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THINK ALOUD TO

MODEL RESILIENCE aloud about what you

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from the experience or how you will handle a similar situation

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TAKE “WONDER WALKS” Take “wonder walks” or “wonder wanders” with your children.

Point out flowers,

animals, the warm sunshine, bird songs, families laughing together, etc.

JOURNAL TOGETHER Journaling is an excellent activity that can

foster

reflection and positivity—and, when done together,

connection. The Big Life Journal is full of creative ideas that will help both you and your child

focus on the positive.

STAY PRESENT Mindfulness is a

focused awareness of

the present moment, and it’s perhaps the most powerful way to increase positivity and happiness.

GIVE A DAILY SHOUT-OUT At least once each day,

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activities to help your child develop a

POSITIVE ATTITUDE

LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION Engage your child in loving kindness meditation. It involves thinking of loved ones and sending them positive thoughts. The four traditional phrases are, “May you feel safe. May you feel happy. May you feel healthy. May you live with ease.”

HELPING OTHERS

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Your child could help others by assisting an elderly neighbor with yard work or chores, helping a friend with homework, or participating in a canned food or clothing drive. You could also make volunteering a family affair and regularly help out with a soup kitchen or other charitable organization.

RECORDING AWE MOMENTS

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Encourage your child to create an Awe Journal. In the journal, they will record sights or moments from their daily lives that they find beautiful or extraordinary: a rainbow, a kind act, or even the smell of freshly baked cookies. Your child can record these moments with drawings, descriptions, poems, etc.

SETTING AND ACHIEVING GOALS

Encourage your child to set goals and visualize and plan for obstacles in advance. This is called the WOOP approach: Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan. This approach makes it more likely that your child will actually achieve their goals, resulting in increased confidence and a more positive attitude.

SHARING POSITIVITY

Share positive experiences with your child. Laugh with your child, hug your child, set aside time to provide your undivided attention, and enjoy positive experiences together.

DEVELOPING NEW SKILLS AND TRYING NEW ACTIVITIES Recognize your child’s strengths and give her opportunities to develop them and experience success. if your child expresses interest in a new activity, let her try it out. You can even find new activities to try with your child in order to increase your shared positive experiences.

PRACTICING POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS Guide your child to come up with affirmations that are short, positive, and present tense: I am kind. I am enough. I am loving. Instead of giving your child instructions or requiring her to say affirmations, try to use them in a playful manner.

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CONNECT with your CHILD using the LOVE LANGUAGES

How to

#1 – PHYSICAL TOUCH

#2 – WORDS OF AFFIRMATION

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#3 – QUALITY TIME

#4 – GIFTS

#5 – ACTS OF SERVICE

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steps to a POSITIVE MORNING

5 ROUTINE for kids

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RECONNECT

Spend 5 minutes snuggling

Kids will be much more willing to listen and follow

Hold hands while walking downstairs

your morning directives if you’ve connected with them first. Time spent reestablishing your bond after a long night can make the morning run

Choose a card from a yoga deck and do a pose or two Write with your journal buddy in your Big Life Journal or do a page from the Gratitude Challenge in the

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Share a few deep breaths together

Challenges Kit Play a gratitude ball game (included in the Growth Mindset Activity Kit)

Make a “launch pad” in your home. Simply

choose an area where kids get organized for the day. Include:

hooks or small table for backpacks

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bins for organizing folders or homework morning routine checklist affirmations jar

“Things I Can Control” poster from the Growth Mindset Printables Kit

DO AFFIRMATIONS

Speaking positively about ourselves aloud can

Language - Begin each phrase with strong, positive words (e.g., “I am kind. “I am going to rock this day.” “I create happiness for myself”).

change our brains and even improve the way

Visualization - Spend several moments picturing details

we see our future unfolding. Follow these

of the emotion or situation you’re affirming. This step connects your words to the positive feelings

steps together:

surrounding them.

Implementation - Believe in your statement. If the affirmation feels false, know the more you practice, the more real it becomes.

SET THE STAGE Engaging your child’s five senses is a simple and impactful way to create positive associations with the morning routine. Some ideas include:

Touch: hug, snuggle or hold hands Sight: make eye contact, read affirmations Sound: play soft instrumental music, Big Life Journal growth mindset Spotify playlist, or other selection Smell: light candles or incense, spray essential oils Taste: mindful sip of water, eat healthy breakfast together

PRACTICE AND REHEARSE Choose a relaxing time to encourage your child to make a meaningful morning goal. Ask, “What would you like to learn how to do in the morning?” Ideas include:

Making their own breakfast Writing or selecting the daily affirmations for the week Getting themselves dressed Creating a positive playlist Being the morning leader who gets everyone up and moving

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1. Start with Yourself Before you tackle the bedtime routine, hit pause. Use the “3 Center Check-In.” Close your eyes and take a few deep, full breaths. Turn your attention inward like a beam of light and focus on each of these 3 areas:

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Head-What am I thinking? What am I aware of in my mind? Heart-What am I feeling? What am I aware of in my heart? Imagine you can breathe in and out of your heart. Body-What am I sensing? What sensations am I aware of in my body?

2. Create a Soothing Atmosphere Engage all five of your child’s senses:

3. Connect through Rituals

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Sight: dimmed lights, candles, reading Growth Mindset illustrated story Touch: warm bath, rubbing back, snuggling Smell: lotions, diffusers, essential oil, lavender shampoo Sound: soothing music, white noise, speaking in quiet voices, lullabies Taste: mindful sip of cool water, notice the taste and sensation of toothpaste

Say 3 things you love about each other (“What I love about you is…”) and name a specific quality. Reflect on what went well today (“What is one good thing that happened today?”) or choose 1-2 Cards from Big Life Journal's Three Seas Conversation Cards to discuss. Say goodnight to each other, the moon and stars, and those you both love.

4. Focus on Positives

To shift toward a growth mindset, make a list of positive bedtime affirmations with your kids. They might include: “My body knows just how to get comfortable and rest.” “The light is low and perfect, just how I like it.” “I feel relaxed in my body” “I have my sleeping music on.” “I sleep well, and wake up feeling rested and ready for my day.” “I grow my brain every time I sleep!”

5. Let Them “Own” the Routine Create a “checklist” of things that help them sleep--stuffed animal, comfortable room temperature, nightlight Make choices from limited options (which pair of pajamas, who wants to bathe first) Give specifics, like the exact number of books/songs/kisses they want Turn on soothing music and choose track “Pick a dream” to have tonight, or discuss their favorite ways to feel calm

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5 FRUSTRATIONS ways to deal with

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PARENT by Big Life Journal

1 Accept Your Child As They Are

See and know them for who they are rather than who we expect them to be. Tell them from the start that you will love them...and repeat it all the time. Be awake to who they are; feeling seen is an essential part of feeling loved. A great way to connect with your child is via their love language, you can make them feel seen and appreciated.

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2 Allow Your Emotions

S- Stop what you are doing T- Take a few deep breaths O- Observe your thoughts and feelings as they are P- Proceed with whatever you were doing before

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All feelings are okay! When a strong feeling arises, observe it. Pause and take a breath. When frustration arises, use the helpful practice S.T.O.P.

3 Know the “90-Second Rule”

When we resist a feeling, we inadvertently remain stuck in the same feeling. When we accept the feeling, it’s gone in under 2 minutes! In the critical 90 seconds of an emotion, be sure to communicate your strong feelings to your child and how you plan to cope with them. “Mommy is feeling very tired and grumpy right now."

4 Parent From a Place of Gratitude

Practicing gratitude improves mental and physical health, increases empathy, and improves sleep. It even changes the brain! Each time you’re about to say, “I have to” to, replace it with “I get to.” “I have to take my daughter to ballet” versus “ I get to take my daughter to ballet”. “I have to put him to bed” versus “I get to put him to bed.”

5 Apply Growth Mindset to Your Parenting No one is born knowing how to parent. When frustration overtakes you, use it as an opportunity to grow from the experience, and decide what you’d do differently next time. When it all seems too difficult, remember the feeling of things being hard is the feeling of your brain growing. biglifejournal.com

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