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Palace Daily News: August 30, 2020

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Greetings, foolish mortals. Welcome back to the Haunted Palace Daily News. It is I, your ghost host, sofieremix, back to continue the fated mystery of the Dread Family. We last left off trying to determine who caused which Dread family member to meet their end. Let’s see if your guesses matched the correct order. Uncle Jacob Dread was the first to go - A wealthy aristocrat who was poisoned by Bertie for his wealth. Next was Bertie Dread - A big game hunter and expert marksman who was shot by Florence with a pistol as revenge for poisoning Jacob. He used the venom of his pet serpent to poison Jacob. Aunt Florence met her end next - Jacob's honourable wife who was suffocated in canary seed by the twins for her inheritance. The twins, Wellington and Forsynthia were next - The twins who became happy haunts in their sleep by Maude with a mallet for the fortune. Last to die was Cousin Maude - after being left the last living member of the family and sole heir to the Dread fortune burned in bed as she slept due to her use of matches as hairpins. If you looked closely at Cousin Maude’s hair on the bust, you can actually see the two matches holding her hair back. However, dear children, if you listened to what I said, not every story in this mansion appears at it seems. In fact, this ended is not as concrete as you’d expect. If you keep your eyes peeled at the end of the ride, the moment right as you exit the graveyard, you can see Cousin Maude again. In the Exit Crypt of the Haunted Mansion, she is seen in portrait-form within the bag of the Hitchhiking Ghost, Phineas. It is unknown why Phineas is in possession of Maude's portrait but it serves the function of giving confirmation to guests who participated in the Dread family game on who the final Dread was. However, many believe that this actually is a mirror and is a sign of Cousin Maude still being alive, burning with the fortune. There is not exact jargon that proves if Maude is alive or not in the end, and that is why this mystery still remains unsolved. 

Now, time for today’s daily motivation. Today’s theme is “Being Empathetic”. Empathy is important because it helps us understand how others are feeling so we can respond appropriately to the situation. People who are good at reading others' emotions, such as manipulators, fortune-tellers or psychics, might also use their excellent empathetic skills for their own benefit by deceiving others. Yet, often times, we are shunned from showing our emotions to the world. We feel nervous to talk about many of our inner demons and seek help because we have been taught over and over to hide away those sides of us. Yes, we love talking about the ghosts of the Haunted Mansion, but we should not keep those horrors living inside us. Yet, often times, when people do open up, we forget to listen or practice what’s called Empathy. Empathy is the ability to emotionally understand what other people feel, see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place. Essentially, it is putting yourself in someone else's position and feeling what they must be feeling. When you see another person suffering, you might be able to instantly envision yourself in the other person's place and feel sympathy for what they are going through. While people are generally pretty well-attuned to their own feelings and emotions, getting into someone else's head can be a bit more difficult. The ability to feel empathy allows people to "walk a mile in another's shoes," so to speak. It permits people to understand the emotions that others are feeling. For many, seeing another person in pain and responding with indifference seems utterly incomprehensible. But the fact that some people do respond in such a way clearly demonstrates that empathy is not necessarily a universal response to the suffering of others. So, how can you practice some empathy today? Fortunately, empathy is a skill that you can learn and strengthen. If you would like to build your empathy skills, there are a few things that you can do: Work on listening to people without interrupting, pay attention to body language and other types of nonverbal communication, try to understand people, even when you don't agree with them, ask people questions to learn more about them and their lives, and imagine yourself in another person's shoes. Let’s always remember in this community that we all are loved and we are here to help you no matter what you need. Now, enjoy your haunted ride.

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