What Scientific Researchers Have Found Out Lately

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New Scientific Research Findings

Do you want to know something new? Well, here are a few new scientific findings!

1.  Mental activities may protect against mild cognitive impairment

Date: January 30, 2017

Source: Mayo Clinic

Summary:

Researchers have found that engaging in mentally stimulating activities, even late in life, may protect against new-onset mild cognitive impairment, which is the intermediate stage between normal cognitive aging and dementia. The study found that cognitively normal people 70 or older who engaged in computer use, craft activities, social activities and playing games had a decreased risk of developing mild cognitive impairment.

You can read more about this study at Science Daily website.

2.  Practice makes perfect, and ‘overlearning’ locks it in

Date: January 30, 2017

Source: Brown University

Summary:

People who continued to train on a visual task for 20 minutes past the point of mastery locked in that learning, shielding it from interference by new learning, a new study shows.

According to Science Daily, “the new study shows that ‘overlearning’ prevents against such interference, cementing learning so well and quickly, in fact that the opposite kind of interference happens instead. For a time, ‘overlearning’ the first task prevents effective learning of the second task — as if learning becomes locked down for the sake of preserving master of the first task. The underlying mechanism, the researchers discovered, appears to be a temporary shift in the balance of two neurotransmitters that control neural flexibility, or ‘plasticity,’ in the part of the brain where the learning occurred.”

It goes on to say that “These results suggest that just a short period of ‘overlearning’ drastically changes a post-training plastic and unstable [learning state] to a hyperstabilized state that is resilient against, and even disrupts, new learning,” wrote the team led by corresponding author Takeo Watanabe, the Fred M. Seed Professor of Cognitive Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170130111017.htm

Mindfulness motivates people to make healthier choices

Date: January 30, 2017

Source: University of Pennsylvania

Summary:

People who are more mindful — aware of the present moment — are less likely to feel shame when confronted with health advice and are thus more motivated to make positive behavior changes, according to new research.

As reported by Science Daily, 150 minutes of exercise a week reduces the risk of cancer.”

“2,000 calories a day is all most adults should eat.”

We hear so many well-meaning and well-researched messages about how to be healthier, and for many, they prompt real change, like quitting smoking, exercising more and eating better. But for some people, these messages prompt only a defensive and resentful reaction: “Stop nagging and leave me alone.”

Why do some people hear these messages so differently, and how can researchers help them be more effective? In looking at this problem, a new study by researchers at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania found that people who are more mindful are more receptive to health messaging and more likely to be motivated to change.

The study, “Dispositional Mindfulness Predicts Adaptive Affective Responses to Health Messages and Increased Exercise Motivation,” which will be published in the journal Mindfulness, examines the role of mindfulness in health communication.

According to lead author Yoona Kang, a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg School, “mindfulness is usually defined as having awareness of the present moment” and has been shown in previous studies to reduce negative reactions to emotionally charged situations.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170130111020.htm

3.  School bullying linked to lower academic achievement, research finds

Almost one-quarter of children in study experienced chronic bullying

Date: January 30, 2017

Source: American Psychological Association

Summary:

A study that tracked hundreds of children from kindergarten through high school found that chronic or increasing levels of bullying were related to lower academic achievement, a dislike of school and low confidence by students in their own academic abilities, according to new research.

A study that tracked hundreds of children from kindergarten through high school found that chronic or increasing levels of bullying were related to lower academic achievement, a dislike of school and low confidence by students in their own academic abilities, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

While pop culture often depicts more frequent bullying in high school, the study found that bullying was more severe and frequent in elementary school and tended to taper off for most students as they got older. However, 24 percent of the children in the study suffered chronic bullying throughout their school years, which was consistently related to lower academic achievement and less engagement in school, said lead researcher Gary Ladd, PhD, a psychology professor at Arizona State University.

“It’s extremely disturbing how many children felt bullied at school,” Ladd said. “For teachers and parents, it’s important to know that victimization tends to decline as kids get older, but some children never stop suffering from bullying during their school years.”

Most studies on bullying have tracked children for relatively short periods of time and focused on psychological effects, such as anxiety or depression. This is the first long-term study to track children for more than a decade from kindergarten through high school and analyze connections between bullying and academic achievement, Ladd said. The research, which was published online in the Journal of Educational Psychology, was part of the Pathways Project, a larger longitudinal study of children’s social, psychological and academic adjustment in school that is supported by the National Institutes of Health.

The study, which began with 383 kindergarteners (190 boys, 193 girls) from public schools in Illinois, found several different trajectories for children related to bullying. Children who suffered chronic levels of bullying during their school years (24 percent of sample) had lower academic achievement, a greater dislike of school and less confidence in their academic abilities. Children who had experienced moderate bullying that increased later in their school years (18 percent) had findings similar to kids who were chronically bullied. However, children who suffered decreasing bullying (26 percent) showed fewer academic effects that were similar to youngsters who had experienced little or no bullying (32 percent), which revealed that some children could recover from bullying if it decreased. Boys were significantly more likely to suffer chronic or increasing bullying than girls.

“Some kids are able to escape victimization, and it looks like their school engagement and achievement does tend to recover,” Ladd said. “That’s a very hopeful message.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170130092104.htm

4.  Don’t be so hard on yourself: Study on first-year student stress

Date: January 30, 2017

Source: University of British Columbia

Summary:

Stressed out university students, take note: self-compassion may be the key to making it through your first year, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

Researchers from the faculty of education’s school of kinesiology found students who reported higher levels of self-compassion felt more energetic, alive and optimistic during their first semester of university. When the students’ sense of self-compassion levels rose, so too did their engagement and motivation with life.

“Our study suggests the psychological stress students may experience during the transition between high school and university can be mitigated with self-compassion because it enhances the psychological needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness, which in turn, enriches well-being,” said Katie Gunnell, the study’s lead author and a junior research scientist at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa. The study was part of Gunnell’s PhD work at UBC.

Self-compassion interventions can involve exercises to avoid negative self-judgment or feelings of inadequacy. One example involves writing self-compassionately about a negative experience. Self-compassion emphasizes self-kindness, which means to not be overly critical of oneself; common humanity, which means to recognize failure is universal; and mindfulness, which means being present and calm in the moment.

“Research shows first-year university is stressful,” said co-author and UBC kinesiology professor Peter Crocker. “Students who are used to getting high grades may be shocked to not do as well in university, feel challenged living away from home, and are often missing important social support they had in high school. Self-compassion appears to be an effective strategy or resource to cope with these types of issues.”

Crocker said his research group has previously shown that self-compassion interventions lower self-criticism and negative ruminations in high performance female athletes.

The researchers said their findings highlight the potential for colleges and universities to enhance self-compassion for first-year students through the development of workshops or campaigns.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170130092100.htm

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What’s on Your Wish List? Christmas Celebration with a Difference

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What’s on Your Wish List? Christmas with a Difference!

Every Christmas, most Christians around the world put up Christmas trees in their homes, outside their houses, in their churches and other places.  They decorate these special trees with shiny gold and silver ornaments. Gifts boxes are put under them – with or without presents in them.

Come Christmas, almost everyone who celebrates it wants to have some kind of special present from loved ones – friends and family members. People like to exchange gifts during the Yuletide. I did enjoy this euphoria so much when I was a child. I always looked forward to receiving new clothes, presents and Christmas cards from family members and friends alike. It definitely is the time of the year that all kids yearn to see and experience. Oh. And not forgetting the beautiful carols that are sung by beautiful people on this festive season.

Besides enjoying Christmas celebrations at home, some Christians who are able, travel to the nativity town in Bethlehem, to see for themselves where Christ was born. They don’t mind spending that much money to have this adventure.  

Now, let’s pause for a moment…. I would like to ask … have you ever, really, thought about the meaning of Christmas and the reason why you celebrate it? Or do you just celebrate it because others do? Have you ever asked yourself – why do I join in this blithesome season of joy and well-wishing fest? I believe it is time we ask ourselves these important questions.

Wish Lists

 As Christmas celebrants, we often come up with long list of things we wish to have or get from others. Some like to receive clothes, shoes and so on.

What is on your list? How many items do you have on your list? When I was a kid, I always had many things on my wish list – toys, clothes, shoes, candies, etc. Sometimes if you are lucky enough, you can get all the things you listed on your wish list. Other times you may not get all that you wished for. However, there will be no time that you will not get anything at all! That will be a total disaster. It can happen but very rarely.

At the end of the day, you sit down and count all the blessings that you received on Christmas. Smiles of joy are seen all over your face. You can’t be happier than that! During this moment of euphoria, you become immune to anger. Even If someone stepped on your foot, you  might not feel it, let alone getting mad at the person. It’s really a time of joy and gladness. It’s a season that brings cheer to most people.

Christmas

Christmas is celebrated not only by Christians, but by non Christians as well. Modern Christmas celebrations have been turned into multi-billion dollar business ever since “Santa Claus” was attached to it.  Santa Claus has nothing to do with Christmas and yet the mythical Santa is more famous than the one whose birth is being celebrated. 

  • What is Christmas?

People observe Christmas festivities in many places around the world. But do we really know what Christmas is all about?

According to Wikipedia, Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ‘s Mass“) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.  A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas  

Now we know what Christmas is. It is about the birth of Christ which was prophesied in the Bible that He will come into this world and bring joy to all human kind.

At His birth, the Bible says the heavenly angels sang a beautiful song saying:  “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14 (NKJV)

This is why we should celebrate Christmas.  Actually, I would like to suggest that during this time, all hostilities should end. Let everyone stop for a while and think, as rational beings that can make better decisions. And let’s ask ourselves … why are we fighting each other and what are we fighting for? Why can’t we live together in peace? Let’s ask ourselves … what can we do to bring to an end all this madness of killing one another and destroying this Earth which we call our home?

What Can I Give Him?

Now that we know why we celebrate Christmas, let’s take a deep breath and ask ourselves – individually … What Can I Give Him? What can I give to the One whose birth brought joy to the whole world? There are a lot of things that we can give back to Him. Actually, He doesn’t need anything from us because everything belongs to Him as the Bible tells us that Jesus is the creator and owner of this universe and everything in it. Jesus Himself says in Revelation 1:8: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”(NKJV) Everything belongs to Him, therefore He does not need our help. The only thing we can do to show our appreciation for all that He has done for us is to help our fellow human beings.

 So, what can we give Him – He who does not need anything from us human beings? Well, we cannot give any material things to Jesus; however, we can give Him our hearts. That is the only thing we can really do for Him.

When Christ resides in our hearts, our Christmas wish lists will then changed to “Give lists.” This means that, during Christmas, we will not wish that Santa will give us anything on our wish lists for being good boys and girls, but rather, we will list down the things that we can give back to Him whose birth we honor and cherish in our hearts.

Our “to Give lists” may include:
  1. Helping the poor and the needed
  2. Showing acts of kindness to people around us
  3. Assisting people with physical disabilities
  4. Allowing our fellow drivers to go ahead of us without getting enraged
  5. Sharing our things that are sharable with others
  6. Picking up trash from sidewalks
  7. Donating blood that can help save lives
  8. Being peace brokers
  9. Making changes in our lives that will make us better people
  10. Visiting orphanages and nursing homes
  11. Volunteering at Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) to share our skills
  12. Giving away used clothes or excess clothes to the needy
  13. Rushing to the aid of people who are in trouble
  14. Standing for what is right
  15. Taking good care of ourselves and be happy with our lives

This is just a few of the things we can offer to show that we really understand what Christmas is all about. The list can go on and on. You may add as many as you want, but the most important thing is to execute those things on the list – put them into practice!

There is no other way of giving back to Jesus than to lend a helping hand to others. Jesus Himself says in Matthew 25:40 –“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” (NKJV)

As we celebrate this momentous season of the year, let us focus more on what we can give to others and not what we can receive from others!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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The “Successful Failures”

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Almost every human being, with a sound mind, definitely wants to be rich (get a lot of money) and have all the things that will make life worth-living. However, the truth is that only the smallest percentage of the human population enjoys this privilege of having so much wealth to enjoy life to the fullest.

So the question is: Why do some people become so successful in life while some do not? Well, here are some few examples of people who experienced failures at the beginning but succeeded later on, to become rich and famous in the world.

Famous “Successful Failures”      

Scientists and Philosophers

Albert Einsteinalbert-einstein-2 I guess most people know about this genius called Einstein, right? Most of us think of him as a genius, but he couldn’t speak till he was four years old. He did not even read until he was seven. His parents and teachers even wrote him off, thinking he was mentally handicapped. He was dismissed from school and could not get admission to Zürich Polytechnic. Einstein did not quit trying until he won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. Today, his formula E=MC2 started a whole new form of physics and it is applied in almost everything.

Isaac Newtonsir-isaac-newton Another scientist who we can call a genius was removed from school at the age of seventeen by her mother. She became widowed for the second time and tried to make young Newton a farmer. After a lot of persuasions, his mother sent him back to school to complete his education. He made a good use of that opportunity and became the science genius as he is known today.

 

robert-sternbergRobert Sternberg – Sternberg suffered from test anxiety as a child. As a result, he became an inadequate test taker.  He studied and worked hard to become one of the greatest personalities in the field of Psychology.  He graduated with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in psychology at Yale University. Among his major contributions as a psychologist are the triarchic theory of intelligence, several influential theories related to creativity, wisdom, thinking styles, love and hate, and is the author of over 1500 articles, book chapters, and books.

Business Magnates

Henry Fordhenry-ford When you hear the name “Ford,” your attention is quickly diverted to the famous American car (Ford). You are right. Ford is the father of the Ford Automobile Company in the United States with branches all over the world. But wait! Don’t jump into conclusion yet. Ford is one of the “successful failures” in his early career life.  He failed a couple of times before he was able to establish himself as an undisputed automobile producer. It is one of my dreams to own of Ford’s Sport Utility Vehicles (.SUVs).

bill-gatesBill Gates – Bill Gates was not born into riches as some very wealthy people were. He was a Harvard University drop-out. He failed when he and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started their first business called Traf-O-Data. However, Bill had his greatest success of his life when he created his Microsoft Empire, which serves the whole world with computer software and hardware. He is still the undisputed wealthiest person in the world today.

 

akio-moritaAkio Morita – I have never heard this name before till I was researching about people who became very successful after enduring various failures along the way at the beginning of their careers. I am very sure that most of you know about Sony Electronics, however, I am not very sure that a lot of you guys know about someone called Akio Morita. Anyways, he is the founder of the reputable Sony Company of Japan. Like the other successful failures, he started a rice cooker which was supposed to cook rice, right? Well, the device was not cooking the rice which it was meant to cook. It was burning it rather. As expected, he could not make any meaningful profit from it. He sold only 100 units. He did not let this setback stop him from trying. He went on to create the multi-billion dollar Sony Electric Company that we know today.

Harland David Sanders colonel-harland-david-sanders Most of us like to visit KFC when we really want to eat some very nice and mouth-watering fried chicken. However, we are not very familiar with the name Sanders. Colonel Sanders had his chicken recipe rejected more than a thousand times before he was able to start his famous Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant. 

 

walt-disneyWalt Disney – Walt Disney was fired as a newspaper editor simply because he did not have good imagination and ideas. He tried his hands on other businesses that ended up in failure and bankruptcy. He did not give up on his quest for success and eventually, today, when you hear the name “Disney World,” “Disney Land,” “Mickey Mouse,” you know who is behind all of them.  

 

 

Public Figures

Abraham Lincolnabraham-lincoln-2 Lincoln had his own share of failure in his career. He failed in many businesses that he started and lost several times running for public office. He did not let any of those failures deter him. He persisted until he was elected to become the 16th president of the United States of America. Today, he is counted among the best American presidents.

 

Winston Churchill winston-churchill Churchill struggled in school and failed at sixth grade. He had political failures as well. Finally, he became the prime minister of Britain. He was the British prime minister during World War II, and together with American president (Franklin Roosevelt) and Russian leader (Stalin), fought and won against the Nazis Germany and brought the second great war to an end. He also won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.

jerry-seinfeldJerry Seinfeld – This popular American comedian began his career with failure. At the first night he began his stand up comedy show, he was frozen and could not talk. The audience booed when he left the stage without saying a word. The next night he mustered courage and faced the audience. From that time on, he overcame his stage fright syndrome and went on to become one of the celebrated comedians.  

 

 

charlie-chaplinCharles Spencer Chaplin (a.k.a. Charlie Chaplin)  – “Chaplin’s childhood was fraught with poverty and hardship, making his eventual trajectory ‘the most dramatic of all the rags to riches stories ever told’ according to his authorized biographer David Robinson.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Chaplin. Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker and composer, born in England. However, he did not become famous until he moved to the United States.  When he arrived in the U.S., he went to Hollywood but studio chiefs rejected his show at the beginning because they thought is was nonsensical. He later became a household name all over the world after his early struggles in Hollywood.

harrison-ford  Harrison Ford – Hollywood executives told Harrison Ford that he did not have what it takes to be a star. Nonetheless, he did not back down and turn away from following his dream. Today, he is one of the celebrated actors in Hollywood’s movie industry.    

 

steven-spielbergStephen Spielberg – University of South California School Theater, Film and Television rejected Spielberg three times. He did not give up, he went to another school only to drop out to become a director.  He went back to complete his college degree after directing movies for over thirty-five years. Despite all the obstacles, he has accomplished his goals in life.  

 

stephen-king-4Stephen King – He threw his first novel, Carrie in the thrash can, out of frustration. His wife later retrieved it and encouraged him to finish it. “His advance for Carrie was $2,500; King’s paperback rights later earned him $400,000.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King. Today, we can see King’s fame in his writing career all over the world. If he gave up and did not continue to try, he would not have been a world-renowned writer.

 

Ludwig van Beethoven:ludvig-van-beethoven In his formative years, young Beethoven was incredibly awkward on the violin and was often so busy working on his own compositions that he neglected to practice. Despite his love of composing, his teachers felt he was hopeless at it and would never succeed with the violin or in composing. Beethoven kept plugging along, however, and composed some of the best-loved symphonies of all time–five of them while he was completely deaf.http://www.budbilanich.com/50-famous-people-who-failed-at-their-first-attempt-at-career-success/

emily-dickinsonEmily Dickinson: Recluse and poet Emily Dickinson is a commonly read and loved writer. Yet in her lifetime she was all but ignored, having fewer than a dozen poems published out of her almost 1,800 completed works.http://www.budbilanich.com/50-famous-people-who-failed-at-their-first-attempt-at-career-success/

 

j-k-rowlingJ. K. Rowling: Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.http://www.budbilanich.com/50-famous-people-who-failed-at-their-first-attempt-at-career-success/

oprah-winfrey-2Oprah Winfrey Most people know Oprah as one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world. Oprah faced a hard road to get to that place She endured rough and often abusive childhood as well as many career setbacks, including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv.” Despite all those obstacles, she made it and achieved her goals in life.

I can go on and on to talk about a lot of people who succeeded in life after repeated failures and frustrations. However, what I want us all to gain from all these examples is that, we should pay close attention to what brought these people their success stories to fruition.

Looking at their achievements, there are five distinctive characteristics that stand out of their successful careers. They are: vision, determination, hard work, focus and surrendering one’s self with positive minded people..

Vision: You will hardly find a successful person who had no vision. Vision is more than a dream. You may dream about many things and forget everything when you wake up. Vision however, stays in your memory for a long time. You visualize whatever you want to do vividly until you realize it. So to be highly successful in life, you need to have a true vision in what you want to accomplish. With your visionary instinct, you can find the means to reach your goal.  All these successful people we have heard about had visions which propelled them from ordinary to super ordinary achievers in life. 

Determination: In order to get the best results in anything you do, you must have a firm grip of what you intend to do. As the saying goes, “anything worth doing is worth doing well.”You will only be at the top if you do your homework really well. You cannot be among the “successful few” if you are a lousy person. A determined person will never give up when problems begin to show their ugly faces. Without determination, many people will give up on their cherished dreams. As Steve Jobs said, “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the one who do.” You can only rise to the top if you figure in your mind that you can do it! This means you are prepared to brave through all the storms that you will meet on your way to greater achievements.   

Hard work: Tim Notke said, “Hard word beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” I do not know if a lot of successful people never work hard. The fact is that no matter how brilliant you and your ideas are, if you do not work very hard, you will never do much. “Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work…” says Albert Einstein. So pick yourself up anytime laziness sets in, if you really want to reach the goal you have set in your life’s journey to success.

Focus: If you want to hit the “bull’s-eye” in a dart contest, you must stay focused and aim at the center of the dart board. When you lose your focus, all your darts will be flying everywhere and miss the mark, and in the end, you come out a big loser. Successful people always stay focused on the project they are working on. They do not let other non-essential items come in the way of the main projects they are working on. Like athletes running to the finish line, you must set an “eagle’s eye” on the price you have worked so hard for, and make sure you do not miss it.

Positive minded people: If you want to fail in life, just surround yourself with negative minded people, and you are guaranteed to fail miserably! Cheerleaders are there to spur their favorite teams on to victory. Hence, if you want to reach your goals and make your dreams come true, you must surround yourself with positive minded people who will serve as moral boosters to achieving your goals.

Summing up everything, you can see clearly that it takes courage and hard work to climb the “success ladder.” Nevertheless, once you muster all the qualities of successful people, you sure are on your way to reaching your dream goals in life.

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A Moral and Ethical Question

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You were driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night.
You pass by a bus stop, and see three people waiting for the bus.
  1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
  2. An old friend who once saved your live.
  3. The perfect woman you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?

Think before you continue reading.
This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die and thus you should save her first, or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life and this will be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect dream lover again. The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. He simply answered: “I would give the car keys to my old friend, and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams.”

The moral lesson: “Never forget to ‘Think Outside the Box’.”

This is just food for thought. Have a good day!

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Community Service: Make A Difference!

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Serving Our Communities Should Be A Duty Of Joy!

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Community service is one of those things that give real meaning to life. There is nothing rewarding and fulfilling as to lend a helping hand to those who cannot repay you in kind! All around us, there are a lot of people who need help from those who are better off. No one will ever wish to be born into poverty however, because of one reason or another; some of us end in this state of destitution. For this reason, it is proper to help the underprivileged.There are a lot of people, not only in the remote places outside of civilization, who need help, but also, those living in the city slums. Some of us are fortunate enough to enjoy three square meals a day. However most of these disadvantaged fellow human beings barely go through the day with enough meal just for survival. Others get nothing at all. They go hungry for days with no hope in sight.

Wasting Food While Millions Are Dying of Hunger!

 According to a recent report by UNEP and the World Resources Institute (WRI), about one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems. When this figure is converted to calories, this means that about 1 in 4 calories intended for consumption is never actually eaten. In a world full of hunger, volatile food prices, and social unrest, these statistics are more than just shocking: they are environmentally, morally and economically outrageous. (https://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts)

It is really sad to read about reports like these. However, you can make a difference. Why don’t you ask the community leader in your area, about how you can give to your community? Like some of my friends here, we came together and asked the community leader at our place to let us help the kids in our area whose parents can’t afford to get them private tutors to teach them English. We gave one hour of free tuition to learn English every Saturday here in downtown Bangkok. We also extended our community service to reach out to the people outside the city. We go to remote places, deep in the forest to meet the peasants and their families who really need help. We give them moral support and give clothes and other things to lessen their plight.

Get Involve!

So what are you waiting for? Get on board and make a difference! Every little thing you do for someone in need will go a long way to make a difference in that person’s life.

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5 Sci-Fi Gadgets That Are In Use Today

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5 Sci-Fi Gadgets/Things That Are No More A Fantasy.

Science and technology are fast taking things to higher levels every day. The twenty-first century has seen a breathtaking leap in the fields of science and technology. No one ever taught that gadgets seen in Sci-Fi movies (like Star Wars movies) would be realized in our lifetime, but today, we use robots in various ways to make life better for humanity. Mobile phones make it easier to communicate with loved ones and transact business with just a press of the button.

Those who lived the 60s can still remember when you have to go to the post office, to the telegraph section, to send a telegram, which cost lots of money. Now you can send instant (SMS) messages for free to any part of the world, without having to go and stand in a long queue at the post office or internet cafe, thanks to mobile apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Imo, Facebook messenger, and so on. We have come a long way man!

5 Sci-Fi Gadgets/Things that Actually Exist Today

Most star wars movies lovers might wish their heroes in the series come to live.  Thanks to technology, today you can really acquire some of the costumes and gadgets in many sci-fi movies.

  • One gadget from Sci-Fi movies which is now here to stay is the Star Trek Replicator. This (Star Trek Replicator) has now become a reality, with the introduction of 3D printers. Food, jewelry, etc., can now have 3D makeovers.Star_Trek_Replicator_and_3D_printer
  • Another gadget from a Sci-Fi movie that is in use today is the Star Trek PADD, which Apple has now turned it into the popular handheld gadget known as the iPad. Anytime you use your iPad, don’t forget to appreciate the work of science fiction writers who have tons of fantastic imagination to come up with such innovative toys which are not a thing seen in Sci-Fi movies only, butcan be used in real time.
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  • Now, here comes the Google Glass, which is a prototype of Star Trek Virtual Display Device. You can now join your favorite Star Trek movie characters in their quest of establishing new colonies. Seriously, it’s a thrill to be part of the journey to discover new galaxies and interract with their inhabitants. Don’t be left out. Join the fanfare and feel the pulse!
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  • Indoor Skydiving is a new sport that is gaining popularity around the world, thanks to Ender’s Game Antigravity Battle Room activities. This is how much Sci-Fi is changing our world like we have never seen before.
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  • Finally, according to sources, the world will soon witness another Sci-Fi technology realization when the Hoverbike will go on sale in 2017. It will be a replica of the Star Wars Speeder Bike.

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I can go on and on to enumerate many Sci-Fi gadgets or things that are in use today which we never thought will happen.

Technology is changing the game in innovation faster than we imagined.  Who ever thought there would be something called Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) in China? It was someone’s fantasy, a couple of years ago, however it is now a reality. We will talk about this in my next modern science and technology article soon. Until then, its cheers!

 

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What Pregnant Women Should Know.

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The Health of Mothers and Their Offspring: Poor Diet Will Affect Future Generations.

According to a recent health research posted on the website of National Institute of Health on June 28, 2016, “Poor Maternal Diet Affects Future Generations of Mice.”

In this article written by Carol Torgan, PhD., “More than half of all pregnant women in the United States are overweight or obese. Babies born to obese mothers are at risk for developing obesity, heart disease, and diabetes as adults. There is some evidence that the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of obese women might also inherit a risk of metabolic problems.” This scenario is very scary, because the second generation and third generations’ health will be in jeopardy if the mother has poor health.

The Results of a Recent Research 

Dr. Carol Torgan states In her article that “A team led by Dr. Kelle H. Moley at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis set out to better understand how a mother’s health influences the health of her offspring. The research was supported by NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Results were published on June 28, 2016, in Cell Reports.

  • The researchers fed female mice a high fat, high sugar diet. The diet was 59% fat, 26% carbohydrate (17% sucrose), and 15% protein. The mice ate the diet for 6 weeks—from before conception until weaning. A control group of mice ate a regular diet of 13% fat, 62% carbohydrate, and 25% protein. 
  • The female mice mated with male mice fed a regular diet. The scientists monitored the next 3 generations of female offspring. These subsequent generations were all fed a regular diet and mated with males fed a regular diet.
  • The female mice fed the high fat, high sugar diet became obese and developed metabolic syndrome. They had high blood levels of glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
  • The female offspring (daughters) born to these obese mothers weren’t obese, but had abnormal glucose and insulin levels compared to the female offspring of mice feed a normal diet. They also had metabolic abnormalities in their fat and muscle tissues.
  • The scientists found that all 3 generations of female offspring from the mothers that ate the poor diet had abnormal mitochondria in their muscles. Mitochondria produce energy and play a key role in metabolism. They contain their own DNA and are passed from a mother to her daughters.
  • The daughters and granddaughters of the obese mothers were found to have abnormal mitochondria in their eggs. The researchers surmise that the mother’s diet-induced metabolic disorders may have been passed down through her eggs. The transfer of abnormal mitochondria in the eggs might have contributed to the development of metabolic disorders in the offspring.
  • “Our data are the first to show that pregnant mouse mothers with metabolic syndrome can transmit dysfunctional mitochondria through the female bloodline to 3 generations,” Moley says. “Importantly, our study indicates oocytes—or mothers’ eggs—may carry information that programs mitochondrial dysfunction throughout the entire organism.” https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/poor-maternal-diet-affects-future-generations-mice

In conclusion, what we can learn from this research project is that pregnant women should place high value on their overall health before, during and after pregnancy, because the health of expectant mothers has profound influence on the health of their children and great-grandchildren.

 

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Inspirational Reloaded

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Happiness Quote 2Have you ever had the experience of not getting what you really wish for? Have you failed in moving forward with your projects because things seem not to be going your way? Well, take heart! Don’t give up! Don’t quit for any reason. Stand your ground and go through the turbulence that life offers sometimes, because without those hard times, you may take life for granted.
Sometimes I’m amazed to watch tiny ants carrying objects several times bigger than themselves. I look, and I see a tiny ant carrying a Goliath size of food which it wants to store for future use. It will carry it up hill. When it thinks it has reached its destination, this tiny insect will tumble down, together with the dinner it has found. The interesting thing is that this creature never gives up. It gets hold of it again and tries one more time. Down it comes, with its over-sized load, and yet, it will continue to try in different ways until it finally succeeds!
Watching ants at work can give you tons of encouragement. These little creatures amaze me always! I have learned a lot of things from these little friends called ANTS:
1. They work both as individuals and as groups: – ants can work independently or as a group. They take on tasks that seem very laborious for such tiny creatures. They know when to call for assistance from their mates. When it is time to call for help, they don’t hesitate.

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2. They never give up: – with their size, you may be tempted to overlook the enormous feat that ants can attain. How do they accomplish all those heavy-duty tasks? They meet them through persistent efforts. If they fail, they will find another way to do it all over again, and they will not stop until they succeed!
3. They are hard-working: – ants work very hard in whatever task they undertake. They work tirelessly in carrying things across all sorts of terrain. There is no obstacle that can stop them from doing the job they set their eyes on.
4. They prepare for the future: – ants are a few species of living things (aside from human beings) that make better preparations for the unforeseeable future. They don’t take chances. I wonder how they know when it is time to prepare for the next season, while some people do not even know what to do for their own lives! They have very tiny brains and yet ants are able to plan out where and how to find their food for the days, weeks and months ahead. Incredible creatures!
5. They work against the odds: – I think ants are immune to obstacles that stand in the way when it comes to taking on mammoth tasks. Sometimes you may see ants carrying objects on a fast-flowing streams and rivers. They are swept away by these fast currents and yet, they will continue to work against the currents until they reach their destination with their out-of-proportion loads of burden. Strong winds may blow them away from their targets; however, they go right back to take on the task at hand and start all over again.

 

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6. They dare to take on tasks that are way too much for their stature: – do you sometimes stop to ponder on how ants take on such heavy-duty tasks? Sometimes I wonder how so small a creature dares to tackle undaunted stints. It is like a mouse trying to pull an over-sized sleeping bulldog! Sometimes some people lose all hope at the mere sight of the task to be attempted. You may feel intimidated by just looking at what you are supposed to do. We all experience situations like that at one point of our daily lives. Sometimes when I go for a walk at a park and I look at the size of the park, it gives me shivers in my bones, at the fact I am going walk around this huge park. In this situation, the most important thing is to get started. Once I get started, I don’t look back. I make sure that I accomplish the task. Ants are like that. They take tantalizing duties upon themselves and finish them with positive results.
7. They get things done: – you may have the desires and all the energies needed to take on various tasks, however, if you don’t get things done at the end of the day, there is nothing to celebrate for! You may have all the impetus to start a noble cause, in spite of that, if you do not achieve your goal in the end, you can never say you have succeeded. Like the ants, when you get things started, you should get things done, so that you can proudly say, this is what I have done! A dream comes true!

 

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8. They have the best teamwork mechanism: – ants will quickly team up to make bridges to ferry their cargo across a broken link along their path. They can also take turns in leading the hunt. The stronger ones will start the haul and when they get tired, new ones with fresh energy will take charge. They do not argue about who should get dirty first, they just give a helping hand as the situation calls for it.

 

 

 

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9. They are good improvisers: – ants will stop at nothing to do their tasks. When they come to dead-ends, they quickly improvise and find a way out of every untenable situation that pops up to thwart their efforts. This is a characteristic of highly successful people. Like the famous violinist, Paganini, who could play even better with only one violin string at his disposal, so are the MIGHTY tiny ants.Nothing can practically, stop ants from setting goals and accomplishing them, even if all odds are against them.
If these tiny creatures can plan, set out and do tasks set before them and attain positive results, so can you! You can do much more than the ants!
So, Wake up! Stay up, and DON’T give up! FINISH UP, and enjoy the rewards of your hard work!

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Back to Square One

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When you hear the phrase: “Back to square one,” what comes to your mind? Does it mean that you should go and look for squares and get into the first square? Or maybe, if you can’t find a square, you draw your own squares and stand in one of them!
Well, “back to square one” simply means “starting all over again.”
I remember during my school days, my teachers will shout when we (the students) were learning new information: AGAIN! REPEAT! ONE MORE TIME! All those commands sent us “back to square one.” And I didn’t like going back to the beginning. I thought it was just a waste of time. But what I realized later on was that, it helped me and the other students to learn and remember whatever we learned very well, and because of that, I still remember some of the things I learned many, many years ago. I can even recite some of the English poems that I learned more than thirty years ago. Wow! There is really something good in going “back to square one”
In this world that we live in, in order to get the best results in anything you do, you should never get tired of going back to square one, because it is the road to perfection. I know that there are a few geniuses in the world, but I don’t know about anyone who can just do everything once and get the best results without doing them several times! That person should be a super-genius!
The lesson that l learned from this expression or phrase is that, it is not a crime to fail! However, it is a big mistake not to try again when you fail! It is like going for a driver’s license. Some people may go through all the processes just once and pass and get their driver’s licenses, while others may have to do it many times. But don’t worry if you have to do it several times. At the end of the day, you will gain more experience that will help save your life later.
Have you failed to accomplish some task(s) recently? If so, DON’T WORRY! Just go “back to square one” and start over. The important thing is to find the right way of doing whatever you want to do. When you find the right procedure(s), then you make sure that you do not make the same mistakes you made before. Anytime you go back to square one, find a different method that will help you get the desired results. Don’t repeat the same mistakes! Change your method and use a new method, and continue to do that until you finally get the right results.
Have a good day!

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