Key to Happiness

‚Äú I am rich, fit, and I have mastered almost everything I wanted to master. Why am I still not happy and still not satisfied?‚ÄĚ – posted in Quora by Anonymous

Answer by Karim Elsheikh:

“Human happiness (as we know it) is caused by 4 basic chemicals:


# On your journey to become fit, your body released endorphins to cope with the pain of physical exercise. You probably began to enjoy exercise as you got into it, and the endorphins made you happy – temporarily.

# On your journey to become rich, you probably completed many tasks and goals. You probably bought all the things you’ve ever wanted. Nice cars, beautiful clothes, and a perfect home. This released dopamine in your brain when you achieved your goals and bought these things, which once again contributed to your happiness Рtemporarily.

So what about the other two chemicals?

It turns out that human happiness is incomplete without all 4 chemicals constantly being released in the brain.

So now you need to work on releasing serotonin and oxytocin.

‚ÄúHow do I do that, Buddy?‚ÄĚ

# Serotonin is released when we act in a way that benefits others. When we give to causes beyond ourselves and our own benefit. When we connect with people on a deep, human level. Writing this Quora answer is releasing serotonin in my brain right now because I’m using my precious time on the weekend to give back to others for free. Hopefully I’m providing useful information that can help other people, like yourself.

That’s why you often see billionaires turning to charity when they have already bought everything they wanted to, and experienced everything they wanted to in life. They’ve had enough dopamine from material pleasures, now they need the serotonin.

# Oxytocin on the other hand, is released when we become close to another human being. When we hug a friend, or shake someone’s hand, oxytocin is released in varying amounts.

Oxytocin is easy to release. It’s all about becoming more social!

Share your wealth with your friends and family to create amazing experiences.

Laugh, love, cooperate, and play with others.
That’s it my friend!

I think it all comes down to the likelihood that you are missing two things: contribution and social connection‚ÄĚ


Joy of Living

I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person about half a km ahead. I could guess he was running a little slower than me and I felt good, I said to myself I will try catch up with him.

I had about a km before I needed to turn off. So I started running faster and faster. Every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 feet behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. I was determined to catch up with him.

Finally, I did it! I caught up and passed him. Inwardly I felt very good. “I beat him”.

Of course, he didn’t even know we were racing.

After I passed him, I realized I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed my turn to my house,. I had missed the focus on my inner peace, I missed to see the beauty of greenery around, I missed to do my inner Namasarmarna, and in the needless hurry stumbled and slipped twice or thrice and might have hit the footpath and broken a limb.

It then dawned on me, isn’t that what happens in life when we focus on competing with co-workers, neighbours, friends, family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important and in the bargain we miss on our happiness within our own surroundings?

We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our given destination. The problem with unhealthy competition is that it’s a never ending cycle.

There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with a better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife, a more handsome husband, better behaved children, better circumstances and better conditions etc.

But one important realisation is that ‘You can be the best that you can be, when you are not competing with anyone.’

Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to what others are, where others are going, wearing and driving. Take whatever you have, the height, weight and personality. Accept it and realize, that you are blessed. Stay focused and live a healthy life. There is no competition in Destiny. Each has his own.

Comparison AND Competition is the thief of JOY. It kills the Joy of Living your Own Life.

Run your own Race that leads to Peace.



I never sat on a sofa with my father & after my marriage, I had already left him…….
“Many years ago, after I got married I was sitting on a couch on a hot, humid day, sipping frozen juice during a visit to my father.

As I talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, my father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look at me.

“Never forget your friends,” he advised, “they will become more important as you get older.”

“Regardless of how much you love your family and the children you happen to have, you will always need friends.

Remember to go out with them occasionally, do activities with them, call them …”

“What strange advice!” I thought. “I just entered the married world, I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start will be everything I need to make sense of my life.”

Yet I obeyed him; kept in touch with my friends and annually increased their number. Over the years, I became aware that my father knew what he was talking about!

In as much as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a man, friends are the bulwarks of his life.

After 50 years of life, here is what I learned:

Time passes.
Life goes on.
The distances increase
Children grow up & and become independent and although it breaks the parents’ heart but they are often separated from them.

Jobs come and go.

Illusions, desires, attractions, sex … weaken.

People do what they should not do.

The parents die.

Colleagues forget the favors.

The races are over.

But, true friends are always there, no matter how long or how many miles they are.

A friend is never more distant than the reach of a need, reaching out to you intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or with blessings for your life.

When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead.

We did not know how much we would need from one another.
Love your parents, take care of your children, but keep a group of good friends

Dedicated to all Friends.

Author : Unknown

Source: Online Magazine

Yogic Diet


Yogic diet is a balanced, vegetarian diet that fulfills all the nutritional needs for mind-body balance. Eating the right food, in the right quantity, with the right attitude and at the right time are the tenets of a yogic diet. The ancient yogis classified food into Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic based on the three gunas or attributes present in every individual. viz., Sattva (purity), Rajas (activity), Tamas (inertia). These gunas exist in different degrees in every individual and change from time to time.

Sattvic diet is freshly cooked, clean vegetarian food, organic, that is grown in harmony with
nature and is cooked with love. Seekers of wisdom take this diet.

‚ÄĘ Bhagavad gita (17 : 8) describes Sattvic food as ‚Äúpromoting life, virtue, strength, health,
happiness and satisfaction.‚ÄĚ

Sattvic foods are balanced combination of whole grains, legumes, pulses, fresh fruits and
vegetables, except onions, garlic and mushrooms. They include dry fruits, milk and milk products, natural sugars like jaggery and honey. Spices include coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, black pepper, sesame, carom seeds, pomegranate seeds, ginger, holy basil, mint, cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric. Plant based oils include sesame, sunflower, olive and coconut.

Rajasic diet is over stimulating and destroy the mind-body balance. These foods cause restlessness to the mind, arouse negative emotions and lead to circulatory and nervous disorders. Sattvic foods when eaten in a hurry or with a negative attitude become Rajasic.

‚ÄĘ Bhagavat gita (17: 9) describes Rajasic food as ‚Äúexcessively hot, spicy, bitter, salty, pungent,
burning the tongue.‚ÄĚ

Rajasic foods are stimulants such as coffee, tea, colas, chocolates, tobacco, onion and garlic.
They include hot-spicy, sour, fried, refined food and food with added salt and chillies.

Tamasic diet causes heaviness, dullness, lethargy and destroy body’s ability to withstand stress,
lower the resistance to disease. They do not have ‚Äėprana‚Äô for mind-body balance. Sattvic food when¬†burnt, or over-eaten or reheated several times becomes Tamasic. Honey when cooked, becomes¬†tamasic. Overripe and rotten fruits are tamasic.

‚ÄĘ Bhagavat gita (17:10) describes Tamasic food as ‚Äústale, rotten, tasteless, impure, unripe and

Tamasic foods are meat, fish, chicken, eggs, mushrooms, onion, garlic, vinegar, drugs, alcohol
old, stale, burnt and overcooked food.


What is Yoga ?

Yoga¬†(Sanskrit:¬†ŗ§Įŗ•čŗ§ó) is a commonly known generic term for the¬†physical,¬†mental, and¬†spiritual¬†practices or disciplines which originated in¬†ancient India¬†with a view to attain a state of permanent peace. It is practiced in many different ways all over the world. Specifically, yoga is one of the six¬†ńĀstika¬†(“orthodox”) schools of¬†Hindu philosophy. One of the most detailed and thorough expositions on the subject is the¬†Yoga SŇętras of Pata√Ījali, which defines yoga as “the stilling of the changing states of the mind” (Sanskrit: ŗ§Įŗ•čŗ§ó: ŗ§öŗ§Ņŗ§§ŗ•ćŗ§§-ŗ§Ķŗ•Éŗ§§ŗ•ćŗ§§ŗ§Ņ ŗ§®ŗ§Ņŗ§įŗ•čŗ§ß:). Yoga has also been popularly defined as “union with the divine” in other contexts and traditions.

  • Yoga is a timeless tradition from Rig Veda with a history of over 5000 years
  • Yoga means uniting individual soul Jeevatma with universal soul Paramatma
  • Yoga is Citta Vritti Nirodah means, yoga controls the fluctuations of the mind
  • Yoga is an ancient philosophy that educates on health and harmonious living
  • Yoga is a science of self-awareness, self development and self-transformation
  • Yoga is a holistic discipline that integrates body and mind, creates perfect balance
  • Yoga is not just physical exercise, it builds emotional stability and calms the mind
  • Yoga is a powerful health discipline that heals many health issues without medicine
  • Yoga is a way of life that boosts positive energies and improves quality of life
  • Yoga bestows self understanding, love, knowledge, wisdom and happiness
  • Yoga awakens the spiritual self, makes the practitioner experience inner divinity
  • Yoga is a natural therapy that makes one look healthy, youthful and beautiful
  • Yoga is an amazing inward journey that illuminates life beyond pain and suffering



Yoga in the¬†Bhagavad Gita¬†refers to the skill of union with the ultimate reality or the¬†Absolute.¬†In his commentary,¬†Zaehner¬†says that the root meaning of yoga is “yoking” or “preparation”; he proposes the basic meaning “spiritual exercise”, which conveys the various nuances in the best way.

Sivananda’s commentary regards the eighteen chapters of the¬†Bhagavad Gita¬†as having a progressive order, by which Krishna leads “Arjuna up the ladder of Yoga from one rung to another.”¬†The influential commentator¬†Madhusudana Sarasvati¬†divided the¬†Gitas eighteen chapters into three sections of six chapters each.¬†Swami Gambhiranandacharacterises Madhusudana Sarasvati’s system as a successive approach in which Karma yoga leads to Bhakti yoga, which in turn leads to Gyaana yoga:

  • Chapters 1‚Äď6 = Karma yoga, the means to the final goal
  • Chapters 7‚Äď12 = Bhakti yoga or devotion
  • Chapters 13‚Äď18 = Gyaana yoga or knowledge, the goal itself


Truths about Yoga

Most people think yoga is a physical exercise that improves body flexibility.
They are interested in fast paced activities and find yoga slow paced and
uninteresting. They do not realize that fast paced activities cause fatigue,
exhaustion and disturb the mind and body balance.

Some people think yoga is only an alternative therapy that provides relief for
headaches, arthritis, back pain, high blood pressure, diabetes and other ailments.
Such people attend yoga classes till their issues get fixed, and discontinue their
practice. Very few people are aware of the true benefits of yoga.

Some people think yoga is a religious practice that deals with rituals.This is not
true. Yoga is a basis of all religions. It educates the practitioner on self understanding,
love, selfless service, management of pain and peaceful living.

When yoga practice starts in childhood, it is a great blessing for the children. Their
systems will function well, posture and mental abilities will improve, there will be
awareness of right and wrong, children will develop positive thinking and emotional
stability. Their immune system will be strengthened and will be free from disease.

Yoga is for everyone. It is never too late to start yoga; one can start yoga even
after attaining age sixty. Yoga is a gift for all ages and a boon for the old age. It
infuses vitality in the old age, develops abilities to adapt to changing situations,
builds confidence and makes the extra years meaningful.

The only necessity is to learn yoga from a knowledgeable and experienced teacher
who will understand the needs of the individual, provide proper guidance and right


Food for Mind & Body – Guidelines for Healthy Eating


The food you eat determines your physical, mental and emotional health. Many people do not
realize this truth. They eat unhealthy food all the time and destroy their health. Unhealthy foods
are precooked frozen foods, pizzas, deep fried foods, hot-spicy, overcooked food, burnt food,
chips, burgers, colas, refined grains that do not have fibre, foods that contain too much sugar, salt, artificial colour and preservatives. Such foods have no nutritive value; they increase fat and bad cholesterol, weaken the digestive system and lead to ill-health.

Many people are not aware that water is an essential ingredient for the body and mind. Water is a natural detox that eliminates waste and toxins, refreshes the brain, carries nutrients, promotes digestion,prevents dehydration, reduces stress, prevents headaches, improves concentration and dissolves all the excesses. It serves as a lubricant, regulates body temperature and is vital for health just like oxygen. Drink at least twelve glasses of water everyday for good health.


Beverages such as tea, coffee, wine, beer and aerated drinks, have no calories, no vitamins and minerals. They contain caffeine, sugar, alcohol and chemicals that deplete natural energies and destroy mind-body balance. Drink home-made vegetable and fruit juices. They have vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, aid digestion, refresh brain, promote weight loss, nourish and heal cells, tissues, glands and organs. They rejuvenate mind and body after a surgery, provide good relief for ulcers , high blood pressure, fatigue, bad cholesterol, diabetes, cardiac and kidney problems.

A well planned vegetarian diet meets all nutritional needs of body and mind and also prevent diseases. Ensure your diet has all the essential nutrients. Snack on fresh fruits, keep your stomach light when you go to bed. If you work under great stress, drink plenty of water, 4-5 glasses of green tea in a day. To improve mind and body health, change your attitudes, choose the right food that will nourish and heal.


  • Begin your day with three glasses of luke warm water
  • Sit and sip water and mix it with saliva before swallowing
  • Drink at least twelve glasses of water every day
  • Breakfast is an important meal, please do not skip it
  • Eat at regular times every day and enjoy every meal
  • Eat when your mind is calm; do not eat when angry
  • Take vegetarian food, avoid non-vegetarian food
  • Take fruits, vegetable juices as a meal if you are stressed
  • Eat slowly and chew your food well; do not eat in a hurry
  • Eat to fill half your stomach and do not over-eat
  • Avoid all food that are too hot or too cold in temperature
  • Avoid drinking water or fruit juice during your meals
  • Drink water one hour before and one hour after your meals
  • Drink green tea everyday; it is alkaline and antioxidant
  • Snack on fresh fruits, nuts and dried fruits; avoid junk foods
  • Avoid eating the food that have excess salt and excess sugar
  • Excess sugar and salt destroy the mind and body strength
  • Have light and low calorie dinner three hours before sleeping
  • Sit in Virasana or recline in Supta Virasana after your meals
  • Supta Virasana, relieves heaviness and digests food faster
  • Fruit-fast once a month will cleanse your digestive system

“A t t i t u d e” a true definition

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to
get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a
gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little
old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty – seven years old. Can I
give you a hug?”

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave
me a giant squeeze.

“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, have a
couple of children, and then retire and travel.”

“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be
taking on this challenge at her age. “I always dreamed of having a college
education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate
milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we
would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized
listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily
made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the
attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up. At
the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet.
I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to
the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her
three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she
leaned into the microphone and simply said “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave
up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech
back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began: “We do not stop playing
because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four
secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success:

  1. “You have to laugh and find humor every day.”
  2. “You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have
    so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!”
  3. “There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you
    are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one
    productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven
       years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn
    ¬†¬† eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or
       ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in
    ¬†¬† change.”
  4. “Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did,
    but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are
    those with regrets.” She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The
    ¬†¬† Rose.”

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily
lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all
those years ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two
thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful
woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can
possibly be.

If at 87 one can dream and achieve …… Why not us…. our designers…..

our dealers …….our salesmen….. our mechanics…..

and reach¬† back to No 1 POSITION……

If you read this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends
and family, they’ll really enjoy it!



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Education in India !!!



Some very good and interesting points.. Read it till the end.

1 – Did you know that Japanese children clean their schools every day for a quarter of an hour with teachers which has led to the emergence of a Japanese generation who is modest and keen on cleanliness.

2 – Did you know that any Japanese citizen who has a dog must carry a special bags to pick up dog droppings. Hygiene and their eagerness to address cleanliness is part of Japanese ethics.

3 – Did you know that hygiene worker in Japan is called “health engineer” and can command salary of USD 5000 to 8000 per month, and a cleaner is subjected to written and oral tests!!

4 – Did you know that Japan does not have any natural resources, and they are exposed to hundreds of earthquakes a year, but it did not prevent her from becoming the fourth largest economy in the world.

5 – Did you know that Hiroshima returned to what it was, economically vibrant before the fall of the atomic bomb in just ten years.

6 – Did you know that Japan prevents the use of mobiles in trains and restaurants.

7 – Did you know that in Japan , students from the first to sixth primary years must learn ethics in dealing with people.

8 – Did you know that the Japanese, even though they are one of the richest people in the world, do not have servants and the parents are responsible for the house and children.

9 – Did you know that there is no examination from the first to the third primary level; because the goal of education is to instill concepts and character building, not just examination and indoctrination. –

10 – Did you know that if you go to a buffet restaurant in Japan you will notice people only eat as much as they need without any waste. No wasteful food.

11 – Did you know that the rate of delayed trains in Japan is about 7 seconds per year!!
They appreciate the value of time, very punctual to minutes and seconds

12 -. Did you know that children brush their teeth after a meal at school; They maintain their health from an early age.

13 – Did you know that students take half an hour to finish their meals to ensure right digestion. When asked about this concern, they said: These students are the future of Japan

Do Share please as all Should learn about these good points …….


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Cycling vs McDonald


A Cyclist – is a disaster for the economy:

1. He does not buy the car and does not take a car loan.

2. Does not buy vehicle insurance.

3. Does not buy fuel.

4. Does not use the services of repair shops and car washes.

5. Does not use paid parking.

6. Does not become obese.

7. Yes, and well, dammit ! Healthy people are not needed for the economy. They do not buy drugs. They do not go to private doctors.

They do not increase the country’s GDP !

On the contrary, every new McDonald’s outlet creates 30 jobs:
10 Dentists, 10 Cardiologists and 10 Weight Loss Experts.

So, what do you prefer- Cycling or McDonald?

Science of Sleep

Sleep¬†is a naturally recurring state of mind and body, characterized by altered¬†consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, inhibition of nearly all¬†voluntary muscles, and reduced interactions with surroundings.[¬†It is distinguished from¬†wakefulness¬†by a decreased ability to react to¬†stimuli, but is more easily reversed than the state of being¬†comatose. Sleep occurs in¬†repeating periods, in which the body alternates between two distinct modes known as¬†non-REM¬†and¬†REM¬†sleep. Although REM stands for “rapid eye movement”, this mode of sleep has many other aspects, including virtual¬†paralysis¬†of the body. A well-known feature of sleep is the¬†dream, an experience typically recounted in narrative form, which resembles waking life while in progress, but which usually can later be distinguished as fantasy.

During sleep, most of the¬†body’s systems¬†are in an¬†anabolic¬†state, helping to restore the immune, nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems; these are vital processes that maintain mood, memory, and cognitive performance, and play a large role in the function of the¬†endocrine and¬†immune systems.¬†The internal¬†circadian clock¬†promotes sleep daily at night. The diverse purposes and mechanisms of sleep are the subject of substantial ongoing research.¬†The advent of¬†artificial light¬†has substantially altered sleep timing in industrialized countries.

Is there a best time to sleep? There is a saying that sleeping early and waking up early is good for your health. How true is that? Is it alright to sleep late and wake up late?

You actually have an amazing biological clock ticking inside your body (Circadian Rhythm) . It is very precise. It helps to regulate your various body functions including your sleeping time.


From 11pm to 3am, most of your blood circulation concentrates in your liver. Your liver gets larger when filled with more blood. This is an important time when your body undergoes detoxification process. Your liver neutralizes and breaks down body toxins accumulated throughout the day.

However if you don’t sleep at this time, your liver cannot carry out this detoxification process smoothly.

· If you sleep at 11pm, you have full 4 hours to detoxify your body.
· If you sleep at 12am, you have 3 hours.
· If you sleep at 1am, you have 2 hours.
· And if you sleep at 2am, you only have 1 Hr to detoxify.
What if you sleep after 3am? Unfortunately, you won’t have any time to actually detoxify your body. If you continue with this sleeping pattern, these toxins will accumulate in your body over time. You know what happens next.

What if you sleep late and wake up late?

Have you tried going to bed very late at night? Did you realize you feel very tired the next day no matter how much you sleep ?

Sleeping late and waking up late is indeed very bad for your health. Besides not having enough time to detoxify your body, you will miss out other important body functions too.

From 3am to 5am, most blood circulation concentrates in your lung. What should you do at this moment? Well, you should exercise and breathe in fresh air. Take in good energy into your body, preferably in a garden. At this time, the air is very fresh with lots of beneficial negative ions.

From 5am to 7am, most blood circulation concentrates in your large intestine. What should you do at this moment? You should poop! Pass out all unwanted poop from your large intestine. Prepare your body to absorb more nutrients throughout the day.

From 7am to 9am, most blood circulation concentrates in your stomach. What should you do at this moment? Have your breakfast! This is your most important meal in a day. Make sure you have all the required nutrients from your breakfast. Not having breakfast causes lots of health problems for you in the future.

That’s the way to start your day

No wonder people living in villages or in farms are healthier. They sleep early and wake up early as they follow their natural biological clock.

If one follows this you’re sure to feel fresher and more energetic all day long.

Good morning

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