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7 Principles for Living & Leadership

Here are seven principles for Living and Leadership that I find are extremely useful in serving you as a leader in your organization, in your life and with the people who mean so much to you.

1.  The quality of our relationships, partnered with our willingness to be real, take risks and be vulnerable, dictates the quality and results of our leadership. Our willingness to be real, take risks and be vulnerable makes us human and relatable. Our care, attention and nurturing of people and relationships makes us worthy of trust and being related to. Creating trust – true trust – in relationships is key. High quality relationships are built on that trust. Leadership is about relationships.

2.  We’re having an impact in every moment – what that impact is; is totally up to us – it is a choice. “They may not remember what you did, they may not remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” The energy and beliefs that you bring to your life, your relationships, and your organization are showing up as impact in one way or another – intended or unintended. If something’s working – or something’s not – a great place to start is to evaluate the energy you’re bringing and the beliefs you’re holding. No matter how great we are at something, if the energy underneath it, and the way we make others feel, is negative, we’ve lost a big opportunity for creating trust, connection, and sustainable positive impact.

3.  “Motivating” people is unsustainable, if not completely unrealistic for any period of time, or at any true depth. If the motivation comes from an extrinsic place; ie. “I’m going to motivate you” (oy) or “Please motivate me” (yikes), it won’t stick. It may stick for a bit – enough to get the rush going, but it won’t sustain, and next time around, you’ll need to do it all over again – from the outside in. I’ve begun to think of external motivation like a drug (or maybe like that 5-hour energy drink stuff) – the more one gets, the more one needs, the more often one needs it, and the shorter the rush. One develops a tolerance to it. (Think exercise, healthy eating, smoking cessation, performance improvement for financial incentives, “getting along with someone”, getting organized, etc… They all may work for a bit when pushed/pulled from the outside, but for how long? And how enjoyable will the process be? That’s key.) Of course, sometimes we all need a “kick start” or to “fake it ‘til we make it” and that’s when that external motivation can help us “get to the other side”, I’m talking long term sustainable joyful internal motivation – no one can take that away from you. Solution: Help folks tap into their true core beliefs and purpose and what they truly want, and that will be intrinsic motivation enough. I find that if I have to motivate my clients, or help them motivate their teams, we’re likely looking in the wrong area, we’re missing something. Helping them unfold what’s true and important for them turns into self propelling inspiration, which turns into renewable energy and sustainable fuel for intrinsic motivation – powerful! I’d assert that as leaders, our job is not to motivate people but rather to help them tap into their own intrinsic motivation systems and work and live from there.

4.  There’s no such thing as “no outcomes or results”…We’re always getting an outcome – it may just not be the one we originally wanted. If it’s not the outcome you intended, look back, what do you need to do differently to shift it? Even more importantly, back up…were you clear on what the outcome was in the first place (and did you communicate it?) This does not have to be huge or complicated undertaking; more often than not it has to do with the beliefs and energy that are going into creating those results. Remember: what you believe drives what you do, drives what you have – individually and/or as a team.) And of course, gratefully, sometimes, it’s just a simple need for a change in strategy or tactics. 

5.  There’s very little we have control over – so best to “bust a move” where we can create impact and set ourselves up for success, becoming the best “instrument of change” possible. Some of these places include: how we take care of our bodies, the food we eat, the visions we create for ourselves (on our own authentic paths), how we show up in relationships, how we treat people, what we say “yes” to and “no” to that nurtures our spirit, and of course the good ole fashioned basics of saying “Please, thank you, and I care.”  This is truly one of my most favorite points!  It all starts with us, as individuals, stepping up to make the shifts and impact we want – in whatever way “stepping up” means in that moment. (And of course, tying back to the last issue, part I, the quality of the relationships we have is key to supporting this.  A virtuous cycle:  the better I am as an individual, the better I can come to relationships, the better my relationships, the more supported and better I feel to become even better, etc.)

6.  The easiest way to navigate conflict or confusion is to name it, put it on the table, state your intention, and work from there. Skip assumptions, colluding with others about how bad it is, blaming the other party for the conflict, trying to figure it out in a bubble, etc. Just step in, look for how you can help things go right, and dance.

7.  Always start with the end in mind. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’re there? And how will your team know when good is good, and done is done? (And it’s time to drink or go for a run? Haha!)  Envision what you want to have happen, communicate it, be co-active in the design, and do the work. Hint: This works for projects, relationships, meetings, even making a cake…go!

I invite you to pick one or two (or all!) of these principles and really dive into them and see what type of impact they have for you.

Anese Cavanaugh, President of Dare To Engage, Inc., Founder of Bootist Leadership®, and mother of two, gets people “in their boots.” Using energy, mindset, mission, and action, cornerstones of her “Bootist” philosophy, she helps forward-thinking individuals and organizations create positive energy, successful relationships, congruent leadership, and joyful results – wherever they go. 

For more about Anese, Bootist Leadership, or Dare To Engage, Inc., or to receive a complimentary copy of Anese’s latest publication, go to www.DareToEngage.com.

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Stress Free Living – The Truth About Procrastination

Everybody procrastinates. Anyone who tells you they don’t isn’t being truthful to you or to themselves. It’s a matter of how much procrastinating you do. Who likes to do things they don’t really enjoy doing? That’s nobody that I know.

Are you overly cautious? Always waiting for “the right time” to begin putting an ideas or plans into action. Your waiting can become a permanent habit. One habitually overlooked reason for procrastination is constantly looking at the negative side to any situation. Thinking about  a  potential failure instead of concentrating on the means of success. This leads to knowing all roads lead to disaster and the never ending search for ways to avoid failure. Constant procrastination and uncertainty leads to physical complications.

If you can’t get anything done on time no matter how easy the task then you’re a procrastinator. Some procrastination is based on lack of organizational skills. But for some, procrastination is a habit all on it’s own. It’s like you have a mental block to doing anything on time. 

Chronic procrastinators sometimes think that putting things off to later date is ingrained in their personality. Not true. Procrastination is a habit. It can be reshaped just like anything else. But it won’t be easy. Just remember you will always procrastinate to some extent. But don’t let that be an excuse to not do anything about it. It won’t happen overnight. Choose areas to tackle first, like getting to work on time or getting or opening the mail the same day you receive it. 

Figure out how you can reorganize your morning such as setting your click 15 minutes ahead. Open the mail and write out your bills every Friday. Focus on picking up the clutter everyday. Or make sure all your dishes are put away every evening. These small victories will lead to bigger goals and greater victories. Yes everyone procrastinates and so will you to some extent. But you don’t have to let the procrastination habit rule your life. Stop procrastinating and start living stress free today.

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Spiritual Living in Reality Today


by dmott9

When we look out into the world it is rather apparent that there is great sorrow and suffering throughout every country and every nation. No one is immune to the suffering of this life. The old and young are caught up in this misery of life.  The poor and the rich alike are caught in this same darkness and gloom. Both men and women of every race are in the hands of sorrow. We are suffering from the mental agony of misery and the psychological pain of loneliness that plagues nearly every human being on this earth. 
 
Without knowing ourselves we remain in sorrow and continue to live in our own delusions of hope for the future. If we belong to a particular religion or belief then we congregate and hide our sorrow among each other. Through such pretense, sorrow remains. We are forever hoping we will miraculously change tomorrow without transforming our lives today. If we plant the seeds of sorrow in our everyday lives, how can we expect compassion to spring forth within us tomorrow? Through confusion we expect wisdom to manifest in our existence while we continue doing the same old things as before. 
 
So we must ask ourselves the deepest questions without the intention of getting the same old answers. Why do we not face the facts of our life of sorrow, here and now? The not facing our state of being in sorrow is what keeps us continuously living in such loneliness and despair. We fail to look and see the actualities of our lives and continue down the same paths that leads nowhere. Because it has been tried does not mean it is true. All the various world religions have made us promises of a better tomorrow if we adhere to their doctrines. Promises they themselves have not fulfilled. We are expected to continue on such paths which lead nowhere. In light of the fact none of their answers have produced any lasting change in the heart of man. We are still suffering and we are still filled with sadness, misery and disharmony. All the religious and political leaders have failed to deliver on their promises. Why is it, we do not hold such ignorance accountable? We must seek the truth within ourselves. In truth, we are all responsible for this life of discontent.
 
The religions throughout the world from Christianity in the west and Islam in the east, have propounded their solutions for many centuries to no effect. We are still trapped in sorrow with no clear way out. And if you are at all a serious human being, you will see their solutions to our problems are nowhere to be found. 
 
The burning fires of sorrow are within us and all around us. The face of sorrow continues to be a major problem throughout the whole of humanity. The unhappiness produced by ignorance and fear continues to haunt us day and night. All the prevailing sorrow continues to escalate and torment us from within our consciousness. The darkness of suffering expresses itself outwardly into the world. This problem of sorrow must be given deep thought. And if we are at all serious, we must go beyond thought and its waywardness. We claim we see the outcome of its ailments but fail to act and respond, efficiently. We try in various ways to cure our problems while in actuality we are only treating the symptoms through escape.  The fact of sorrow we never face. This causes our problems to perpetuate and corrode our daily lives.
 
Through tradition we are so attached to our ideals and beliefs that prevents us from seeing. We look but we do not see. Never realizing that in the power of seeing there is freedom. Instead we merely look in partiality which leaves us in obscurity. In effect, we never discover the truth of anything. Only to find ourselves moving from one illusion into another. Not only in the religious world but in the world of politics as well. We support one political campaign that promise hope and change only to lead us in a different scheme of corruption all the same. 
 
So in the darkness of sorrow we move from one state into another god-forsaken place. Psychologically, we travel from one prison into another that has a little more space, a little more provisions and promises to pacify us for the time being. The powers that be lay out a plan for us to follow in the idea that it will bring us to a utopia on earth or a dream land in the heavens. They all proclaim someday we will find a better way to live and treat each other. But, time and time again this same routine of thought and reason has failed all of mankind. The fact is we are still suffering, exponentially. 
 
Psychologically, as human beings we are never free. Without the realization and clarity of intelligence, there is no understanding which breeds freedom. In freedom there is no choice. We choose because we do not see. Without seeing clearly, we repeat the same old things that have not brought about any fundamental change. 
 
In spirituality, seeing is complete action devoid of choice, thought and its traditions. The power of seeing is the glory within that brings light to all our emotional and psychological problems. When at once we are empty of ourselves then we can be fulfilled and unchained by sorrow. The moment we end all conscious effort and action born of thought, the creative power of love enters and illumines our whole being. This illumination is love which burns away all sorrow and all suffering. And in the radiance of this love, there is exquisite beauty in which words can not touch or describe. This joyous love transcends the consciousness of mind and the idea of ego. 
 
In the absence and emptiness of all your sorrow, this glorious love comes unsought. There is no means of willing this love into being. No tricks, no prayer or any form of conjuring can call this into existence. It is the totality of all life. Being whole, it has the power to heal all our problems, holistically. 
 
When this spiritual love comes, there is no self-centered ego within you to take hold of it. It is incorruptible. It comes when you are vacant. It comes when you are not conscious of yourself. This creative love lives in each moment in which man as thought can not enter. 
 
Only a fool will deliberately walk through this door within to be stripped of him self. It takes a great fool to open himself up for this to enter the temple of his being. Such a being is summoned by compassion for the sake of the world and all its sorrow. Seeing there is no other answer, he see what must be done and turns within. Unmoved by superficial solutions to the world crisis and all the suffering in and around him. Without choice he takes a single step into the doorway marked by death. Come what may; know there is no other way. One must enter this living death to discover eternal love that has the power to solve all our fundamental problems.
 
As a human being, we must see that all efforts within the field of knowledge, faith and reason have failed humanity. None of the religions or beliefs has solved our human dilemma. So man must turn within himself.  Not out of ignorance but understanding. Through negation and psychological death, man discovers he is not the ego that is identified with the flesh. He must discover he is nothing. We must all discover that exquisite love and affection which can solve our psychological problems of consciousness. 
 
When at once you enter death, all will be clear. In this clarity you discover this empty-fullness within. Then you will understand what love is. This perfect love takes you by surprise and fills you completely.  This love which awakens within you was never born and never created. It is eternity devoid of time. It is the fulfillment that can not be spoken. What words can paint a picture that could give understanding to another of this glorious revelation? No amount of words, no matter how eloquent, can describe this immensity. It is the beauty of unwritten poetry in which you must see within. This love is inexpressible joy.
 
Spiritually, we must all discover this truth within ourselves.  Then we may live in the light of intelligence beyond the shadows of darkness and sorrow. And only then will we create a holy and harmonious life on earth. Not tomorrow, but here and now. A life in which you live in the freedom of eternal love.

Adonis Alexander is a Spiritual Teacher who resides in the United States.

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Living Healthy – 3 Secrets to Healthier Living

Life is all too short.  Find ways to really live and enjoy it to the fullest everyday will help you make the best of every precious moment of it. Here are 3 secrets to living a longer healthier life.
 
Eat Well – What you feed your body determines how you feel, how you look, and how you feel about yourself. And all of these and directly related to how much and well you are able to really enjoy doing the things you love.
 
The term eating well has been used so often, it’s sometimes hard to define exactly what that means. A balanced is first on the list. This includes fruits, vegetables, high fiber, multi-grains, and lean meat, fish, and foods that are low in sugar and salt. Organic foods give you the assurance that chemicals have not been used in growing or manufacturing, and sumptuous taste is well worth the additional cost.
 
For those of us who love to eat, this kind of diet can sound limiting and even harsh. But a walk down different aisles of your supermarket will yield a pleasant surprise. There are delicious vegetable burgers, tasty low fat hot dogs, and dozens of yummy choices for dessert that are lower in calories but not in flavor. Gelatos, sorbets, and frozen yogurts are just a few delicious alternatives waiting for you to try.
 
You’ll find that a body that you thought was losing it, can look healthier, and younger again as you start thinking outside the box about the foods with which you fuel your body.
 
Keep Moving – A hundred years ago, daily life demanded physical activity. There were very few cars, elevators, escalators, washing machines, vacuums, or any of the other modern conveniences that make our lives so easy now. So there was no need to go to the gym because daily living required constant activity.
 
Now with vacuums that move on their own, multi-car families as the rule, subways, high rise buildings that demand use of an elevator, and remotes for everything, you can go through a whole day without moving very much at all.
 
Lack of movement may seem like a convenience, but is really hazardous to your health. If you don’t use it, you lose it has never been more true. What do you lose? Muscle tone, endurance, and energy are greatly decreased with limited activity. 
 
But with such a busy lifestyle, how can you work in activity without adding hours to the day that you just don’t have? Use half of your lunch hour for a walk. Park further away from the store and walk. If you love to work in the garden, do it often. Consider getting a bicycle and riding with your children. Dance with the vacuum as you clean the house. And my personal favorite, get a dog and go for a walk every day.
 
Breathe Fresh Air – An 88 year old perky friend of mine keeps her house absolutely frigid. Even in the winter her windows are always open just a little. She attributes her long life and good health to breathing fresh air. Wow I thought.
 
But where does one get fresh air these days? Depending on where you live, opening the windows may let in more pollutants than fresh air, but the concept of always introducing new indoors is a healthy one.
 
If opening your windows is not a possibility, a high efficiency particle arresting (or HEPA) air purifier is and excellent solution for keeping the air inside your home fresh, clean and healthy.
 
HEPA air purifiers can remove pollutants as small as .3 microns includes household dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, pet dander, and bacteria and viruses. All of these are known to trigger respiratory conditions such as allergies and asthma. And filtering your air 24 hours a day is even better than opening the windows because it allows you to keep the temperature comfortable all the time.
 
Making changes in these three areas of your life with make living healthier fun, and will make life more fun to live.

An excellent HEPA air purifier to help you live a healthier life by removing pollutants from your air is offered by PurerAir.com– the HealthMate Air Purifier
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Living Buddha, Living Christ – Awesome Book Regarding Unity

This is a wonderful book by Thich Nhat Hanh. His perception of Buddhism and Christianity is right on point. I really like his philosophy regarding, religion, recognition of faiths, and integration of faiths. Living Buddha, Living Christ, comes alive while reading these excellent words on its pages. One is able to feel the “spirit” or in other words the “breath” flowing in a natural manner while being mindful over the words being read.

This awesome book has ten chapters and a wonderful glossary of term at the end. However, one would miss a whole lot of vital information if the Introduction is not read. Listen to these words found in the introduction regarding knowing oneself:

“So while you accompany me, although you do not yet understand it, you have already come to know, and you will be called ‘the one who knows himself.’ For whoever has not known himself knows nothing, but he who has known himself has already understood the depth of all things.”

This is such an awesome beginning for a book of this nature and for one to read and understand the concepts and principles being presented.

Chapter One addresses the lessons regarding to Be Still And Know. The section on “Interbeing” states:

“In the Psalms, it says, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ ‘Be still’ means to become peaceful and concentrated. The Buddhist term is samatha (stopping, calming, concentrating). ‘Know’ means to acquire wisdom, insight, or understanding. The Buddhist term is vipasyana (insight, or looking deeply). ‘Looking deeply’ means observing something or someone with so much concentration that the distinction between observer and observed disappears.”

Naturally, one is able to see that this text not only spells things out progressively. It is also based on teaching the basic foundation for understanding.

Chapter Three covers The First Supper. While we eat we must realize that our food is a gift from God and we must be thankful for every meal. Hanh states, “To eat a piece of bread or a bowl of rice mindfully and see that every morsel is a gift of the whole universe is to live deeply.” This is really a religious experience for many and is like unto the priest giving the body of Christ to communicants.

This awesome book is full of wonderful words for the mind, body and soul. Chapter Ten regarding Faith And Practice will move the mind to another level of realization. Meditate on these words for a while from Hahn:

“The living the Dharma is the way embedded by Buddha, bodhisattvas, and all who practice it…’The Sangha is comprised of the four pairs and the eight types who are worthy of offering, hospitality, gifts, and salutations, unsurpassable fields of merit in the world.’ All Buddhists practice taking refuge in the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Doing so brings the feeling of calm, solidarity, and comfort, and nourishes faith.”

These are just wonderful word of upliftment that enlightens the soul and allows for greater understanding and realization of who we are and where we are.

The text ends with the position of Real Dialogue Brings Tolerance. Hanh’s words regarding, “The fact that the absence of true experience brings forth intolerance and a lack of understanding” is right on point. One is truly unaware of the greatness that exists in another person where there is a lack of dialogue and understanding. When the ego comes into the picture, a delusionary state of consciousness take place and all sense of reality in a positive state of mind are lost. One is then blinded by the dust he or she has created.

One has to read this book to get the full picture and to become rooted in the faiths articulated by Hanh. It’s an awesome boom to read and meditate on for a lifetime. The knowledge to be gained from this text is invaluable.

One may obtain more information about Thich Nhat Hanh the author at the following website: http://www.plumvillage.org/

Submitted by “Epulaeryu Master.” 

Joseph S. Spence, Sr., is the co-author of two poetry books, A Trilogy of Poetry, Prose and Thoughts for the Mind, Body and Soul, and Trilogy Moments for the Mind, Body and Soul. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He is published in various forums, including the World Haiku Association; Milwaukee Area Technical College, Phoenix Magazine; and Taj Mahal Review. Joseph is a Goodwill Ambassador for the state of Arkansas, USA, and is an adjunct faculty at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He has completed over twenty years of service with the U.S. Army.

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Living a Creative Life


by izqrdo

What does it mean to live a creative life? It means looking for new and better ways to live from day to day and year to year, rather than going along on automatic or doing what everyone else around you is doing. It means applying that brainpower to more than just paying the bills and winning those video games – and more than even creative thinking or writing.

For example, the usual approach to the problem of survival in a modern economy is to get a job. One’s creative impulses are usually limited to finding the “right” job and doing the things necessary or helpful to getting hired. But a person that is living a more creative life would approach this in an entirely different way. How? That depends on the person, and we can’t call it creativity if it is just a formula. But an example might give us an idea of a different way to think about this part of life.

Instead of looking for a job, a truly creative person could ask the question, “Do I really need a job?” or even the more fundamental question, “Do I really need money to survive?” Both of these questions will inspire different ideas about how to pay the bills and live in society – if they are pursued with an open mind.

There are many ways to make money that don’t require employment by a company. I have met people who pay the rent collecting returnable cans off the streets and from the garbage around the town they live in. I have had friends who made a living just working for individuals in whatever capacity they needed help, without ever having to fill out a job application. Others sell their handicrafts in parks and on street corners in major cities. I read a book by a man who started investing in real estate straight out of high school (and even while in it), and never worked a job in his life. Day traders and artists and prospectors have all found ways to make money – sometimes more than a job would have paid.

So there are options that can be explored. And as for the question about whether a person needs money to live in society, it doesn’t have to suggest that money is unimportant. It can lead one to question how much money is really necessary, or rather how little is necessary if a person makes managing it and using it appropriately a higher priority than making more of it. Some people can make less than $ 10,000 annually in the United States – poverty by normal measures – and still pay all the bills – and travel the world once in a while. I have known some of them.

There are many ways to live. A friend once lived in a tent. Others I’ve met lived in a school bus in the desert. I have known people who take care of other people’s homes as a way to live without rent. Some people build their own homes and cabins. Others get jobs that include a place to live as part of the deal. Still others travel and work when they can, living in any way that they can as they go.

This challenging of common cultural assumptions doesn’t mean that to be creative you have to live under a bridge and perform with trained raccoons in the streets for tips. This kind of questioning is just a start. Many very creative and unconventional people live in normal homes and have normal jobs. But  they are not there just because that’s how it’s “supposed to be.” It just happens to work well for them at the time. Many of these same people spent some part of their life traveling or volunteering in other countries or living on a boat perhaps. But if they live a creative life, they actually explore all the options they have for jobs, homes, relationships, politics, and for every other aspect of their lives.

Copyright Steve Gillman. For more on living the Creative Life, as well as invention and business ideas, story starters, political and economic theories, deep thoughts, and a free course on how to have new ideas, visit : http://www.999ideas.com

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Living Life To The Fullest


by izqrdo

As we head towards summer time here in Australia, we have so many more opportunities to really get out and enjoy life. The daylight hours are plenty the weather is lovely and really there is no excuse not to enjoy yourself.

Right..Wrong

You see it’s not just the things we do that makes us happy, life fulfilment comes from a place within, a place that has all of our values, beliefs, habits and emotions stirring around inside us. A person can be really out their enjoying daily activities and still be quite unhappy and unfulfilled.

Life fulfilment starts from within and spreads outwards, it starts with understanding who you are and what you stand for. It also starts with knowing what you want. Most people in life just sail through day in and day out not really knowing what they want or how to get it. Before they know it they’re mid 40’s with not much to show for it. Anyone can live a life full of fulfilment and happiness if they choose to do so.

So where does this all start. Well it begins with knowing yourself.

First you must know what you want to stand for, your values. What is it that is important to you. Love, happiness, freedom, security, flexibility, health
Make a list of all the things you know are important to you. When you have a list of values ask yourself “Do I live by these values each day” “Do I do things that make me feel happy” it will become very clear whether you do or don’t.

Secondly you must be aware of your beliefs and change them to support your values. For example if you have a belief that ‘nothing good happens to anyone in the world’ but you have a value of love and friendship, then there is no chance that you could actually be happy and living by that value. Your belief just want allow it.

Thirdly your habits must be consistent to allow you to live by your values and beliefs. These are the things that you do. A habit can take all of 21 days to form and become a part of you, so it’s not a long time in the big picture. For example you couldn’t have a value of health and wellness, but your habit each Friday was to get junk food. Everytime you had that junk food you would feel disappointed with yourself.

Once you align all 3 areas up you’ll be amazed how much happier and how much more you get out of life.

Life fulfilment starts from within, you will always be far happier, more productive and more content when you understand yourself and what you want out of life.

Michael Griffiths is the founder of Secrets Of A Super Life. He works with hundreds of individuals to gain more out of their life and get the results they are looking for. To get your free life success resources visit http://www.secretsofasuperlife.com

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Living in a Big City


by kengo

Thousands of people rush into cities each year. Some come for education. Some come for shopping or sight-seeing. Some come on business. But most of them, attracted by the job opportunities and modern life, come to stay.

There are some advantages for the people living in a big city. First the people who live in a big city can enjoy the miracles of the latest technology of the human being. Most cities have some facilities of popular science. People can go there and understand science knowledge. Second, the big city can provide many conveniences in transportation and traveling for the people who live in the big city. For example, they can travel with the magnetic suspension train whose maximum speed can attain 400 km per hour. They can take the subway to work every day. Another advantage that city people can enjoy is that they can live more convenient and entertaining. There are a lot of supermarkets in the city. When you need something, you could just go and buy them in supermarkets. As for cultural recreations there are many cinemas and concerts halls in the big city.

However living in a big city has some disadvantages. Population and noises, mostly from factories and cars, severely affect people’s health. As hundreds of people rush into big cities, the population of cities has rapidly mounted which results in crowed buses, a lot of traffic jams, many traffic accidents and poor housing conditions. Frequent traffic accidents threaten people’s lives.

People may have many opinions about living in a big city. Some would think city life is too boisterous and roaring, whereas others may enjoy it. It all depends on one’s personal point of view and experiences. As for me, I was born in the big city, and I am used to everything here. So I will choose city life.

I think living in a big city is much more convenient and comfortable because the transportation is very good and you can go anywhere easily and fast. There are lots of big malls, supermarkets, banks, theatres, parks and so on. Every coin has two sides. There is much more pollution and noisy in big city. Too many people make the city crowded.

People enjoy city life chiefly for its conveniences. To begin with, the city provides fast transport, with roads and buses leading to every corner. Then, there are department stores and shops all over the city, where you can buy all kinds of goods you want. Besides, hospitals and other services are all with easy reach. Indeed, whatever you need is, you can easily get what you want.

 

However, cities are confronted with many problems. One is the housing problem. For example, it is not uncommon for two or even three generations to share an apartment. Another is noisy. Finally, there is the problem of competitive atmosphere. For example, people who have been in the apartment block may well be strangers to each other. In short, the city is only a place for business, to be visited occasionally. It is not an ideal place for permanent residence.

A village is composed of small population that is not advanced whereas a city is very advanced and has large population. Life in a village is completely different from life in a city. This difference is like distinction between earth and sky.

These lifestyles are totally different from each other. It is hard to find similarities between persons of different characteristics and same as with life in villages and cities. Cities are getting more advanced everyday and it has forced people to leave their village pride behind and become more city oriented. City and village life has characteristic that are similar and different.

Village life and city life are somewhat provincial. People can’t think of a life beyond the boundaries of their village or their city. Villagers think that villages are the best place to live, and people living in urban places think that they are more fortunate. There are some similarities between both locations. Children in the villages have their desires and ambitions like city children. They also want to be something in their lives. Villagers, like urban people, are hard workers.

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Secrets To Living Longer


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Which are ways to live longer? Does the gene decide the duration of your life? Being born in a family with history of longevity, you have more possibilities of living longer. But just basing on this, a longer life is not guaranteed completely.

 

You can start with attitude. Being a positive e thinker can not only impact the quality of your life, but can contribute to how long you can live. In 2002, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that optimistic people decreased their risk of early death by 50 percent compared with those who leaned more towards pessimism.

 

Also stress can affect the immune system and cause a variety of health issues. You cannot avoid stress in your life, but knowing how to handle the stress and remain positive can help contribute to a longer and healthier life. Did you know that owning a pet can help in handling stress? Rebecca Johnson, a professor of gerontological nursing at the University of Missouri at Columbia, showed that interaction with pets does, in fact, reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

 

And having a pet may add years to your life. One of the first studies in this arena, which appeared in “Public Health Reports” in 1980, showed that the survival rates of heart attack victims who had a pet were 28 percent higher than those of patients who didn’t have an animal companion. “The health effects seem to be very real and by no means mystical,” says Alan Beck, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. “Contact with companion animals triggers a relaxation response,” he says. Another factor in living longer is not being overweight. Research shows that obesity can lead to medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and various cancers. So powerful are certain lifestyle choices that recommended diets along with maintenance of physical activity and appropriate body mass can, over time, reduce the incidence of cancer by 30 percent to 40 percent, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

 

Avoid smoking and eating too much sugar. Both of these weaken the bodies immune system which can contribute to health issues.

 

Exercising at least 30 minutes a day has shown to strengthen the immune system and may increase your chances of a longer life. And last of all learn how to life each day. Don’t take things so seriously that you are angry and negative as this affects your overall well-being.

 

For more helpful information on living longer go to: http://www.longlifenews.com

 

Jeffrey Kinseth
http://www.longlifenews.com

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Strategies for healthy living


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Do you want to lead a proper life? Many individuals are now interested to move towards a healthier life pushed mainly by the campaigns that are made for a better nutrition. Indeed lots of our current health problems are caused by our wrong diet and may have been prevented if we eat properly. For example by reducing our consumption of meat and rather concentrate on more vegetables, you can definitely reduce the risk of developing some health conditions. The goal of this post is to provide you more details on the changes that you can make and I hope that itâ??ll be useful for you.

Firstly it might be important that you consume some balanced diet. Some of us have a diet that looks like that of wild animals as evidenced by the amount of meat we eat. People can indeed benefit more from the consumption of more vegetables and fruits. This may prevent us from accumulating too much fat within our body and at the same time provide all the nutrients needed for the good working of our body. You can have a look at our French internet site on cuisine () because it carries some useful point.

Eating vegetables and fruits may also help in healing some health conditions. There are lots of individuals who suffer from flatulence and may benefit from altering their diet. In fact flatulence is mainly caused by poor digestion and changes in your diet can certainly be helpful in order to cope with such condition. Definitely reducing your intake of certain food can bring some additional benefits for you personally. Recently I have come across this French article on flatulence () and should be interesting for you to take a look.

If you really enjoy the changes to your diet you can also be interested to share it with your friends and relatives. I have been to some receptions where only healthy food was offered. This can be a good way for you to help your mates by altering their lifestyle. And if you know how to do it properly you may also make some savings on the cost of arranging your reception. In case you require more information about this topic you can take a look at this French article on reception planning () since it features some useful point.

In order to live a proper life then there are some changes that you will have to make to your way of life. And in many instances you simply must make some changes to your eating habit. For example you might like to reduce your consumption of meat and preferably increase your intake of fruits and veggies. Over time youâ??ll really reap the benefits of this change. This post has only supplied a short list of modifications and there are plenty more that you may find by searching on the internet.

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