How to increase the probability of improving any situation you may be in

To start off, let me spout some terminology that will help decipher the framework that I am going to describe here. With any situation, there are 3 key elements – in my opinion: The worst that can happen [TWTCH] in the situation Best outcome for you [BOFY] Worst outcome for you [WOFY] If TWTCH is better than or equal to BOFY, stop worrying about the situation If TWTCH is in between BOFY and WOFY, you should try force it as close to your BOFY as possible IF TWTCH is worse than your WOFY, you should do your best to force

The contradictions in current society

These days it is mesmerizing to view the contradictions gripping society — mostly in the form of liberal thinking and activism. As an Indian, I can relate closely to the contradictions afflicting India and how the ‘Western / ized’ liberals spew nonsense about everything they know nothing of. I feel angry about all those ‘hole in the butts’ who stand in the way of anything the Modi government does for India’s progress but whose own children and grandchildren will eventually benefit immensely from everything being done now. Some of it I can ascribe to their lack of education (thanks to

The Failure of Democracy

Today’s election results (13/12/2019, exit poll based) in the UK are a stark reminder to us all that democracy in the form it is practiced now — representative democracy — is dead. A buffoon will now be Prime Minister of Britain for 5 years. The only reason for his victory is the absolute joker who leads the Labour Party. This joker did not take a stand on the most important issue of the day — Brexit — and took his party to the extreme left over the last 5 years. And the people in the country have paid the price

Positive thinking keeps you healthy

This is based on an article that appeared in the New York Times recently (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/well/live/positive-thinking-may-improve-health-and-extend-life.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=1) Studies have shown that a positive outlook could keep you healthier. And you can learn to think positively even when you are in a bad situation. There are 8 specific skills that you need to train yourself on for this (Judith T. Moskowitz, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, developed a set of eight skills to help foster positive emotions): Recognize a positive event each day. Savor that event and log it in a journal or

Age does not matter when it comes to exercise

Age should not be the deciding factor when you think about exercise. Many people who led a sedentary life start becoming active post retirement. Over a period of time, health and fitness improve even if you started late. There is the French cyclist who never used to exercise before retirement, but started cycling around town once he started having time to himself, is now going about setting records in cycling at 105 years of age! (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/well/move/lessons-on-aging-well-from-a-105-year-old-cyclist.html). More than age, it is persistence (or the lack there of) that determines fitness in the over 60s. It is proven that even with

Cut your calories to shape up

Watch your calories whenever you have a meal. Each gram of carbohydrate or protein is 4 calories while a gram of fat is 9 calories. Have a rough idea of how many calories you are taking in with each meal and have a daily cut off set between 2,000 and 2,500 calories. This is one easy way to make sure you do not put on weight. You can use some of the links below to get a better idea of the calories associated with different Indian food items: Delishably My Fitness Pal Apollo Life  

When you feel down, try this

When you feel down and out, please do the following: 1. Take a deep breath, and then exhale slowly while you count up to 10. Repeat this 10 times. 2. Think of all the good things you have, which you take for granted – the fact that you get good healthcare for free, good food, unpolluted air, the chance to look forward to another day (hey, think of folks in other parts of the world who do not have any of these) 3. Now, make yourself a cup of coffee, and sit down in a place where you can write