VIDEO: Be Inspired By the Dancing Flowers – It is Worth the Time!

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Via — Meditating into Happiness. These dancing flowers are a sight to behold. Check it out and be inspired once again by the amazing beauty of nature. Nature, Beauty, Gratitude – A Meditation

This is a TED Talk by offering you a glimpse into nature’s fleeting beauty through the lens of Louie Schwartzberg. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

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Video: If by Rudyard Kipling

Winner01.stencil.facebook-photoI discovered this poem in one of my father’s poetry books when I was a young teen. I am not entirely sure we were taught this at school. But it has been a huge influence in my life. I simply would not be me without it, for sure.

 

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

When I was a teen it irked me that it is written for a male-dominated world. But I did not hold a grudge against Kipling and just put it down to him living in a whole different world to the 20th century I grew up in where women could do and be all the things that men could and be. Well most.

Please pass on to anyone who’d benefit from it.

I got the text from PoemHunter.com. You can read more Rudyard Kipling poems there.

Animation: How Playing a Musical Instrument Benefits Your Brain – Adults & Kids

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on?

Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout. [Directed by Sharon Colman Graham, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by Peter Gosling].

The universal power of ballet: See Nigerian 11-year-old boy dance barefoot in the rain

Source: via Nigerian 11-year-old boy dances barefoot in the rain, proves the universal power… – Classic FM

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No Kittens Allowed – And What Happened After That (aka Scientifically Proven Benefits of Cute)

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Once I had a client. I was managing his social media including Twitter. He trusted me enough, after I had ghostwritten his book and knew his way of thinking.  When he handed over the building of his author platform to me, he had just one rule I should stick to: Please don’t post any kittens in my accounts.

He thought that kittens were signs of a floppy brain. Of light-weight people. Of a lack of intellect. Of course, I disagreed. But he was my client and they were his accounts.

Scientifically Proven Benefits of Cute

Today, I am going to share with you some proof that cute baby animals–kittens, puppies, ducks, alligators–all bestow on us so many benefits. Yes, scientists have studied these benefits.

1. Baby animals help increase your productivity.

Via Washington Post:
Want to increase your productivity? Study says: Look at this adorable kitten.

2. Real animals, videos and pictures help reduce stress.

The Power Of Cute
Stress-Relieving Benefits of Watching Cute Animal Videos

3. Improves your focus, attention and concentration.

The Power of Puppies: Looking at Cute Images Can Improve Focus

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4. They are good for our health

BBC: Looking at cute animals is good for our health

5. Looking at cute animals can help your marriage.

You can tell that to my husband. One more stray may lead to divorce in our home. But he always loves my strays, so he is easily converted by cuteness as well. And he is a scientist! Science Says Looking at Cute Animals Can Help Your Marriage

6. Animals make you happy, and bring joy to your world.

Who can deny that?
See Le Kittenarium  Lots of my friends are in this group sharing pictures.

7. People can’t have too much of #Cuteoverload

On Instagram
On Flickr

On Twitter

Photo by Bruno Cervera from Pexels

So there you go. Will you please share some of your cute stuff with us too?

And what happened to my client? Well, instead of kittens I shared some other cute stuff and he saw that people were engaging with the cute and agreed we could post cute stuff.
Lesson here is that most people can be converted and made happy with cute.

Photo by Bruno Cervera from Pexels

 

 

What is Depression?

.@HelenMFarrellMD via @TEDTalks
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.

How Stress Affects Your Brain

Via @TEDTalks by @madhumita29
Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.

VIDEO: How to break habits

“The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.”~Charles Duhigg

How to break habits. Watch this short video from Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and other books.  @cduhigg @MindcultureGuru #habits

Do you judge a person by his questions or his answers? [with video]

ask-blackboard-356079Isn’t that an interesting idea? I got the idea from Voltaire who said to:

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

Really the whole questions thing came to me because of the book I happened to be reading: A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. It was all about questions and why questions are more important than answers.

This is the book trailer for Warren Berger’s book, A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. 

You can learn more about the book at http://amorebeautifulquestion.com.

Did you know that questions are more important than answers?

They are. Questions allow for inquiry, they are like open doors. Inviting you to come in. To seek. To experiment. To be curious.

Answers are more like closed doors. They stop you from going out or coming in. And they are metaphorically closures. They put an end to inquiry.

Which would you prefer? A question or an answer? Which would be more exciting? Producing questions or answers?

Okay, that is enough questions from me.

Here are some quotations on questions and questioning

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“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.”
~Claude Lévi-Strauss 

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“Indeed, the only truly serious questions are ones that even a child can formulate. Only the most naïve of questions are truly serious. They are the questions with no answers. A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limit of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.”
~Milan Kundera in The Unbearable

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“At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will become.”
~Leo Babauta

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“Which would you rather be if you had the choice–divinely beautiful
or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?”
~L.M. Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables

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“The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.”
~John Fowles in The Magus

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“To ask the ‘right’ question is far more important than to receive the answer. The solution of a problem lies in the understanding of the problem; the answer is not outside the problem, it is in the problem.”
~Jiddu Krishnamurti in The Flight of the Eagle

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“An empowered life begins with serious personal questions about oneself.
Those answers bare the seeds of success.”
~Steve Maraboli in
Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

So what do you think? Share your thoughts with me.

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Saying No is not a one size fits all — Thriving Under Pressure

Do you have a difficult time saying no? While others in your life say no without a second thought. Is this confusing and at times upsetting for you? Are you hard on yourself because of this discrepancy between yourself and others? You may be interested to discover that Saying No is not a one size […]

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