Love Lessons from Cartoon Characters

Everyone downplays the importance of cartoons, but they really do have a lot to offer. If you’re looking for lessons on love, all you have to do is flip on Nickelodeon, Disney or Cartoon Network, and I guarantee you’ll find some. Here are some of the best ones:

• Winnie the Pooh. “Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart.” Winnie makes an excellent point. Little actions can be just as important, if not more than, the big ones. Grand gestures are nice, but a nice compliment or sweet note given every day can make an even bigger impact on someone.

• Hey Arnold. “I love this guy! Maybe I should stop torturing him?” As Helga points out, if you care about someone, you shouldn’t intentionally hurt them - even if it is kind of fun. They will definitely appreciate that you’re looking out for their feelings, and that you’ve stopped making fun of their weirdly shaped body parts (if they have any).

• Fairly Odd Parents. “I’m not bright, big words confuse me, I have the attention span of a rodent, and Wanda loves me anyway! She makes me happy, and that should be enough for you!” Cosmo tells his mom how it is. If you have a relationship that makes you happy and them happy, then that’s all that matters - who cares what other people think?

Next time you’re looking to learn a little about love, a kids’ television show should provide more than enough learning for you!

Love Lessons from Cartoon Characters

Everyone downplays the importance of cartoons, but they really do have a lot to offer. If you’re looking for lessons on love, all you have to do is flip on Nickelodeon, Disney or Cartoon Network, and I guarantee you’ll find some. Here are some of the best ones:

• Winnie the Pooh. “Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart.” Winnie makes an excellent point. Little actions can be just as important, if not more than, the big ones. Grand gestures are nice, but a nice compliment or sweet note given every day can make an even bigger impact on someone.

• Hey Arnold. “I love this guy! Maybe I should stop torturing him?” As Helga points out, if you care about someone, you shouldn’t intentionally hurt them - even if it is kind of fun. They will definitely appreciate that you’re looking out for their feelings, and that you’ve stopped making fun of their weirdly shaped body parts (if they have any).

• Fairly Odd Parents. “I’m not bright, big words confuse me, I have the attention span of a rodent, and Wanda loves me anyway! She makes me happy, and that should be enough for you!” Cosmo tells his mom how it is. If you have a relationship that makes you happy and them happy, then that’s all that matters - who cares what other people think?

Next time you’re looking to learn a little about love, a kids’ television show should provide more than enough learning for you!

- Katherine Duguid

Embrace Your Weird

That’s right, embrace it. Don’t be nervous about showing off your talents or feel ashamed because you’re a little different. We’re all a little different - that’s the point. Instead of going around feeling like the odd man out, recognize that you are special. There is power in your weird.

Because of who you are - your unique combination of traits and abilities - you can accomplish something no one else can. Maybe that’s finding the cure for cancer, or maybe that’s being able to cheer your friends up. No matter, that talent is uniquely yours, and it’s worth exploring… and embracing.

Think about the things that you do well. Your skills. Your knacks. Your everything. Those are all your own. So celebrate them! Some people may think you’re weird, and they’d be right - but weird isn’t bad. Weird is quite the opposite. If you weren’t “weird,” you’d be just like someone else. And how boring would that be?

As Dr. Seuss says, “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

- Katie Duguid