8 Inspiring Moments That Moved You In 2014

8 Inspiring Moments That Moved You in 2014

8 Inspiring Moments That Moved You in 2014

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This year, we”ve done a lot of laughing. We”ve done a lot of crying. With the sooner-than-you-know-it approach of 2015, there”s no better time to take a look back at the most touching and poignant stories this year had to offer. Here are eight moments and videos that captured our hearts, offered us some much-needed perspective, and brought us all back down to earth. See even more touching stories on POPSUGAR Tech.

This Wedding Act of Love

This Wedding Act of Love

This is the story of Joey Johnson, a paraplegic veteran who stood for the first time since his life-altering accident in order to dance with his wife on their wedding day.

This Couple”s Journey Toward Kindness

In lieu of a wedding reception or tropical honeymoon, newlyweds Mark and Ismini Svensson dedicated their funds toward spreading kindness and giving back. Their travels across the country went so far as to inspire them to start Stay United, a nonprofit dedicated to bettering the health and education of children.

This Testament of Love

This Testament of Love

Filmed by Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York, this 100-year-old woman recounts the immense love between her and her late husband throughout their many years together. You may not be able to hold back your tears after hearing Moe”s beautiful advice to Shirley before he passed.

The Life and Death of Brittany Maynard

The Life and Death of Brittany Maynard

Brittany Maynard”s tragic story was undoubtedly one of the most captivating and heart-wrenching of the year. After being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and given only six months left to live, Maynard decided to take her life into her own hands by choosing death with dignity. She is survived by her loving husband, parents, and friends.

This Breast Cancer Patient”s Proposal Story

When this couple promises to be there for each other “in sickness and in health,” they truly mean it. On May 16, 26-year-old Brittany was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before her operation on May 30, her boyfriend threw her a surprise presurgery party and oh, he also proposed in the most adorable way.

This Story of Lifelong Love

This Story of Lifelong Love

Allie and Noah from The Notebook, meet your real-life match. Don and Maxine Simpson were inseparably married and deeply in love for nearly 62 years. The two — who were both battling grave illnesses — were together holding hands until their final, fleeting moments. They passed away within hours of each other.

This Act of Kindness For a Homeless Couple

This Act of Kindness For a Homeless Couple

Charlotte and Ken, a homeless couple living in Seattle, were able to celebrate their anniversary in style after another couple who was doing charity work found out that the two had been married for 14 years and were never able to have a proper celebration.

This Inspirational Tale of Hope After Loss

This Inspirational Tale of Hope After Loss

Janine”s life was completely derailed when she tragically lost her fiancé only 52 days before their wedding. As a way of healing, she decided to do an underwater “trash the dress” photo shoot, her way of freeing herself from the loss. She knew that it was something that John, her late fiancé, would have wanted her to do. The photos that came out of this project are incredibly beautiful and visibly emotional.

2014 Must Reads: The 100+ Best Books of the Year

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2014 Must Reads: The 100+ Best Books of the Year
Whether you"re looking for a bookish gift to buy for the holidays or you"re hoping to curl up with a new read yourself, we"ve got you covered with a look at more than 100 of the best titles that hit shelves this year. Celebrity-penned books like Lena Dunham"s Not That Kind of Girl, Yes Please by Amy

Jaime King Has Perfect Gift Picks For Everyone on Your List

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Jaime King Has Perfect Gift Picks For Everyone on Your List
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We"re Crowning Kendall Jenner 2014"s Fashion It Girl

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220 of the Year"s Best Books (So Far)

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220 of the Year
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Kim Kardashian Konfirms It: 2014 Is the Year of the Booty

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Kim Kardashian Konfirms It: 2014 Is the Year of the Booty
Sure, we were shocked to see Kim Kardashian"s bare booty on the cover of Paper magazine"s Winter issue, a stunt pulled in an attempt to break the Internet. But we were less surprised, even delighted, to see the star"s re-creation of photographer Jean-Paul Goude"s "Champagne Incident" — a…

21 Modern Mysteries You Won"t Be Able to Put Down

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21 Modern Mysteries You Won
It all began with an early obsession with Nancy Drew, then I moved on to Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, and before I knew it I was devouring any book that promised thrills, intrigue, and murder. Is there a detective in it? I"ll read it. Bonus points if the protagonist is a woman. And the…

39 Powerful Quotes That Will Change the Way You Live and Think

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39 Powerful Quotes That Will Change the Way You Live and Think
Words have power — and these inspiring quotes are guaranteed to challenge the way you think and perhaps even change the way you live. Source: ShutterstockQuote:"Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace."Lesson to learn:Being angry at someone hurts only…

25 Most Shocking Beauty Moments of 2014

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25 Most Shocking Beauty Moments of 2014
Prepare your perfectly manicured brows to be raised, because the massive beauty moments of this year certainly surprised us. We"ve compiled every viral story or piece of news that came our way in 2014, and the result is nothing short of shocking. Over the past 12 months, we"ve seen everything from…

Take an Emotional Journey Through Modern Film With These 4 Videos

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Take an Emotional Journey Through Modern Film With These 4 Videos
Not all movie retrospectives are created equal, but there is one young woman who has blown the competition out of the water (in my humble opinion) since 2010. Every December I eagerly anticipate Gen Ip"s end-of-the-year movie mashups, in which she masterfully weaves together clips from 200 to 300 of

Yes, Kim Kardashian"s Butt Is Now Inspiring Christmas Decorations

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Yes, Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian"s now-infamous Paper magazine shoot has already inspired memes and a snowblower (courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel), and now fans are finding ways to bring the reality star"s Internet-breaking bum into their holiday festivities. This season, crafty folks have been using Kim"s nude photos to…

30 Pop Culture Hits That Turned 30 This Year

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30 Pop Culture Hits That Turned 30 This Year
Time for some good, old-fashioned "80s nostalgia! In 1984, a crop of now-classic sitcoms were just starting up, Michael Jackson was recovering from a traumatizing Pepsi commercial, and Eddie Murphy was in the year"s highest-grossing film. It"s hard to believe it"s been three decades since Mr. Miyagi

30 Things You May Not Know About Charlie Hunnam

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30 Things You May Not Know About Charlie Hunnam
One star who"s getting a whole lot of attention lately is British actor Charlie Hunnam, who recently wrapped up his role on Sons of Anarchy and who"s had, well, a lot of sexy moments over the past year or so. Charlie"s handsome Hollywood evolution started more than a decade ago, but he"s still…

Scandal, sex tapes and saucy selfies - what a year! Mirror Celeb team pick their favourite stories of 2014

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Scandal, sex tapes and saucy selfies - what a year! Mirror Celeb team pick their favourite stories of 2014
It has been a crazy, exhausting and exhilarating 12 months in the world of celebrity. From the dizzying highs of heavyweight Hollywood weddings, Kimye and the Clooneys, to the devastating lows of the biggest celebrity picture hack we have ever seen.Here your devoted Mirror Celeb team pick their two…

Hollywood Hunks! 2014"s Sexiest Men Alive

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Hollywood Hunks! 2014
Fans experienced an edgier Nick Jonas this year, and no one is complaining! The “Jealous” singer had everyone swoon when he showed off his newly buff bod for Flaunt magazine. He even channeled his inner Mark Wahlberg by posing in Calvin Klein boxers just like the famous 1992 shoot. And…

Year In Review: The 20 Biggest Teen Mom Moments Of 2014

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Year In Review: The 20 Biggest Teen Mom Moments Of 2014
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17 Celebrity Moves That Shocked Us in 2014

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17 Celebrity Moves That Shocked Us in 2014
If perusing celebrity real estate is your guilty pleasure, allow us to indulge you. While multi-million-dollar home purchases are the norm among most A-listers, these real-estate moments are anything but. From bidding wars to black-mold infestations, we have the skinny on the most shocking celebrity

Kim Kardashian Revamping Her Closet—With Kanye West’s Help!

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Kim Kardashian Revamping Her Closet—With Kanye West’s Help!
Kim Kardashian took the fashion scene by storm in 2014—from her Vogue cover to countless appearances dressed to the nines to her not-so-clothed Paper magazine shoot—but out with the old and in with the new: Kim’s closet is getting revamped!PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian’s Most Naked…

Taylor Swift Has Been Owning the Beauty Game Since 1989

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Taylor Swift Has Been Owning the Beauty Game Since 1989
Taylor Swift has accomplished a great deal this year, including her hit album 1989, and now she"s capping off her 2014 accolades with a big milestone birthday. At 14, Taylor moved to Nashville, where her country-music stardom began to soar. Since then, several of her catchy tunes have been…

"I killed my girlfriend... I just snapped": College student beat school sweetheart to death with CURLING IRON during row

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"I killed my girlfriend... I just snapped": College student beat school sweetheart to death with CURLING IRON during row
They were high-school sweethearts determined to make their long-distance relationship work. Clayton Whittemore had made the journey to see his beautiful girlfriend Alexandra Kogut at the college where she’d recently started studying.She couldn’t wait to see him and he’d travelled over a…