Thursday, January 11, 2018





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We appreciate people who perform better than others. So appreciation is considered as the reward for them. In fact, everyone likes to be appreciated because appreciation brings both happiness and encouragement. Sometimes it acts as a tonic. Sportsmen and women do their best in National and International competitions and get appreciated by gold/silver/bronze medals. Similarly teachers who train students and make them knowledgeable and responsible citizens of our country also get great appreciation. Thus all kinds of activities deserve appreciation which is expressed in various forms. The activities are recognized, respected, admired and awarded. In everyday life we see people appreciate the good deeds done by some and also talk high about the good qualities of such personalities of repute.

Appreciation is not communicated in words or expressed explicit but only felt within the mind. On the other hand, nowadays appreciations are expressed openly by offering a certificate of appreciation or mementos or cash prize.

Competition in sports and games is recognized by offering millions of dollars for the winning person or teams. Such awards are offered to appreciate the outstanding achievements. The services of a person are appreciated at the time of his/her retirement. Personalities who have contributed to the well-being of human society are highly appreciated. Authors of good books are also appreciated by the readers of those books. Music, dance, painting, acting, teaching, treating patients, designing are some of the professions where people excel and achieve greatness. They deserve appreciation. 

Likewise, nature, flowers, gardens, monuments, art etc. are also being appreciated. Beautiful things are generally appreciated at least by saying they are good, excellent, awesome, and fabulous or super. In fact, I find such comments from friends for my postings in Facebook. Such appreciations encourage me to post more of interesting messages and photos. So a person who is appreciated will certainly do more than what is expected from him/her.

The joy one derives from the appreciations received from others – known or unknown – is immense. It is more so with children. Every activity they do has to be appreciated. That makes them happy and keeps them encouraged. Indeed, it is a motivation! Such appreciations go long way to shape the future of children. This mantra is known to mothers and teachers. So appreciation is a wonderful tool; it recognizes what is excellent in others and us as well.

It is better to know a few things which are good and necessary than many things which are useless and mediocre. What a great treasure can be hidden in a small, selected library! A company of the wisest and the most deserving people from all the civilized countries of the world, for thousands of years can make the results of their studies and their wisdom available to us. The thought which they might not even reveal to their best friends is written here in clear words for us, people from another century. Yes, we should be grateful for the best books, for the best spiritual achievement in our lives.  – R. W. Emerson


1. Give your energy level a boost. It’s hard to be friendly, and to focus on others, if you’re feeling really tired and would rather be in bed. To keep going, grab some coffee or a bite to eat, or go outside for a few minutes, and get some cool, fresh air.
2. Have some tactics at the ready if you don’t know the people or if you have to be with people you would rather avoid. For example, if you don’t like the people, ask a friend to go with you … and have a great excuse for leaving once you’ve done the minimum.
3. Plan ahead to avoid conflict. Aim to stay in control of your reactions and emotions – and resist the pressure to take part in arguments.
4. Control your contribution. If you’re quiet and introverted then value you who you are. Don’t expect yourself to be a party animal. Show respect for yourself by taking time out if you need to, and only talk to people that you want to be around.
5. See it as a chance to practices a few social skills. Take the pressure off yourself by practicing your social skills. For example, ask a few open questions, and keep the focus on the speaker. Try and come across as friendly through your use of body language – like making good eye contact and smiling while you talk.


It is based on the principle that thoughts influence feelings, feelings influence actions, and actions influence results, or life circumstances. In other words, situations don’t make us feel certain ways. People don’t make us feel certain ways. It’s how we interpret (or think about) situations or things people say or do that influences how we feel.


Patient to his doctor: I have forgotten so many things lately, and it’s getting worse. What can I do? 
Doctor: Yes, this is a known illness, unfortunately it has no cure. I’d also like to remind you about the Rs. 1000 that you owe me?

Judge: “Why did you steal the car?” 
Man: “I had to get to work.”

 Judge: “Why didn’t you take the bus?”
Man: I don’t have a driver’s license for the bus.

I’ve read so many horrible things about drinking and smoking recently that I made a new, firm
New Year’s resolution: NO MORE READING!


IMAGINATION: A child’s imagination is a wealth of ideas and innovations. This contributes to creativity, flexible thinking and endless inspiration extending into adulthood. It requires time for personal reflection and free play through tasks that the children are personally interested in.

INQUISITIVENESS: Creative people are inquisitive enough to identify problems and then persistently explore them until they come up with new solutions. Children should be encouraged to be curious and always ask “why” and “why not” instead of losing that spark as they grow older and learn that answers are more important questions.

INTERCONNECTIONS: According to neuroscience, innovation draws on the whole brain. School curriculum should drive students to “join the dots” and make rich, deep and unexpected links between the different things they learn. Much innovation happens when unexpected skills collide across different fields.


      A kind word will give more pleasure than a present.
Ø  A large majority of people are controlled by their habits.
Ø  A lawyer makes an asset out of his lie-ability.
Ø  A liar needs a good memory.
Ø  A lie told with good intention is also truth.

Mindfulness means paying attention to what you are thinking and feeling and being aware of how you respond to people and events. When you become more mindful your mind becomes quieter and you see things more clearly. You are less likely to speak and act hastily. Mindfulness deepens your understanding of yourself and the world around you. It’s a vital step towards greater confidence and self esteem.

You are who you are!

Meet you next month – Fbebruary, 2018


Professor A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Dear Readers of NARA’S NOTEPAD,
Wish you a Happy New Year....
The January issue will be uploaded after 10 of January 2018...Sorry for the delay...