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A Random Act of Kindness

Today is our 2nd year wedding anniversary. My husband and I decided to go for a morning coffee at a shopping mall close to our home. While we were having our coffee, we spotted this very old couple walking towards to the coffee shop. They looked really adorable together. There was something really special about them. My husband and I are very fond of old couples and they always bring a smile to our faces. When we see old couples, we end up talking about how we would be when we grow old together.

The old man sat down at a table next to us while the woman stood in the line to buy their morning coffee. My husband, Anuj turned to me and said, “Baby, I’m going to buy them coffee”. I was a little reluctant at first. I always feared what if they took our act of kindness the wrong way. Ignoring my thoughts, Anuj stood up and went to the old man and said “We would like to buy coffee for you and your wife”. The old man smiled and said “for sure, you’re very kind”. He just couldn’t help but to smile and continued chatting with us.

The old man told us that he was 93 years old and that he and his wife have been married for 70 plus years. We were really astonished with how long they have been married for. Anuj asked him “What’s the secret to your long and happy marriage?” The old man replied, be pleasant, kind and respectful towards each other. And he continued “When a woman says “No”, she means Maybe and when a woman says “Maybe”, she means “Yes” and when a woman says “Yes”, she’s not a woman. We had a good laugh.

He also shared a marriage joke with us.

“A couple was married for 50 years and they were called for a TV interview. The interviewer asked the woman, “Have you both ever had any arguments”. The woman replied, “Yes, we only had one argument”. The interviewer was surprised that over 50 years of marriage they only had one argument. But the woman continued, “We only had one argument and we are still arguing about it till today!”

How funny was that? We were so joyful being in their company. Although it was a short conversation, it really amazes me how much an old person can share with us. Their life experiences and wisdom are always to be learned from and cherished. My husband and I had such a great conversation and good laugh with this old couple. What can I say? A random act of kindness can put a smile on another person’s face and brighten our day.

On this beautiful day of our 2nd year marriage anniversary, I just wanted to thank God to have matched me with a man with a kind heart and strong values in life. I am very lucky to have someone who always pushes me to my limits to achieve greatness in my life. You are my guiding light, my pillar of strength and my protector. Thank you for always loving and supporting me. I want to grow old with you my dear husband. Happy Anniversary.

What’s your random acts of kindness??? Feel free to share your story!

Are You Surrounding Yourself With the Right People?

The people we surround ourselves with play a huge role in our life. They say that “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The people you spend most of your time with influence the way you think, act and feel on a day-to-day basis. The people in your life will either inspire you or drain you – so, choose it’s so vital to choose wisely who you surround youself with!

If it’s that important to be surrounded with the right type of people, then what type of people do you surround yourself with to help you be successful?

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Living with Mindfulness

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”, Buddha

Who would have thought being mindful in each and every action of ours is so important to our physical and mental well-being. It wasn’t till very recently I started exploring the art of mindfulness. Like most of us, I am just another common human being who always thought being on the go and busy is how we need to be in our pursuit of success and happiness. Our days have become so mundane and demanding that we often tend to operate in an autopilot mode without even realising it. Plus, maintaining a work life balance is evidently becoming harder in this fast-paced life, which is why it is very essential that we “Be. Here. Now”.

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Top 5 Daily Rituals for Your Happiness :)

Are you feeling angry, sluggish, miserable and depressed? Not having a good day? Don’t worry, you are not alone – been there, done that! Everyone has their bad days. But the most important question here is – how do you handle your bad day and turn into a positive and productive one?

So, I started doing some research and listening to videos on how to be joyful, even on a bad day. Not that I don’t know how to be happy. Obviously things like shopping, holidaying and catching up with friends definitely make me happy! Yes, they do to a certain extent but what I really discovered is that it is enormously important for us to be content within ourselves before even resorting to external things in search of happiness.

“Joy is not about what you do and what you do not do. Joy is about how you are within yourself”, Sadhguru (a yogi, mystic and visionary).

I figured that the first thing we need to do is get some positive energies flowing within ourselves. Once we’ve started to feel good inside, it is much easier to change our perspective on the day and make it a happy day.

So, here I am sharing my 5 rituals to be happy daily:

  1. Wake Up and Be Grateful

If you wake up alive today, be thankful for another day gifted to you! Practise GRATITUDE. Start your day by appreciating what you have in life – a roof under your head, food to eat, clothes to wear, your loved ones and many more. If you ever feel that something is bothering you and you are not happy, write a journal about the things that are troubling you and at the same time write down the things that you are grateful for in your life. When you do this, you will be more conscious about what your real troubles are and this gives you a better framework of mind to work your problems with a calmer and positive attitude.

  1. Practise Deep Breathing and Yoga

It is said that deep breathing and yoga is s a self healing therapy that can help us reduce stress and calm the mind and the body.

Breathe out all of the negativity of today and breathe in the ability to find clarity and positivity. Take a few moments in your precious day to close your eyes and to be simply present in the moment.  Breathe by inhaling deeply through your right nostril for a count of four, and then exhaling from your left nostril for another count of four. Practise this for two minutes and you can work your way up to five minutes. A regular daily practice of deep breathing is one of the best tools for improving your overall health and well-being.

Note: You can also practise other types of breathing exercises as a part of your daily routine.

Some form of stretching or workout is great for our body. Even just a 10 – 15 minutes morning yoga routine goes a long way to our system. It enters the mind, balances the body, and jolts you awake with more positive and lasting energy for the day. So, do yourself a favour and try devoting just 15 minutes per day for starters to give some love for your body! Trust me, a little goes a long way.

Here is my favourite quick & easy 10 minutes yoga routine for starters (Yoga With Adriene):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnd5Slo02us

  1. Smile

The best things in life are free. SMILE is one of them! It may sound silly and simplistic, but there are actual benefits behind smiling. Smile is a powerful antidote for stress and it is actually proven to make us feel better. Not only does a grin instantaneously boost your level of happiness, research has shown that smiling at strangers can help them feel more connected. Remember that bad moods and negative emotions are impermanent, so why not smile more and make yourself and others happy!

  1. Connect with the nature

Being stuck inside the home or office all day can actually make a bad day even worse. A little change of environment can help us feel better and see a situation in a new and brighter perspective.  Take a stroll in the park, read a book and get yourself exposed to some sun and connect to energy of the nature.

“HEALING WITH EARTHING” – It is said that the practise of “Grounding” (the practice of exposing yourself to the ground with your bare feet) helps in improving immune systems, boosting energy and lowering stress, in turn stimulating happiness.

During your free time or even lunch break, find a grassy spot where you can allow your feet to rest in the grass. Get some sun (Vitamin D), read a book/ magazine and zone out, even if it’s just for a few minutes of your day.

  1. Do something different or Learn something new

Most of us are stuck with our everyday busy lifestyle and we often forget that doing something different or learning something new can actually make us happy. Break out of your routine and mix things up! It can be as simple as taking up a new hobby, trying a new recipe, reading a book, painting or even walking down a different street. For me, I found that dancing and gardening was an outlet from my daily routine, and it helped me express my emotions and it increased my feel good hormones. The digital world offers us numerous ways to learn things fast and on the go. So, if you don’t know where to start, just go to YouTube or Pinterest and type in something you are interested in such as “DIY” or “Healthy Recipes”, you’re sure to find something new and exciting to try.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my 5 daily rituals that brings joy within me! I really wish that these small changes will help you to be a happier person.

 

*** Life is a short journey, there is no time to be unhappy. Let’s inspire ourselves to smile, love, laugh and live blissfully***

 

Lots of Love,

Thanu