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How to Bring Joy Into Your Life

Updated on August 18, 2010

How do you truly bring joy into your life?  How can we learn to be happy?

I used to remember sitting forlornly on the bed and daydreaming of a knight in shining armor whisking me away in his white stallion. Deep down, I knew I wanted to run away from my challenges. I was escaping reality. I wanted to quit on life. Joy was such an elusive emotion then. It seemed hopeless, futile to even think about it. But the tender whispers of the Divine (whom I fondly called Father God) helped me cope tremendously.

“I love you.” He would whisper as I felt the winds brushed away my tears. “You are not alone.” The warmth of the sun would seep into my cold bones comforting me. “Look up! A million stars crown you with light.” God sent angels my way, painted rainbows in my skies; and little by little joy was magnified in my life.

May you allow me now to share how to bring joy into your life as it did in mine.

Love Yourself

Rejoice and celebrate YOU!  That is the first and most important key to bring joy into your life.  Loving yourself means honoring, cherishing, embracing, and accepting yourself.   To allow yourself to make choices, to dream and hope for a better life.  It is acknowledging that you deserve to live a loving and abundant life.

Loving yourself means not feeling guilty when there are times you need space for yourself to be quiet and to be alone.  When you take the time to pamper and tenderly take care of yourself.

During the Wellness Workshops we’ve been giving, we would hear people voice out their feelings of guilt and selfishness whenever they put their needs on the line.  But remember when you take the time to nourish and love yourself, then and only then can you genuinely care and love others.  The more you give to yourself, the more you can love and give to others.    

Be Joy to Others

If you want to experience joy in your life, be joy!  Be joy to others.  Demonstrate joy and you be will be joy in motion.  What a beautiful gift that will be. 

My best friend would often share how the kids bring joy in her life.  When she sometimes feel out of sorts, she would visit the classrooms and start helping kids with their lessons, answering their questions, opening their snacks, helping them put on their shoes; and magically the depression would go away. 

Another friend does volunteer work with orphans and another one will take the time to listen to your problems.  There are many things you can do to brighten someone’s life.  Share and give of yourself and your joy will multiply.

Recipe for Joy by Abraham-Hicks

Dance to the Joyous Rhythm of Life

I have observed that the path to joy is obstructed with resistance.  It is one of the reasons why joy is prevented from flowing into your life.  Words like “I can’t, I won’t, I don’t like, I hate…” are words of resistance.  Instead, say “I can, I will, I like, I love…”  If you want to be joyful and happy, you’ve got to wear your dancing shoes and follow the wonderful and awesome beat of life.  Follow your heart, fulfill your dreams, open your wings and fly.

This lesson resonates with my soul most esp. since I was such a scaredy cat.  I was very fearful then so those words were very familiar to me.  “I’m afraid of making mistakes. I don’t like to look like a fool. I can’t do it, I’m not good enough.”  Now that I’ve grown to love myself more, I no longer beat myself up when I make mistakes.  I now allow myself to experiment, to try to give myself a chance to shine. 

My life has taken a sudden turn as I’ve discovered that I can create ripples with love, with my healing gift and with loving words that can touch people’s lives.

Appreciate Everything and Everyone

Gratitude is the heart of joy.  A joyful heart appreciates all despite the circumstances.  A grateful attitude unlocks the doors to happiness for what you focus one expands.  You will draw into your life what you are most grateful about.

God has been so good to bless my life with angels in all forms –friends, family, strangers who come my way to lift me up, mentor me, inspire me and encouraged me to be the best that I can be.  The more I am grateful for people and events, the more wonderful people I encounter.  And all the challenges have become opportunities for me to grow

Savor the Now

Most of us often look back at our past and recount the painful events over and over again. Many of us will wonder at our future and start fearing it. The best way to live life joyfully is to savor the now. Enjoy whatever it is you are doing. Enjoy the people around you. Being focused on the present moment will bring you joys untold.

May these tips help you bring more joy into your life. Time for pizza, care to join me anyone?

By:  Michelle Simtoco

Ripplemaker shares her joy!

About the Author

Michelle Simtoco enjoys creating ripples everywhere. She writes as ripplemaker on Hubpages; owns and manages a Dynamic Minds Learning House, a preschool; a healer with the gift of touch, a trainer who is passionate about promoting wellness to help people live a life of loving abundance.

Website Link:  lovingbundance.com

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle: I realize as I read your words on experiencing joy how I also identify with you on feeling joyless for a long time; it takes a willingness and work on feeling genuine joy, not behaviors as some people think that leads to addiction and the giving away of one's power. True joy comes as you say from loving and appreciating ourselves, and being in a state of gratitude.

      Loved the visuals of a million stars crowning you with light - how true, nature is indeed awesome and its generally free. :)

      Beautiful hub of course, it expresses the beauty of your spirit!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Marie!!! It's so nice to read the first comment coming from you. I am all smiles here. :) :) :) Oh yes, Marie, I discovered it had to start within me. And the more I loved myself, the more I had joy and then it became natural to be sharing this joy with others. I share this joy with you today. Hugs....

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      Donna Oliver 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Beautiful Hub!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks okmom! :)

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      Ambersky 7 years ago from Brisbane

      Hi,

      What an uplifting post, Thank you for reminding me to stop and pamper myself, all too often we forget ourselves.

      Rita

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I loved the video by the way; made me smile and smile, and the message is a good one. BTW, I would love to read one day about your experiences and that of Daisy's with your workshops; can imagine it must be a diverse group of people you two meet.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Michelle, You have described how to find that Joyful place in life so perfectly. Releasing the judments and the distractors of I can't or not good enough and replacing with I can and good enough. As i have enacted these things more and more in my life, the Joy is no longer something sought as now realizing it cannot be contained and it is not meant to be. All things I am now doing in my life are all things I had percieved as "not good enough or can't" As I am now doing them and adding new things each and everyday, I realize can't is an illusion and once erased drops the curtain to the Joy we are all made to enJoy!

      Dancing, singing, (literally even sometimes) and sharing with others is teh best way to expand it once its reality is discovered. Thanks so much for sharing this article and for being a friend and encouraging and supporting and appreciating these triumphs of joy in my life. Keep shining brightly and sharing that all may know the Joy! Love and Light, Sue

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Ambersky: Yes, yes, yes. I forget too once in awhile! And it is good be reminder! :) I wish you joy! :)

      VioletSun: Marie, glad you liked the video. I liked that one too. Will try to share our experiences with the workshops that we are doing one of these days. Great idea! :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Emohealer: My dear Sue, it has been a joy to journey with you in this lifetime. And I too have learned the same things that you have expressed so wonderfully. Joy can't be contained. We are joy unless we are not. LOL And yes, I see how you have grown through these months as you learned more about yourself and loving yourself and allowing yourself to expand; and it has been a joy to be a witness to all those things. I am glad to be part of it all as I am glad that you are a part of my journey as well. To your joy and mine...we are blessed and I am deeply grateful! :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      This is a wonderful hub and you stated a lot of true points. Thank you for so much inspiration.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello, hello..it's always wonderful to hear from you. I appreciate your visit! :)

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      So true about the negative self-talk, Michelle. A friend recently shared with me a way of thinking about the "I can't" and the "I hate" instant responses. Think of these as tapes that play in your head, and the moment you hear them, recognize them for what they are...they are self-defeating...and then turn them off. Or as you say, replace them with the "I can," and the "I love."

      Beautiful Recipe for Joy video. Thank you so much for helping to start my day on the right path!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Beautiful. It is that, what goes around comes around in life that helps bring joy. You are so right

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Sally: So lovely to hear from you today! I'm glad I can join you as you start your day. That brings a smile to my face. It is night time now where I am and I take this joy as I rest for the night. Thanks for being here! I loved reading your comment!

      Ethel: Thank you for bringing joy back to me by leaving a comment on this hub. I joyfully embrace you with love. Blessings :)

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Good Morning to you, My sweet Sister, Michelle Joy...

      I am so, so, so immensely happy, because you are happy. Yes, deary, you need to be a rainbow to yourself so you may reflect all the beautiful colors of God to your brothers and sisters. Live intensely in the ever present now, for it is now that things come to pass. When we learn to relax, let go and enjoy this very instant, we are allowing our Heavenly Daddy to provide for us before we ask, for He knows what we need and desire before we even ask... Beautiful way of opening my eyes to this Sunday, sister! Rated Up, Useful and Beautiful!

      Warmest hugs, lots of love and infinite heavenly blessings,

      Your loving Kuya,

      Al

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      i believe that it all starts up with loving thyself because if one does not do that, all the things that follow cannot be achieved.

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      I agree with you unless we learn to love ourselves and savor the moment we will never learn to be joyful. I heard it said like this once, "Joy is when faith and peace kiss."

      Happiness is based upon happenings but joy is a condition of the soul.

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      Earth Angel 7 years ago

      You are indeed an Angelic Ripple Maker of the highest order!!

      Thank you so much for sharing this joy-filled Hub!!

      Reading your words is a lovely way to start a sunny Sunday morning!!

      Blessings, Namaste' and Deeksha to you precious soul!!

      Your joyous fan always, Earth Angel!!

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      Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Thank you for great hub.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      What a great hub to start my morning with. Thank you so much for spreading the JOY. Thanks also for reminding us that we are joy-filled creatures and the more we spread it around, the more joy grows.

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Always great advice to re-read and re-member

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm in total agreemen with all these principles - the principles of my life, actually. And you state it all so beautifully!!! I vote UP and more!

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      Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

      Good morning Sis Michelle, you look beautiful, hope you had pleasant and joy filled dreams that will continue to ripple throughout your day. I am feeling your joy as I read your hub, many thanks...you're the best :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Mystique: Kuya Al, your words speak of a heart who knows joy intimately. Thank you for being a kuya and a friend. Your guidance, your words of wisdom often encourages and inspires. May this joy found in the now helps many awaken their joy within. Love and blessings to you too! :)

      Bingskee: Exactly! That's it! :) Have a joyous day Bing! :)

      Samboiam: I like that..joy is the condition of the soul. Yes that is true Sam. Thank you for sharing that beautiful quote...that made me smile! :)

      Earth Angel: So much passion and joy coming from you dear sister! I thank thee for sharing this with me today. I'm glad I could share a beautiful and joyful day with you. Blessings of love, laughter and wondrous delight to you!

      Vladimir: Thank you very much!

      Joni: Yippee create ripples of joy Joni...and it makes me joyous to know you will be spreading it too!

      Aley: Yes it is wonderful to re-member and share this joy with you! Thank you for doing so!

      Nellieanna: I see joy etched in your face and I know what you say is true! Thank you for finding delight in this joy-filled hub. I am deeply grateful.

      Dottie: My awesome and super wonderful sis! I am skipping in glee hearing from you. I had a great sleep and had a wonderful morning meditation. The sun turned whiter than white today. I share this day of joy with you sis! Take care and lots of love sent your way! Hugs, hugs, hugs!

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Ripple thanks for the joyful message. I've got on my dancing shoes today!

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Awwww your hubs always make me smile. I like that cute pic of you with the wings. =D

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Green Lotus: Wow, that would be a sight to see. I would love to see you dance to life! :) Enjoy your day!

      Om: Heheheh simply having fun with life! Thanks Om for the lovely visit. :) Have a great day!

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Loved your recipe for joy, video. Uplifting music and pictures:) There is nothing like a child, with a smile! Nice touch, the pictures you put together, to show you are enjoying life:) Good for you! Encouraging hub!

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      great messages and hope to see more people do this. Joy & happiness from people you meet tends to rub off on the ones who are not so joyous.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate' Ripplemaker, Bravo! If we do not love ourselves first, after God, we cannot truthfully say we love others either.

      God Bless!

      Brother Dave.

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      The best way to live life joyfully is to savor the now, you could not have said it any better. I agree with you on the fact that now is the best time spent in the moment, because the past is gone and the future never comes.

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      Inspiring hub. This moment is the only one we have. If we neglect to find joy within any given moment we have certainly lost ourself. Treasure this life, find joy in all things and be kind. The mirror can become a view of the best person you have ever known.

      Thanks for the read.

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      Captain Jimmy 7 years ago from WV

      Love is a wonderous thing! Deuteronomy 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

      Psalms 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

      Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

      Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

      Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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      WE5 7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this Hub. It is a positive feeling in the world.

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      amagdy 7 years ago from giza, Egypt

      I looooooooove your writings :D..i love your blog so much ..thanks for this amazing hub :)

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      AlmondJoyful 7 years ago from WA

      Thank you for your work on this Hub. I will continue to read it. I am at that point where I NEED and WILL LOVE MYSELF MORE.

      I am also Filipina I was born in Manila:)

      I hope to get to know you!!

      Salama Po.

      Joy

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      MaryRenee 7 years ago

      What a wonderful hub! it's all so very true, bravo! :)

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Wonderful message. It's true, it's not always obvious, but it's all fairly simple and always within us. Very uplifting, thank you!

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      bunnyjumalon 7 years ago

      When I was reading it, I told myself that your writing about me. That it is exactly my sentiments in life...., but I just have a problem getting away from the usual me..I really wanted to live life and savor the now, worry free.!Wanted to attend some retreat or recollection for more interaction, i'm just 2 launch ride away from cebu...Any recommendation? Thanks......more than words can say!!!!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Gosh thank you all so much for taking the time to leave a comment. You all gave me much joy and delight! :) Thank you so much. I wish all of thee the kind of joy that paints colors in your world. Blessings!

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Oh this is just so lovely. And I find so often I need these pep talks - these reminders. I'm bookmarking it because I am going to need this reminder again.

      Thanks so much and rated way up! Nice to meet you too by the way. Yay!

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you for bringing me joy TheListLady. :) Delighted to meet you.

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      This time by, I bookmarked this hub:)

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      maheshpatwal 6 years ago from MUMBAI

      Hello Michelle wonderful hub which teach us one of the important lesson of living a happy life. JOY- spreading the joy through appreciating your own-self others.

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your perspective on life and how you spread encouragement through your words! Thank you.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I loved this hub as well as your positive outlook on life. I can't wait to read more of your work.I will be voting this one up. Take care.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you so much for dropping by this page to share joy with me :) I appreciate you all! Blessings :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi ripplemaker. I was wandering through hubs and found this one of yours. How delightful, enlightening, and pleasant to come across such an enthusiasm for JOY! This is wonderful. I bookmarked this page to read often and remind myself what a joy joy is. Thank you

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Phyllis, how beautiful our wanderings can be LOL I'm glad you wandered into my path. Thank you for spreading sunshine my way. May you have a joyful day. Blessings :)

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      I vote this up, it's beautiful! It's just the site I'm looking for to reach out to you again. I love this- "If you want to experience joy in your life, be joy! Be joy to others!" and this one- "Gratitude is the heart of joy!"

      I'll never forget that you were one among those who gave me a warm welcome here at HP. And the ensuing comments you made on my hubs will not be left unreciprocated. I have a special place for your name in my anniversary hub prayer. Thank you so much, ripplemaker! Once again, I experience the joy your ripples create all over HP!

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Lita, thank you for the visit. It's wonderful to hear from you. I'm glad this hub gave you joy. I pray for joy to be yours today and all the days of your life. Blessings to you and your family Lita! Take care... :)

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      mache de la torre 6 years ago

      I love reading your Hubs. More power!

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      Rhonda Musch 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Great hub. I can identify with you. Great writing. I love the joy you spread through your hub. Merry Christmas.

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      Tweetmom 6 years ago from Newark

      You words and writings are amazing. How I wish to have the talent like yours someday. Beautiful work. I believe you have the 3A's of Awesomeness in your life which are Attitude, Awareness and Authenticity.

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      bhebot 6 years ago from Philippines

      Very inspirational! Nice hub!

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      CAMELA 5 years ago

      YOUR WORDS IS NICE!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Becky Bruce 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      ripplemaker, this is lovely and I adore the photo with the golden retriever (my favorite type of dog!) Plus you used one of my favorite quotes- something I always try to live by- seeking happiness in what you have instead of dwelling over what you don't have!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 2 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Excellent write, thankful for the esimple things in life that bring us joy.

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