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Good Feelings



Good feelings for others are like ointments that heal wounds and re-establish friendship and relationships.

Good feelings are generated in the mind, are transmitted through your attitude and are reflected in your eyes and smile.

Smiling opens the heart and a glance can make miracles happen.








Story: Taking Care Of Yourself







A cobbler lived in a large village and he was the only cobbler in town, so he was responsible for repairing the boots of everybody else. However, he didn’t have time to repair his own boots. This wasn’t a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to deteriorate and fall apart.

While he worked feverishly on the boots of everyone else, his feet got blisters and he started to limp. His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything was OK.

However, after a few years, the cobbler’s feet were so injured that he could no longer work and no-one’s boots got repaired. As a consequence, soon the entire town started to limp in pain, all because the cobbler never took the time to repair his own boots.

This simple principle is so often disregarded. If you don’t look after yourself, after a while you’ll be no good to anyone else either. Your best intentions will mean nothing and you’ll be unable to do what you’re meant to do.

This goes for Professionals, Employees, Leaders, Social Workers, Teachers and even Parents.

If you don’t take the time to care for yourself, no-one else will.

Are you taking care of yourself?

Have a good time ahead and kindly take care of your health FIRST, only then you will be able to help others.

Self-care is not self-pamper, it is self-preservation…!!!

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Today's Inspiration: The Step of a Ladder

The step of a Ladder was never meant to rest upon, 
but only to hold Our foot long enough to put the 
other foot higher towards success....
Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.

Interesting Pictures from USA history




 
Rush hour in Chicago, 1909 - without Traffic Lights
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The Titanic took off for its last trip, full of dreams and promises, Ireland, 1912.
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People queued for Al Capone's free coffee in Chicago, 1931.
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Steven Spielberg gave the world "Bruce", the prop that was used to make "Jaws" in 1975.
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The President shows Pele his skills with a ball, Gerald R. Ford and Pelé, 1975.
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Gorgeous picture of the Earth, 1968.
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People at Woodstock, 1969. 
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You could get a Big Mac for 65 cents, 1970's.
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You got normal food and a full meal on flights, 1958.
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Remote controls were cutting-edge technology, 1962. 
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Legends passed on their legacies, Bruce Lee playing with his son Brandon, 1966. 
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The Golden Gate Bridge was still under construction and looked like this, 1937.
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Oranges were sold for just one cent, 1942.
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The Hollywood sign was still the 'Hollywoodland' sign. The last four letters were removed in 1949.
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This was the tallest building in Paris, the Eiffel Tower under construction in the 1880's.
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NYC was a much less busy city, 1908.
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Charging your electric car looked like this, 1905.
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Roller skates were the hot new thing but still needed a bit of work, 1910. 
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"I am the first pig to fly," 1909 (see pig in lower right of picture).
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William Harley and Arthur Davidson unveiled their motorbikes for the first time, 1914.
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King Tut's slumber was undisturbed and the seal to his tomb was unbroken, 1922.
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The iconic London buses looked like this, 1928. 
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A new vantage point was introduced to New York on the opening day of the Empire State Building , 1931. 
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The Secret Of Happiness is Hidden



Today we often confuse happiness with pleasure; but pleasure is only an illusion, a shadow of happiness; and in this delusion man may pass his whole life, seeking after pleasure and never finding satisfaction. ... Do you think that if these people gained their desires they would be happy?

If they possessed all, would that suffice? No, they would still find some excuse for unhappiness; all these excuses are only like covers over a man's eyes, for deep within is the yearning for the true happiness which none of these things can give.


He who is really happy is happy everywhere, in a palace or in a cottage, in riches or in poverty, for he has discovered the fountain of happiness which is situated in his own heart. As long as a person has not found that fountain,  nothing will give him real happiness.

A poet has said, 'O mind, my restless mind, my mind with its thoughts of a thousand things which it supposes will make it happy, saying, 'If I had that, I should be happy; if I had this, I should feel life was not wasted.' O, my mind, will you tell me who in this world is happy?' The mind says, 'if I had the wealth which I see others have,


I should be happy.' But are these others happy? They in their turn say  they would be, if they had something still higher!


The secret of happiness is hidden under the veil of spiritual knowledge. And  spiritual knowledge is nothing but this: that there is a constant longing in the heart of man to have something of its origin, to experience something of its original state, the state of peace and joy which has been disturbed, and yet is sought after throughout its whole life, and never can cease to be sought after until the real source has at length been realized. ... It is only those who are blessed by perceiving the origin and source of all things who awaken to the fact that the real inclination of every life is to attain to something which cannot be touched or comprehended or understood. The hidden blessing of this knowledge is the first step to perfection.
 

Once awake to this fact, man sees there is something in life that will make him really happy and give him his heart's desire. He can say, 'Though there are many things in life which I need for the moment, and for which I shall certainly work, yet there is only that one thing, around which life centers, that will satisfy me: the spiritual attainment, the religious attainment, or, as one may even call it, the attainment of God.' Such a one has found the key to all happiness, and has found that all the things he needs will be reached because he has the key to all. 'Seek, and ye shall find: knock, and it shall be opened unto you...

Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you. ' This kingdom of God is the silent life; the life inseparable, eternal, self-sufficient, and all-powerful. This is the life of the wise, whatever be the name given to it; this is the life which the wise contemplate. It is the face of this life that they long to see; it is the ocean of this life that they long to swim in; as it is written: 'In Him we live and have our being.'
 

These are the ones who are really happy, who are above all unhappiness, above death and the destruction of life.

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The Train of Life - An Analogy



At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,
and we believe they will always travel on our side.
However, at some station
our parents will step down from the train,
leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by,
other people will board the train;
and they will be significant
i.e. our siblings, friends, children,
and even the love of your life.

Many will step down
and leave a permanent vacuum.
Others will go so unnoticed
that we don't realize
they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy,
sorrow, fantasy, expectations,
hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship
with all passengers
requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is:
We do not know at which station
we ourselves will step down.

So, we must live in the best way,
love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.
It is important to do this
because when the time comes for us to step down
and leave our seats empty
we should leave behind beautiful memories
for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.
Reap success and give lots of love.
Lastly, I thank you
for being one of the passengers on my train.

10 Unexpected Health Benefits of Yogurt.




Yogurt is a great food for us as it helps with digestion, gives us a good energetic feeling and tastes wonderful. But not many people know that it has many other benefits you may not know quite yet. After reading all of this I'm sure you'll start acting like me, and do your best to eat one cup of yogurt every day or two.

Protects your teeth:The lactic acid in yogurt has a positive and protecting effect on your gums and teeth. It can help keep your teeth healthy and pretty and overcome the damages done by other foods and drinks, most commonly - coffee. It's important to note that although containing sugar, yogurt has no harmful effect on the enamel of your teeth.


Reduces allergy symptoms: 

Those of us with seasonal allergies know how hard it can be to do anything when the symptoms start to appear, but a cup of yogurt might be an easy fix to this problem. The probiotics found in yogurt may decrease your body’s reaction to pollen and other allergens, minimizing your allergic reaction.
 

Great pre or post workout snack: 
Yogurt is rich on carbohydrates that can either help re-fuel you through out your workout, or replace the energy lost after you are done. The potassium and sodium found in it can also help replace those electrolytes you sweat out and keeps you feeling fresh even after a hard workout.
 

Fights the common cold:
The common cold will always be there, not much you can do about it. But there's still hope preventing it in time. Research proved that yogurt can strengthen your immune system, making your T-cells stronger and more active. They are more prone to beat the sickness out of you before it drags on too long.
 

Prevents yeast infections:If you are given a prescription for antibiotics, you might want to consider yogurt to protect yourself. Using antibiotics usually raises the chances of yeast infections and the yogurt’s active cultures can help balance pH levels and prevent this uncomfortable problem.

Reduces the risk of high blood pressure:A recent study, conducted over the course of 15 years, revealed that 30% of volunteers that took at least 2% of their daily calorie intake from yogurt, were less likely to develop high blood pressure. That's only from 2%.



Helps prevent osteoporosis:All milk and dairy products are in general a great source of calcium, and help build healthy bones. Look for yogurts with added vitamin D for an greater help in keeping your bones strong and healthy.


A great source of energy:Aside from the energy provided by the carbohydrates in yogurt, it also contains B vitamins which are just what your body needs when you feel like you could use a little pick-me-up.


Builds muscle:Yogurt contains all of the essential amino acids necessary to build muscle and other tissues in the body. It is a complete protein, which means it is also a welcome addition to our diet as they support all the necessary biological functions of the human body.


Helps you lose weight:As stated in the last point, Yogurt helps build muscle and this means that it helps burn fat. The high amounts of protein will also help you stay fuller for longer periods of time while reducing your need for snacks and unhealthy foods.

So now that you know all of these amazing facts about yogurt, it's time to go out there and get some!
But what kind of yogurt should you get? I'd recommend:
 

Greek yogurt is a preferred kind, it is generally higher in protein and lower in sugar then other natural options.
 

You should also look for yogurt with live or active cultures, they are what improves the good bacteria in your gut.
 

Lastly, keep an eye open on the sugar content in your yogurt. Many kinds of yogurt contain added sugars and artificial sweeteners you do not want. Stick between 12-18 grams of natural sugar per serving and you're free to sit back and peacefully sit and enjoy a cup of the good stuff!
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Story: The Taxi Driver of Singapore



Shiv Khera, a renowned author and our management Guru writes about his experience in Singapore :


"Six years ago in Singapore I gave a taxi driver a business card to take me to a particular address.


At the last point he circled round the building. His meter read 11$, but he took only 10.


I said Henry, your meter reads 11$ how come you are taking only 10.


He said, "Sir, I am a taxi driver, I am supposed to be bringing you straight to the destination. Since I did not know the last spot, I had to circle around the building. Had I brought you straight here, the meter would have read 10$.


Why should you be paying for my ignorance ?"


He said, "Sir, legally, I can claim 11$ but Honestly and ethically I am entitled to only 10".


He further added that Singapore is a tourist destination and many people come here for three or four days. After clearing the immigrations and customs, the first experience is always with the taxi driver and if that is not good, the balance three to four days are not pleasant either.


He said, "Sir, though I am a taxi driver, I am the Ambassador of Singapore without a diplomatic passport".


In my opinion he probably did not go to school beyond the 8th grade, but to me he was a professional. To me his behavior reflected pride in performance and character.


That day I learnt that one needs more than professional qualification to be a professional.


In one line be a "Professional with a human touch and Values " that makes all the more difference.


Knowledge, skill, money, education, all comes later. First comes Human Values, Honesty and Integrity


Professionalism: It’s NOT the job you DO, It’s HOW you DO the job.


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Don't Change Who You Are To Please Someone Else


You can never be happy as some ones other half unless you can be happy as a whole all on your own.

Never change or fear being yourself, and never compromise in being true to who you are within for the benefit of someone else.

Maintaining integrity throughout your life is key to thriving and living a triumphant life. Only those with real strength, are able to really embody and live as their true selves in every moment. Those who are able to do so live from within first, instead of trying to present an image on the outside to attract others.

The people that are genuine in your life will always recognize when you are living with integrity and will always steer this glorious path.
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They will never ask you to or encourage you to compromise who you are as a person in order to see some sort of gain. Because they understand whatever you gain from doing so wont add any real value or substance to your life.
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10 Online Scams & How to Avoid Them




























Internet fraud can take many forms: identity theft, injecting malware, fraudulent transactions. It can occur through email, smartphones, websites, and chat rooms. Here are some such scams and ways to avoid them
 

1. Infected sites

Infected sites
These are the sites that are not legitimate and have malicious software to hack your personal information.

A lot of such infected sites come up during festive season, when people are buying gifts online and hackers build these using popular search items. Another variation of infection is legitimate sites that get heavy traffic and, hence, are injected with ads and images that have viruses. 

A good way to avoid these is to go with familiar, popular sites or install ad blockers on your browser.


2. Fake phone apps


Fake phone apps
Be very careful about the apps that you download on your phone. Android and Apple smartphones are particularly vulnerable to fake apps in their stores, and these can introduce malware that steals the data from your phone.

To avoid fake apps, check the user reviews about the game or app before you download it. You can also go to the developer's website and get more information about the app before zeroing in on it.

Another safe option is to go for the most downloaded apps or those that come with the 'Editors' Choice' tag. Avoid the apps that are usually paid, but are being offered for free, or ask for too much information.


3. International dialling


International dialling
If your internet connection is through a modem using a local telephone number, beware. Some sites lure people into viewing content that requires them to download a dialler or viewer. If you do so, your computer will be disconnected from the internet and will instead be used to dial an international number, resulting in high phone bills.

To safeguard yourself, avoid sites that require you to download a programme to view content. You can also have your line blocked from making international calls. Also make sure your computer has anti-malware software to detect any illegal activity.


4. Phishing


Phishing
This is probably the oldest known scamming technique that is still going strong. Here emails, purportedly sent out from well-known institutions and social networking or payment sites, are used to draw out sensitive, personal information like passwords and credit card details. These mails could also carry links to infected sites.

A preventive step is to never give out personal information and call up the company to crosscheck that the email is genuine. Also scan the URL for security (use of HTTPS in the address bar means it is safe).


5. Pharming


Pharming
A combination of 'farming' and 'phishing', this term refers to the process by which a hacker gets a domain name for a site and then uses it to redirect this site's traffic to another, bogus website.

It can compromise serious information and cause heavy losses if the site being copied is that of a bank or taxation department. It can also be used to steal passwords, PIN or account numbers.

The best way to prevent this is to make sure you use secure web connections (HTTPS) to access privacy-sensitive sites.


6. Wi-Fi hacking


Wi-Fi hacking
If you use a public Wi-Fi connection, such as at airport terminals or coffee shops, to log into your account, you stand the risk of having your password and private information hacked. The hacker can also access your browsing history. This is especially true if you save the password to your account on your device.

If you are using a smartphone to access your account, try to use the 3G or 4G connection as it is more secure.


7. Auction/shopping scams


Auction/shopping scams
With online shopping and auction sites — wherein you put up household items and gadgets for bidding and sale — becoming popular, the scope of fraud has increased.

You could be scammed by not receiving the goods at all, getting poor quality items, or being charged more than the price mentioned. Your credit card information could also be used fraudulently. Besides, the seller could be defrauded if he doesn't get any payment.

To avoid it, make sure you know as much as possible about the item and seller/buyer. The latter shouldn't have just an email or a post office box address. Call him up and ask him about the address and extra charges. Also go through the feedback.


8. Investing scams


Investing scams
Here, the prices of stocks are manipulated by sending out false information about the companies through emails, chat forums or internet boards. This results in a rise or fall in the prices of stocks and the scammer benefits by selling or buying shares at the right time.

In another variation of investing scam, which came under the Sebi scanner recently, companies were offering 'guaranteed return' schemes through emails, websites, blogs and social media platforms, and conning people of their money.

The best way to avoid it is to conduct your own research about the company, and not invest in schemes that promise outrageous returns.


9. Employment fraud


Employment fraud
There are two variants of this scam. The more common one involves job offers by recruiters that require you to pay an advance fee or make a deposit, without the job ever materializing.

The second one typically offers you the job of a 'representative' of an overseas company and your task is to collect customers' deposits in your account and remit most of it to the company abroad. In doing so, you could not only be a victim of identity theft, but also have money stolen from your account.

Avoid any such offers without verifying the company and do not give out personal information.


10. Click scams


Click scams
Have you ever clicked on the game strips or dancing/jumping figures that pop up and move across your screen while you are on social networking or other sites? Don't.These could be fake and could lead you to click on concealed links, which either make your personal information public or provide access to confidential information stored on your computer.


Story: Training the Falcons

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained.

Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch. Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, "May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem." So he cried out to his court, "Go and get a farmer."

In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, "Bring me the doer of this miracle."

The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, "How did you make the falcon fly?"

With head bowed, the farmer said to the king, " It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch of the tree where the bird was sitting."

  Moral :-
We are all made to fly - to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But instead of doing that, we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable, the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling. So let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight..

13 Computer Tricks You Should Know Right Away!






We are Habituated to Desktops,Laptops and most importantly Internet is our Best friend now-a-days. We use them round the clock but many of us doesn’t know about some important Tips and Tricks which can save our time.

Here Presenting you 13 Tricks:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Here Comes the Most Important one. Many Developers might know this. You can view the masked Passwords I.e. If anyone saves their password in your browser you can easily know it by this Trick.


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