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Being Pretty, Popular, and Smart Is The Key To Success In Dating and In Life?

Being Pretty, Popular, and Smart Is The Key To Success In Dating and In Life?

This one is for everyone struggling in the dating pool who thinks:  If only I were prettier or more handsome, or if I were more popular or smarter...if only that, I'd get that guy or I'd get that girl. Surefire success.

This 19 year-old woman, Madison, clearly has it all.

She's a naturally pretty girl:

Madison 1

She's fun and vivacious:

Madison 2

She is strongly grounded, with a solid attachment to family:

Madison 3

Yet on January 17, 2014, this woman, Madison Holleran, a University of Pennsylvania freshman, jumped from a parking garage in downtown Philadelphia, near Rittenhouse Square.

Citing depression, Madison left behind a suicide note and gifts for her family:  ginger snap cookies for her grandparents, Godiva chocolate truffles for her father, necklaces for her mother, and a book, The Happiness Project, for a friend.

While we continually preach self-improvement on this site--get skinny if you're fat, bulk up if you're skinny, fix your hair, get makeup advice, buy better clothes--the fact remains that even a person who apparently has it all does not have it all.

So if any dating, love, relationship, and life lesson can be learned from this, it's that sadness crosses all boundaries.  The other lesson is that nothing will do it all for you.  There is no silver bullet.  No magic invocation.  No miracle celeb diet.  No innate beauty and charm, even.

It's up to you to make it--whatever it is--happen for you.  It's work.  It's all work.

American Foundation For Suicide Prevention / Madison Holleran Fund

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