These Are The Things That Bring You Strength

08/23/2014 09:47 am ET | Updated Aug 23, 2014

A warm smile from a stranger. A hug from our parents. A quiet place to read. When life becomes daunting, sometimes the simplest acts and reminders of love are what we need the most.

As part of our Stronger Together series, we wanted to take a look at the little, everyday things that encourage us to keep fighting through bad times. Whether it's our families, our pets or a serene sunset, these personal reminders prove that even the smallest things can bring us just a little bit of strength.

Take a look at the special people and moments that empower us below. What pushes you through? We invite you to share what (or who) gives you strength and encouragement by tagging your photos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #StrongerTogether.

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Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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