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Taron Egerton, Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato Make It To Forbes' 30 Under 30 2016

Take inspiration from these young actors and musicians who prove that age is nothing but a number.
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Forbes finally announced the names of this year's 30 under 30, and we're happy to report that some of your favorites made it to the list. Plus, the rest of them also shared some helpful advice, perfect to jumpstart your new year below:

Hollywood and Entertainment

1. Star Wars' John Boyega

If you are a fan of the Star Wars franchise or you watched the new installment Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently, then this actor's face should be familiar to you. He stars as an ex-Stormtrooper in the movie alongside Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford.

2. Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke

This actress is famous for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO original series Game of Thrones, but she can also be seen occasionally acting on stage and in movies. Emilia has already taken home two Emmy Awards for her role in GOT in 2013 and 2015.

3. Kingsman: The Secret Service's Taron Egerton

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The Welsh actor is famous for his role as Dennis Severs on British TV's The Smoke and as the playful Gary Unwin in Kingsman: The Secret Service. He is set to appear in more films in the future; Legend with Tom Hardy and Eddie the Eagle with Hugh Jackman.

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Music

1. Shawn Mendes

It's hard to believe that Canadian cutie Shawn Mendes is only 17 years old. After gaining a huge following by sharing six-second covers of pop songs on Vine, Shawn released his first studio album Handwritten, which skyrocketed to the top of music charts.

2. Selena Gomez

One of 2015's most-followed music stars on Instagram also makes it to this year's 30 Under 30. This year, Selena released a new set of songs that we can't stop listening to, like "Good For You," "Same Old Love," "Hands To Myself," and her collab with Zedd "I Want You To Know."

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3. Halsey

Know for her hit song "New Americana" and her collaboration with Justin Bieber "The Feeling," this New Jersey-born singer and songwriter started out by playing in 400-capacity venues  and then a sold out performance at the prestigious Madison Square Garden.

4. Nick Jonas

Nick has come a long way from his Disney days. He gave us infectious hits from his self-titled album like "Chains," "Jealous," and "Levels," and he's also proven himself as an actor on TV shows like Kingdom and Scream Queens.

5. Demi Lovato

Like Nick, Demi has also come a long way after graduating from her Disney days. The singer and songwriter continues to be an inspiration to young girls worldwide to this day through her songs, like "Confident" and "Warrior."

6. Pentatonix

After winning The Sing-Off in 2011 and having their record deal dropped, the a cappella grouped turned to YouTube to share their passion for music and their pop-rock covers, which garnered over a billion views.

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"The paradoxical idea of attaining a happier life and how to withstand these beliefs."

The Revolting Truth About Happiness by Theserenefae

If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

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• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

• Savor moments. Savoring deeply intensifies our positive emotions while doing something that we love the most by simply stepping outside of the experience to review and appreciate the moment. You can practice this by having a delicious meal, reading a good book, or any activity that you enjoy and love. It can also be enhanced by sharing these experiences with others, appreciating such amazing moments, or staying present the entire time.

• Choose to Love Deeper Today's society relentlessly pressures all of us to have this "perfect" lifestyle such as pursuing careers that drain you, finding value through virtual world and purchases, letting achievements become your whole identity, and yet after all that you still feel empty and failure inside. Consumption is just skin deep—a shallow perception of happiness. Deep life brings the best out of us and others. It is about nourishing what you already have, focusing on the relationships than material wealth, becoming vulnerable at times, and being self-aware.

• Understand that Sufferings and Pain are part of Human Being. Always remember that loneliness and sufferings are inevitable. That is completely how life goes. You may be happy for a moment or a month but sooner or later great tribulation will start to kick in. Combat despair with graciousness. Count all the blessings that you have (and will have in near future, claim it!) by writing it down on a piece of paper or typing on your phone. Viola! an instant boost for happiness. We all know the fact that this superficial happiness won't work, but why do I keep on wanting? I already have all this wisdom about how to be happy for ages, but why can't I apply it to my own life?

First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be alive. It may sound contradictory, but it’s true. Pain reminds me that I can feel, along with other emotions. Pain reminds me that I can heal, just like how I did in the past. Pain reminds me that I am strong and I can do better. It reminds me that life can be bitter, and it is up to us to make it a little sweeter (or saltier, depending on what the person wants).

With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

Pain, back then, made me cower in the dark. Pain used to be my biggest fear, and I used to do my best to avoid pain. However, I realized that avoiding pain is like avoiding life. Because of how I wanted to protect myself, I closed myself off to people and opportunities. I used to tell myself that “this will end badly”, or “this is going to hurt in the end”. I always focused on how much pain I might endure in the end that I forgot to enjoy the process.

It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

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