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Story: The Hunter Neighbor

A farmer in ancient China had a neighbour who was a hunter, and who owned ferocious and poorly trained hunting dogs. 
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They jumped over the fence frequently and chased the farmer's lambs. 

The farmer asked his neighbour to keep his dogs in check, but this fell on deaf ears. 

One day the dogs again jumped the fence, attacked and severely injured several of the lambs. 

The farmer had had enough, and went to town to consult a judge who listened carefully to the story and said: "I could punish the hunter and instruct him to keep his dogs chained or lock them up. But you would lose a friend and gain an enemy. Which would you rather have, friend or foe for a neighbour?" 

The farmer replied that he preferred a friend. 

“Alright, I will offer you a solution that keeps your lambs safe, and which will keep your a neighbour a friend." 

Having heard the judge's solution, the farmer agreed. 

Once at home, the farmer immediately put the judge's suggestions to the test. 

He took three of his best lambs and presented them to his neighbour's three small sons, who were beside themselves with joy and began to play with them. 

To protect his son's newly acquired playthings, the hunter built a strong kennel for his dogs. 

Since then, the dogs never again bothered the farmer's lambs. 

Out of gratitude for the farmer's generosity toward his sons, the hunter often shared the game he had hunted with the farmer. 

The farmer reciprocated by sending the hunter the cheese he had made. 

Within a short time the neighbours became good friends. 

A saying in old China went something like this, 

“One can win over and influence people the best with gestures of kindness and compassion.” 

A similar Western saying: 

“One catches more flies with honey than with vinegar."

Let us make an effort  to be polite when we speak and not make rude and sarcastic remarks at every opportunity we get, especially with our families, friends and colleagues

Short Stories - 7 Awesome Events

1. LOOKING BACK:
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a
 research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.
 When I asked her to define success in her own words,
 she said, “Success is when you look back at your life
 and the memories make you smile."

2. LOVE CONQUERS PAIN:
Today, after I watched my pet get run over by a car,
 I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.
 And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

3. LOOKING BACK:
Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters
 stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother
 uttered her last coherent words before she died. 
She simply said, 
“I feel so loved right now. We should have
 gotten together like this more often.”


4. AFFECTION:
Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he
 passed away in a small hospital bed. 
About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the
 first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.


5. JOY:
Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old cancer patient
 laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, 
I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining 
about my life and start celebrating it again.


6 KINDNESS:
Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately
 struggling on crutches with my broken leg and 
offered to carry my backpack and books for me. 
He helped me all the way across campus to my class
 and as he was leaving he said, 
“I hope you feel better soon.”


7. SHARING:
Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from
 Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days
 and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. 
Then my friend offered him the sandwich he was about to eat.
 The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”


Cheers to life..!
 
 

Today's Inspiration - Inspiration to Move Forward

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Problems are not
Reasons to Give Up
But
A Challenge to improve Ourselves,
Not an Excuse to Back Out
But
An Inspiration to Move forward

The Many Benefits of Olive Leaves


 

The olive leaf has been a sign of peace and prosperity for many generations. In Genesis, a dove returns to Noah's arc with a fresh olive leaf in its mouth pronouncing the end of the flood. Today the olive branch has become a symbol of peace and even appears on the flag of the United Nations.

We have heard plenty of the health benefits of olive oil, but very little of the health benefits of olive leaves. Recent research shows that the extract made from olive leaves can cure and protect from various diseases and symptoms.

 


It all begins with Pythochemicals ("plant chemicals") whose main purpose is to protect the plant from parasites and maladies. By consuming the plants, our bodies absorb the paythochemicals that protect us from the same hazards. One of those pythochemicals is called Oleuropein, which can be found in olive leaves.

Here are 10 health benefits of olive leaves:

1. They help prevent or slow down the development of cancer:
Findings from a study conducted in 2010-2011 show that the active ingredient in olive leaves can slow down the development of cancer cells in women who suffer from breast cancer, as well as slow down the development of Melanoma in cells that were taken from mice.

2. They encourage bone formation
In a study conducted in Spain in 2011, researchers discovered that the Oleuropein found in olive oils encourages the production of osteroblasts - large cells responsible for the development of the bone - which prevent osteoporosis and a decrease in bone mass.

3. They fight against bacterial and viral infections
Oleuropein is especially useful in fighting against micro-organisms such as viruses and bacteria. It transforms into elenolic acid in the body, which stops the reproduction of amino acids in viruses and bacteria, thus preventing them from replicating and spreading.

4. They prevent aging
Free radicals can damage the skin by disrupting the process of DNA formation. Olive leaves are rich in phenols, antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and help revitalize our skin.

5. They reduce inflammation
Oleuropein's ability to fight against germs can cure infections and relieve inflammation.

6. The lower blood pressure
Researchers found that oleuropein can also improve blood circulation and prevent blood clotting. Olive leaves can also balance your blood sugar levels by improving the activity of liver insulin receptors.

 
7. They Fight against cholesterol
 Olive leaves are also known for their ability to stop the formation of LDL ("bad cholesterol") by preventing oxidation.

8. They Reinforce the immune system
The phytochemicals found in olive leaves support the activity of Vitamin C, which is essential to our immune system.

9. They cure infections
As part of its antiviral activity, olive leaf extract can also cure viral infections such as herpes and influenza.

10. And the list goes on and on...
Since olive leaves have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, they can also help in cases of malaria, allergies, psoriasis, CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and more.

Convinced? Go to the nearest health & nature shop and ask for olive leaf extract.

12 Awesome Futuristic Cars!

Are you curious about what cars are going to look in the not-so-distant future? We are currently entering a golden age of advanced cars which possess cameras, sensors, artificial intelligence, and are even capable of driving without help. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at 12 incredible futuristic cars that are currently being developed.

1. Terrafugia TF-X
 
 
The Terrafugia TF-X is being designed by the firm Terrafugia. For those of you who get frustrated by heavy traffic, you’ll be glad to hear that this futuristic car can fly. Furthermore, the driver will be able to input their desired location, and the car will take care of the rest.
2. Chevrolet EN-V
 
 
The Chevrolet EN-V looks it has been designed after a ladybug – it takes compact to a totally new level with its dragonfly doors and one passenger capacity. This tiny car will have cameras and sensors, allowing the driver to communicate with other cars.
3. Mitsubishi MMR25
 
 
The Mitsubishi MMR25 will not have any glass windows. Instead, cameras and sensors on the outside, and an interior screen will provide the driver with everything they need to see. It will have nine motors in each wheel and will be extremely power-efficient – it will be able to travel 1,000 miles on a single charge.
4. EDAG Light Cocoon
 
 
Looking a lit-up Nike sneaker, this is a sports car with a unique, organic outer shell. The shell lights up at night, making it much more visible to other drivers.
5. Mercedes Benz Biome
 
 
If you’re after a green, environmentally friendly car, then this is as close as you’re going to get. The interior and exterior of this car are made entirely of genetically modified seeds, and it also runs on plant juice. Furthermore, since this car is made up of organic matter, it can be disposed of naturally at the end of its life, leaving one less car at your local junkyard.
6. Toyota FV2
 
 
With no brakes, steering wheel, or gas pedal, this car looks something straight out of a sci-fi movie. The car is controlled by the driver’s facial recognition, body weight, and body language. It is also going to be fitted with an augmented reality screen.
7. Renault KWID
 
 
The two most fascinating things about this car is its unique design and drone capability. Yup, you heard that right. Drones. First of all, the driver seat is in the middle of the car rather than the left or right. It also has a drone inside the roof that can be deployed to scout the area.
8. Toyota iRoad
 
 
This vehicle is a cross between a motorcycle and a car. It’s designed for city use, so it only has a top speed of 59 kph. It comes equipped with an active lean suspension that allows it to make tight turns around corners.
9. Faraday Future FF 91
 
 
Don’t forget to buckle your seatbelt as this car can go from 0-60 in just 2.39 seconds! Furthermore, it has a semi-autonomous AI with the ability to park itself, open the doors, and adjust the temperature. This car will be available for a limited period of time in 2018.
10. Kia Pop
 
 
The future of automobiles is electric power, and this car continues the trend. Thanks to its small design, it only requires three yards of parking space. This car can reach an impressive 140 kph, but it only has a range of 100 miles when fully charged.
11. AeroMobil 3.0
 
 
This is another futuristic plane and car combination that has retractable wings and a propeller in the back. The driver’s seat looks a cockpit, giving people the ability to fly or drive to their intended destination.
12. Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6
 
This vehicle mixes old and new in one stunning vehicle you’ll wish you could afford. With an LCD touch screen, a 3D printed design, and hybrid engine, this is one amazing car. This vehicle will be released at some point between 2018 and 2020.

What to Eat When Taking Antibiotics!

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When your body is trying to fight an infection, your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics. Yet as most of us know, the medication itself can take a toll on your health and your gut bacteria. Antibiotics are designed to kill off bacteria in your body, and while that's a good thing in conditions like strep throat or bronchitis, antibiotics can't distinguish the difference between bad bacteria and the helpful ones that live in your gut and mouth. So, these few key tips will help you change your diet and lifestyle, keeping you healthy over the course of your antibiotic treatment while replacing your essential bacteria.
 
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1. Avoid major allergens and sugars
While taking your course of antibiotics, there are some foods you are definitely going to want to avoid, mainly gluten, dairy, and sugar. These are all very common allergens, especially if there is a concern present, helping to remove any potential sources of inflammation or potential disease processes. 
The less sugar a person eats, the less sugar bacteria can eat, limiting their ability to grow and divide. Sugars suppress the ability of our white blood cells to eat bacteria. Removing these sugars can help diminish another problem that surfaces commonly in women taking antibiotics: yeast infections. Meaning that in women, antibiotics allows yeast overgrowth to occur. 
2. Eat more probiotic foods
Keeping yourself healthy during an antibiotics treatment isn't just about cutting things out, there are certain things you want to be adding to your diet too, predominantly, probiotics. If you are sensitive to dairy, stock up on foods like yogurt or kefir, or even miso soup, all of which are high in probiotics.
You can also take probiotic supplements since the optimal dose of around 5 billion is tough to get from food alone. Opt for strains like saccharomyces boulardii and/or lactobacillus rhamnosus, which are good to take while on antibiotics. It may also be best to ingest it in powder form, as this will work faster and more efficiently.
 
3. Time your probiotics right
When you take a course of antibiotics, you may be required to take pills from one to four times a day. Usually, you're required to do so with food. therefore, it may be tempting to take your probiotic at the same time, but this will only cancel out all the helpful effects. Here's an example of what you should do:
In the morning, you could take your antibiotic with a boiled egg, then wait an hour and have a cup of probiotic-rich Greek yogurt as a mid-morning snack. Then you could have a kimchi snack in the afternoon before taking your antibiotic with dinner. If you're going to take probiotics in capsule form, consider taking them mid-morning and mid-afternoon, this will help it work before you add another antibiotic to the mix. 
 
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4. Watch your stress levels
Being sick is stressful, especially if your illness has kept you from performing at work or from keeping up with other obligations. Though stress can actually make your health worse, particularly when you're taking antibiotics. 
Furthermore, 'cortisol,' our stress hormone, compromises the integrity and absorption capability of our digestive system. Meaning that your body will have a harder time absorbing probiotics and helping your gut bacteria repopulate. In order to give your body the best shot at repopulating your gut with good bacteria, cut out habits that can raise cortisol such as smoking, alcohol consumption, over-exercising and consuming foods which you are allergic or sensitive to. Be sure to get lots of rest and relaxation.
5. Consume foods high in vitamin K
Vitamin K is an important nutrient which is involved in blood clotting, wound healing and bone health. Adequate daily intake of vitamin K is 90 micrograms for women and 120 micrograms for men. But when taking antibiotics, it destroys the bacteria producing vitamin K. This means that you should increase its intake while on antibiotic treatment. Opt for foods such as dark green leafy veg, which also contain many antioxidants and phytonutrients. 
6. Consume foods high in vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is required for the proper development of red blood cells. Being deficient in B12 may result in anemia. It is partly produced by healthy gut bacteria and should therefore be increased while on antibiotic treatment. Its best sources are fish, particularly salmon, red meat and dairy products. 
7. Consume foods rich in folic acid
Gut bacteria also produce folic acid. It therefore makes sense to add some foods rich in this nutrient to your diet after an antibiotic treatment. Folic acid is also important for your brain, muscles and eye health. It is also essential for proper red blood cell development. Folate may also be helpful in the prevention of ovarian and colon cancer as well as heart disease and stroke. Its richest sources are spinach, beets, peanuts and green leafy vegetables.

Truth and Lies

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“TRUTH” is like a Surgery
It Hurts,
But it Cures….!
“LIE” is like a Pain Killer
It Gives relief Immediately,
But
It gives Side Effects Later…..!

Today's Inspiration: The Choice Is Yours

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With Everything that has happened to you,
you can either
feel sorry for yourself
or
treat what has happened as a gift.
Everything is either
An opportunity to grow
Or
An obstacle to keep you from growing
CHOICE IS YOURS

15 Essential Google Tips!

Google is the most frequently used search engine in the world by a mile, and over 2 trillion (2,000,000,000,000) searches are carried out every year. However, did you know that Google is actually much more than just a search engine? In fact, Google has a whole host of lesser-known functions, such as finding the best recipe for you or calculating your restaurant tip. Below, you'll find 16 of the most useful and interesting ones. Your searches will never be the same again.
 
 
 
1. Google can be used as a timer.
 
2. Google can give you information about practically any festival or holiday.
 
3. Google can be used as a calculator.
 
4. It can even help you calculate the right tip.
 
5. Typing 'do a barrel roll' will actually make Google do one!
 
6. Google will give you anagrams every time 'anagram' is included in a search.
 
7. Google will supply you with an appropriate recipe when using the word 'recipe'.
 
8. Google will exclude a word from your search if you add a minus symbol in front of it.
 
9. Clicking on the microphone symbol will allow you to do a vocal search.
 
10. Google will make sure you're always up to date with the latest TV shows.
 
 
 11. You can get detailed flight information from Google.
 
12. Google can also convert practically everything.
 
13. Google's translations take a fraction of a second.
 
14. Google always knows when the sun rises and sets.
 
15. It also knows the weather all across the globe.
 

Bonus: Here's a detailed infographic which will give you a better understanding of how Google works.
 
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 Thanks to Elm Belle for posting these 16+1 essential google tips,
 which most of us may not be aware.