New Year’s Resolutions AND How to Keep Them

A few days separate us from 2022 and many of us haven’t yet set our resolutions in stone. So, we thought we could help you prepare yourself for an awesome year! Let’s dive in right away.

There are the usual and common resolutions of getting fit, starting to save money, or reading more than the previous year. These are all fine resolutions, but let’s be honest, how many times did you make them, then lost track and/or motivation and ended the year without actually achieving them? This year should be different; after all, it is 2022 and that only can make it unique and memorable.

We have a plan for you to stay on track 😉 

Step One: create a list of all the things you wish to do this year. 

Step two: prioritize them. 

Step Three: divide each one into smaller goals or tasks, so that they become more achievable.

Step Four: set a time frame for each of the smaller goals. 

Step Five (and our favorite): be kind to yourself about the plan and as flexible as you can. This does not mean that you get to slack or that you stop being critical of yourself. On the contrary, it means that while criticizing yourself; you shouldn’t be too aggressive, you should take into account the circumstances you passed through, and you should allow space for your mental health. Also, it is good to keep in mind that perfection is an illusion and that even if you fall off track, you can always jump right back up.

Step Six: document your progress and every little achievement. This helps your motivation more than you could imagine. 

Step Seven: reap the fruits of all your hard work. 

Now that you know all the steps to keep your resolutions intact, we thought we could offer some suggestions as well.

  • Fitness Goals: whether you need to lose weight, get into shape, build muscles, or eat healthier; don’t forget to check The Discounter app for all the offers you might need.
  • Gratitude or Memory Journal/Jar: This is also a favorite because it is easy to achieve and its effects are long-lasting. Keep a notebook, journal, or even jar where you write at the end of every day or the important, memorable days. Jot down any important events that happened during the day, your feelings, things you are grateful for, etc., and watch how this betters your overall appreciation of life. At the end of the year, open up the jar or the notebook and look back at how much stuff you managed to survive and accomplish this year. Thank us later 😊 
  • Mental Health and Self-Care: Remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish.
  • Wardrobe Change: We can’t say no to a resolution that involves shopping 😊
  • Keep Track of Your Health: The coronavirus is sadly still around, which makes this resolution more vital than ever. Go to your regular checkups, eat healthy foods (especially immune-boosting foods), take your vitamins, and don’t forget to check The Discounter for offers related to all of these.
  • Make More Memories, Visit More Places, and Take More Photos: you don’t even have to travel to do this, so it shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish. The Discounter also boasts a large portfolio of offers on all types of activities.
  • Start Budgeting & Saving: Important tip: always check The Discounter before going out. Our deals are all year-long and unbelievable helpful to stay on budget.
  • Declutter: your home, your wardrobe, your office. Whatever you don’t need could be given to charity; which helps you with the next couple of goals.
  • Give More to Charity and/or Support a Good Cause: a little goes a long way when it comes to charity.
  • Be Less Wasteful and More Sustainable: help yourself, your community, your country, and our planet.
  • Read More and Listen to More Music: don’t forget to feed your soul while hustling around during the year. Also, try what works best for you, there are no rules: read hardcovers, PDFs, online blogs (like this one 😉), or even listen to audiobooks… just don’t slack on this
  • Learn a New Skill: it could be anything: cooking, playing music, a new language, sewing, decorating, etc. 

The Final Step (Step Eight): don’t forget to have fun and enjoy yourself. What good is all this if it only makes you miserable? 😊

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The Discounter’s 2nd Anniversary

Celebrating milestones is a crucial part of moving forward. On an anniversary, we get to celebrate our achievements and look at how far we have come. We also get a chance to rectify mistakes and plan for future ventures. But most importantly, we get to express our gratitude to all the people who helped us be here today. 

The Discounter came into existence two years ago in November with a mission and a dream in mind to give our users the best deals with the least hassle. With diligent hard work and dedication, we have managed to achieve this goal on a large scale. However, the driving force motivating us to work with all the energy and love we can muster is our main goal. We aim at being the go-to app for offers and deals in the MENA region. This would never be possible without the exceptional support of both our partners and our customers and their constant belief in us. 

After more than 700 days, The Discounter team has proudly presented our customers with offers worth thousands of dirhams on a wide variety of activities and purchases. Our application has grown significantly during the past two years. Today, The Discounter includes offers on all types of entertainment pastimes, healthcare services, fitness needs and venues, groceries and restaurants, fashion and cosmetics, salons and spas, home appliances and electronics, and even car rentals and car care services. Our vendor portfolio is ever-expanding which enables us to offer more and help make life easier on all our users. This was only made possible with our dear partners and their faith and trust in us and our mission. They are an essential part of our journey and of our success and for that, we are eternally grateful. 

The Discounter owes a big part of its success in such a short period to the fact that it stands out among its peers. Many of the other applications offering deals either have numerous steps to get to the deal, or they have a multitude of conditions, terms, and restrictions. This transforms the offers from an enjoyable experience of saving money to a whole new ordeal, which as a result, might drive users away. With this in mind, The Discounter set out to change the scene and present the easiest way of getting offers through an application. No fine print, no tricks, no hassles, and definitely no drama… The Discounter presented the most straightforward application there could’ve been to our customers. In return, our customers gifted us with their permanent confidence and loyalty. This is our utmost pride and joy and we thank each of them for joining us on this journey and for the honor of serving them.

The Discounter’s birthday celebrations this year are month-long and are just starting! Don’t miss out & check out our social media channels and the application to find out the magnificent surprises we have for our users all during November!

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Expo 2020

All the Reasons Why You Should Not Miss Expo 2020 Dubai!

For over a century, World Expos have been an exceptional stage where the world shared its inventions, groundbreaking ideas, and newest structures. The world has gathered to uncover a whole lot of innovations: from Heinz Ketchup & HDTVs to the Eiffel Tower & Al Wasl Plaza; the history of World Expos is filled with technology, culture, architecture, art, and much more.

Expo 2020 Dubai is a marvelous continuation of this international tradition as it brings the world together in the Middle East for the first time in history. With more than 190 country pavilions, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and experience a multitude of different nations and cultures in one place. The main themes of the Expo are: Sustainability, Mobility & Opportunity and each of them has its own district. Make no mistake, you DO NOT want to miss them! 

Starting with the Sustainability District, you can walk through a waterfall in the Brazil Pavilion, explore the rainforest and a Hanging Garden in the Singapore Pavilion, check out the coral reefs in the Hammour House, or visit the labs and experience the German technological innovations at the Germany Pavilion. 

Then, move on towards the Mobility District and witness the meeting between the physical and digital worlds. There is a lot to experience in this District! Start by taking a ride on the world’s largest passenger lift that can transport 160+ people at a time. Then, maybe try to build your own robot or design a spaceship. Don’t miss out on learning more about the UAE Space Programme and the Emirates Mars Mission. Also, remember to visit the 330-metre track that showcases cutting-edge vehicles and mobility devices.

The Opportunity District is a whole other story where each Pavilion offers a new experience. For example, the UK Pavilion brings us all together to create a collective message that continuously changes and is shown on the building’s exterior through an AI sculpture that was inspired by the great Stephen Hawking. Whereas the Switzerland Pavilion offers you the opportunity to take a hike through Switzerland to the top of an Alp and emerge through the fog. The “Garden of Opportunities” in the Monaco Pavilion is a kaleidoscopic fantasy garden that offers you a new way to view life. If you visit the Ukraine Pavilion, you will get a chance to discover how future technologies shape the world and you will also see a revolutionary e-bike that can go up to 380 km on a single charge. 

That’s not all you get to experience! Expo 2020 Dubai has a lot more to offer and its calendar is PACKED! You can find live concerts of pop artists and singers, classical music concerts, cultural performances of different nations, folk music shows, dance shows, sculpture shows, poetry nights, operas, theatrical performances, and even fashion shows. The Expo also offers a wide variety of options for food with more than 80 restaurants presenting dishes from all around the world and an assortment of experiences that include street foods, sustainable dining, and world cuisines. Not to mention the ultimate culinary experience: “The Future of Food: Epochal Banquet”: a 2-hour, 3-course innovative dining journey across the history of food and into the future of humans, food, and artificial intelligence. 

Now, you have no excuse to miss out on such a rare and remarkable experience like Expo 2020 Dubai! See you there! 😀 

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How To Spend Summer On A Budget?

Summer is here, and the region is gradually reopening. While you may be eager to see friends and return to normalcy, it’s essential to take a step back and consider how your summer plans and other circumstances may affect your budget in the coming months.

Here are 4 tips for getting your budget in shape for this summer of reopening:

1. Start by taking an honest look at your current financial situation — especially your spending:

Tracking your spending and analysing your situation are always the first steps in effective budgeting. Take a look at your bank statements from past months, if you haven’t previously, to determine if your expenditure has decreased or increased in any particular area. Whether you have summer plans, consider if you can afford to set aside a set amount of money each month to make them a reality. The Discounter App can really help you save a lot of money by giving you amazing deals across many brands.

2. Replace some current expenses with anticipated summer expenses where you can:

Examine your budget to see if you can replace some winter expenses with costs you expect to incur during the summer. Consider this: In the summer, you don’t need to crank up the heat or turn on the lights at 4 p.m. because it’s dark outside. You also won’t have to spend a lot of money on festive purchases or pay for large family gatherings. Instead, you might use that money to take a group of friends out to a restaurant or a local event  or drive to a beautiful new hiking spot and spend the day there. With The Discounter App, you can increase your saving by getting awesome deals on the restaurant of your choice as well as you can grab great deals on automobile renting.

3. And as you make summer plans, mix in free and cheap activities too.

One of the best things about budgeting for the summer is that if you get creative, you can always find something free or inexpensive to do. On a lovely day, simply going for a bike ride or a walk might be a treat. As things begin to normalize, explore what free or low-cost activities are available in your area.

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Five Must Visit’s in Dubai!

Dubai is well-known for its high-end shopping, ultramodern architecture, and vibrant nightlife. Here’s a list of five must visit’s in Dubai!

1. Burj Khalifa:

The Burj Khalifa is one of the most unique destinations to visit in Dubai. It is a skyscraper that was originally known as the Burj Dubai before its official opening in 2010. It is equipped with 57 elevators and 8 escalators. The décor and ambiance seemed to be immersed in artistic exuberance. The construction and interior designs speaks about the outrageous amount of money invested in this venture.

2. Palm Jumeirah:

The Palm Islands are a group of two man-made islands, primarily the Palm Jumeirah and the Palm Jebel Ali. Tourists can visit Palm Jumeirah, which is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Dubai and the only finished island. The speciality of this island is that it is shaped like a palm tree. It is a popular tourist destination in Dubai with many luxurious resorts and hotels. The greatest way to see the Palm Islands is from the air or from atop one of Dubai’s many high-rise skyscrapers, such as the Burj Khalifa’s Observation Deck. To explore the islands, take a speedboat from Palm Jumeirah to some of the major sights nearby or you can hire a private yacht. Download the discounter app and get exclusive discounts on private yachts.

3. Burj Al Arab:

Why not spend your break at the world’s third tallest building? This magnificent tower in Dubai is an international hotel with facilities that will make you feel like royalty. This Dubai attraction is a 56-story structure that is open all year and caters to individuals who enjoy experiencing life to the fullest.

4. Dubai Marina:

Dubai Marina: As we all know, Dubai has been thriving as one of the most sought-after places these days, with a large amount of people flocking to this location. And, while you’re in this unique locale, don’t miss out on a visit to Dubai Marina. This destination is one among the city’s most wellestablished cutting-edge areas. It is built around the world’s largest man-made harbor and includes numerous top eateries as well as outdoors diversion and excitement structures. The skyscrapers and living arrangements are among the tallest condo structures in the world.

5. Dubai Dolphinarium:

Dubai Dolphinarium is the Middle East’s first fully airconditioned indoor dolphinarium, offering habitat for dolphins and seals and allowing visitors to see and interact with them through live shows and photo sessions. Interacting with such sociable mammals as dolphins has also been considered to inspire the next generation to safeguard marine life and the environment.

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Top 4 restaurants in Dubai to have brunch with family!

If you’ve been given a map to help you find your way around brunch, you’re probably in Dubai. Brunch is popular in the emirate, both physically and metaphorically.

It’s evolved into much more than a breakfast-lunch combination; it’s become a true institution. It can happen at any time of day or night, but diners have a limited time – roughly three to four hours – from the moment a restaurant opens its doors to devour unlimited cocktails and baroque arrangements of food toppling off crowded banquets or provided on set menus.

Here’s the ultimate guide to Dubai’s top 4 Brunch places.

1. L’Italia Restaurant & Cafe

Travel to the culinary world of Italy by savouring rustic flavours and craft your own pizza at the table! L’italia restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and their staff is super friendly. However, food is the main point that brings all their customers back to the place. The food is flavorful and delicious made using premium quality ingredients. This place will definitely keep you revisiting as it will top your list of favorite Italian restaurants. Use The Discounter App and get Buy 2 Get 1 Free on All items from L’italia Restaurant and Cafe, Palm Jumeirah.

2. Indiana Delights

Great Indian food cooked with passion and delivered with love, thats what this place is all about. An eclectic multi-cuisine restaurant that guarantees to provide you a wide variety of foods enjoyed and adored around the world. Indiana Delights believe in the ‘you eat with your eyes first’ approach, therefore the meals that arrive at your table will not only make you crave, but will also light up your eyes just thinking about them.Customers are provided with great service, dishes made from the freshest ingredients, and a warm dining space that not only fosters excellent conversations but also caters to a pleasurable dining experience. Download The Discounter App and get 20% discount on your total bill.

3. Didon Restaurant

Didon Restaurant offers all-day dining with refined culinary options. Enjoy a variety of Arabic and popular international cuisines from a buffet set up for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The restaurant is located on the first floor of the Auris Inn hotel and is designed with natural lighting and an entrance to the terrace. The place also has the choice of indoor or outdoor seating. With The Discounter App, avail 10% discount on your total bill.

4. Bait Al Zain Mandi

An Authentic Arabic Restaurant that offers traditional Yemeni Mandi food in the heart of Dubai, near the DIFC metro station (A well-known DIFC restaurant). The restaurant, created modernly but with historic influences, is the perfect place for enjoyment and relaxation. In addition to standard dining, the restaurant offers Arabic Majlis sitting, which is great for memorable times with friends and family. Another specialty of the restaurant is fresh seafood, which can be prepared in a variety of ways. Download The Discounter App and enjoy 30% discount on the total bill.

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Activities to do in Dubai during Eid Holidays!

Families usually start the day early with morning prayers at home or at a nearby mosque. This is followed by a lunchtime feast with loved ones and a chance to reflect on the previous month of Ramadan. It is also customary for families to exchange gifts and donate to the less fortunate during this time. Most Muslims tend to spend most of the first day of Eid at home or at the home of relatives. During the next two days, Dubai comes alive as the city’s residents and visiting tourists “ both Muslim and non-Muslim“ go out and celebrate. The city springs to life with exciting activities, traditional dance performances, live music and special shows in all the major public areas across the city.

Here are some suggestions to make the most of Eid in Dubai:

1. Scuba Diving

Dubai is synonymous with all the glamour and fun. Dubai has one of the most diverse and the most thrilling recreational activities when it comes to recreational activities. One such sport is scuba diving, where you come faceto-face with different aquatic creatures such as jellyfish, barracudas, rays, and even sharks. The Middle East is fast becoming a prime destination for divers to fill up the pages of their logbooks. And with clear turquoise waves and glorious sunshine splitting the stones all year round, Dubai is a sweet spot to be enchanted by the ocean’s charm. With The Discounter App, you can now enjoy scuba diving with a 30-35% discount from Bermuda Diving Center. Isn’t that great!

2. Dolphin & Seal Show

Dubai Dolphinarium is a unique indoor family entertainment & is now one of the most loved Dubai tourist attractions. It is the only live Dolphin show that is perfect for children, couples and family. This show is housed in a fully airconditioned indoor aquarium about 500 square meters. This indoor show will for sure be breathtaking and will give you a refreshing feel. Watch dolphins & seals performances in UAE’s Only Dolphin Show with a 25% discount using The Discounter App.

3. Morning Desert Safari

Admire spectacular landscapes and experience the thrill of dune bashing and sandboarding on this morning desert safari from Dubai. See the breathtaking display of early morning rays on the golden dunes in its absolute splendor! For this, set out on a morning desert safari. Beautiful yet thrilling safari experience in Dubai, Morning desert safari comes a lot of fun and adventures. The Discounter App makes your morning desert safari even more enjoyable with our BUY ONE GET ONE offer!

4. Sunset Cruise

Thinking of a romantic dinner or decent family dinner, spend your evening in a luxury yacht in Dubai. A yacht cruise is one of the most romantic things to do in Dubai and a favorite of families and friends to spend time together. Get amazed by the beautiful sights of Dubai Marina illuminated at night and enjoy a delicious dinner with breathtaking views of Dubai attractions.

5. Private Fishing Experience

Looking an unforgettable half day fishing tour in Dubai. This fishing excursion in Dubai will give you an authentic local experience. The trips in Arabian waters can give pleasure in several ways. If you are planning to get some relaxation in a peaceful and quite environment, then The Discounter App has the perfect options for you! Get on a boat to sail around the waves to catch some fish this Eid!

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TOP 5 PLACES IN DUBAI TO HAVE IFTAR THIS RAMADAN!

Does Ramadan have you craving something delicious for Iftar? Don’t Worry, Dubai is home to some of the best dining options imaginable, and the offerings only get better and better during Ramadan. Grab your wallet, download the Discounter App on your phone and bring your appetite. Here’s a guide to restaurants in Dubai offering great food!

1. Beirut Bites – JLT

Beirut Bites is all about bringing people together with great food. The restaurant offers a casual, warm and cosy ambience preparing food with love that for sure will make you fall in love with your first bite. They provide traditional manakeesh, healthy salads, lovely board bites, mouthwatering sandwiches, Lebanese teasers, unique pizzas and childhood desserts. Experience authentic flavours, healthy eating, fresh and highquality food in a modern and creative presentation. Download the Discounter App and enjoy our Buy One Get One Offers from Beirut Bites.

2. Il Forno – Downtown Dubai

Love Artisan Authentic Italian Pizza & Pasta? Then you will definitely love this fine Italian restaurant where diners will find the meaning of comfort food – simple, hearty food prepared simply in generous portions. Feel the flavours of Italy in every bite you take! Now isn’t that an exciting choice for Iftar? Download the Discounter App and get a 20% discount on your total order.

3. CASA DEL BENE Restaurant & Cafe – Dubai Marina

One of the most favourite place of many families in Dubai! They mainly cater to Italian flavours with pizza, pasta and grill dishes ruling their menu. This place is also great for its seafood options. The most important things about any restaurant are its food and service. Casa Del Bene is on the highest levels for its food, service and ambience. The very delicious food and friendly, attentive, hospitable staff make this place a reason to keep coming! Download the Discounter App and enjoy the experience more by getting a 25% Discount on the total bill.

4. Dine Nest Restaurant – Palm Jumeirah

Experience the juiciest food, freshest drinks and the most incredible atmosphere all in one place! Try their secret recipes of fresh, organic, vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free meals and beverages. Wash it down with one of more than 35 food and drink items made fresh to meet everyone’s taste. Dinenest will be your new favourite hot spot for good food, good vibes, and good times. The restaurant is vegan-friendly, vegetarian-friendly, organic friendly and lactose-intolerant friendly. The perfect destination for all food lovers! Download the Discounter App and get exclusive offers!

5. Khao Siam 45 – Al Barsha

Craving for Authentic Thai Food? Khao Siam is as authentic as it can get. Khao Siam 45 Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in UAE. All fresh and prepared products are served daily by the best chefs. They use the finest ingredients only to provide the best tasty meals to you. Their menu is varied to meet everyone’s needs. Khao Siam 45 is the taste of authentic Thai cuisine in Dubai. Download the Discounter App and get exclusive offers!

So which one are you going for?

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4 ways to make your Valentine Happy as well as Save Money!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it is high time to plan something special for your special one!

If you feel planning something special for Valentine’s Day is way out of your budget then you have reached the right place. The discounter app helps you to plan your budgets as well as make your valentine’s day special and memorable. Now isn’t that what exactly you wanted to hear?

Here’s a list of 5 fun and romantic things you can do this Valentine’s Day and create memories with your valentine.

1. Ride and See Dubai’s Iconic Landmarks

Witness the beauty of Dubai’s iconic landmarks and experience a helicopter ride with your valentine. We guarantee you that you will have a Valentine’s Day experience worth remembering for a lifetime. Embarking on a memorable aerial tour of Dubai is everybody’s dream. We make this dream come true with an exclusive discount. Be ready to soar over Dubai and admire the panorama from above.

2.  Speed Boat Sightseeing

Do you and your valentine love the waters and watersports? Then speed boat sightseeing is definitely something that will WOW you. If you’re looking for the ideal combination of fewer crowds and pleasant weather to have some fun experience with your special one, then this is the best time for speed boating. Sounds like a perfect valentine day celebration with lots of fun, right?

3. Desert Safari

Dubai is filled with thousands of possibilities that you can explore with your partner. Take your partner for a Desert Safari and create memories that will be with you for a lifetime! Dubai desert safari has it all that you’re looking for starting from breathtaking sunsets to splendid food enjoying the perfect weather.  Escape to the desert with your partner and spend the day in the middle of the desert. Watch the sky get painted with different hues during the sunset and gaze at the thousands of stars lighting up the sky at night time. Also, relish the scrumptious spread laid out for you in the desert. You can also add thrill to your day with the dune-bashing and camel ride.

4. Diving In the Deep Waters

If you both love water then you can spend your Valentine’s Day and make everlasting memories you can venture into the depths of the sea and explore the marine life by taking a day trip to the Gulf of Oman. Explore the captivating seascape and the vast marine life at the underwater kingdom will leave you mesmerized beyond words.    

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The Impact of COVID 19 in the UAE Economy

The outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic has turned the global economy upside down. Dubai, which has one of the most diversified and non-oil dependent economies in the Gulf, relies on sectors like hospitality, tourism, entertainment, logistics, property and retail. Full and partial city-lockdown measures have brought demand in key markets to a standstill. Like many other countries, the Coronavirus had crashed down the economy of the United Arab Emirates. Covid-19 measures had a cowing effect on travel, trade, and business activity. In general, it severely impacted the UAE’s non-oil economy, which accounts for around 80 per cent of its overall GDP.

Many businesses faced with paying salaries amidst the general slowdown have resorted to layoffs after orders started getting cancelled – both from clients and suppliers. Retail outlets, restaurants, shopping malls and hotels had very few consumers coming even after the lockdown. Therefore these business sectors had a huge downfall in their sales, which led to cost-cutting.

Employers were forced to cut more jobs to help their respective companies stay afloat during the latest crisis; many companies are now reaching out to banks to address immediate liquidity problems. This includes requests for more loans to pay employees’ final settlement. With employees heavily reliant on their monthly salary for a living, it was extremely hard to meet their daily living expenses.

Many started thinking of how to move on from a pay cut or job loss during the Covid-19 crisis. In the UAE, after a strict lockdown in April, economic activity is resuming as part of a phased approach, with hotels, retailers and sports providers returning to business. However, many residents have already been affected financially. In a Mercer survey conducted in 2020 across the GCC, 27 per cent of organizations stated they had made cuts to employees’ pay in the region. Some companies have continued to implement permanent salary cuts now as well.

Are you also suffering from pay cuts and unemployment?

Do you want to learn to live on a budget, then we have the right solution. The Discounter aimed to help people in the UAE reduce their expenses and save every penny. It’s essential to plan your budget right, especially when there are budget constraints. Get your hands on BOGO deals and exclusive discounts. Grabbing BOGO deals are a great way of saving money. Planning your week wisely and smartly will help you lead a happy life!

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