The Most Inspirational Stories of 2012
Once called "The World's Ugliest Woman," Lizzie Velasquez was born with a medical condition so rare that just two other people in the world are thought to have it: She weighs just 60 pounds and has no adipose tissue, and cannot create muscle, store energy, or gain weight. She inspired women the world over earlier this year when, during an interview with CNN, she said that people "should stop staring and start learning." Since then, she told Yahoo! Shine, she's been flooded with speaking requests and supportive emails. In 2013 she's hoping write her third book (her second, "Be Beautiful, Be You" came out in September), continue her work as a motivational speaker, and meet as many people as possible in 2013.
"There are so many different people out there with so many different stories," she told Yahoo! Shine. "Hearing their stories is what inspires me. That's what keeps me going."
Yahoo! readers called Velasquez's story one of the most-inspirational pieces they read in 2012 and praised her for her inner beauty and strength. Here are 10 more stories that struck a chord with readers this year. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine
- Sat, Dec 22, 2012 4:38 AM PHT
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- Yahoo Southeast Asia SHE - Mon, Dec 9, 2013 11:22 PM PHT
- AFP Relax - Wed, Dec 11, 2013 1:24 AM PHT
A holiday video campaign from a no-frills Canadian carrier has gone viral for making the Christmas wishes of a plane full of unsuspecting flyers come true. Just a day after being uploaded on December 9, the heartwarming video from WestJet has received more than 1.2 million hits on YouTube for pulling off an impressive feat while passengers were in-flight between Toronto and Calgary. After scanning their boarding passes, passengers were put in touch with a live Santa who called out children …
- AFP Relax - Sat, Dec 7, 2013 1:20 AM PHT
Saudi Arabia launched a new tourist visa program this week that allows foreigners to visit the kingdom’s tourist and historical sites. Announced out of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities earlier this year, visitors are now able to apply for a tourist visa under the Extended Umrah Tourism Programme and stay in the country for up to 30 days. According to the Saudi Gazette, foreigners from 65 countries will be eligible for the new tourist visa. Saudi Arabia is home to two of the …
- Healthy Living - Tue, Dec 10, 2013 1:16 AM PHT
It's the same struggle every year. You walk into a holiday party and you're greeted by the hostess, who encourages you to dig into the huge spread of tasty hors d'oeuvres. But how can you enjoy the evening without going overboard? It is possible! By focusing on popular party snacks that have health-boosting benefits, you can savor the season and drop pounds. Photo by iStock. …
- AFP Relax - Wed, Dec 11, 2013 1:25 AM PHT
Istanbul is planning to introduce floating car parks to try to resolve the chronic traffic problems of Turkey's largest city, local officials said Tuesday. The municipal car park operator said it will use out-of-service ferries anchored in the Bosphorus to create multi-storey lots near traffic hotspots. The floating car parks will also have facilities such as cafes, recreation areas and art galleries, according to ISPARK. The car park plans are among several mega projects launched in …