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April 12, 2020
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Am I This? A Self-improvement Exercise

So, the last time, I helped you make a blueprint of your current life and I gave you the choice to take it further. But do you ever wonder that when we say ‘I am _______’, we are not only forcing upon ourselves a particular identity but also limiting ourselves with certain tags, for example, ‘I am confident’, ‘I am a believer’ or may be ‘I am bored,’ ‘I am irritated’.
To take a step ahead, we can try saying ‘I have developed ___________’. It may be a little difficult to fill in this black with a single word but that’s not really what we are concerned about. I believe, this helps us in three ways:
1. In terms of positive attributes, having developed something does not enforce any kind of egotistic connotation. It is rather a humble way of saying that after putting in some efforts, I have developed some particular good habits or a positive attribute, for example: ‘I have developed confidence.’
2. In terms of negative attributes, having developed gives us the optimism to make a transformation. It becomes a form of self-confession rather than self-criticism. So it gives us the required push to undo the negative habit developed and replace it with a positive one, for example: ‘I have developed fear.’
3. Overall, the ‘I have developed ________’ attitude gives us the confidence of having done something and on the other end leaves us open to make a change wherever necessary. Tell me what you have developed and what do you think about this. Write to me in the feedback at the bottom and let’s talk about it.
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A Story of Buddha
महात्मा बुद्ध एक बार अपने शिष्य आनंद के साथ कहीं जा रहे थे। काफी चलने के बाद उन्हें प्यास लगी तो वे एक पेड़ के नीचे विश्राम को रुके और आनंद पास में स्थित पहाड़ी झरने पर पानी लेने गया। लेकिन वहां से अभी अभी कुछ पशु दौड़कर निकले थे, जिसकी वजह से पानी गंदा हो गया था। जानवरों की दौड़भाग से पानी में कीचड़ और सड़े-गले पत्ते उभर आये थे। गंदा पानी देखकर आनंद बिना जल लिए ही लौट आया। उसने लौटकर बुद्ध से कहा कि झरने का पानी साफ नहीं है, मैं कहीं और से पानी लाता हूँ।
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दूसरी नदी बहुत दूर थी, इसलिए बुद्ध ने उसे झरने से पानी लेने वापस भेज दिया। आनंद फिर खाली हाथ लौट आया क्योंकि पानी गंदा था, लेकिन बुद्ध ने उसे फिर झरने से ही पानी लाने को कहा।
कुछ देर बाद जब तीसरी बार आनंद झरने पर पहुंचा तो हैरान हो गया। झरना अब बिल्कुल शांत और निर्मल हो गया था। वह जल लेकर लौट आया, और महात्मा बुद्ध से इसके बारे में पूछा।
बुद्ध ने उसे समझाया कि यही स्थिति हमारे मन की है, जीवन की दौड़भाग हमारे मन की शांति को नष्ट कर देती है। लेकिन अगर हम उसे शांति से स्वीकार करें और सही परिस्थिति का इंतज़ार करें तो सब फिर से शांत और निर्मल हो जाता है।
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When Penguins Came Visiting Us

In Chicago there is an aquarium called Shedd. The most fascinating thing happened here, ' the Penguins came in as visitors,' while the building was shut during cornavirus outbreak.
Rockhopper penguins were released from captivity and allowed to roam freely in the aquarium.
Penguins walked around the aquarium observing the exhibits and also befriended the beluga whales.
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The fishes were also alarmed by their unusual visitors. Rockhopper penguins are distinguished by the irrelevant crest of spiky yellow and black feathers that adorn their heads.
Rockhopper penguins believe in bounding, rather than waddling. They are found on windswept shorelines of islands north of Antartica, from Chile to New Zealand. These are 20 inches tall and very gregarious in nature.
The male and female take turns to incubate the eggs.
They stick to shallow waters but can dive up to 330 feet.
Do you know something more about Penguins, write to me at mahajananupama68@gmail.com.
Article by, Anupama Mahajan, Subject Expert and Content Creator.
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Controlling Teenage Anger - With Coach Kartik Vashisht

We all know how an early teenager changes the energy in our home. The body changes physically as well as mentally. A lot can be and have been shared about how physical body changes in adolescence/ teenage. We have come up with series of videos for mental health changes that early teenage(11 above) brings in with mental health first aider - Kartik Vasisht, Coach at Mindfrey.
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Why does the Nose Run?


Ever wondered why our noses run? Where does all that water come from?
We have a thin layer of watery, slimy stuff called mucus on the inside of our nose. This mucus plays an important role of trapping the dirt and germs that are in the air we breathe.
When we catch a cold, extra mucus is made to help us get rid of the cold germs. This mucus only makes our head feel stuffy and our nose sometimes runs. On a really cold day, our nose runs even when we are not sick. The cold air causes the mucus to come together and form larger drops that makes our nose run.
So next time it runs, don’t get embarrassed. Maintain hygiene so you don’t spread the infection and tell people that you and your nose are fighting evil germs.



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Student's Blog


Environment!

Tall buildings in the east
Greenery in the west
All that surrounds you
Looks very best.

Please don’t pollute the environment
Pollution will destroy it,
Move ahead forward,
To clean it a bit.

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Tall buildings in the east
Greenery in the west
All that surrounds you
Looks very best.

Please don’t pollute the environment
Pollution will destroy it,
Move ahead forward,
To clean it a bit.

Dirty water in the rivers
Flows up and down.
It will reach at your place
in the town.

The next generation will
Learn from the same thing.
The idea of cleanliness drive,
Will it bring?

Moving in the West,
Seems to see a lot of garbage,
When the Indians will wake
And brake the bondage?

Staying with the garbage
Will also pollute you,
Tell us too,
About your view?

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The Art of Being Positive

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By: Tanya Arya

Being positive is not only a thought but also your life. Positive thoughts not only help you overcome your problems but also make the journey of your life easier. We know it’s easier said than done and we don’t know about the problems in your life but a positive thought can make a big difference.
Positive thoughts are very powerful. It can change your life forever.
If you keep thinking of yourself as a failure you will be a failure and if you think of yourself as a winner you will be a winner not immediately but definitely. But remember you have to be realistic, you cannot ignore the problems.

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You have to recognise the problems and find a solution to it.
Reading this or many such articles on positive thinking won’t help you but incorporating the positive thoughts in your life will definitely help you. Try these:
1. Stop blaming yourself: Stop blaming yourself for all the problems in your life instead find solutions to the problems with a cool mind and remember we cannot change everything and everybody around us but we can change ourselves.
2. Be confident: Like a coin has two faces similarly life also has two phases. Your life never remains the same. It changes every day. Today may be dark but remember darkness is always followed by a silver lining.
3. Spread positivity: It’s very important to be optimistic but it is equally important to spread positivity. Remember the world is like a mirror and it reflects back what you show. So be positive and get positivity in return.
4. Start your day with Thanksgiving: Never start your day with recalling your problems or the mistakes of the previous day instead start your day with thanksgiving. Thank god for blessing you with a new day, for the opportunity to rectify your mistakes, for completing your unaccomplished tasks -the opportunity that many others did not get. Every new day comes with new opportunities.
5. Believe in yourself: We cannot choose our parents, we cannot choose the country we are born in, we cannot choose our siblings but positivity is a choice we all can make and we are never too late for it.
Be Positive! **Republished on special requests.
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