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It’s easy to dwell on things that aren’t going your way. Perhaps you’re feeling stressed about something, can’t wrap your head around how to fix a situation, quibble about problems that, in the grand scheme of things, shouldn’t really take up your time. It’s easy to lose sight of what should matter. But there are those among us who don’t have the luxury of dwelling on little things, those for whom time is short and therefore more precious, and we can learn a lot from them.

Dr. Alastair McAlpine, a pediatrician from Cape Town, South Africa, specializes in palliative care. He recently asked some of his terminally ill patients what they enjoyed about life and what gave life meaning, and the good doctor shared the results on Twitter. Read it twice, and add it to your bookmarks. You’ll be glad you did.

Leave it to kids to put things in perspective. It really is the little things we need to remember, not the stuff. Not television, not video games, not Facebook, not Candy Crush. That doesn’t matter. It’s the beach and books and toys (OK, some stuff matters) that mean so much. But what’s most important is love, whether it be from family, pets or friends.

These children are wise beyond their years, and the compassion they feel for their parents as they worry about their feelings will have you in a puddle. They’re brave and brilliant and can still find the humour in situations where many could not. Kindness trumps all, but farts and ice cream come close.