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A simple phone call from mom can calm frayed nerves by sparking the release of a powerful stress-quelling hormone, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Biological anthropologist Leslie Seltzer tested a group of 7- to 12-year-old girls with an impromptu speech and series of math problems in front of a panel of strangers, sending their hearts racing and levels of cortisol – a hormone associated with stress – soaring.

For students around the world who have lost someone, graduation can be a difficult reminder of those missing from the festivities. We’ve gathered some touching stories that show the true power of love from beyond the grave.

Sharing a 21st birthday beer with your father is a rite of passage for most American youth. But what if your father has passed away before your 21st birthday arrives? For Matt Goodman, the rite of passage seemed impossible. His father passed away in 2014, when Matt was only 15 years old.

Despite passing away years ago, this mother is still giving her kids life advice – in the form of pre-recorded videos.

Two months after her father’s death, Bailey arrived home to find a surprise bouquet of flowers on her front porch.

Every year since his death in 2012, a delivery and personalized note appear on her doorstep for Valentine’s Day and her birthday.

On Valentine’s Day, a mere 2 months after her husband’s passing, a bouquet of vibrant yellow flowers and a single red rose arrived.

When their neighbor Ken passed away in October of 2018, the Williams’ family was surprised a large bag of Christmas presents for their young daughter for the next 14 years.