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VOLUME 8

FEBRUARY 2012

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‘Healthy people are happy people.’ – Is it true? I think it is true to certain extent. Of course good health is a must for our good living. In order to achieve good health we need to follow some principles in life. In fact one comes to know this only when he or she becomes a victim of illness. Even if one is healthy, one may not be happy in some cases although health is the primary requirement for happiness.                                



 If someone is not feeling happy, then it is due to some other problem probably due to unhealthy behavior and habits. These are taught in the primary school onwards by our teachers. Good food, clean water, personal hygiene, disciplined behavior, exercise are some of the important aspects that make our life healthy. One has to understand the physiology of one’s body. It’s also taught in classes. We have forgotten those golden lessons and follow some unwanted habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, over eating, inactivity etc. All these habits hamper our health in the long run. Then how can one be happy? Wealth may also give happiness to certain extent; but the primary and essential factor needed for happiness in life is good health.



Most of the youngsters do not pay attention to their health because of their robust body strength. Once they enter their late age, they feel weak and their health starts deteriorating. This is the way life goes on. Weakness affects health. One has to hear the body and observe carefully the symptoms of uncomfortableness. Immediate attention is needed to overcome such situations. If we postpone or careless we have to suffer and lose happiness. Healthy life always brings peace of mind and happiness. Everyone loves to be friendly with healthy people. Poor health is one of the painful aspects of old age. One has to use one’s experience to take appropriate steps to improve health and thus happiness.



There are ways and means to keep one’s health at the safer side. We need to understand the needs of our body and feed it properly. Physical health leads to mental health. One gets self-confidence because of good health. Spoiling one’s health is easy but to build good health we need self-discipline and self-control. Temptations and bad company may break the self-control. So, one has to avoid those unwanted habits. Good habits in fact, bring good health and thus happiness. Let us try to get good health through good habits.


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TO QUOTE...


Health is the greatest gift; contentment is the greatest wealth and faith and trust make for the best relationship.
 Gautama Buddha.

JUST TO LAUGH



Robert: Should women have children after 35?

Bill: No. 35 children are more than enough.



A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: “Ugh, that’s the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen!”

The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming.

 She says to a man next to her: “The driver just insulted me!”

The man says, “You go up there and tell him off. Go on, I’ll hold your monkey for you.”

TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED



1.     Never keep doing the same task for too long.

2.    Try to take breaks every half an hour. Get up and walk or do some stretching exercises.

3.     Try to alternate between two boring tasks. This will reduce the boredom in both tasks by 50%.

4.     If you have someone else with you who is doing the same job, try exchanging jobs with the person.

5.     Talk about your job to a sympathetic listener who can give you encouragement.

6.     Reward yourself once you have done a job well.

7.     If you have an uninteresting job left to do, write it down and pin it somewhere in your work station so that you can see it and get constantly reminded about it till you do it.

8.     Try to make your work environment more attractive by pinning up some motivating words or some pleasant wall posters, preferably something that can make you smile.

9.     If you are allowed to, try playing some soft music while you work.

10.   Keep a small potted plant near your work table.

11.   Take time to relax, just sit back and close your eyes and hum a favorite tune for a minute or two. But do not fall asleep!



 In addition, if you have finished doing a job you have reason to reward yourself. It can be something like treating yourself to a good dinner in a favorite restaurant or it could be a chocolate bar!

ADVANTAGES OF PLANNING

1.        Planning helps us to have a better idea about the course of action that we propose to take.
2.        Planning better defines the course of action that we propose to undertake.
3.        Planning gives a rough estimate of the time required for a project.
4.        Planning helps us to get prepared for emergencies that may arise during the course of the project.
5.        Planning gives us a fairly good idea about the expenses involved in the project. In fact a budget is only a financial plan.
6.        A well thought out plan gives us a clear idea about what is to be every day, every week and every month.
7.        Planning helps avoid duplication of labor.
8.        If a plan is followed everyone will have a clear idea about his or her role.

We should have short-term and long-term strategy plans. At the same time we should also try to draft out contingency plans to deal with crisis if it arises.

VIEWPOINTS


Postmortem examination can make or mar a case. Many of them are done with utter disregard for law and the dignity of the dead. While the way a body is dissected is often appalling, reports that come out of such examinations – sometimes inherently flawed, sometimes manipulated – misguide the investigation and cripple the prosecution in medico-legal cases. Government mortuaries with no adequate preservation methods or surgical equipment are unbearable even for seasoned forensic experts, but that does not mean doctors can make sanitary workers do the examination. Such doctors should be brought to book, not just for shirking responsibility, but for subverting justice.



Little has been done so far to rescue child domestic workers and to punish their employers; there is a poor track record of enforcement of laws. There is an urgent need to make child labor a cognizable offence and to strictly enforce, the law to bring offenders to book. Unless we, the middle class demur at employing children in our homes, the law can only serve a limited purpose. We should also speak out in our own circles against those employing children as domestic help and report any such cases to childline or the local child welfare committee.

THE BRAIN



The brain is divided into the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere. The left side controls the right side of the body and the right side controls the left. The left side is driven by logic, responsible for all analytical thinking; the right side thinks in terms of feelings, relationships and the big picture in any given situation.

DIRTY HABITS



·         Looking down at the floor when speaking to someone.

·         Slouching when you’re standing or sitting down.

·         Frowning and not smiling enough.

·         Avoiding strangers.

·         Making a poor first impression.

·         Not making an effort to speak well.

·         Not being a good listener.

·         Not staying in touch with your acquaintances.

·         Not being proactive.

·         Not enjoying social life.

·         Not facing your fears.

·         Refusing to be open minded.

LINES I LIKED


Ø  Every man creates a world of virtue or vice, pleasure or pain out of his own mind.

Ø  The human beings are constantly searching elsewhere for the very things they have at hand.

Ø  Principles must stand on their own merits, and if they are good they certainly will.

Ø  Giving of course doesn’t just imply financial aid – time, energy, and skills are just as relevant.

Ø  The mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.

Strive for progress, not perfection!

Meet you next month – March, 2012

 

Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP



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