September 30th, 2014

6 Ways to Cheer You – and/or Others – Up

When you need a pick-me-upper, the tendency may be to curl up in bed and wallow. We do know how tempting that can be, but it may not be the best thing to do. You can do some other “productive” things instead, and cheer yourself up in the process.

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Additionally, these things may help you cheer others up; and it has been said many times that the best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer another person up. So why don’t you do one or more of these things the next time you feel down? Read the rest of this article →

September 29th, 2014

Losing Your Religion: The Appeal of the Gittite Way

They say that there are two topics that you should never bring up during a social gathering: politics and religion. One reason is that people usually have very passionate and rigid opinions when it comes to politics and religion. Another reason is that there will always be at least two people in a group who will come to loggerheads, hence a potentially awkward situation at best.

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We cannot deny, however, that religion has played a significant role in humanity even before “civilized” societies were formed. Religious or spiritual beliefs have always existed, although they have evolved over time. In modern society, the changes have become even more apparent. Read the rest of this article →

September 23rd, 2014

Reduce Stress by Actually Reducing Your Debt

Growing up, I saw how my parents and relatives dealt with money. Some were rather responsible, making sure they had savings and investments, the latter being the ones with more disposable income than others. Most, however, seemed to be living in debt.

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No matter how big or small, there always seemed to be debt of some kind. Credit cards were not a thing back then, but loans from co-ops, loans from the bank, and similar setups were very common. I promised myself that when I grew up, I would never live in debt.

So much for that promise.

Today, just like many people around the world, I find myself stressing out because of finances. A huge chunk of my earnings go to paying off credit card bills and medical loans. Read the rest of this article →

September 16th, 2014

14 Quotes on Judging and Being Judged

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People are not born being judgemental. This way of thinking is learned, taken in as we grow up. If we see our parents, aunts, uncles, and other adults around us judging other people, then isn’t it understandable that when we grow up, we might have the tendency to be judgemental? We might not even realize that we tend to judge other people!

But then, when we are at the receiving end, things suddenly become unfair, doesn’t it? We think that being judged (unfairly, most of the time) is “just not right”, and we react negatively to it.

There are always two sides to a coin, and if you are going through a situation where judging or being judged is an issue, here are some quotes that may help you gain a better perspective. Read the rest of this article →

September 12th, 2014

5 Things to Tell Yourself to Be Happy

I have been struggling with depressive feelings for quite some time now, although I hadn’t really realized the extent and seriousness of the situation until I started behaving erratically and realizing that I dreaded getting up every day. Then there are the days when I just can’t do anything but lie in bed.

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Happiness is the cure to depression, some say, but it is such an abstract concept that sometimes, we do not know what it is. Some say that if you want to be happy, choose to be happy. And that’s true in some cases. Read the rest of this article →