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The Best Happiness Boosters

Updated on March 23, 2012
Discover what happiness boosters work for you.
Discover what happiness boosters work for you. | Source

1. Create a Happiness Commitment Ritual

The primary goal for this happiness booster is to make a daily commitment to choose to be happy. You can invent your own unique happiness commitment ritual. And bear in mind that you will find it easier to follow through if you keep it short and simple.

Let me share my happiness commitment ritual. I would ring my singing bowl three times, breathe slowly and deeply, place my hands on my chest and say aloud, “Today I commit to be happy, joyful and thankful in all circumstances.” Then again, I would ring the bowl three times.

That’s how simple it can be. I have discovered that making this daily commitment reminds me that I may not be able to choose my circumstances at all times, but I have within me the power to choose how I will respond to events in my life. Just remember to be consistent and make it a daily habit.

What is a singing bowl?

This is how a singing bowl looks like.  It was a birthday gift from my friend Daisy.
This is how a singing bowl looks like. It was a birthday gift from my friend Daisy. | Source

Get Happy In Your Mind by Making Peace with Where You Are by Abraham Hicks

2. Snap out of Negativity and Pivot

Learn to observe your thoughts. You see, your thoughts determine your feelings. Notice what thoughts are running in your head when you are feeling depressed or sad. Notice what thoughts you have when you are feeling good. Your thoughts are powerful but the good news is that you can direct your thoughts as you are not at the mercy of your thinking.

So when you notice your thoughts are running amok amidst negativity, snap your fingers to help you literally snap out of it! Say in a commanding voice, “Snap, snap, snap!” if you wish! Then pivot! Shift! Turn around and allow yourself to focus on one positive thought.

A friend shared to me about a rejection she got from several book publishers. She shared that she had to snap out of her thoughts because she was already beating herself up for feeling that she was not good enough. “I know I am feeling sorry for myself because I felt rejected. But I am reminding myself that I am a lovable and good person. That I am worthy and good enough.” She cried when she said this to herself.

Kids Know How To Have Fun

David, my nephew, laughs in such a way that gives me a boost of happiness all the time!
David, my nephew, laughs in such a way that gives me a boost of happiness all the time! | Source

3. Embrace Fun Joyfully

Many adults have forgotten what it is like to have fun. You’d be surprised how most of us actually reject the idea of fun by saying, “Maybe someday when I win the lotto or create my masterpiece and be rich and famous.” Fun is considered to be trivial and inconsequential. Hey, I believe it’s time for us to be dead serious about fun! Iyanla Vanzant describes it beautifully, “Fun is the pursuit of joy.”

Look around you! Notice that the truly successful people are those who have fun in the activities they are engaged in – including their work, family & community life. We sometimes have this notion that fun is just diversion from a busy day. We should change our thoughts to embrace fun joyfully and see this as part of the road that we travel every day.

Find your funprint that is uniquely yours. Discover what you like to do that gives you happiness and something that you would want to do over and over again. Does it involve a hobby? Is it communing with nature? Do you enjoy kids or people? Do you find joy in solitude? And so on

A forty five year woman confessed to me. “I was out with friends and they were all laughing and conversing and I was there just looking at them quietly. It was then I realized what a serious soul I was! I couldn’t even begin to have fun with the company I had. My mind was preoccupied with problems that needed solutions. I made a huge turn around when I decided to embrace fun in my life! Last week, I made a bucket list and I realized that I have always wanted to travel and explore and write too. So today here I am on my way to a remote beach island where the sea and the sky are gloriously blue and where I can just read, relax and write.”

4. Spread Kindness Randomly

When you are feeling blue, you can step out of the self-pitying mode by spreading kindness randomly. Helping someone can boost your mood and has been known to create ripples of kindness too. Often times, we don’t know the effect of what we have done for others but being a recipient of kindness many times in my life, I know it had a profound effect on me.

When we started out in our business, it was slow and non-profitable. Our bookkeeper told us kindly that she will give her services for free until we could afford it. It was such a kind gesture that touched us deeply. Later, this encouraged us to help some of our staff who wanted to study but didn’t have the means to do so.

After a particular turbulent boat ride, I was feeling nauseous when I stepped out of the boat. Since it was a ferry boat, we had to take our luggage by ourselves. My bag was getting heavy and I had to place it on the floor to rest. A young man stepped in front of me and said, “Can I help?” Without further word, he picked my bag and walked beside me until we reach the gate. “Thank you so much!” I told him. He simply nodded, smiled and walked away. This act of kindness moved me as I was inspired to become a ripplemaker, sharing kindness to strangers that I meet on everyday life.

5. Nurture Your Most Important Relationships

I recently read an interesting study that was conducted in a Spanish Village. The scientist decided to study the village’s annual fire-walking ritual. They strapped heart-rate monitors to those who were going to rush across the fire/coals to their family and friends and relatives and even the visiting spectators.

They were very quite surprised to note that the heart rates of the fire walkers and their friends and relatives started to synchronize, rising and falling at almost the same time. They concluded that there is indeed power in our connection and that our relationships matter in more ways than we could ever think possible. Know the magnificent connection and impact that you and your loved ones have on each other.

Why don’t you call an old friend today? Or perhaps reach out to someone you haven’t connected in awhile and rebuild that bond. This will surely be a great happiness booster.

100-Year-Old Man Shares the Secret to Happiness

6. Forgive Someone

One of the ways to reduce depression, lower blood pressure and heart rate is to forgive someone. You may think you are not ‘angry’ or ‘resentful’ at anyone at this point in your life; but if you are feeling low, chances are there may be people or situations in your past that you need to deal with and forgive. So take time to meditate and take that walk back in time and revisit childhood hurts that may affect you today...and forgive!

“Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.” – Oprah

So it is time to accept what had happened by letting go past hurts and disappointments. This will increase your happiness and joy that’s for certain. And then you can move on to a better future.

7. Connect With Your Divinity

Connect with your divinity by nurturing your spirituality. Psychologists say that people who are committed to a spiritual path are twice as likely to be very happy. They know what inspires them, supports them and gives them inner strength.

A daily spiritual practice (e.g. meditation, prayer, tai chi etc) allows you to remove the blocks that prevent you from being happy. One such block is the belief that happiness is outside of you and that everything seems to look and feel good outside. Spirituality allows you to reconnect with your divinity so you remember that your happiness is here in the now and is inside you. And you so get to focus on “being” and not get lost in the “doing and having.”

Dr. Robert Holden says, “It helps you to identify with the idea that the soul is joy, and to realize that you are what you seek.”

More Happiness Boosters
More Happiness Boosters
Take a walk - bask in nature
Listen to Music
Walk on the beach with barefeet
Sing and dance
Celebrate with a glass of champagne
Serve a community
Learn a magic trick
Memorize a poem
Enjoy intimacy with a loved one
Hug someone today
Draw and color and paint
Plant a tree
Read inspirational stories
Get a good night's sleep
Watch the sun rise
Say a prayer of thanksgiving

On Happiness and Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg

A Video You Must See

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

This piece includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast's spoken words, Gary Malkin's musical compositions and Louie's cinematography make this a stunningly beautiful piece, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us.

Watching this video made me reflect that gratitude and love for life is the best happiness booster of all.

To your joy and happiness.

By: Michelle Simtoco

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      6 years ago

      You touched up on some great soul boosters. There is something to be said for how the mind controls the body... If you think you can have happiness, you will. If you think you cannot have happiness, you will not. Laughter is the best medicine and self happiness feeds the soul - inside or outside of the man cave ;)

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      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your nice article! I believe strongly in being kind and respectful. Hurting others never gives good things!

      In your list of "Happiness Boosters"...I love the walking on the beach's one of my favorite things...unfortunately, I live far away from any beach! I have to wait to my next trip to be able to do that :-(

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you so much LuxmiH! Blessings to you! Happy day...

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      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 

      6 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      What a delightful Hub!

      I have several singing bowls that I obtained while living in Japan. I am going to use mine the same way that you suggest from now on. Ususally I just soul soar while playing each of them.

      Loved the Ted youtube too. I have sent tis Hub to some people who I believe will benefit from it.

      Fantastic tapestry of happiness. Voted up and awesome.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      cashmere: I love my singing bowl. And it was so cool when I chose the bowl, the lady in the store found one that connected with my energy. :)

      Gracenduta: Thank you for loving this hub. This gives me joy!

      alocsin: I agree the kids know this concept best...we can learn from them! :)

      WE5: Yes it has to be a commitment...and the more you do it, the more it comes naturally! :)

      To your joy and happiness! Take care of and light and happy blessings!

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks so much guys...have a happy day!

    • WE5 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love it! you've hit the nail on the head...repeatedly. In order to be happy one must make the commitment to life and to enjoying every moment. We can't always keep on track for that, but it gives us a goal.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Excellent tips. I like embracing fun joyfully the best. It's something we used to do as children, and need to learn again from the young ones. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • Gracenduta profile image


      6 years ago from Kenya

      I love the happiness boosters. Great hub

    • cashmere profile image


      6 years ago from India

      Love the idea about the singing bowl. I think I need to get one.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Glenn Stok: Thanks for sharing your thoughts Glen and for taking the time always to comment. I appreciate it a lot. Wonderful relationships is a happiness booster indeed! :)

      tarajeyaram: Oh wow, that is so nice of you. Thanks! :)

      Dina Blaszczak: Grateful for you blessings Dina! Yay, I hope lots and lots of people will. hehe

      alipuckett: Spread kindness when we can! Yes! Yes! Yes! Woohoo... thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Spread kindness! I completely agree. Sometimes the best way to help yourself is by helping someone else. Great hub!

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      Dina Blaszczak 

      6 years ago from Poland

      Very positive hub, I hope lots and lots of people will read this and change their way of living :) Voted up, useful, interesting and beautiful.

    • tarajeyaram profile image


      6 years ago from Wonderland

      Ripplemaker - I have added this hub as one of my fav hubs for the week of March 25, 2012. I really enjoyed reading the hub and watching the videos. Thanks for writing this hub.

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      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Making a commitment to being happy is a very important thing to be able to do. I had found myself focusing on trying to do that at times when things were really bad. I found your Hub something I could really relate to. And all the points you made are awesome.

      One of the strongest points, in my opinion anyway, is the one about nurturing your most important relationships. People should be aware of who and what they are. I know I am guilty of forgetting sometimes those people in my life who are quality people. Sometimes I spend too much time with those who are no important to nurture. We sometimes put too much time towards friends who only pull us in the wrong direction.

      It's the ones who help us grow that are the ones we should be nurturing.

      As you can see, I found your Hub very enlightening. I have to come back and listen to and watch the videos.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Peggy, that is so sweet of you, thank you! I will try to write about a hub on singing bowls one of these days... :)

      Billie, yay finally someone liked it enough to comment on it. I was actually struck by what Abraham Hicks said in that video. A pretty wonderful reminder plus she made me laugh too. Thanks for your comment...have a happy day!

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      Billie Pagliolo 

      6 years ago from Laguna Hills, California

      Beautiful! I LOVE the video "Get Happy In Your Mind by Making Peace with Where You Are" by Abraham Hicks! The part about not taking action to be happy and create it in your mind is an important piece of that message which encourages changing a state of mind rather than quitting your job or divorcing your spouse! You're a generous soul!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Michelle,

      You are truly sharing ripples of happiness and contentment with this hub! Your words and the videos combined make this hub one worthy of spending time with to fully enjoy. That was quite a coca cola ad in that second video! Especially loved the narration and photos in the second half of the last video.

      A singing bowl...I had never heard of one. You could probably do an entire hub about it? Thanks for this uplifting article. Many votes up and sharing this one with my followers + tweeting.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      sacredlilac: I actually paused for awhile before I decided to put the coke video, knowing it was a commercial. But when I reflected, I guess it spoke so much of our Filipino culture-- the proud lolo traveling to visit the grandson, the festivities that we always have to celebrate special occasions because we value community life so much that it did resonate within me. The second video is so awesome...truly a reminder of how beautiful life is and to be grateful everyday. Thank you for sharing your thoughts....I am grateful for your sharing. Much love and joy to you. :)

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      Amanda Hare 

      6 years ago from England

      Another great hub, ripplemaker. The videos you chose were interesting: the words in the coke commercial had people focusing on external causes of happiness (which makes sense since their aim is to increase sales, as well as spread happiness). The second video focused on internal roads to happiness by exploring and feeling grateful. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      ladeda: Thanks for the visit! You are most welcome to back anytime. A happy day to you. :)

      sankari: Kids like your daughter is indeed a great happiness booster! Thanks for sharing with your hubber friends. I appreciate it very much :)

      rebecca: Oh the video and time lapse photography is simply amazing, I agree! Happy to be around joyful people. Thanks for coming over!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I really enjoyed the flowers blooming in time lapse.Awesome Hub,and I feel pretty happy (:

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      6 years ago

      Really happy to read this hub! I liked the first point "Create a happiness commitment ritual" and the third point "Embrace fun joyfully" very much. My happiness booster is my 3 year old daughter. Your hub like the book "The Secret" will give new meanings everytime we read it. Will come back again whenever I need some happiness boosters! Voted up and interesting! Sharing with my hubbers!

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful Hub! I'll be keeping these tips in mind each and every day now! :)

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      RedElf: Having the singing bowl does wonders for me. It can also be used to clear the room with stagnant energy :) Hope you get to dig it out soon. To your joy Elle :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Susan: Aha, so that is why! Okay To Jiggy for being the plumpest, warmest and softest one - the Best Happiness Award goes to you! LOL

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      sgbrown: Your happy spirit emanates from this page and it made me smile! Thanks for sharing your joy boosters with me. Keep on having fun with life. :)

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      Susan Ng Yu 

      6 years ago

      Jiggy is the plumpest and thereby the warmest and softest pillow among the three. Hehe... :D Layla is more like a comforter than a pillow since she likes sleeping on my lap. And Motmot is the cool, reserved type who rarely purrs. Hence Jiggy wins the award for Best Happiness Booster! Haha! ^_^

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Susan: Hi tich, hahahha I knew it! And Is Jiggy the favorite? What will the other two cats say about that? LOL Thanks for sharing your happiness booster!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      hoteltravel: To be stumbled upon and to have brought a smile to another is a gift. You gave me a huge dose of happiness right now. Thank you so much!!! Love and happiness to you. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      sandrabusby: Welcome to Hubpages Sandra. Thanks for the offer, wow, that is so kind of you. Blessings of happiness always. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      teaches12345: Glad you loved the videos as I did. Thanks for dropping by and spreading happy thoughts my way. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      6 years ago from Canada

      Wonderful hub! I had a singing bowl but it is now in storage. I shall have to look for one again.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a wonderful hub! I believe you create your own happiness. You can either choose to be happy, or not. I choose to be happy every day. Of course, somedays I have to "fake" it, but I never choose to have a bad day! My happiness booster is walking. I love to walk in the country, when the weather allows. When I can't walk, I love to look at good nature photography. Just leaves me feeling at peace. Voted this up and awesome! Have a HAPPY day! :)

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      Susan Ng Yu 

      6 years ago

      My favorite happiness booster: Playing with my three cats. And sometimes just gently placing my head on top of Jiggy's soft and warm purring body. ^_^

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      6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub;laughter and happiness are so vital in order for us to live healthy and well balalnced lives.

      Mentally and physically;great words ;take care and have a great weekend.


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      6 years ago from Thailand

      I was about to give up the idea of reading a good article while hub hopping, when I stumbled upon this beautiful hub. Just reading this made me happy. As Thoreau said, happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. Being a good human being is all it takes to be happy. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful. Shared with followers.

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      Sandra Busby 

      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      ripplemaker, this is an awesome hub. We are so much on the same wavelength, and I would like to link several of my hubs to yours. I'm relatively new to hubpages, and I don't know exactly how to link hubs. If you agree, maybe you could show me. Thanks. Sandra Busby

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Ripplemaker, your hub is filled with happiness and beauty. I was so inspired by both videos shown. To choose happiness is to extend your life with richness and blessings. Great ideas and thoughts in your hub that will make a difference in others. Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

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      6 years ago

      ripplemaker, this is a great hub on learning to be happy. I had never heard of the singing bowl so will have to try that one out. Helping others is a great booster.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      cclitgirl: Thanks Cyndi! I rarely listen to the news for quite some time now due to the focus of the negatives. Thanks for the votes!!! Always love your joyful spirit. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      I love this!!! It actually does take a commitment to being happy because it's all to easy to focus on the negative. I wonder why that is. You see "negative" in the news, many people work so much that they are unhappy, and still others think, "if I had more money, I would be happier." What an important hub you have written. You've got my votes.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      lobobrandon, doing something nice such as show kindness does wonders for me too! Spread kindness and shine your light ... :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      VioletSun: Marie, yes it does help me when I am about to be Snap snap snap away! Love and light. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      learner365, yes it is within us and not outside..perhaps the change in perspective is the step to make us happy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      tarajeyaram, thank you for being the first to comment and grace this hub with your happy spirit. I like that! Enjoy the video when you can. :)

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      Brandon Lobo 

      6 years ago

      Spread kindness randomly - that's what I call a happiness booster. Great hub :)

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      6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle, This hub is definitely a happiness booster! The suggestion to snap our fingers to get out of a funky mood and then make body moves such as shifting or pivoting the body reminds me of NLP. Very good advice! I am going to follow your tips and snap, snap, snap. :)

      Voted up,awesome and beautiful!

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      Saadia A 

      6 years ago

      Hi ripplemaker ,you really have created ripples with this very well written Hub :)I really loved reading about all your points especially the thought that the power of being happy lies within us.I believe in the world of today we really need to understand and work on the "happiness boosters" in order to bring peace,fun and joy not only to ourselves but also to the people around us.

      I really enjoyed reading all you very suitable points.Thank you for such a nice Hub.My vote up and awesome!!!

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      6 years ago from Wonderland

      Ripplemaker - This is excellent hub. I love all the points. Amazing. I will come back and read this many times. Only few people posses such qualities and they are happy. The others must work hard to achieve this state. Forgive someone is divine. My audio is not working at the moment. I am going to come back and watch it. Great hub.


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