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Story of a Bus Driver

One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops-a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well. At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said, "Big John doesn't need to pay!" and sat down at the back.

Did I mention that the driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek? Well, he was. Naturally, he didn't argue with Big John, but he wasn't happy about it. The next day the same thing happened-Big John got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the one after that and so forth.

This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of him. Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff.

By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what's more, he felt really good about himself. So on the next Monday, when Big John once Again got on the bus and said, "Big John doesn't pay!," The driver stood up, glared back at the passenger, and screamed, "And why not?" With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, "Big John has a bus pass."

Lesson:" Be sure! What is a problem in the first place before working hard to solve one?" Quite often in life we over-evaluate the problems and start working on huge solutions spending time, money, efforts, energy and focus, whereas, in actual, problems eventually are not that much big!
 
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Story: Judging Others Based On Their Looks

Once upon a time a wealthy old man lived alone in a very big house. He was growing weak day by day and was unable to take care of himself and the big house, so he thought of hiring servants who could help with all the work of the house and also take care of him.

The old man appointed two servants Salim and Ahmed. Salim happened to be a handsome young man and Ahmed was an ugly looking chap. The old man asked Salim to go to the kitchen and make tea for him. After Salim had left, the old man turned to Ahmed and told, "Salim has given a very bad account of you. He says you are very bad guy and untrustworthy. Is this correct?"
Ahmed thought for a moment and told, "Salim is a very handsome guy. He has a beautiful outward appearance so this must be reflected by his inward beauty too". Ahmed had the belief that such a handsome man could never tell a lie. He therefore told the old man, "If Salim has bad opinion about me, then there must be something wrong with me. I am afraid he must be correct"
The old man was very much impressed by the character of ugly looking Ahmed. Meanwhile, Salim returned with a cup of tea for his master.
The old man sent Ahmed to make breakfast for him and then turned to Salim and told, "Ahmed has given a bad account of you. What do you say about it?" On hearing this Salim became angry and started uttering bad remarks. He said that Ahmed was a liar and a scoundrel.
The Old man thus concluded that the man with a beautiful face had no inner beauty while the man looking ugly outward had tremendous inner beauty.
Moral of The Story
"Real beauty is not what the eyes can behold but what the heart can hold. What we see with our eyes will vanish someday, but what we store in our heart will forever stay…" – Unknown


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5 Smart Ways to Identify Hackers



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The internet is an integral part of our daily lives. We use it for communication, searching for information, making payments.

However, a bunch of people on the internet are out to get your money by preying on your unsuspecting instincts.

A Mumbai-based businessman was cheated of Rs 23 lakh after criminals hacked into his email account earlier this month. To avoid a similar fate, read on for the most common methods used by hackers along with tips on how to avoid being

Spoof emails
All netizens use email for work or personal use. This also makes it one of the easiest methods to contact someone and entice him her with schemes.

The most common fraud emails include those about winning lotteries or a wealthy prince looking to invest money through you or regarding inheritance from unknown persons.

Emails like these from people you don't know should be red flags. Then there are mails with attachments that can install spyware or viruses when you open the attachment.

The simple way to be safe against email fraud is to neither download attachments nor send details to unknown senders.
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Fake websites/apps
You could be scammed by visiting fake websites or installing fake smartphone/tablet apps.

Many times, it's the bank websites that get duplicated -- they may even look exactly like the original and will ask you to input your login ID and password to proceed. If you place these details, the creator will use them to access your account.

The easiest way to detect a fake bank website is to see the browser address bar. Check that the website address has 'https:' before the name. This means that the site uses a secure certificate (all bank websites use this).

In terms of apps, check for the developer name (usually written below the app name in the app store) and read reviews on any banking app in detail before installing these apps. Only download banking apps from the official app stores.


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Ads that are too good to be true
If you see a product available at a price which is way below the regular asking price, it is bound to be some sort of scam. You can get discounts online, but when something is listed as 80 or 90% off the retail price, it's a red flag.

People putting up these deals usually ask for money upfront which is another red flag. Keep in mind that these products could also be stolen or imported products being sold, so if you actually find a genuine product make sure to take a copy of the ID proof of the seller.

Key loggers
A key logger is software installed on a computer that records each and every keystroke you do on the keyboard.

A fraudster can find your login details for various sites, just by accessing the entire log of your key presses. Public internet cafes are an easy target to install these key loggers to get crucial information from unsuspecting users.

There is essentially no way to detect if a keylogger is running in the background so if you must use a public computer, avoid typing usernames and passwords on the keyboard.

Use virtual keyboards instead. Most bank websites have these. You can also pull up the onscreen keyboard in Windows and use that to input the username and password.

Windows 8 users can search for an on-screen keyboard in the start menu while older Windows users can go to Start menu > All programs > accessories > ease of access > on-screen keyboard.



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Credit card detail on phone

There are many advertisements sent by banks to avoid this issue. No one from your bank will ever call and ask for your credit card details over a phone call.

Any call claiming to be from the bank and asking for bank details is a red flag.

You should not share information regarding credit cards or netbanking with anyone over the phone, even if the caller knows a fair bit about you.

Story: The Family Goes to Village





One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the village with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.
“Oh yeah,” said the son.
“So, tell me, what you learned from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered:
  • We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
  • We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
  • Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
  • We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
  • We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
  • We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
  • We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”

REFLECTION: we always compare ourselves to others....
Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.

Appreciate every single thing you have God has blessed you with, especially your sincere friends!

Pass this on to friends and acquaintances and help them refresh their perspective and appreciation.
“Life is too short and friends are too few.”
Source: thekhalids.org



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8 Things Remarkably Successful People Do

I'm fortunate to know a number of remarkably successful people. I've described how these people share a set of specific perspectives and beliefs.
They also share a number of habits:

1. They don't create back-up plans.

Back-up plans can help you sleep easier at night. Back-up plans can also create an easy out when times get tough.

You'll work a lot harder and a lot longer if your primary plan simply has to work because there is no other option. Total commitment--without a safety net--will spur you to work harder than you ever imagined possible.

If somehow the worst does happen (and the "worst" is never as bad as you think) trust that you will find a way to rebound. As long as you keep working hard and keep learning from your mistakes, you always will.

2. They do the work...

You can be good with a little effort. You can be really good with a little more effort.

But you can't be great--at anything--unless you put in an incredible amount of focused effort.


Scratch the surface of any person with rare skills and you'll find a person who has put thousands of hours of effort into developing those skills.

There are no shortcuts. There are no overnight successes. Everyone has heard about the 10,000 hours principle but no one follows it... except remarkably successful people.
So start doing the work now. Time is wasting.

3.  ...and they work a lot more.

Forget the Sheryl Sandberg "I leave every day at 5:30" stories. I'm sure she does. But she's not you.

Every extremely successful entrepreneur I know (personally) works more hours than the average person--a lot more. They have long lists of things they want to get done. So they have to put in lots of time.


Better yet, they want to put in lots of time.

If you don't embrace a workload others would consider crazy then your goal doesn't mean that much to you--or it's not particularly difficult to achieve. Either way you won't be remarkably successful.

4. They avoid the crowds.

Conventional wisdom yields conventional results. Joining the crowd--no matter how trendy the crowd or "hot" the opportunity--is a recipe for mediocrity.

Remarkably successful people habitually do what other people won't do. They go where others won't go because there's a lot less competition and a much greater chance for success.


5. They start at the end...

Average success is often based on setting average goals.
Decide what you really want: to be the best, the fastest, the cheapest, the biggest, whatever. Aim for the ultimate. Decide where you want to end up. That is your goal.

Then you can work backwards and lay out every step along the way.

Never start small where goals are concerned. You'll make better decisions--and find it much easier to work a lot harder--when your ultimate goal is ultimate success.

6. ... and they don't stop there.

Achieving a goal--no matter how huge--isn't the finish line for highly successful people. Achieving one huge goal just creates a launching pad for achieving another huge goal.

Maybe you want to create a $100 million business; once you do you can leverage your contacts and influence to create a charitable foundation for a cause you believe in. Then your business and humanitarian success can create a platform for speaking, writing, and thought leadership. Then...

The process of becoming remarkably successful in one field will give you the skills and network to be remarkably successful in many other fields.
Remarkably successful people don't try to win just one race. They expect and plan to win a number of subsequent races.

7. They sell.

I once asked a number of business owners and CEOs to name the one skill they felt contributed the most to their success. Each said the ability to sell.
Keep in mind selling isn't manipulating, pressuring, or cajoling. Selling is explaining the logic and benefits of a decision or position. Selling is convincing other people to work with you. Selling is overcoming objections and roadblocks.

Selling is the foundation of business and personal success: knowing how to negotiate, to deal with "no," to maintain confidence and self-esteem in the face of rejection, to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, to build long-term relationships...


When you truly believe in your idea, or your company, or yourself then you don't need to have a huge ego or a huge personality. You don't need to "sell."

You just need to communicate.

8. They are never too proud.

To admit they made a mistake. To say they are sorry. To have big dreams. To admit they owe their success to others. To poke fun at themselves. To ask for help.
To fail. And to try again.
Jeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry. Everything else he picks up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest leaders he knows in business. @jeff_haden


The 7 Super Powers You Must Posses



By Junaid Tahir
Each one of us want high happiness index, peace of mind, mature character and success in life but most of us do not really strive to achieve these goals. Out of us who struggle for their goals a very few are able to make things happen. The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is the difference between the level of Inner Power both the categories posses in their brains and the level of Power they exert to achieve what they want to achieve. In my opinion, the Inner Powers consist of following seven categories and the intellectuals who possess all these mental muscles can accomplish a great deal of victories in most of the fields of life:


1-  The Power of Focus:
There is a story which tells that during the bird shooting session, the instructor asked each shooter what he is looking at. One candidate said, I am looking at the flock of birds, another said, I am looking at the tree where birds are about to sit however one shooter said that I am looking in the eyes of one of the flying birds ! This is the power of focus I want to draw your attention towards. Focus means to insert all of your energies on one goal and do not let any obstacles change your attention. Remember, you see problems when you move your eyes away from your target. Don't let your mind distracted from your goal. Don't let impure thoughts spoil your plans. Remember, what you focus on increases so don't let the seeds of negativity get nourished in your brain. Use Zoom-In and Zoom-Out tool to strengthen your Power of Focus.


2-  The Power of Vision:
A fast pace horse running in the wrong direction will never reach its destination. Instead it will cause misleading ripple effect to its followers too. Building the Power of Vision starts with your thinking style, awareness about your field, your comprehension capabilities and your caliber to imagine the future.
A)                  Your thoughts are the seeds for your character because thoughts give birth to actions which become your habits and constitutes towards your personality and consequently your destiny. Empowering your thought process involves staying away from negative thoughts, trying being part of the solutions instead of problems with less criticism and more optimism.
B)                  Awareness: Empowering your awareness level involves a lot of reading, meeting with high potency people, watching relevant documentaries and observing people in the industry. Make habit of reading great magazines and watching news daily to improve your vision. 
Once you develop the Power of Vision, your comprehension levels will be as deep as a sea; your thoughts will fly as high as sky and your strategies will be as solid as rocks.


3-  The Power of Now:
People make plans people forget plans people fail. Why? They don't execute. They keep thinking and they keep waiting for the 'right' moment to kick off their plans. This 'right' moment never comes if they keep waiting for it. The right moment is now. The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up and act. This is understood that planning is important. However if you keep wasting your time in the name of planning, you will end up as a failed chap. Break down the big target into smaller tasks and start implementing one by one starting today. Don't waste your time as your idea might get implemented by someone else. You might have more tough circumstances with more complications tomorrow. You might have to bear the burden of additional responsibilities so Now is the time to take action. Now is the time to make difference. Now is the time to make things happen. Remember, your thoughts will not take you anywhere if you don't implement them. So take action Now !!! 

4-  The Power of Positivity:
Successful people posses a positive mindset. To develop this power you must shield yourself from Negativity. Remember that being positive will give you the freedom to look forward instead of looking in past. If you keep wandering in past with negative thoughts you will not be able to proceed with your goals.  Positive people are part of solutions not part of problems. Positive people convert risks into opportunity. They have the sense of gratitude. They believe in skills not in luck. If you want to build this power, try staying away from negative souls, make the habit of reading good books, join some nice pages on Facebook or Google Plus, read wisdom quotes and surround yourself in positive people.


5-  The Power of Analytics:
Being analytical helps in many ways, for example, breaking down bigger problem in to smaller tasks, considering the issue from more wider and multiple angles, evaluating the options from Needs and Wants perspective, differentiating between urgent and important tasks and eventually working on things which matter the most. Whether you want to analyze large data at work, or you want to purchase a new mobile set, Resolving a technical issue or handling a conflict in family or work, analytical skills help you a lot. Read a thorough article Here


6-  The Power of Flexibility:
Mostly people think the other way around; in fact being flexible doesn't mean being weak instead it portrays your powerful personality trait that you care about others and respect the difference of opinion. It is said: "Better to bend than to break" so the more flexible you are, the more you will be able to manage stress which will strengthen your thought process. Keep your ego aside and listen to the perspective of others. Keep your mental doors open and be flexible in changing your plans. Be adaptable to situations because sometimes U-turn in life are fine to take. Don't get dishearten. Remember, God takes men to deep waters not to drown them but to cleanse them".

7-  The Power of 'Implosiveness':
Great people are not explosive at all. They are cool at mind and heart. They are not sensitive and reactive in nature. When a tragic situation triggers their anger, they analyze it from logical, sentimental and ethical angles and then respond in order to improve the situation and not vice versa.  So you must believe in the fact reactive nature will reduce your friends and increase your foes.     


Empower your personality with these 7 super powers and gain ultimate heights in life.
Remember, success is not a destination, it's a journey. For this journey, there are no escalators so you must take the ladder passage. Which means you have to take step by step approach to reach to the top. If you are in doubt at any stage, just take next small step and notice the consequences. If all fine, go ahead; if something goes wrong, take a step back and re-assess your direction.


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 Junaid Tahir, a telecom engineer and a blogger, writes articles on wisdom, happiness and stress management at his personal blog. His personal Google Group can be joined here. He is reachable at mjunaidtahir@gmail.com for any kind of suggestions and comments.

- Shielding Yourself From Negativity
- How to Evaluate Managers
- Story: From Stress to Strength
- How to Overcome Fear
- Ten Tips To Simplify Your Life and Improve Your Happiness Index
- Are You An Explosive Personality or the Implosive One?
- How To Develop Good Habits and Get Rid of Bad Ones?

Creative Name Cards / Business Cards



Name card as an important part of company’s CIS (Company Identity Sytem) might be the first impression people have to its belonging company. Hence, company pay lots attention to design an attractive name card to enhance the impression of the company. Following, I will present 51 Creative Designs of Name Card. They can be divided into three groups according to their different features: Special Material; Awesome Graphic Design and Irregular shape
Group 1: Special Material
Usually, name card is made of paper. But some special material actually can get some unexpected effect, like transparent plastic card, stretchable rubber card, eatable card. Some card are actually a small bag containing flower feed, which can be planted and some card are decomposable — its part can be used as tools.
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6 Tips for Resolving Conflicts




By Junaid Tahir: 
Resolving conflicts whether in office, in friends community or at home is a challenge. The situation sometimes get worst when nobody shows the flexibility on his/her stance. The below tips might help when you have been assigned (Or you assign it to yourself) to resolve  the conflict.

1-    Be fair regardless of your relation with different parties. Sometimes your closed one can be wrong. Hence make up your mind to be transparent and fair throughout. Judge people fairly.
2-   Empathetic Listening is very important. Listen to all parties carefully. Put yourself in their shoes to understand their stance.
3-   Carefully analyze the statements from each party. List down the pros
and cons of the stance from each party. Sometimes both parties are right and sometimes both are wrong. In your analysis you need to find the option which gives maximum benefit to everyone.  Article written by Junaid.Tahir
4-   If the conflict is between two persons, consider a solution which neither party-A has proposed, neither B. Propose third solution which suits both persons. Consider Win-Win scenario where everyone gains something at the cost of compromise.
5-   If you want to give advice to a party (which you think is wrong), give it privately. Don't do counseling when both are present. This will offend one party and may strain the relations further. Remember not to criticise. Article written by Junaid.Tahir
6-   Sometimes youngsters are right and old ones are wrong. If the issue is not too serious, request youngsters to be flexible. It always pay off. Remember that we have learnt so much from our seniors (bosses, team leads, parents and other senior family members). So this is the time to pay back to make them feel proud about their teachings and to develop trust in relations.

Developing emotional intelligence is another approach to study people and understand them in depth. As per Wikipedia "Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups" Learn this technique to improve your mental powers. Google it.

- Shielding Yourself From Negativity
- How to Evaluate Managers
- Story: From Stress to Strength
- How to Overcome Fear
- Ten Tips To Simplify Your Life and Improve Your Happiness Index
- Are You An Explosive Personality or the Implosive One?
- How To Develop Good Habits and Get Rid of Bad Ones?

Spreading False Information






By Junaid Tahir

What makes me sad when I see people gossiping negatively and backbiting, and pulling other's legs. It even hurts when they give extreme remarks about someone's character. Sometimes they give comments about someone with whom they haven't even worked closely. Such people posses a  polluted thought process and when they do gossips they pollute the brains around them. They spread negativity and false information most of the time. I wonder why they have such a weak criteria of judging others and they have such a lose tongue which does the character assassination all day long. My question to such people is that do they have the courage to say the same remarks in front of the person? If not, then most likely their perception and their judgment is on false grounds so they should abstain from such garbage talks and negative criticism.




As a matter of fact, if you are negative, you are spreading negativity too. On the contrary if you are an all-positive personality you are generating the ripples of peace and happiness in society. Hence I urge you not to waste your precious energies and time on gossips, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energies in the positive present moment and do constructive activities and act like a responsible professional, a dutiful citizen and a nice family member J

Junaid Tahir, a telecom engineer and a blogger, writes articles on wisdom, happiness and stress management at his personal blog. His personal Google Group can be joined here. He is reachable at mjunaidtahir@gmail.com for any kind of suggestions and comments

Story: Glass, Lake and Salt



The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the Master asked. "Not good at all," spat the apprentice.

The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake."

As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the Master asked, "How does it taste?" "Good!" remarked the apprentice. "Do you taste the salt?" asked the Master. "No," said the young man.

The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said, "The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the 'pain' depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things..... Stop being a glass.  Become a lake!"

Top Tips to Reduce Stress At the Workplace


The Way You Work 
Look critically at the way you approach your work. Common causes because of which people come under job stress are:
  1. Over committing: In order to climb the ladder faster you may be biting more than you can chew. This approach often backfires, because too much on your plate makes you stressed and affects the quality of your work, which in turn can draw criticism and cause more stress.
  2. Not delegating: Trying to do it all by yourself may be an important reason why you are always overworked. Give your teammates the maximum possible opportunity to do a task even if they are not as perfect as you are.
  3. Multitasking too much: Multitasking ability is often seen as a highly desirable skill. However, if you frequently find yourself loaded with half-done jobs maybe you are multitasking too much.
  4. Perfectionism: It's great to give your best, but it's important to realize that you may not be able to do so all the time. Learn to accept "good" instead of "perfect" once in a while.
  5. Lack of discipline: If you chat when you should be working, you may find yourself working when you should be resting. If you postpone everything for tomorrow, naturally tomorrow is going to be a difficult day. You can hardly afford to not plan your day or not stick to your plan if you want to keep stress at bay.
The Way You Communicate
Much stress and confusion is caused because people fail to, or do not have the opportunity to communicate clearly with their managers, teams, and clients. Some common communication pitfalls are:
  1. Lack of clarity about your role: Before you plunge into a job, make sure that you know what is expected from you. You may be working very hard at something that is not what your manager or client has in mind. It surely is a definite recipe for stress for both parties.
  2. Not communicating your expectations: If you have certain expectations from you manager, communicate them as far as possible. Assert yourself beforehand rather than feeling dejected when your expectations are not met.
The Way you Think 
Changing the way you think about a certain situation can greatly reduce the amount of stress that it is causing. By this we do not mean that stress is all in your head, but, yes what's going on in your head can affect the degree of stress that you are experiencing.
  1. Put it in the right perspective: Most of us work for very clear reasons, the most common and important of which is to earn a living. If you always stay aware of the reason why you are working, you will be able to look at your workplace problems more objectively. Many times accepting that there are certain things that you cannot change immediately can help you feel much less frustrated about them.
  2. Stay Positive: Become aware of the thoughts that are making you feel bad about yourself. It will turn out that they are only a part of the whole picture. When what's going wrong makes you feel terrible, list down all that is going right in your life which you may be taking for granted.
Your Physical Environment
When you are flooded with work it helps to have the right working environment. Uncomfortable working conditions worsen the physical symptoms of stress such as headache and muscle pain. Fixing these seemingly small issues can help much more than you think. Some of the things that you must avoid are:
  1. Wrong chair: Your chair should provide the right kind of back support and be at the right height. Your eyes should be at the right level with the computer screen.
  2. Too much noise or light: Noise can remarkably reduce efficiency by not letting you focus. Glare on your desk can cause eye strain.
  3. Poorly functioning work equipment: A printer that doesn't work can substantially add to frustration and irritability. These seemingly trivial issues must be solved to keep unnecessary stress away.
  4. Too much clutter: A clean environment has an instantly calming effect. Removing junk from your work environment will make you feel more organized and in control.
Eat Right 
The food-mind connection is a scientifically proven phenomenon. What you eat does influence the way you think and how you react to situations.
  1. Stress Reducing Food: Some nutrients such as Vitamin C, lycopene, omega-3 fatty acids and CoQ10 have been reported to help people stay calmer in stressful situations. You can find a good dose of these in citrus fruits, tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, nuts and fish. Or you can ask your family doctor to recommend a dietary supplement containing the right amount of these nutrients. Bananas are also known to have a stress busting effect by providing a shot of potassium and promoting serotonin release in brain. Try having them for breakfast or as a snack during the day when work makes you burst with stress.
  2. Don't Eat Junk to De-stress: A large number of people indulge in feel-good eating to bring down their stress level. Sadly, if this de-stress method becomes a habit, it can cause more distress in the long run. Unhealthy eating pulls down your energy level, causes gastrointestinal problems, irritability, mood swings and leaves you ill-equipped to deal with stress. Not to mention the long term ill effects on health and the added stress caused by an expanding waistline. So when you reach for desserts to feel better, remind yourself Desserts is just Stressed spelt backwards!
Breathe Right
Deep breathing can instantly soothe frayed nerves. Mastering the art of breathing right can keep you calm by stopping you from taking rapid, shallow breaths that make your heart beat faster.
Use Aromatherapy
Oils of chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rose, and thyme are all soothing and are known to produce a calming effect. Keep a vial in your desk or put some in your handkerchief. Take a whiff when you feel stressed.
Exercise
It has been proven beyond doubt that regular exercise makes you psychologically and physically better equipped to deal with stressful situations. A short brisk walk or even just getting up from your chair to stretch your muscles can dissipate a lot of stress.
Try Acupressure
Acupressure is the technique of stimulating some pressure points with fingers in order to heal certain conditions. You can try using acupressure to relieve stress by pressing on the following three points. Apply firm, steady pressure just enough to cause a mild ache but not pain. Press on each point for two to three minutes.
  1. Between your eyebrows, in the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead.
  2. On the back of the neck slightly below the base of the skull, about half an inch to the left or right of the spine.
  3. Half an inch below the top of each shoulder, midway between the base of the neck and the outside of the shoulder blade.
Don't Quit in a Hurry 
It's okay to quit an overwhelmingly stressful job, but it should be a carefully thought out step rather than a reaction to stress. There is often little guarantee that your next job will be any less stressful and unemployment can be far more stressful than the most stressful of jobs.


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Story: THE GARDERNER AND HIS GARDEN




There was once an earnest gardener who loved his work and his produce. One day he was walking through his delightful garden and happened to notice a weed (A weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, "a plant in the wrong place). The gardener was particularly tired so he decided to leave it.

The next day he had to leave to visit his relatives in another country for two weeks. When he came back, the back yard was covered in weeds and all his produce was dead!

REFLECTION

Likewise, if we allow just one bad thought in our head and fail to remove it, it will sprout and instead of having to pick one weed, we will have too much to control.
If we destroy our negative thoughts, by allowing positive ones to grow, they will display in our personality like a beautiful garden.


Thats the power of positive thought. We are, what our thoughts are.
We should always entertain only good and positive thoughts in our mind and never give way for anything negative!