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Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.”

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Verb: Shrive  (SHRYVE) Definition: 1. To administer the sacrament of reconciliation to. 2. To free from guilt. Sample sentence: Every month, Jose would leave his small farm in the country to go the the big cathedral to give his confession and do his penance, so the priest could shrive him.

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Talk to yourself once a day. Otherwise you might miss meeting an excellent person in this world.

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Noun: Meliorism  (MEE-lee-uh-riz-um) Definition: The belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment. Sample sentence: The author’s meliorism is evident in such statements as, “I believe that peace is inevitable.”

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Others can stop you temporarily. You are the only one who can do it permanently.

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Noun: Weal  (WEEL) Definition: A sound, healthy, or prosperous state: well-being. Sample sentence: The president spoke of devotion to the common weal and the hope of creating a better country.

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A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.

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Adjective: Officious  (uh-FISH-us) Definition: 1. Volunteering one’s services where they are neither asked nor needed: meddlesome. 2. Informal, unofficial. Sample sentence: Staff members view the new consultant as an officious individual offering unwanted feedback, but she is simply doing her job.

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If you never chase what you want, you will never get it. If you never ask, the answer is always no. If you never step forward, you will always be in the same place.

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Noun: Leitmotif  (LYTE-moh-teef) Definition: 1. A melodic phrase or figure that accompanies the reappearance of an idea, person or situation in a music drama. 2. A dominant recurring theme. Sample sentence: The overcoming of obstacles is the leitmotif of Anna’s autobiography.

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