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MY HEART TOUCHING NATURAL BEAUTY

BUTTERFLY

These 14 stained glass butterfly images soar to imaginative heights! Posed against backgrounds of sunbursts, clouds, and lush tropical gardens, the butterflies feature wings decorated with flowers and other fanciful figurative designs. the butterfly is also identified. Butterfly is so beautifull. Its all like a havents.

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‘The Butterfly’ is a wonderfully imaginative artist-led picture book taking young children on a gently informative and enjoyable journey of a greedy caterpillar transforming into a beautiful butterfly.

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Top 12 Power of Positive Thinking Quotes

 

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“Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.” ~ Og Mandino

 

#2

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

@3

“Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.” ~ Tom Hopkins

@4

“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.” ~ Zig Ziglar

@5

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~ John Wooden

@6

“We can’t escape pain; we can’t escape the essential nature of our lives. But we do have a choice. We can give in and relent, or we can fight, persevere, and create a life worth living, a noble life. Pain is a fact; our evaluation of it is a choice.” ~ Jacob Held

@7

“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.” ~ Joseph Sugarman

@8

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

@9

“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.” ~ Seth Godin

@10

“I have for many years endeavored to make this vital truth clear; and still people marvel when I tell them that I am happy. They imagine that my limitations weigh heavily upon my spirit, and chain me to the rock of despair. Yet, it seems to me, happiness has very little to do with the senses. If we make up our minds that this is a drab and purposeless universe, it will be that, and nothing else. On the other hand, if we believe that the earth is ours, and that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields because the Artist in our souls glorifies creation. Surely, it gives dignity to life to believe that we are born into this world for noble ends, and that we have a higher destiny than can be accomplished within the narrow limits of this physical life.” ~ Helen Keller

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“Nothing truly stops you.  Nothing truly holds you back.  For your own will is always within your control.  Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn’t be affected by an incident unless you let it.” ~ Epictetus

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“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins

15 Reasons You Must Only Sleep On Your Left Side!

We usually do not bother about how we are sleeping as long as we are having a sound sleep. But are you aware of the fact that way we sleep and the side we sleep on, has positive as well as negative effect on our health be it left side, right side, back or on stomach. Out of these, most of health benefits are attached with sleeping on your left side.

 Benefits of sleeping on your left side:

  1. Prevents snoring.
  2. Pregnant women get the advantage of better blood circulation, flowing of blood to uterus, fetus, and kidneys and relief from back ache.
  3. Helps in proper digestion after meals.
  4. Gives relief to people having back and neck pain.
  5. Helps in filtering and purifying toxins, lymph fluids and wastes.
  6. Prevents serious illness as accumulated toxins are flushed out easily.
  7. Liver and kidneys work better
  8. Smooth bowel movements
  9. Reduces workload on heart and its proper functioning
  10. Prevents acidity and heartburn
  11. Prevents fatigue during morning
  12. Fats gets digested easily
  13. Positive impact on brain
  14. It delays onset of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer
  15. It is also considered to be the best sleeping position according to Ayurveda.

Everyone has a different habit of sleeping and it might be difficult for them to change it. But now that we know about so many benefits of sleeping on the left side, we must give it a try. After all, it’s a question of getting healthier day-by-day and it will be no-big change if you make efforts. So, till now if you were sleeping on either right side, back or on stomach, try sleeping on your left side and see the benefits you get. Keep a check!

15 Reasons You Must Only Sleep On Your Left Side!

9 Indian Failures Who Became Inspirational Success Stories

Failures are nothing but stepping stones to success. And no one has proved this saying better than these amazingly inspirational people.

1. Mahatma Gandhi

 

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His is perhaps the most inspirational tale. Originally a barrister in India by profession, he was not a strong lawyer as he was unable to cross-question his witnesses. After spending sometime drafting litigation letters, he went to South Africa where he developed his political skills. It was not a cake-walk for him even there and his Satyagraha movement was fraught with difficulties even in India. Perhaps his biggest failure of all times was the partition of India and Pakistan.

 

2. Amitabh Bachchan

 

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A blockbuster performer at the Bollywood box-office, Amitabh Bachchan’s career tanked along with his production house, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL). His meteoric rise and quick downfall is a true Bollywood tale within Bollywood. He was bankrupt but did not give up and continued to fight. It was at this crucial juncture when his career took at 360 degree turn with the arrival of KBC series in India and slowly, he once again rose to the top. Big B truly proved that nothing, not even a simple desi hairoil advert is “beneath” you but in any profession respect is earned by your skills and your attitude.

 

3. Dhirubhai Ambani

 

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Who doesn’t know the name Reliance today? But do you know, that Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance was perhaps controversy’s favourite child? Ambani had a humble beginning and he was not from an affluent background. He moved to Yemen at 16 years of age where he worked as a simple clerk. However, he knew he had to follow his calling and risking everything, he returned to India to set up his business with his close friend. Though Champaklal Damani differed from Ambani in his views and decided to split, Ambani did not give up hope and continued his trade, deciding to even enter the stock market. His stock market dealings and success have often been questioned but the man rose to power through sheer grit and determination.

 

4. Ratan Tata

 

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What do you do when you have a role model to look up to and then, you are asked to fill the role model’s shoes? When Ratan Tata became the chairman in 1991, he had a mammoth task set before him. His futuristic views and liberal attitude did not go well with some of the top honchos at Tata which resulted in a tussle at the management level. At the very start of his career as chairman, two companies under him faced bankruptcy and his employees faith in him dwindled as he brought down the retirement age from 70 to 65, leading to an ouster of some of the oldest employees of the organisation. Despite the many failures he has seen, Tata Nano being the latest, Ratan Tata did not give up and continues to be a global figure even today.

 

5. Narendra Modi

 

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A humble chai-vendor, embroiled in one of the most blood-bathed controversies in the country is today the Prime Minister. Does success need any other definition? When Modi took on the reigns of Gujarat as the Chief Minister from Keshubhai Patel, his rise was met with opposition from many within the party. Modi’s lack of experience was one of the major concerns. However, Modi stood his ground and became Gujarat’s CM. As the CM, he veered from RSS’s ideologies and supported privatisation and small government. But perhaps, his true test came in the form of the Godhra violence. While many still blame him for the riots, his name was cleared and he went to become one of the most powerful men in the country.

 

6. Shiv Khera

 

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A writer of motivational books, he perhaps needed his words the most when he was accused of plagiarism. Post the launch of one of his books, ‘Freedom is Not Free’, Shiv Khera was accused by a retired civil servant Amrit Lal of plagiarism. While Shiv Khera was dragged to court, he did not give up and continued his writings. He even defended his writings saying he read a lot of books and researched before writing. Some of that research stayed with him. A pretty lame excuse but despite the court case and the out-of-court settlement, he bounced back and his books continue being motivational best-sellers.

 

7. Smriti Irani

 

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Not exactly a failure, but Smriti Irani’s tale is definitely a rags to riches with WTF interspersed in between. She got her dream break while waitressing at McDonalds and became one of the best known faces on the small screen playing the role of Tulsi in Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. However, after a fallout with the small screen queen Ekta Kapoor, her career seemed like it would end. But Smriti Irani decided to enter the world of Politics and is today the HRD minister. With no education (or atleast a few fudged degrees) mind you!

 

8. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

 

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A cricketer relies on not just his strong reflexes but one of the most important asset is his power to see. A cricketer since childhood, Mansoor Ali Khan pataudi permanently damaged one of his eyes in a road accident. This led to him seeing doubled image. Though he could no longer see clearly, pataudi did not give up. He feared his cricket career was over but he returned to the field to play with just one eye. He is today regarded as one of the greatest captains India has ever had!

 

9. Nawazuddin Siddiqui

 

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Born to humble farmers in UP, Nawazuddin first worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company. Wanting something more interesting, he moved to Delhi to only be a watchman. He developed an interest in theatre in Delhi and moved to Mumbai to try his luck in movies. However, like every struggler, he did not get any good job or any meaty role and kept appearing in small roles. He resorted to conducting acting work shops to earn some money. However, he got his break when he got noticed as a reporter in Peepli Live and there has been no looking back for him since then!

                                 

THE COLORS OF LOVE (poem)

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My world was gray and cloudy
Until you came along
Blue with lots of rainy days
I was drowning in my song

 

And when night crept up on me
I felt alone and hollow
I always craved for sunlight
And wished it was tomorrow

 

I never thought it possible
That someday I would find
Someone as sweet and caring
Someone who’d blow my mind

 

Then one fine day to my surprise
You came and rescued me
An angel sent here from above
You’ve drowned my misery

 

No longer is my world so blue
Or gray or black or hollow
It’s filled with only brightest hues
And colorful tomorrows

 

To me the grays are snowflakes
That penetrate my soul
And black is filled with magic stars
As nightly dreams afloat

 

There’s burning reds with flaming love
The warmth of orange sun
There’s the embrace of waterfalls
Refreshing and so calm

 

And there’s the lightest blue in me
When tears start to stream
But these are drops of happiness
For sorrow’s not within

 

There’s every kind of color now
But each is filled with love
Thanks to the sweetest caring angel
Sent to me from above

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11 Benefits of Black Tea

Have you ever heard people criticizing your choices in having caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee? Though over-indulging in anything will have negative consequences, having an extra cup of black tea might not be as bad as you might have imagined.

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Personally I love my perfect cup of tea. It’s how I like to begin my day—not to help me wake up, but rather I like to enjoy a tasteful cup of bliss first thing in the morning. When it comes to herbal, green or black tea, different things suit different people and a doctor’s recommendation should never be overlooked, but for most of us, indulging in a cup or two of black tea might in fact be a healthy life choice, as some studies have shown.

Both green and black tea are made from a shrub called Camellia Sinesis, but with different processing methods. In addition to the leaves being withered, rolled and heated, black tea leaves are fermented before the final heating process.

Below are 11 health benefits of having a cup or two of black tea on a regular basis, though it should be noted that it is recommended that black tea should be consumed without any additives like milk or sugar to truly harness its benefits.

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1. Oral Health: Studies funded by the Tea Trade Health Research Association suggests that black tea reduces plaque formation as well as restricts bacteria growth that promotes the formation of cavities and tooth decays. Polyphenols found in black tea kill and surpass cavity-causing bacteria as well as hinder the growth of bacterial enzymes that form the sticky-like material that binds plaque to our teeth.
 

2. A Better Heart: As identified by Arab L. et al. in their 2009 research paper called “ Green and black tea consumption and risk of stroke: a meta-analysis”, it is seen that regardless of people’s country of origin, individuals who consume 3 or more cups of tea had a 21% lower risk of a stroke than people who consume less than 1 cup of green or black tea per day.
 

3. Antioxidants: Black tea contains polyphenols, which are also antioxidants that help block DNA damage associated with tobacco or other toxic chemicals. These antioxidants are different from those obtained from fruits and vegetables and therefore as a regular part of our diet they can provide additional benefits towards a healthy lifestyle.
 

4. Cancer Prevention: Though a lot more research is required to confidently suggest cancer prevention techniques, some research over the years suggests that antioxidants like polyphenol and catechins in tea may help prevent some types of cancer. It has been suggested that women who drink black tea regularly have a lower chance of ovarian cancer than their counterparts.

5. Healthy Bones: It has also been suggested that regular tea drinkers have stronger bones and lower probability of developing arthritis due to the phytochemicals found in tea.

6. Lower Risk of Diabetes: Based on a research study conducted of elderly people living in the Mediterranean islands it was discovered that people that had been consuming black tea on a long-term basis on a moderate level (i.e 1-2 cups a day) had a 70% lower chance of having or developing type 2 diabetes.

7. Stress Relief: We all are aware and well experienced about the calming and relaxing benefits of black tea. Not only does it help slow you down after a long day, studies show that the amino acid L-theanine found in black tea can help you relax and concentrate better. Black tea has also been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol when consumed in moderate amounts on a regular basis.

8. Better Immune System: Black tea contains alkylamine antigens that help boost our immune response. In addition it also contains tannins that have the ability to fight viruses and hence keep us protected from influenza, stomach flu and other such commonly found viruses in our everyday lives.

9. Healthy Digestive Tract: In addition to improving your immune system, tannins also have a therapeutic effect on gastric and intestinal illnesses and also help decrease digestive activity.

10) Increased Energy: Unlike other drinks that have a relatively higher caffeine content, the low amounts found in tea can help enhance blood flow to the brain without over-stimulating the heart. It also stimulates the metabolism and respiratory system, as well as the heart and the kidneys.

11) Happiness Factor: If a perfect cup of tea makes you smile and lets your heart indulge a little, then what could possibly be the harm?

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10 Surprising Benefits Of Dragon Fruit You Never Knew

Dragon what? No, this is not a medieval-times myth where knights save princesses from fire-breathing dragons and win the coveted dragon fruit from a magical tree. That said, real dragon fruit does contain some pretty magical benefits that can make you feel like a beautiful princess or a knight in shining armor.

In tropical and subtropical regions in South America and Asia, the dragon fruit flourishes and grows in abundance. Appropriately named, the dragon fruit’s outer skin is cactus-like, resembling that of the scales of a mythical dragon. Considered a cactus plant, its vibrant green and reddish-pink hues indicate that the fruit is full of nutrients, while the creamy white flesh spotted with black seeds gives way to many rich and natural properties.

Also known as pitaya, these fun-looking fruits contain around 60 calories each and are rich in vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus. And that’s not all. This is definitely one of the best “super fruits” out there.

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1. Better Than Cheerios

Dragon fruit has an extremely low amount of cholesterol, which ultimately helps the body break down this fruit quickly, keeping you happy and healthy. It’s the perfect fruit to maintain your weight and satisfy your sweet tooth.

2. Heart Healthy

Americans have increasing problems maintaining cardiovascular health. Fortunately, this fruit has an amazing superpower that helps decrease bad cholesterol levels and replenish good levels. Dragon fruit is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, helping the heart stay in great condition.

3. Fill Up On Fiber

To clean up your digestive system, eat a dragon fruit. They have a high fiber content, which can assist with poor digestion and constipation. Eating the flesh and seeds, which contain good protein, will keep your body fortified and satisfied.

4. Active Antioxidants

To rid the body of free radicals and cancer-producing properties, you caneat foods that contain antioxidants. Believe it or not, dragon fruit is giving acai berries a run for their money.

5. Fights Diabetes

The high amount of fiber in dragon fruit can ultimately help regulate diabetes, as it can stabilize blood sugar levels by suppressing sugar spikes. However, with any dietary changes or modifications, always consult your doctor to make sure this is a good food for you.

6. Reduces Signs of Aging

Eating a dragon fruit with its rich antioxidants can keep the skin tight and young. You can even make a face mask using the fruit combined with honey as a natural alternative to anti-aging masks.

7. Treating Colored Hair

Dragon fruit juice is an excellent agent for treating colored hair. By simply putting the juice or a conditioner containing dragon fruit on your scalp, you can protect your chemically treated or colored hair. This will keep the hair follicles open, allowing your hair to breathe and remain healthy and smooth.

8. Suppresses Arthritis

Arthritis directly affects the joints and causes severe irritation and immobility. Adding dragon fruit to your diet can help you fight these ailments. Dragon fruit’s benefits for people suffering from arthritis are so great that it’s commonly referred to as the “anti-inflammatory fruit.”

9. Avoiding Acne

This treatment is not just for teenagers. Rich in vitamin C, this fruit becomes a great topical ointment. Turn a slice of dragon fruit into a paste and apply it to your reddened areas on your face or skin, then rinse with water. For best results, use twice daily.

10. Soothe Sunburned Skin

By combining dragon fruit with cucumber juice and honey, you can create a compound much like aloe that can soothe burned skin. Abundant in vitamin B3, dragon fruit can moisturize sunburned skin and release heat from the affected area.

10 BLOGS I AM ENJOY IN MY LIFE.[FOR MY LIFESTYILE]

10 BLOGS I AM ENJOY IN MY LIFE.[FOR MY LIFESTYILE]

Hi there! Yesterday I shared 10 of my favorite fashion blogs. Today I’m sharing lifestyle. I should warn you… I’m using the word “lifestyle” as a catch all. There are a couple food blogs, some DIY and some of a more personal nature. I love them all, though! Enjoy….

 

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1. Katie’s Pencil Box. I love Katie’s blog and airy photography. It’s beautiful and refreshing in every sense of the word. And I have to say thank you to Danielle for introducing me to this blog! 

 

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2. Food Coma. I know I’m maybe a teeny bit biased because Emma is my sister. That said, her new blog is amazing! I mean… recipe box… need I say more? I would read her blog even if she wasn’t my best friend in the whole wide world. It’s good. 

 

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3. I Go By Katie. This blog was love at first sight for me. I am very attracted to bloggers with a cohesive style and Katie is really an amazing stylist and photographer. Her blog always makes me happy and inspired to take a breather…. love. 

 

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4. Joy The Baker. She’s my other favorite food blog. Love her recipes and photo styling. She makes everything look delicious! Pretzel brownies? Yes. 

 

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5. Honestly WTF. Some of the best DIYS and cutest style posts on the web. I really enjoy catching up with this one. 

 

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6. Our City Lights. Another thing I am attracted to in blogs is a strong sense of self. Diana’s blog has that. I don’t exactly know how to describe it, but you know it when you see it. 

 

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7. Lune. I guess that Jill is my girl crush. I love her designs and styling and all her gorgeous photos. Plus, her blog has plenty of DIYs to keep any 70s child busy. 

 

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8. Create Loves. I met Holly though blogging four years ago and now she’s one of my closest friends (see!) I think it’s a wonderful story of how genuine the blogging community really can be. Beautiful! 

 

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9. The Dainty Squid. I love her. I love her. I love her! She’s so cute. If you like blue hair, you’ll probably love her too! 

And last, but not least……

 

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10. Gala Darling. Love her. It’s nice to see bloggers who really know who they are, doing what they do best! 

Hope you enjoyed my little list! It was (again) really hard to pick favorites so I’ll probably post more in the near future. XO, elsie

THANKS TO VISIT MY BLOGS &

MOTHER AND SON : HEART TOUCHING STORY

MOTHER AND SON : HEART TOUCHING  STORY

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My mother used to ask me what is the most important part of the body is. Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct Answer..
When I was younger, I thought sound was very important to us as humans, so I said, ‘My ears, Mommy..’
She said, ‘No. Many people are deaf. But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon..’
Several years passed before she asked me again. Since making my first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer..
So this time I told her, ‘Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes..’
She looked at me and told me, ‘You are learning fast, but the answer is not correct because there are many people who are blind..’
Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge and over the years, Mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was, ‘No. But you are getting smarter every year, my child..’
Then one year, my grandfather died. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried..
 
I remember that especially because it was only the second time I saw him cry..
My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to my Grandfather..
She asked me, ‘Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear??’
I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me..
She saw the confusion on my face and told me, ‘This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in your life. For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you were wrong and I have given you an example why..
But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson..’  

She looked down at me as only a mother can. I saw her eyes well up with tears. 

She said, ‘My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder..’

I asked, ‘Is it because it holds up my head??’
She replied, ‘No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when they cry. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, my dear. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will always have a shoulder to cry on when you need it..’
Then and there I knew the most important body part is not a selfish one. It is made for others and not for yourself. It is sympathetic to the pain of others..
People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did . But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel..
Share it if you like it…..
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7 WAYS MUSIC BENEFITS YOUR HEART, BRAIN & HEALTH

7 WAYS MUSIC BENEFITS YOUR HEART,BRAIN & HEALTH

Who doesn’t love music? Certainly there are some of us, but for the most part music is a big part of our lives. Whether it’s the music that we listen to on the way to work, while we workout, or the music we hear in a symphony or film, it can bring up our moods, tell us a story or even bring us down. Music has touched cultures all over the world since very early times in human history. Have you ever wondered how music might affect our health?

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ~ Billy Joel

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Music is capable of a number of health benefits including lowering stress levels, raising states of consciousness, changing moods, accessing different states of mind, developing the brain and is useful in meditation -which has a ton of health benefits.

 

The fact is, there isn’t a single human culture on earth that has lived without music! For example, native Africans and Americans both used music in the form of chanting for their rituals and healing ceremonies. In Ancient Greece music was used to ease stress, soothe pain and help with sleeping patterns. Many have said music heals the soul, and it appears that they were right!

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Music Benifits of our health

1) Improves visual & verbal skills

Several studies have shown that music education at an early age stimulates the child’s brain in a number of ways that helps to improve verbal skills, communication skills and visual skills.

A study that looked at 4 to 6 year olds who were subject to one month of musical training that included training in rhythm, pitch, melody, voice and basic musical concepts resulted in enhanced ability to understand words and explain their meaning. [1]

A study using subjects that were 8 to 11 year olds found that those who were involved in extra-curricular music classes were developing higher verbal IQ’s and their visual ability was greater than those who were not receiving the training. [2]

Even children as young as one year old  who participated in interactive music lessons with their parents had a greater ability to communicate, smiled more frequently and were showing greater signs of sophisticated brain responses to music. [3]

music_helps_recovery2) Keeps an aging brain healthy

Research has shown that having musical training and listening to or playing music in old age can help keep the brain healthy especially as it ages. Since listening to music is like exercising the brain, one can expect the benefits of better memory and mental sharpness as they age. [4]

Even people who have some form of brain damage can regain partial or full access to memories (depending on severity) by listening to music, as listening can help draw on old memories and neurological patterns due to the fact that the rhythm and sounds of music stay within the core of the mind for a long time.

3) Music Makes You Happier

As mentioned before, music has the power to do so much. It can make you feel happy, sad, excited or even pumped up. Listening to music that hits you in a special way causes your brain to release dopamine which is known as a feel good chemical. It causes us to feel emotions like happiness, excitement, joy, etc. Listening to music provides us with the same burst of happiness that we would get from eating a piece of chocolate, sex or certain drugs.

Another study showed that music with a quick tempo played in a major key made people feel happy, while music with a slow tempo in a minor key more easily led to feelings of sadness.[6]

4) Heartbeat, Pulse Rate & Blood Pressure

‘We listen to music with our muscles.’ Nietzsche

Studies have shown that music strengthens the heart and improves the recovery time of patients who were suffering from heart disease. [7]

Regardless of the genre of music, listening to your favorite music releases endorphins in the brain that help to improve vascular health. It has been seen that both men and women who listened to music soon after cardiac surgery were much less anxious and even reported having less pain as opposed to those who rested quietly.

An observation made at Massachusetts General Hospital, found that heart patients confined to a bed that listened to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure, slower heart rates, and less distress than those who didn’t listen to music.

5) Improves Sleep Quality

Some of the most common things to interfere with sleep are stress and anxiety (heart rates.) Since music has the ability to affect both in a positive way, research has found that listening to music at various times promotes better sleep patterns for people and even created more restful sleeps. In some cases music might even be able to be used to effectively treat insomnia. [8]

6) Boosts Your Immune System & Reduces Pain

Research has shown that music is capable of reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is responsible for weakening the immune system, increasing risk of heart disease, interfering with learning and memory, lowering bone density, blood pressure, etc. [9] Research found that by listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting music the levels of antibodies in the human body increases. While different types of music were not studied, it is important one listens to music they enjoy as personal preference of music does have an effect on overall physical effects. [10]

7) Reduces Depression & Anxiety

Researchers from Drexel University found that cancer patients who either listened to music or worked with a music therapist experienced a reduction in anxiety, had better blood pressure levels and improved moods. Music can have positive effects on the psyche, mood, pain and quality of life as well.

Recycling Saves Natural Resources

Recycling Saves Natural Resources

– Reduce, reuse, recycle! Reducing your use of natural resources can greatly impact the environment. Choosing recycled products and energy .

Recycling Saves Natural ResourcesRecycling Saves Natural Resources

Natural resources are being depleted rapidly, particularly with the increasing use of disposable products and packaging. In 2005, Americans generated 246 million tons of municipal solid waste while recycling only 58 million tons of materials. This rate of use and disposal takes a heavy toll on the natural resources, especially the finite resources from mines.

Reprocessing used materials to make new products and packaging reduces the consumption of natural resources. By recycling five million tons of steel in 2005, Americans saved over six million tons of iron ore, 2.5 million tons of coal, and 62,500 tons of limestone. By recycling 42 million tons of newsprint, office paper and paperboard, Americans saved 714 million trees and 292,026 million gallons of water. Recycling often produces better products than those made of virgin materials; for instance, the tin in “tin” cans is more refined (thus more valuable) after being processed for recycling.

(Source: Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2005 Facts and Figures, U.S. EPA, 2006).

Recycling Saves Natural Resources

Recycling Saves Natural Resources